The model 8 is related to the sista brotha but is geared towards more firing conditions. User friendly and easy to ride like the sis/bro, it turns great but can handle steeper waves more easily. (Although you can push the sis/bro in some juice!) The model 8 I love to grab when it looks like it’s steep and hollow.
I picked up my Model 8 a few weeks ago and thanked Pedro and the other guys at the shop. I haven't had an opportunity to write you a thank you email yet so I just wanted to drop you a line and let you know this board rips! Not only does it look better than I was expecting but it's also the best board I've ever felt under my feet. You and your team nailed it. I'm a customer for life and can't wait to work with you guys again.
Got a custom 5.10 just a touch thicker than a stock. Got it to replace my 5.9 Sista Brotha as a good waves board and was the right move. Got it in E-poly. Bright white, lighter than PU/PE, perfect rails and foil. Been riding it in waves shoulder to head high + and it is just a rippa. Very fast and can be surfed more aggressively than my other boards. Rusty seems to know a thing or two about shaping good boards. For me, I see his expertise in the rails and foil/ volume distribution. To get the rails and the paddling volume like this from a different shaper I would have to get a thicker board which I did not want. Hats off to Rusty and his crew.
I had a trip scheduled and the rusty team went above and beyond to get the board to me before my trip. Tracy, Pedro, you guys are my heroes. I am surfing the Genevieve hurricane swell in Cabo bc of you!!
Bought the Model 8 off the rack in Europe (there is a factory in Portugal making Rusty boards) and was so happy with it that I ended up getting another one online. So yeah considering I have 2 of them you can imagine I like the Model 8. It paddles great and works in punchy French/Mexican beach breaks just as much as on your regular California point. Being the average intermediate surfer I really enjoy how forgiving the board but without sacrificing speed or performance in general. Ordering from the website was a first for me, but not a last. The team followed up via email and phone calls to make sure they'd build a board that would work for me. Rusty made some adjustment to the stock dims according to my age/weight/level, suffice to say he nailed it. Oh and yeah ion case you're wondering he did sign it, how cool is that? I got a PU build, my dims ended up being 6'3 32.9L /19.35"/2.45" I'm 6'1/178 (1m84/79Kg).