Product Type: Bic Water Sport
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Great beginner no frills board
Bic 7'3 Mini Mal Surfboard
Member Name: chrisheels
Bic 7'3 Mini Mal Surfboard
Advantages: Good Value, Hard to damage
Disadvantages: Cheaply manufactured
Bic make simple no frills boards for beginner surfers. They are good value, but cheaply made. Lets be honest, you don't want to spend £500 on a board and bread or 'ding' it on your first day using it.
This bic board is mass manufactured, made on a CNC machine and is not hand finished like the more expensive surfboards. The board is constructed from a polyeurethance foam core and a hard ployethelene shell. This is as opposed to the more expensive had shaped fibreglass type of boards. Polyethelene is stronger and harder to break, although heavier for carrying the board down the beach. The one disadvantage of the harder shell is that when you wipe out...the board is going to hurt a lot more when it hits you on the head. Maybe that is better than denting your boarrd though and having to pay for a repair.
The deck is padded EVA, which means there is enough grip on the board that you don't have to smear surf wax all over the surface to allow you to get standing.
The build quality is not excellent.The ones I have used have had a few burrs of plastic where the joins in the shell are made and clearly haven;t been sanded down as professionally as you would expect. It's an easy job to do yourself with a bit of sandpaper, but I would expect this to have been done in the factory.
It is not a specialised board so suitable for waves that are knee high to head height. As it's a beginner board I wouldn't go out on anything too big with it.
A minimal is an ideal board for a beginner. At 7'3" you are not going to be doing ariel jumps off the back of the wave (not that I can manage those on a smaller board) but it will give some good turns and is easier to pick wave up than on a smaller board.
The volume of the board makes it suitable for riders ranging between 40-80kg. If you are on the heavier side of that it may be worth looking for a board a few inches longer or wider to get more buoyancy and make getting some speed up when paddling a bit easier.
It is set up for a 3 fin configuration using FCS mounts (just a name for the square type scre in holes for the fins) meaning it can;t really be modified to take any different configuration. The 3 fin set up is good for basic surfing, but you may like to look a 4 fin 'thuster' set up for more stability.
It's a reasonably priced board selling for around £200 to £250 and for about £300 you can get a decent package including a leash, to stop the board disappearing when you fall off, and a carry bag.
It's a great value beginner board. It will give good practice when learning and has enough moveability for learning and improving and can be good fun for a more experienced surfer to have a play about with.
Summary: Great Beginner no frills board