What the Chilli Surfboards site says about the Churro:
‘WE NEEDED A BOARD TO FIT IN OUR RANGE THAT CATERS SMALL WAVES, IS FORGIVING, HAS A BIG GENEROUS SWEET SPOT AND PERFORMS.
We had the perfect board right under our nose for over the past year. It’s designed mainly from Mitch Coleborn’s WQS small wave contest board (as we all know the quality of waves on the World Qualifying Series are poor). It’s like a squashed down Spawn (the outline that is) and combined with a much flatter faster rocker.
Let’s break it down – The Churro has a semi wide outline with a rounded square tail (we offer a swallow too) but not too wide that it can’t be surfed with performance, just enough to be paddle friendly in the small stuff and carry momentum through the fat sections. The rocker is gentle through the nose all the way to the tail, enough curve in the board to fit the curl of a small wave and still generate speed when doing so. Single concave under the front foot all the way back through to behind the rear fin, it’s FAST. All paired with a neat 5 fin set up.
If you’ve ridden the Rare Bird, the dimensions on the Churro are almost identical so go off that or drop 3 inches from your short board.’
What people are saying about it:
“Initially conceived by James Cheal as a forgiving board with a large sweet spot, the type of board that would cater to a high performance approach in less than ideal conditions. This model was developed in collaboration with team rider Mitch Coleborn over the past year. A design stemming from his need for a kick ass small wave contest board with more paddle, glide & lift than his regular shortboards (as we all know, the wave quality on the World Qualifying Series is generally pretty poor).
The outline of this shape is somewhat like a squashed down version of his signature shortboard (the Spawn) that has been married with a much flatter, faster rocker. This wider outline really helps with generating speed in weaker waves as well as carrying momentum through fat and flat sections. The critical thing with this model is how James Cheal has balanced this extra width within the context of the overall shape – making sure the board isn’t so wide that it can’t be surfed with a performance approach.
The rocker in the Chilli Churro is subtle & relatively low from the nose of the board all the way through to the tail. A perfect balance has been struck here with enough curve left in the board to allow it to fit the curl of small wave faces, but flat enough so it won’t feel like it’s pushing water and to allow for excellent speed generating capabilities. A single concave has been used from under the front foot, stretching right back through the tail block and flattening out just behind the rear fin. This concave setup ensures plenty of speed, lift & and lively feel underfoot in even the weakest conditions.
A great board for small to medium wave hifi shredding for the advances surfer, potentially a nice forgiving choice in the right dimensions as an all-rounder for those that are more intermediate.” – Zak Surfboards
“The Churro by Chilli Surfboards is a mush machine ready to increase your wave count on smaller days. With a generous sweet spot, semi wide outline and a rounded square tail combined with a gentle rocker throughout. this board is forgiving on smaller days. Combine this with a single concave for more speed and you have a fun everyday board.
The Chilli Churro goes best in small 0-4 foot conditions where you still want to perform. Surf this and catch some nice little waves while still being able to glide through those flatter sections.” – Boardcave
“I just got a 5’8″ this board is sick… very fast with a wide open sweet spot. Performs like a normal short board in grovel conditions goes when surf is good too.” – Jim Cicero on boardcave.com.au
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