Jeff McCallum surfboards. All hype?

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Jeff McCallum surfboards. All hype?

Postby adam » Fri Sep 21, 2018 8:20 am

With Jeff mcCallum popping up everywhere i look I wonder what people’s thoughts are on the performance of his boards? I have always looked with a little skptesisn that they are style over function. Having never actually seen one I wondered what people’s thoughts are? Greatest shaper of a generation of good marketing?
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Re: Jeff McCallum surfboards. All hype?

Postby Chrisisted » Fri Sep 21, 2018 3:32 pm

Adam I have a McCallum pdx, it was a stock board that I picked up in San Diego rather than a custom. Very different than I’m used to, if you order make sure you go carefully with the thickness they hold a lot through the rails- at least mine does. Definitely takes a bit of used to but I have had some great waves on it but also a few frustrating sessions. I definitely need to surf it more though. The superwolf tint its exceptional though.
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Re: Jeff McCallum surfboards. All hype?

Postby Archy_is_God » Tue Oct 02, 2018 8:54 am

Had a few of Jeff's boards, all used, no customs.

They all differ greatly, but he does specialise in a particular rail/deck contour on a lot of shorter boards, with a hard tucked edge. These have a distinct bevel/shoulder and are quite different to a lot of standard shortboard and alternative boards from other shapers.

With all boards I've had of his, I have found that they do not offer much compromise in some ways, but excel/surprise you in a very positive way in others.

If I could afford it, I would get a 5-board custom from Jeff - 5'6" fish, 6ft Bonzer c/s, 2nd gen Simmons around 6'10", a teardrop quad around 7'10" and a 10'6" glider.
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Re: Jeff McCallum surfboards. All hype?

Postby Chrisisted » Tue Oct 02, 2018 3:39 pm

That would be a serious McCallum quiver
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Re: Jeff McCallum surfboards. All hype?

Postby adam » Wed Oct 03, 2018 10:11 am

Thanks for the feed back guys. Im not ordering, just curious as to peoples experience. That would be quite a quiver Archy!
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Re: Jeff McCallum surfboards. All hype?

Postby EasyTom » Mon Oct 08, 2018 4:36 pm

I had a McCallum, one of the Kookbox "Twin Pins" and I'd say it was one of the most beautifully shaped boards I've ever had. A bit of scoop out of the nose on top, the rails were really nicely done. I only parted with it because I just didn't want that amount of foam and width in such a short board. I'd certainly say he's a great shaper and his style gives his boards quite a bit of 'charisma' or something so they are more than the sum of their parts, but then it's combined with the amazing glassing (mine was done at Moonlight, I think it's 'Superwolf' on his own now?) so it's hard to separate that aspect of the beauty of the board from the initial shaping.
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Re: Jeff McCallum surfboards. All hype?

Postby Archy_is_God » Wed Oct 10, 2018 9:08 am

Forgot to say, the ones I had were very very fast, without exception.
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