Christenson Nautilus Review

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What the Christenson Surfboards site says about the Nautilus:

‘A timeless blend of performance, function, and aesthetics. The Nautilus is designed to fill that missing link between mid-lengths and shorter performance and alternative designs. Classic low rails with and complex bottom contours allow this design to sync with the wave of your choice. Glass on quad or thruster are the fins of choice.’

Christenson in Quad fin setup | BlinkSurf

Nautilus’s deck | BlinkSurf

Vouch Small Vish (L) and Christenson Nautilus (R) | BlinkSurf

Nautilus in a thruster setup | REAL Watersports

The Nautilus in action | Real Watersports

What one of the BlinkSurf team riders says about the Nautilus:

Rider’s profile:
– Age: 47
– Height: 6’2″
– Weight: 94 kg. (207 Pounds)
– Fitness: Surfs daily
– Ability: Intermediate

Dims: 6’4″ x 20 1/4″ x 2 5/8″

When the wind is up and the waves become big ramps, this Christenson hand shaped Nautilus Quad fin performs as a wicked Semi Step-Up.

I collected it from San Diego directly.

What makes this board so good?

It has plenty of rocker, a Vee double concave from the slight belly nose entry right the way past the fins.
The stringer sits lower than the rails all the way through so the Vee makes rail to rail transitions smooth and playful.

The glassed-in plywood quad fins have plenty of hold and the narrow tail gives control.

This board is nice and fast. The slightly beaky nose with wide point forward is forgiving with foot placement and balance.

The lack of logos makes it super stylish.

This sled has earned a trusted spot in my quiver.

What people are saying about it:

“We surfed the Christenson Nautilus in Cape Hatteras, in waves ranging from waist high to overhead conditions. This board has generous volume, waterline length, and a conservative rocker, making it an incredible paddler and wave catcher. This makes the board perfect for challenging conditions like current or crowd filled lineups, or waves where early entry makes the difference between success or detonation.” – Real Watersports

“Rode a 6’6 CC shaped for himself when I was in SD for spring break. Liked it so much I got him to send it to me. Been amazing with this run of hurricane swell we’ve had. Paddles and catches waves easy, still getting used to turning the longer rail line a bit, but totally digging it! Mine’s glass-on marine ply quad.” – user DB1B on Surfer forum

My lust object of the moment, Nautilus model by Christenson. It is so very dreamy.” – Surfy Surfy on Facebook

…Have seen a few Chris Christenson Nautilus out there… They seem considerably more pulled in in the nose and tail, thus perhaps designed for bigger stuff?” – user hullogfish on

Sample Dimensions

Recommended size range 6’6” – 7’0”

6’6″ x 20.75″ x 2.625″
6’8″ x 21″ x 2.625″
6’10″ x 21.25″ x 2.75″
7’0″ x 21.50″ x 2.75″
7’2″ x 21.50″ x 2.75″
7’4″ x 21.50″ x 2.75″

*Size chart from REAL Watersports.

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  • Frank Zhu

    Hi I have a 5’8 nautilus. Picked it up when I was in California in late November. Quad fin set up. Haven’t really ridden it too many times. I was looking for a short fat fish. But this caught my eye. The usually longer Nautilus looks amazing but I already have a few mid length and gun. The 5’8 is very light. At times too loose. Didn’t like smallish waves. When there is some size it works magic. Still getting used to it. Haven’t had a perfect session on it at northern beaches of sydney just yet. Will report back when I have had more time on it.