Simon Anderson 5 Spark Review

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What the Simon Anderson website says about the 5 Spark:

Swallow tail performance fish with Quad option fin system. Streamlined fish outline with flatter style deck and old style chunky low soft rail. Single to double concave with vee at the swallow. Lower smooth nose entry to medium tail rocker.

Developed over the last 5 years and slightly adjusted year by year to keep raising the performance factor.

Designed to be surfed as a Thruster in the 3 to 4 feet range and as a Quad from 1 to 2 feet. The team usually surf 5Spark as a Thruster and their go to smaller wave board. Surfs like a souped up high performance short board and accelerates through turns and releases the fins out of the top of the wave in a predictable manner. The Quad fin placement is old-style, meaning the fins are slightly closer to the rail than the modern Kelly Quad version. As a Quad, 5Spark exhibits extreme speed in 1 to 2 foot surf with sharp direction changes possible, but less predictable slide at the end of the turn, that’s the ‘Spark’ element.’

Image Source: Boardcave

Paddle Power
Skill Level
22.75 – 38.54 LVolume
1-4ftIdeal Wave Height

What people are saying about it:

“This thing goes insane in soo many different conditions!! It’s got the perfect rocker for in the pocket surfing without compromising down the line speed!!” – user simonanderson_surfboards on Instagram

“The Simon Anderson 5 spark is a modern performance fish with a traditional outline, it is designed to be surfed as a thruster in head high surf but also has the Quad option there for the die-hards. With the quad setup, the rear fins are slightly closer to the rail which is a bit old school compared to the modern type of quad that say Kelly Slater is using. This board has a low rail, with a double concave down to a vee at the swallow area. Built to surf 1 – 2 foot waves with response pivoting & release if that’s your thing! This board goes well in 1 – 5 foot waves.” – Tradewind Surf

“The 5-Spark is the performance fish style board of the Simon Anderson range. With rear fins closer to the rail than your usual quad setup. The 5 Spark is a great performance fish option in smaller surf that’s great as a quad in the really small stuff or as a thruster in the 3-4 foot mark.” – Boardcave

“I have a 5’9 goes insane in Mediterranean waves” – user countrysurfschool on Instagram

“A little wider An a little thicker an I think I’m sold” – user cal_broad on Instagram

Size Chart:

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