Little Cove Surfboards, Step Deck 9ft4″. Searching for the ultimate longboard? The Step Deck is the surfboard you have been searching for. All Australian made, shaped by Mike Davis in Noosa, Queensland, and tinted by Peter Moschogianis, this board will give you the old school experience you crave.
The first ‘Step Deck’ came about around 1964 in the Ricon area of California. It came out of need for lighter boards and was an immediate success. As with most things that work in the surfing universe, other benefits were quickly discovered. One of them is a longboard won’t need a large nose area to be an effective noserider! With the Nose lower to the surface of the wave, the water can exert pressure more easily over the boards surface. The Step Deck is one of the great advancements in surf design that is to this day totally functional.
9ft4″ x 24″ 3″
SHAPED BY MIKE DAVIS:
In 1965, Mike Davis was the grommet given the task of test riding this NEW design innovation and today Mike and Little Cove Surfboards make what we believe to be the quintessential board for longboarding. Sixty years of surfing has been a ‘Horses for courses’ evolution honed and indeed tuned for extracting the most pleasure and satisfaction out of the most challenging point, reef or beach breaks in the world. As a kid, for Mike it was about carving Rincon’s spinning barrels on Yater Spoons whose super thin rails, Greenough inspired fins allowed us to climb aggressively and carve those acute new angles to generate the extreme accumulated speeds required to race the the zipper a quarter mile distant. As a young man in 1968, it became about charging the biggest, gnarliest days on the narrow arrows of the mini-gun era when we developed engineered rockers and release edges to enhance efficient planing on the minimalist medium. The 1970 Lennox Sessions put paid the tabus of the rolled bottomed ‘S-decks of the past to herald the birth of the ‘Down railer’, ‘tucked-under’ edge and ‘Clinker’ channel bottoms for attacking those unridden South Coast slabs. And while Mike has slowed over the last 50 odd years, his love of the science, craft, indeed art of surfboard design translates daily.