HotLips Designs "Little Mike" Model by Mike Purpus
It's not really a fish and It's not really a short board. Mike's latest Hot lips Designs "Little Mike" model is a SQUISH tail combining the benefits of a square tail and fish tail. As Mike Purpus was "Mike" on his original Hot Lips Team, Mike Benavides was called "Little Mike". As this board instantly reminded Mike of "Little Mike", that's what we're calling it.
What makes this model special is it was the result of experimentation. The goal was to create the exhilarating feeling of riding a fish without sacrificing control in bigger, faster surf. After all, if Kelly can ride a 5'3" Climatic in 10' Haleiwa surf, why not a 6' Little Mike in overhead California conditions? his model is designed to be ridden both as a quad fin and/or twin fin. The rails are hard enough to throw a hard bottom turn with the quad setup.
The extra tail volume makes paddling this board a piece of cake. Order this model at least 4-6" shorter than your go-to short board as these are wider. It's also a great long board alternative since it works in gutless surf as well as good surf. We can make them in any size but are finding that 5'8" to 6'10" work great. The prototype pictured here is 6' and priced with the blue fade air brush job with black pin lines.
Since all boards are custom made-to-order, we can easily add a personalized message from Mike above or below his autograph.