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wrybread

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Any thoughts on the Jimmy Lewis Mano 9'9"?
« on: February 24, 2021, 07:45:33 PM »
A Jimmy Lewis Mano came up on Craigslist near me, it's exactly like this board:

http://www.standuppaddling.it/content/view/829

I'm not seeing a lot of info about this board online though. Guessing it was discontinued awhile ago?

Any thoughts on how it rides?

I'm about 6 foot, 210 pounds, surf in Northern California and enjoy big surf.

« Last Edit: February 24, 2021, 07:56:50 PM by wrybread »

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Re: Any thoughts on the Jimmy Lewis Mano 9'9"?
« Reply #1 on: February 24, 2021, 08:31:33 PM »
Guessing it was discontinued awhile ago?

The board is around 10 years old.
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Re: Any thoughts on the Jimmy Lewis Mano 9'9"?
« Reply #2 on: February 24, 2021, 08:46:32 PM »
Go for it : )
Jimmy has a way with making good looking boards... and this is one imho. And it fits the gun shape for your big surf days.
Just guessing but it was probably a little esoteric for the mainstream market in its day.
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Re: Any thoughts on the Jimmy Lewis Mano 9'9"?
« Reply #3 on: February 24, 2021, 09:05:42 PM »
It says PVC sandwich construction full wrap. I bet it's still in good shape. That's how a bullet proof board is made.
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Re: Any thoughts on the Jimmy Lewis Mano 9'9"?
« Reply #4 on: February 24, 2021, 09:47:11 PM »
Purchased! It sure is gunny on the nose. Very squash tail though. Speaking of esoteric boards I also have the Jimmy Lewis Bombora and Son of Bombora, it'll be interesting to see how this compares.


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Re: Any thoughts on the Jimmy Lewis Mano 9'9"?
« Reply #5 on: February 25, 2021, 09:24:25 AM »
It's an oldie but a goodie. I rode one that belonged to a friend, probably about 2010, though I don't remember what the length was. I loved it, and almost bought one but I had a new Foote board being built. I remember the board being amazingly light for a full sandwich board, and super firm underfoot. Surpringly stable given that at the time I weighed about 240# and most of my boards were over 10' and 31" wide. It seemed tiny to me, but it paddled and surfed great. Jimmy's production boards are bulletproof.

With that Alladin-slipper nose, it's going to surf like a shorter board.

I suspect Jimmy didn't love this board--he likes to move around. At the time I was trying to progress to shorter boards, but at my weight, I found I had to be glued to one spot with my foot on the kick pad and legs wide in a stinkbug stance with shorter boards. The exception is my 9.0 Foote but that thing looks like a pumpkin seed. I think it's 34" wide.

I think Jack Dyson had one, and he loved it. It wasn't Jack that I swapped with though, I remember his being really tiny, I don't remember who it was.
« Last Edit: February 25, 2021, 09:49:32 AM by PonoBill »
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Re: Any thoughts on the Jimmy Lewis Mano 9'9"?
« Reply #6 on: February 25, 2021, 03:39:22 PM »
Thanks. Super psyched to try it. Of course now there's the traditional days on end of 20 knot onshore winds and/or no swell that follows every one of my board purchases.

Here in Northern CA we went from an absolutely epic early season to weeks of wind swell at best. Argh.

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Re: Any thoughts on the Jimmy Lewis Mano 9'9"?
« Reply #7 on: February 25, 2021, 03:52:20 PM »
Damn, I'm in the wrong place.
Foote 10'4X34", SIC 17.5 V1 hollow and an EPS one in Hood River. Foote 9'0" x 31", L41 8'8", 18' Speedboard, etc. etc.

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Re: Any thoughts on the Jimmy Lewis Mano 9'9"?
« Reply #8 on: February 25, 2021, 06:03:12 PM »
Nice!  Now you have ALL the Bomboras  8)

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