Kermit’s dimensions are 6ft long 21 inches wide at his widest point (not quite sure how fat he is as I covered the dimension by the tailpad.). He’s much more chunky than my shortboard. In hindsight, I should have gotten a smaller Kermit – something like 5.7 or 5.8 instead of 6ft. Cos sometimes we disagree and he’s going one direction while I’m going another. I reckon a smaller version Kermit would have been a bit easier to handle. So if you plan on getting a fish this summer, I can only recommend to go a bit smaller than your shortboard. Kermit has a swallow tail (that’s the W shape end of the board). Unlike all my other boards, Kermit has a 4-fin set up instead of 3 which not only makes him a fish but also a quad.
Kermit is perfect for days when it’s smallish, bad shape or fat waves with not much punch to the wave. The swallow tail helps you to paddle onto the waves easier and it has more drive than your conventional short board. The quad fin set up also makes him much faster on days where you would be struggling to get some speed on your thruster (i.e. 3 fin set-up). Oh and the good part is, unlike your mal you should still be able to duck-dive on a fish like Kermit.
Kermit is also good for onshore small days with lots of wind as I usually can’t be bothered to drag Bruce down the beach. If it’s a glassy small day with great shape waves, I actually prefer Bruce – my mal though.
In short, Kermit is my crap wave board. Everyone needs a Kermit in Bondi – especially in summer.
Oh and another (literally) hot tip – don’t ever buy a board with black rails, it can get pretty dam hot if you take it out of a car on a hot summer’s day. Beautiful green Kermit with black rails did teach me that lesson…