–   The MKIV is highly evolved and refined, single concave version of the 70’s Steve Liz fish designs.


–   The outline features a fuller template and a deep swallow 


–   A deep single concave runs right through the board

–   The low soft rails reduce drag, to provide a smooth glide feeling in all types of waves 


–   Feature slightly more nose lift and slightly less tail rocker than the Magic Carpet 


–   The generous, concealed volume produces exceptional paddling power


–   The MKIV can be run either as a twin keel or as a quad fin


–   The MKIV is a very versatile, smooth surfing fish style board for all sorts of waves, a board that’s        almost impossible to have a bad surf on. 


A note to say huge thanks for the Fish that you made for me. I have never enjoyed my surfing so much. Only problem, is that none of my other boards ever get used any more, I am addicted to it! Thanks again - Mike

Had two sessions on it yesterday and I can only say that IT RIPS!  It seems to do everything really well – paddle onto waves, handle late take-offs, hang in on a steep wall, ride through flat spots.  I was struck with how fluid and natural it feels and how you just know what it’s doing under your feet – I felt that I was surfing better than I have for ages - Dave


When you're buying a custom Jim Banks Surfboard, we are going to draw on Jim's 45 years of experience to make sure that you're going to get the best board for you. We'll make sure that we understand what you've been riding, and what your new one needs to do, and as a result, ensure that your new one is going to be exactly what you need.  


Jim says that at times when he initially gets an order for a custom board, sometimes some of the finer details might not be totally clear, but when he comes to build the board, these things suddenly become plainly clear.  This is the sort of intuitive knowing only comes from four decades of building surfboards for people, and this is the sort of knowing that enables Jim to get it just right for customers time after time.

You know that feeling when you pick up a seriously good chef's knife or step into a really nice car? There's that impossible to ignore feeling of excellence. The sort of quality that's tricky to put into words, yet is as plainly obvious as the light of day.

Jim's boards have the same feeling.  When you take off and feel the board cutting thru the water, there it is, that feeling.

The feeling that you're riding something very special...


Jim's surfing at Cronulla's Shark Island, Hawaii's Pipeline and Sunset Beach in the 70's was revolutionary. When Jim won the Sunset Pro Class Trials at Hawaii's Sunset Beach in 1979, head judge Jack Shipley claimed that Jim's surfing had rewritten the book on backhand surfing.  


And then, when he turned his back on pro surfing and returned to pioneering many of Indonesia’s now world famous waves, he did all of it on boards that he shaped himself. So when you buy a Jim Banks board, you're not just buying any old surfboard, you're buying a piece of surfing's history. 



'I don't believe that buying a board should be a risky affair.


All my custom boards come with a performance guarantee. I'm only interested in building you a board that you absolutely love. 


If you feel that your board is not performing as good as you expected, I'll replace it for you or refund your money.'  


* Reasonable conditions apply.


Jim Banks

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