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https://slo.craigslist.org/spo/6045846354.htmlHe finally got back to me, it's an 8/11. I'm going to pass
Steve (Southwesterly) was kind enough to lend me his SupSports Hammer 9.5x33@178L to try today. I have been curious to try a Hammer for a while.I was tired today and have a cold, not much spark, so I wasn’t optimal, and waves weren’t huge today, but I still had a lot of fun trying this guy out. Conditions were reasonably calm. It’s a lot more volume than my current boards (Speed 8.10@130 and Prowave 9.3@134) and I think Steve just gave me the Hammer to see me standing up more.I am not that much of a balance maven, so it still took me a while to get used to Hammer, and of course, as with any board, it requires different muscles than the other boards. It is definitely nice to balance, but not a complete breeze. I think I noticed the advantage most when coming back through the shore reflections (rocky road) around Privates, where the board washed off shore reflections like they weren’t there.One session is only enough for a few impressions but a few things were obviousWave entry was about the same as Speeed, maybe a little easier. Hammer has only a little nose rocker, so I tended to perl it at first. That’s not a fault of the board, just technique to get on the back just enough then weight forward just enough to enter without tipping the nose down too much. It would probably be better at entry if I keyed into it more with practice.However, standup wave entry is buttery smooth, a wonderful sensation compared to other boards I have been on so far. Bottom turn was easy, a surprise for a larger board.Riding to the crest and re-entry was easy, also a surprise for a larger board. I can’t do roundabouts yet, but I have seen Steve do several on larger waves on this board.Turning around on the board to catch waves while standing was also easy, another surprise for a large board. With the added stability, it is easier to turn around than Speed and a lot easier than Prowave. I could do aggressive buoy turns and really snap it around and clamber back up with the stability, cool.My only board that is easier to turn around standing is the 8.7 Flow, a much smaller board. I can’t really do buoy turns on Speed 8.10 so well, because it is so light at my current weight (at least 235 lbs. wet with gear), stepping back on it tends just to sink it. Doing buoy turns on Hammer is fun, and I could see getting some practice to snap around very quickly to catch waves. I had the nose up and was able to do 360’s on it while standing towards the tail.I rented a Naish Mana 9.5 a couple of years ago and didn’t like it at all, I thought it was a log. Hammer is no log, and is adroit to turn and handle, even though it is wider than the Mana I had.This Hammer is carbon construction and pretty light for a large board, I had no trouble carrying it. It is in quad configuration with pretty standard sized fins placed pretty far toward the edges of the wide tail.Hammer has decent glide, but not quite as much as I thought it would, probably because of the width. However, the glide plus stability is a positive.Hammer is counter intuitive, because looking at the board (wide, thicker rails, wide tail, very large planing surface) you would not think it was an agile performer and bottom turner such as it is. It’s a Cadillac that can also handle very well for this size. Fun, stable, and it also looks like a nice coastal cruiser for going up and down L41. Tomorrow, I think I will take it up the coast a bit out in the deeper water. No large waves on the horizon, so I won’t be able to get it into larger stuff, but I think it would be great on bigger waves.Very cool board.Anyway, thanks to Steve for letting me try this board. I thought it would be good, but it is better than I thought.