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Modern Highline Board Review by The South Coast Kook

My aim is to review boards for the average knockabout surfer (or ‘kook’ like me), without all the technical terms and manoeuvres.



Misses Kook getting some waves on the Modern Highline. Photo Parlour_ag
Misses Kook getting some waves. Photo Parlour_ag


As lockdown is in full effect it has been a bit difficult for me access new boards to do reviews on… So naturally, I started ripping through the misses’ quiver.


The board I was most interested in doing a review on was her 6”0 Modern Highline at 42L, which comes with fins and retails at $645 which is such a good price considering how nice this board is. The resin tint finish job is perfect and the shape of the board is so inviting.

The Modern Highline after a session Photo Parlour_ag
The Modern Highline after a session Photo Parlour_ag


The Highline comes in three different colours fire storm, sea tint and clear. The wife’s board is a beautiful blue colour which is last years colour but the shape of the board is the same.


The Highline has the perfect amount of rocker. Every wave felt so smooth on the take off no matter how peaky the wave was, how deep I was sitting or if there was any small bumps in the wave face. The tail is super wide and thick making it so easy to adjust my feet. If I ‘Kooked’ the take off or if I felt like I needed to move my back foot I knew it had the forgiveness to do this. Which is awesome if you are learning and need that stability. The downside to this is that there is a lot of board to turn.


This is her ‘go to’ short board and I can see why. It is super reliable and is a wave catching machine. Every time I “borrow” this board I know that I will be racking up a high wave count.


The Modern Highline on display
The Modern Highline on display


Once you have mastered the art of catching waves on your foamie, log or mini mal, The Highline would be the perfect transition to a shortboard. With a heap of foam compacted into a shortboard shape, it makes catching waves on a smaller board much easier. And, with more time on the wave you will have the opportunity to try new things or dial in on something you have been working on to help progress your surfing skills to the next level.




The Highline has the perfect amount of rocker. Every wave felt so smooth on the take off no matter how peaky the wave was, how deep I was sitting or if there was any small bumps in the wave face. The tail is super wide and thick making it so easy to adjust my feet. If I ‘Kooked’ the take off or if I felt like I needed to move my back foot I knew it had the forgiveness to do this. Which is awesome if you are learning and need that stability. The downside to this is that there is a lot of board to turn.


The Highline comes with basic medium fcs II performer fins. This was the first time I realised how important the right fins are. I noticed straight away my first bottom turn the board slid out from underneath me. It took me a couple of waves to get the hang of it. After switching the fins to a larger and better quality am2 fin, I noticed straight away that this board had a lot more to give. I would suggest to upgrade the fins straight away to match your ability and weight to get the full potential from this board.


The Highline is a board that you could relax and get comfortable with and surf in every kind of condition. Or if you have a busy life style and don’t get a chance to surf often it is a board that you could get back to where you left off. Personally, I reckon this would be an awesome board first board for any grom or beginner, or even great for those more experienced surfers looking for a fun little wave with the kids or your misses on a sunny summer’s day!


I rate this board 7/10, If you have any questions feel free to reach out


To learn more about the amazing company Global Surf Industries , Click here to listen to the podcast episode I recorded with the CEO Mark Kelly.



I appreciate your ongoing support of my small business, by purchasing a surfboard through this Global Surf Industries Link, you are helping the South Coast Kook podcast continue to run. To say thanks I would love to send you a small token of appreciation to help you get your stoke on your new board. Simply contact me directly at southcoastkook@gmail.com after purchase and I will gladly send you a FREE GIFT!


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Wedding day surf.... Photo Parlour_ag
Wedding day surf.... Photo Parlour_ag



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