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Nathan Gitten says,
I just wanted to send you an email with my experience with the Mullet fish. It's written so you can use it as a product review if you want.
I'm seriously stoked with your boards Dave. It’s awesome to see a shaper invent something different. These boards are packet with the secrets of a shaper that are screaming to be discovered by the surfer.
This year back in June 2012; I came to Diverse and had a chat with Justin. He showed me a few boards and I liked the Mullet as it suited my surfing abilities at the time. I was riding a 7.6 mini mal and was ready to move to the next level. Justin guided me to a Mullet and went through all the pros and cons of the board... easy paddling, good volume, wave machine etc.
Eight weeks later I bought a 44 liter 6.10 x 21 ¼ x 2 ⅞ Monster Mullet. I took it out on a 2-3ft day and it was awesome, it was everything that Justin said it would be. It allowed me to surf waves that I wanted to surf. I mostly surf beach breaks, as they're not crowed as much as the points, plus they're fun! It paddled extremely well and got me into the waves early and my wave count tripled. The beautiful thing about this board is when I wanted to turn sharp or hit a section with speed; this board could do it, especially smashing the pocket doing a reo!
I had the Monster Mullet for 4 months and I rode it 3-4 times a week. My surfing ability progressed and so did my fitness. I was at the stage where I wanted more from the board so I came to the store and had a chat with Dave. After chatting with Dave and Ross I walked out with a new 39 liter 6.6 x 20 ¼ x 2 ¾ Magic Mullet. If it weren’t for the 50% guarantee trade in on new boards with in the first 12 months of purchase I probably wouldn't have purchased the new board so quickly.
Dave knew exactly what level I was at and understood what I needed. Dave picked out my new board from the Dynocore Magic Mullet quiver and said that'll do you for 6-12 months. He said ride the quads for 6 months then put on the thrusters to experience a different board and come back to me once you've progressed and we’ll look at another board for you.
I took the new Magic Mullet out on a southerly 2-4 ft day. My first wave I caught was a solid 3ft wave. The board slipped into the wave with ease and raced down the line like a raging bull. It paddles really well; it allows you to get in early with stability. It’s very responsive, light to maneuver and it has this amazing spring to it. The board duck dives well due to less volume and most of all it’s a wave magnet. I had a quad setup, which gave me more speed down the line to bet the closing sections, and it allowed me to drop-in late (chasing barrels) and to take on tighter turns in the pocket.
See the guys at Diverse; they'll set you up with the right gear under your feet. I spent months researching boards and I’m happy with my decisions. If your looking for durability, functionality and personal progression, get a Diverse Dynocore board, get dialed in.
Cheers. Nathan Gittins
I bought a 6'3 x 19 x 2 1/4 Dru Adler model (diamond tail) way back in 2006.
The thing goes amazing and is by far the best board ive ever ridden. Whether its 1 foot slop, 4 foot peaky or 4foot+ pumping waves, the thing still goes exactly how i want it too. Down here in SA we have to wear alot of rubber, 4x3 wetsuits most of the year and boards get dropped, dinged and thrown around in the process of getting in the car and driving for atleast an hour to anywhere up to 10 hours for a surf. I think the glass job is double the std shortboard on the top and a bit thicker on the bottom. Everytime i rip the wax off it still looks as good as new, not to mention the 10+ repairs that has occurred on it over the years. Still surfs like it did on day 1 (albeit a little heavier from water logging) when i took it out at North Burleigh. From that point in i was fully hooked on surfing and Diverse.
Recently purchased a 5'11 quad too for the smaller slop/stormies in SA, still getting used to it but the speed the thing gets and control is second to none. When im feeling a little tired after my first surf or heading out on the windswell on the metro beaches, the quad is the perfect board (and also goes good in bigger stuff - just gotta get used to it!)
Ive attached a couple of pics of the thurst and quad for ya Dave.
P.S. Hope your not using this story on your website!
Just writing to let you know how pleased I am to be riding great boards. I have an SS,DQ and now a DK model. Fate would have it that everytime I pop in to get a board, Jamie is working. He has such great knowledge of the boards and puts your mind at ease when he suggests what he thinks would suit you. I love my SS so much, but after the wrap Jamie gave the new Wave Dominator I will be back soon to one of those. Im 31 and feel like a grom again riding your boards.
Hi Dave and team, My name is Melissa i have been surfing for a few years now and i have had a fair few boards in my quiver. Up until a few months ago a friend of a friend put me on to you guys after looking on website after website i jumped on to yours and it was easy as found the shape for the surfing I do and checked my weight and height and presto knew what i was after. I called you crew up there and with ease from your staff the SS was on its way, i got to say the fact u guys had what I wanted on the floor made it a breeze. I eagerly awaited the courier and i got to say if there was an award for grumpiest delivery man he would have won hands down, he did not want to wait for me to check it out before I gave my John Hancock. Well jumped in the car straight down to the beach and chucked on a fresh bit of wax and I was off. The board handled well and paddled easy i found it has given me more drive of the back foot and is a breeze to whip some easy turns with. It a awesome board with a easy to understand website. Cheers Diverse team. I will be sharing my experiences with my mates. I look forward to seeing your store mid year i will be looking for a long board this time round. Cheers Mel McLaren
I ordered a board from yourself and was surprised how easy it was.
Jamie took the order over the phone, which was a simple process and
let me do what I wanted with the design and color. He gave me a few
tips as I ordered a SG single fin which I wanted to keep as a single
and not use side fins. I drove up there to pick the board up, from the
Surf Coast in Vico, on the way to Noosa and was stoked at how good
service from Jamie & Isaac was. The board was exactly what I was
looking for, a board that you can cruise on but also generate heaps of
speed if you want to. It is so good to be able to surf a short board
at my age, 40, that you can paddle into all types of waves and it will
handle them with style. I also have a twin fin of yours which I use
for larger days and once again is an awesome board. You do a great job
with your website keeping people informed with what you are doing with
your designs which are always pushing the boundaries.
Keep up the good work and thanks for making great surfboards.
Hi Dave, Jamie and Isaac
Trying to work out what number board this is from you guys, probably
estimate it's number 8 or 9 at least? Been 2 years since I owned a DQ,
that board didn't bring me much luck out of the water as I will always
remember it for the fact that my new company car was stolen while I
was surfing Greenmount on a summer Sunday morning early. Anyway got
the car back a few days later everything fine and will never forget
the cop taking me home in his highway patrol car with my lime green DQ
sitting in the back seat - should have got a photo of that! Anyway to
the point and after deliberating on a new short board for much longer
than normal for me, I decided to go with your new DQX 5'10" that was
sitting in the store early in the new year. As soon as I jumped on it
I was transported back to my previous DQ and got the feeling of anyone
that has surfed for plenty of years has surely experienced - why did I
get rid of that board, geez it was good? Great to be back on a DQ
quad, heaps of speed, easy to surf, goes great in fat stuff and the
new tail feels like it energizes the turning ability and feel from
your back foot. Asides from that it's great to not be surfing the
prescriptive short board formulae you see in 9 out of 10 guys in the
line up. It takes a while to get your head around the new tail, bit
like a new car model which is hideously ugly then a few months later
looks pretty trendy, truth is it just works. Can't wait to get the DQX
into some juicier swells (roll on TC season) and like my last DQ have
no qualms surfing it in those conditions. Well done Dave for pushing
the design frontier and keeping it local, the quality of all of those
boards I have had over the last few years has also been second to
none, they hold up really well and the glass and foam strength is
superb. Just gotta flog my corporate branded generic type short-board
(boring, blah blah...) and look at a mini Simmons, Twinny, or Style
Commander - a few models I haven't tried, to continue sampling the
many interesting variants of wave riding machinations that come from
Hi Dave and Jamie
I’m the bloke who after much umm-ing and aah-ing and (as far as Jamie must have been concerned) annoying tyre kicking decided to trade in my old heavy log and take home the red 9’6” ‘Classic’.
Just wanted to let you know that I’m so happy with the board I feel like a freakin’ teenager again.
The day after the transaction I headed down to Byron for a week and did the two long sessions a day thing at Wategos and Tallows and Suffolk beachies for the first time since Christ knows when. Sore as a bastard all the time now – the dodgy shoulder’s creaking like old leather soles - but that’s how it goes.
The board is everything you said it would be. Absolute dream to ride. Great paddler. Slices through foam so you can make extra sections. Really comfortably loose feel and a piece of piss to turn (took a bit of getting used to after riding the QE2 for so long). Extremely forgiving. Really cruisy rolling rider that goes great on a trim too. I’m not by any means a noseriding freak or anything, but even I was getting up past the logo and back without too much drama. Even in the fullish Lacey’s mush this morning it was picking up waves where others were floundering.
Guys, just an awesome board. Am seriously, seriously happy with it and loving my surfing more than I can remember as a result.
I really appreciate your personal custom design service for us older guys. Those thicker, wider step-deck boards you've made for me are just perfect for a bloke my age (60 next year!) with a crook back and creaky knees. They paddle faster, get me in sooner, yet are still short and loose enough so I can do a few on-rail carves like in years gone by. Love my Diverse flotilla!
INDO SURF & LINGO
PO Box 50 Peregian Beach Qld 4573
Hi Dave, my name is Ben Stidiford, I am from Henley Beach, in South Australia. I would like to start by saying that the three boards I have purchased from Diverse have been nothing but the best decisions I have made in improving my surfing as a recreational surfer. The friendly service and advice I received from Zac and Jamie was next to none.
One of my purchases from Diverse was a Monster Mullet, I had purchased a Dru model short board prior to that and I was nothing but pleased with that the diamond tail, proportioned volume and forgiving rails of this board is nothing but a pleasure to ride, especially in our local sloppy surf conditions, the general design of this board makes life easy for just ripping big and quick turns just feels responsive under my feet.
I was happy with my Dru board until the day I surfed my monster Mullet. I was so eager to get out on it and with our summer swell and winds this board was the right choice for me. I have to say my most positive feed back on this board is the volume in the nose, just paddling in to wave is made easy also when it comes to turning out of those little pockets the flyer swallow tail keeps the dynamics of the turns simple, which I feel is a must for surfing for myself” Keep It Simple “
This may sound like a lot sucking up but I have to say honestly starting out in SA as a surfer no matter what age we lack in honest truth and support in purchasing the right surf equipment. I was lost in direction until I called the Diverse crew. The honest help and advice has helped improve my surfing and most importantly hasn’t burnt a hole in my pocket.
Thanks for reading…. Yours Sincerely Ben Stidiford of Henley Beach South, Adelaide.
Just wanted to say thanks to you for the 6'0" ... It goes so good in some little shorey action!!
ITS the I'll be back quad That was your Staff, Jamie's.. Just what the Dr. Ordered!!
Best to you and yours, Happy christmas!!
Best to jamie!!
hi Dave, Jamie, Isaac.
That thingy board with the sticky up fins DQX I think, looks like a chicken drum stick, but goes like a cut cat.
Took the demo out at the alley last week, went surprisingly well in 2ft sloww slop, then took it to sraddie for a couple of days 3ft peaks went unreal, heaps of speed down the line, and up and over sections. Next step chunky stuff, with bigger fins maybe.
Ordered mine the next day. Got it yesterday, have to wait for it to cure, just as well there is no surf.
Cheers guys have a good xmas
Just spent the past couple of weeks on a custom 5'8" quad of yours i picked up off a mate. I was drawn to it by the carbon fibre rails/stringer-less set up, having not spent a great deal of time riding surfboards I found this board amazing! Easy to paddle, easy to ride in the smaller stuff (haven't had any swell of note just yet) and look forward to getting on the thing as soon as i get a chance.
Anyway I love the thing and recommend this type of board to any bodyboarder ready to find their feet and have fun! I got a 6'4" JS shaped short board a few years ago ready to learn to surf on but hated it, to big and awkward to be bothered with... but then i got hold of this little quad (initially thinking it'd be way to short) and am 100% hooked. Can you tell anything further on how i can get more boards sent to me like this would be awesome! thanks for your time!
Surfed new ten foot Longboard at Wilsons on Sunday morning, strong north swell 3 to 4 foot right handers peeling towards corner on a funny angle real glassy and fun. At the time I was wondering how this board would go anyway It picked up the outer sets real fine and the board has control and speed on bottom turns pushes off possible the square tail. I quickly found that the extra thickness allowed stepping or walking about and pulling the board around left go right easy. I used the fin you supplied and will continue to use on this model thanks again I would also like to give the swallow mullet 7ft 10 ago maybe just a tad thicker when I get cashed up again.
PS: Some locals commented on the Longboard shape showed interest.
All the best
Pete Le Breton
I felt I needed to write this down rather than just tell you both,
I got the call Sunday that the mini simmons iPhone board was ready to be picked up, so like all big boys do, I raced down to pick it up. Dave you have excelled yourself it looks brilliant, a unique design on a unique board. Whilst I was in the shop Jamie was busy as there was a flood of people, and the iSimmons drew quite a bit of attention. As I waited for things to quieten down so that the fins could get there ceremonial fitting, I was talking to one of your customers that was returning a demo board (at this time Mr Drew had sealed the deal on yet another Diverse shortboard) the conversation was based on Diverse and shapes etc, when the iSimmons caught his eye. He asked me what i expected from the board and how would it perform and let me say it was a rare moment when i was lost for words as i really didn't know. But today i surfed it at Cabba and i'm still lost for words but in a different way, its shape is hard to get your head around until you surf it and then the performance takes over......... its amazing
Thanks to both of you
Just wanted to send through a few pics of Padang Padang when I was over there last month…the board I am riding is only a 5’10 which I was riding with a twin fin setup making it loose as anything but super fun… My first time surfing padang in Indo..will be back for sure… Grant Pearce
I bought a 6'2 shorty from you a while ago and finally was able to ride it in Bali a week or so ago. So happy with it, I wouldn't have wanted to ride anything else that day. Some 2-3 ft sliders at ulus was super fun. Had to send you a pic. I'll be in your shop in the next few weeks to try get my hands on one of your DK Kwads.