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nice is right. a JL was my first board wwwwwway back in the day and jimmy and i have emailed back and forth ever since, with some of his email responses to questions being incredibly long and thoughtful. and encouraging. and fun. i own three JLs now, all three the same model, my good feelings toward them compounded by how great a guy I think Jimmy himself is.
I bought the 8'8" Super Tech Carbon from Jimmy and Marlon at Surf Expo last September. Since I don't like wax on my sups I had them cut a deck pad for it and they shipped it to me from Hawaii. I love riding it. It has a single concave from the nose to the middle and then a double concave from the middle to the fins and then a flat tail. I can't believe how easily it catches waves for a 112 liter board. I've ridden it in hollow Caribbean waves with 10 ft faces and boy is it fast and maneuverable. It's the best surf sup I've ever ridden. It also works great in waist high waves. The stock fins which I ride in a thruster configuration work really well. I haven't yet tried riding it as a quad. Also it came supplied with 5 fins so straight out of the box you can configure it how you want. I can't wait to ride it in Baja this summer and test it out in some Pacific juice.Besides the 8'8" the new Super Techs will be a 9'1" x 30.5" 129 liters and a 9'6" x 31.5" 146 liters. The 9'1" will have a 19" tail and a 16 7/16" nose. The 9'6" will have a 19 3/4" tail and a 16 7/16 nose. I'm pretty sure the bottoms will be the same as the other Super Techs - Single Mid to Double in fins to flat tail.I have to agree that both Jimmy and Marlon are some of the nicest surf industry guys I have ever met. It's amazing that in this day and age that the owner of a company and his son take the time to respond to individual emails. And they do it within 24 hours. The greatest customer service ever.Unless something radically changes Jimmy Lewis boards will be the only ones I will buy again.
Any comments on the stability of the 8'8" SuperTech, or performance in smaller waist to chest high weak surf?
My 2 cents, likely worth less...This may not apply as I have ridden the Super Tech 7'10, but I would guess the 8'8 is similar. I would expect it to perform well in small surf if you compare it with short board style sups (not sim-sups which excel in small, weak surf). The 7'10 has a little flatter rocker than I expected and with the squash tail the combination makes it seem stable for its size. The rocker and squash tail in a quad setup also make the board get up to speed significantly quicker and maintain speed better in small stuff compared to the 8'2 Stun Gun. The 7'10 surfs like a loose short board and I have been able to surf it in small waves. For construction, both the Super Tech and Stun Gun are solid. Again, for what it's worth...