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i'm after some advice/suggestions on a new board. i'm riding a 9'6" gerry lopez surf music and a 7'8" naish hokau in the surf at the moment. i think i was a little optimistic when i bought the naish as i think i'm a bit on the heavy side with all my wetsuit gear on, probably about 92kg.
i love the naish when i can manage to catch a wave when out riding it but i struggle with my balance and generating enough forward momentum in a straight line when paddling for a wave. i've only really had it out about 6 times since i bought it and found it was best to try for later steeper take offs then i only needed a few short strokes to get into the wave. once on the the wave its quick and manoeuvrable i love it.
the 9'6" lopez is my all rounder which i surf in most conditions but i think it is getting a bit dated in shape.
what i'm after is some suggestions of a board that i can replace both these boards with so reducing my quiver or should i just perceiver with the naish and maybe go on a diet.
I think the one board quiver is a bit of a dream for me as I'm much heavier in the winter - lots of rubber plus weightlifting comps I reckon adds 15 - 20 kg to my weight on the board and probably takes it to 120 - 125kgs
I suppose it depends on how you like to surf and what your local conditions are like. I mostly like to get in on the wave early and spend more time on it - I'm not a late takeoff person so I've never really gone short SUP as it seems to me to defeat the object - you may as well just buy a short board.
So my winter and small summer day board is my surftech Generator - fab machine and comes in sizes which would suit your weight. Turns on a dime and noserides well. But my alltime fave if I stayed at my summer weight of around 110kg is the Starboard Hero. I can't get enough of this board or rate it more highly - see my other post on it - but I think it needs a lot of weight to make it work well. The Mactavish 9'6" is also a good allrounder.
I guess the key is to find the magic number of litres that will float you and find boards in the region. For me it's around 150 litres - the Pocket Rocket for example is too small at (I think) around 130 or so.
Hope this helps
Here's a possibility - fits in between both your current boards I think. Cross between a longboard and fish sort of......mixture of fin set ups too. Can ride it in small to head high.
i've had a few suggestions now about board, on here and personal messages, thanks.
i thinking of checking out the LOCO sup board range that is based up in tynemouth which is not far from me. they have some nice boards and a few new boards coming out next year, some in carbon construction i've heard rumours of. these boards have apparently been designed form british/euro conditions so maybe what i'm looking for.
Bit of a sweeping statement! Waxer there are a lot of new boards coming out and being available in early 2013 from Rogue and Coreban to name two plus a few other American brands are heading this way so don't be hasty. Worth considering the resale value of a little know brand if you want to move it on, just things worth considering!
^^^^^he has a point and the costs brand new are not exactly cheap for a little known brand (not saying they are not any good of course) when I looked at them.
However, I still can't see past the price I paid for a new 12fter from Gong which surfs great and seems well made. All the USA brands seem to be about £1,000 +
just to say that loco is a similar cost to gong (600 buy it now inc bag and leash on ebay at present). i will leave it to them to explain their construction as i don't have a clue!
also, if loco are reading this, then i think that they need to review their website a little: the 9'5" is listed as 90-110kg rider, but the 8'11" is listed as 65-80kg..... so what about 80-90kg rider (i.e. me and loads of others)?
[quote="woodsy"]just to say that loco is a similar cost to gong (600 buy it now inc bag and leash on ebay at present). i will leave it to them to explain their construction as i don't have a clue!
Maybe that is a cheapie one but their website says quite different - about £800-£900 which is a fair bit more pricier than Gong which are £649 for a decent spec. However, you do get a bag and some sort of paddle with the loco so good if you are starting out. Nice to buy local of course if you like what you see.
Hi Guys, just seen this thread. There seems to be some confusion over the pricing of our boards. The £600 eBay price tag was actually for a 2012 used board & bag with a new carbon paddle. We did run a couple of promotions offering a new board with paddle and bag at £750 towards the end of last season to move 2012 stock prior to heading out to Fuerte to develop our line of 2013 boards. In terms of the constructions, these have been developed with Bouke Becker from Witchcraft Sailboards who's wave boards are known to be some of the strongest on the planet so our layups are definitely not cheap! I can't personally evaluate Gong's offering (not having owned one) but our Locos do come with factory-fitted deck pads, quality fins and GoPro mounts as standard. In response to the rider weight information on our website I'll have a look at this an update it accordingly. All I would say is that much is governed by ability. Our 9'5'' has been tested and works great for fatties like me (105kg) as well as still carving effortlessly for 55kg ladies. From the weight info provided Waxer would have no problem riding our 9'5'', 8'11'', 8'4'' or 7'10''...in terms of a one board quiver I'd suggest 8'11'' or 8'4'' as they'll provide a bit more float. If you keep your Gerry Lopez I'd suggest the 7'10''
Always glad to help,
Joe @ Loco
Waxer check out the new Bonz 8'10 x 30" x 130 litres looks very nice and with Delpero's input should rip - Hopefully get mine sometime in April!
Think it's the angle but could be - the 8'10 is very very new and doesn't even appear on the Bonz website yet!
that BONZ sup looks really nice and i'd be interested in how it goes when you get yours JayP.
i checked out the BONZ website and the boards look sweet. out of interest how much is a board like the 8'10" BONZ as i cant find any prices on the website.
hope you enjoy your new board JayP
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