Well.... heres my new board
this was NOT intended to be a review… just a “first look” at something new.... but I got carried away
A proper review will come after I have some quality time on it and some decent video... but I will pass on what I know so far.
Like most Zoners, I am constantly researching boards, trying to find “The One”.
Late last year, I heard about a board that blew me away, but info was scarce, so I was on a mission to learn everything I could.
My Sunova SPEEED arrived a week ago.
8’10 x 29 1/8 at 130 liters
Not a tiny board by new standards, but pushing my
OZ is full of this “Wide Nose” design….they are hugely popular….
Local brands like Minion, Vanguard, Gulliver V-Box
Then the big boys jumped in with the Slate, Raptor, Hyper-Nut
Sunova has taken a very
This “Wide Nose” board entry, is a MAJOR departure from the rest of the field.... and THAT is exactly why I was soooo intrigued.
The SPEEED incorporates ALL the components that I like in a board and still allows me to go with less width than traditional shapes.... and at a much lower volume.
Rocker instead of flat
Nose scoop instead of flat
Narrow tail instead of wide
One huge appeal of the Sunova to me is their construction, I can't afford to give up durability for light weight.
Not words that generally go together, when talking SUP
Sunova is ALL of them.
Consensus among owners is, these are VERY strong boards using some ground breaking technology, like deck "I beams" and parabolic rails
The boards are stiff on the deck, but have “give” built into the bottom, for a super
Light weight, with none of the stiffness and chatter of carbon…. many riders have said it is immediately noticeable..... I am now one of them
My board weighs in (on a digital shipping scale) at 18.8 lbs with deckpad, stomper and stock thrusters. I am loving that!
handle eliminates big the hole in the middle of the deck and gives me a super easy way to carry the board.
There is zero paint
on this board… the rails are covered with Titanium impregnated cloth, over a carbon rail strip, for impact resistance, plus the look hides any scuffs you may get.
The nose is wide, but incredibly
thin…. thinner than the end of my pinky finger, and it has a lot of scoop.
This adds so much to stability, when paddling or catching a wave.
The harder you lean toward the nose, the more stable it becomes, and the scoop keeps the nose from sinking.
The parallel rails give it great speed and the “bump down” at the side bites combine with the deep channels to give it that sweet, crisp, tight carving
While many of these “square nose” designs are built to maximize small and mushy waves, The SPEEED is designed with an eye towards really good waves.
Reports have it ripping DOH in the Mentawais.
Cape Cod has always been fairly thick and hollow when it gets overhead, but this year, the sand has been gouged out by serious winter storms, and left some really
deep water near shore, so we now have some very soft conditions, at all but dead low tide.
Deep water and tiny waves have not given me a chance to explore this board yet, but I gotta say…. It even makes crap waves fun.
As always, pictures to give you a good look….
and.... against my better judgment, I included a short video of some small windy, gutless sessions I had this week.
It was taken with my "point and shoot", as an experiment, so I had to “Zoom” it….
make sure you set to 720HD to make it a little
I am very
impressed with my SPEEED so far…. I can’t wait to get it in some good waves, and come back with a complete review