Bing Bulb Review

What the Bing Surfboards site says about the Bulb:

‘The Bing Bulb is the newest evolution design in Matt Calvani’s line that originated with the Mini Simmons, Puck, Dharma, then Swee’ Pea designs. After riding the Swee’ Pea for some time Matt wanted a board that would lay on rail even more easily than its predecessors. He took the Swee’ Pea’s outline and added the double wing diamond tail (which gave the model its name, resembling the base of a light bulb) and pulled-in the nose and added a little rocker in the front 12”, Matt found the magic combination of glide and sensitivity. Though the Swee’ Pea does have its advantages with the wider tail that gives you stability and lots of glide through the flattest of sections, the Bulb gravitates more towards a vertical approach and likes fast drivey roundhouse cut backs. The Bulb can be ridden with a quad or a tri-fin setup and favors open-faced conditions and top-to-bottom surfing. When CDM rode the board for the first time he said the Bulb is the model that bridges the gap between the shortboard world and the alternative boards. Ride this model 2-4” shorter than your high performance thruster.’

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Image Source: BingSurf.com

Image Source: BingSurf.com

What people are saying about it:

The Bing Bulb, continuing the progression from the Mini Simmons, Puck, Dharma and Swee’ Pea towards a more top to bottom approach, whilst maintaining plenty of glide.” – Down The Line

A smooth, balanced ride, the Bing Surfboards Bulb is a hybrid small wave shortboard design that handles bigger, more critical conditions with ease. Point it where you want it to go and it will be so!” – Compare Surfboards

Just to give a genuine contrary perspective, though having not ridden the Bulb, I’m 6’4″ x 190#, and I can’t imagine riding boards anywhere near as wide as the bulb, though I did back in the 80’s, it’s ok, especially in top to bottom waves.” – Scot Lyf on comparesurfboards.com

The Bing Bulb, which connects the traditional, if you can call it that, shortboard with the retro style boards which are becoming increasingly popular.” – Nineplus UK

I have a Bing Bulb and my first thoughts are it cannot compete in the small waves we have had lately compared to the Manta or other epoxy small wave boards I have.” – user Dudebro on Surfer Mag

Size Chart:

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Here are videos we found of the Bing Bulb:

 

Chris del Moro riding the new Bing Bulb at Lowers for the first time. Shaped by Matt Calvani. Video by Kyle Chambers.

Posted by Bing Surfboards on Thursday, September 19, 2013

Here are Instagram pictures we found:

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