The Special Recipe Fish

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"A Chevy Bel Air with a Ferrari Engine."

The Special Recipe Fish combines some of our favorite elements of our previous Fish models.  A full-ish outline, paired with a more progressive rail and thickness flow—which means it has the planing surface to glide really well, but the contours to be surfed more aggressively.

BEST FOR: The fish enthusiast who wants to explore the wave face entirely and have the drive and inherent speed to do turns up, down, left, and right.

FIN: Futures Twin boxes come standard on the Special Recipe Fish.


  • 5’2 and 6'0 long 


  • 5'4 by 21" wide by 2.45 | 31.7L
  • 5'6 by 21 1/4" wide by 2 1/2 | 34L
  • 5'8 by 21 5/16" wide by 2.59 | 36.04L
  • 5'10 by 21 3/8" wide by 2.62 | 37.8L
  • 6'0 by 21.5" wide by 2.62 | 39.6L

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Kudos to the Team

The order for my SRF went in just as the Pandemic was hitting full swing. Even through mandatory shop closings, quarantine, and supply delays, my green beauty was waiting for pickup as we road tripped our way up the coast. The Almond team was so flexible, and delivered a piece of art. This is my first shorter board, and I have already been surprised by its paddle speed. Also, responsive as heck. That loose feeling I was hoping for. And way faster than I thought it would be. You guys are a great shop...customer for life. Thank you.

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Dylan B.
United States United States
Perfect Recipe

The Special Recipe was the logical choice; it's got plenty of volume, and reviews rave about it being fast and lively. So my board search ended here. A few weeks later, an oversized package arrived safe and sound on my New England doorstep, and ever since then, the way I look at my quiver has changed entirely. I will be back for more Almonds in the future.

United States United States
Frothed is an understatement...

So I've been looking at Almond boards for quite some time and I finally picked up The Special Recipe Fish a couple weeks ago. I've grown up down in SoCal and I've always been on the hunt for something that is more suitable for the all around conditions that we see. I was never truly satisfied with any makes until I received this puppy. I got a 5'4 blue recipe and it has to be one of the greatest boards I've ever stepped foot on... The little twin setup is very responsive and quick down the line for easy fun rides. It's chest volume makes it easy to snag waves despite being shorter than myself. I am truly amped on my new magic carpet and can't thank the boys over at Almond enough!

Baker C.
Well, now I'm spoiled

Picked this board up in May, full of excitement and high expectations, as this is my first board from Almond. I had to spring for one as I've watched so many friends designate their Almonds as their go-to's. It has lived up to every hope and dream, and then some! This board is perfectly balanced both under the chest and under your feet, as well as speedy and playful down the line. None of us can pass up a good steep drop every now and then, but I really enjoy getting into waves early, and this board amazed me at how easily it paddles and glides for early entry (as mentioned by other reviewers). Of course, the Almond crew was easy to work with, very responsive and kind. Everyone is different, but at 6'1" and 180 lbs I sprung for the 5'10" model and it's been a blast. If you're hesitating - don't. You'll love it.

Daniel K.
Great fish!

I love this board! It paddles with ease, gets you in early, but is quick as a flash down the line. You can push it on turns and it will hang with you. It is perfect for most every day I would want to surf in San Diego. I will also say that Almond was great during the process of designing a custom board. They kept me updated frequently on progress, with updates and pictures. I highly recommend this board if you are looking for a versatile fish!