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Jay Davies Rides The Sexiest Full-Figured Groveler We’ve Seen This Year!

Chilli’s new Hot Knife is exactly that!

hardware // Jun 14, 2019
Words by Film
Reading Time: 3 minutes

We’re not ashamed of our taste for curves, our penchant for the voluptuous, and when it comes to our daily drivers, we’re more than happy to straddle something with a little extra volume. 

Of course, there’s a fine line between an overstuffed dog, and a subtly curvaceous blade with a little extra cush for the push. 

Last week, while we were banging around West Oz., our favourite plus-sized bruiser, Jay Davies, swung through our house to pick up a bag of fresh Chilli’s that his dear friend and occasional pack mule, Chris Binns, was kind enough to haul back from Bali.



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“This board is always super fast & easy to ride,” – Jay Davies


Joey Griffiths

While there were plenty of spicy pintails for West Oz juice, the board that immediately caught everyone’s attention was a slightly stubby, but elegantly outlined squash tail, with a noticeable but delicate hip that started in the middle of the side fin box. 


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Jay Davies, perhaps the most nimble ninety-kilo surfer on the planet, with a board tailor-made for a full-frame.


Joey Griffiths

“This is a new model James [Cheal] has been working on,” Jay said. “It’s a really good board for punchy, small surf.” 

Which, of course, is a platitude w/r/t the subject of surfboard design, but it ain’t everyday that a groveller built for a 90k/20lb+ surfer looks svelte in the least. Most small wave boards border on boat status when they scale beyond the 30L mark, leaving man-sized surfers with bulky, clumsy-looking high volume equipment. 

The Hot Knife, even at 32-liters, looked absolutely sexy (prompting our publisher to call up the Chilli boys in Sydney immediately and toss one to the queue). 


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James “Chilli” Cheal, and his new small wave blade for 2019, The Hot Knife


Joey Griffiths

According to James “Chilli” Cheal, The Hot Knife’s been a long time a-comin’. The new model comprises fan favourite aspects two of their most beloved and often repeat ordered boards, the Peri Peri from their current lineup, and the Step-Down 2, which was fazed out but still gets custom ordered more than they’d like to admit. 

[The Hot Knife] is a combination of the Peri Peri’s much-loved bottom contours— a single concave through to a double with a blended vee exiting the tail tip this cre-ates a super forgiving rail to rail experience—and the classic outline from the Stepdown 2, “with the main feature being a slighthip at the side fin marks. This creates a straighter rail down to the tailfor drive. A slightly wider rounded square tail pod is fast.”

Despite being full-figured, the volume is distributed evenly, with forgiving but not bulky rails. Jay’s feedback “this board is always super fast & easy to ride.”

And ain’t that basically all you can ask for? 

You can custom order your Hot Knife here. 


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Ain’t she just the foxiest, plump little thing?


Joey Griffiths

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