Torq Chopper – Maldives candidates part 1Martijn Ronday
Well over two years ago me and some mates decided to save up for a trip to the Maldives. In numerous meetings and group chats we spoke about the most important question: How many and which boards will you bring? Unfortunately, we had to postpone the trip, but this gives me the ideal opportunity to extensively test my quiver candidates. Through this series I hope you that get to know these boards a bit better, but also to help you in jour journey to the perfect (Maldives) quiver. We start this quest with the Torq Chopper.
The best surfboard Torq ever made?
A legend in the movie industry once said: “Get to the Chopper”. He did not meant this surfboard, but it doesn’t stop me from saying it every time I do a wave check and decide to go for the Chopper. I have a 6’10 x 20 1/2″ x 2 3/4″ with 41.7 liters and the FCS II 4 + 1 fin box setup. I surf this board for a couple of months now, since before the COVID-19 outbreak. Luckily, I am still allowed to surf at the moment.
Over this time I have surfed the Torq Chopper in all sorts of conditions, from knee high blown out beach breaks, to head high low tide barreling conditions and even chunky well overhead storm swell. Every time this board delivers! It delivers a smile on my face, it delivers more and steady rides and it delivered my first successful barrel. This board just keeps on giving and it makes me wonder if this is the best surfboard Torq ever made.
One quiver board
That’s what we all want right? Well the Chopper definitely is one. It paddles like a dream and is because of its shape still easy to duck dive. I get up nice and early and pick my line from the get go. One other thing I noticed is how stable it is without loosing performance through turns and hitting the lip. The Chopper can be surfed with a cruisey style when the conditions suit, but if you go for it the board follows your lead. I have no trouble with consecutive turns and it responds quick enough for my level of performance surfing. This allows you to follow the pace of the wave perfectly in different kind of conditions.
I have surfed the Chopper with a large Carver QUAD set once, but that was way too much fin for the board. When you surf it as a quad go for a Reactor medium quad set. The 2 + 1 setup on the photo is what I surf the board with in almost every condition.
I chose the Chopper as a Maldives candidate for the days with large waves (overhead+) and for the smallest days when a shortboard doesn’t cut it anymore. Having surfed it over the last couple of months, I only come to one conclusion. This board HAS to come with me to the Maldives. As soon as I surfed it, I knew it was going to be the board I would get my first barrel with. And I was right, but I didn’t know it would even happen before my trip.
The Torq Chopper is a great shape for someone who’s looking for an one-quiver board, or for the surfer who wants an exciting mid-ranger for a variety of conditions. Just get in touch if you have any questions about this board and advice on the right fin setup for you.