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Kalama E3 - 5'2" 105L
« on: September 06, 2022, 04:47:00 PM »
Looking at the Kalama E3, current/last board was is 5'8" 105L, 28" wide, zero stability issues. I'd keep riding it, but.....there's some build issues there. I'm around 80kg, mostly knee to waist high inlet surf, I'm not on perfectly clean waves, but......I'd rather go as small as I can get away with.

Anyone else tried this board?

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Re: Kalama E3 - 5'2" 105L
« Reply #1 on: September 07, 2022, 07:54:44 PM »
I had Jimmy Lewis make me a custom, 5-10 x 28, best thing I ever did. Flys off the water and he is readily available to build one.

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Re: Kalama E3 - 5'2" 105L
« Reply #2 on: September 08, 2022, 05:12:54 PM »
I had Jimmy Lewis make me a custom, 5-10 x 28, best thing I ever did. Flys off the water and he is readily available to build one.

Ok, well that solves that, I love JL boards, that's all I have until I made this mistake. I'll contact him.
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Re: Kalama E3 - 5'2" 105L
« Reply #3 on: September 11, 2022, 12:56:08 PM »
I have the 5'4" 104L E3 and no build issues. Love the board. 80kgs. I could use it on choppy days but at the age where I don't feel like punishing myself.

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Re: Kalama E3 - 5'2" 105L
« Reply #4 on: September 12, 2022, 05:58:41 AM »
I have the 5'4" 104L E3 and no build issues. Love the board. 80kgs. I could use it on choppy days but at the age where I don't feel like punishing myself.

Nice, good to know, I think I'll keep the width (28"), but that really helps. What type of conditions are you typically in?
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10'1" JL Black and Blue
14' BIC WS Tracer
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Re: Kalama E3 - 5'2" 105L
« Reply #5 on: September 13, 2022, 04:34:16 AM »
I like it in waist to HH surf with light to medium offshore.

If wind is too strong, or not offshore, then Ill use my 59 117L board. If waves are bigger then HH then also go with 59 depending how Im feeling.

For me, it paddles and releases so easy. I had a tough decision on going with 54 over 52. Still dont have an answer on which one is best! Theyre both great boards. With the 52 maybe I could go out in wider range of chop. But then not sure it would paddle into the bigger stuff as easily. 

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Re: Kalama E3 - 5'2" 105L
« Reply #6 on: December 02, 2022, 03:27:01 AM »
Yeah, so I'm about 10 sessions or so in on the 5'2", a mix of conditions, beach breaks, a few larger days with chest/shoulder-high waves, and some short period inlet days. It is pretty easy balance wise left to right, but forward to back is a bit tricky to get used to, taking off I sometimes sink the nose. I do like it, I think I have a smaller margin of error on the mixed up inlet days, and may take out my larger 5'6" board for those days (even though it's a de'lamed POS at this point).

Once on the wave, it turns much, much better, and for whatever reason I'm getting faster overall wave times. Old board, comparable days, wave speed (top speed) was in the 15/16 mph range, now I'm getting 17/19 consistently, and I can feel it. I'm not sure if it just is the more efficient release to begin with or what.
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Re: Kalama E3 - 5'2" 105L
« Reply #7 on: December 02, 2022, 04:14:01 AM »
So did you go with the Kalama or did you get a custom JL?

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Re: Kalama E3 - 5'2" 105L
« Reply #8 on: December 02, 2022, 04:50:01 AM »
The fast, efficient, take off speed of the Kalama style boards, make the whole wave ride faster.

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Re: Kalama E3 - 5'2" 105L
« Reply #9 on: January 25, 2023, 09:35:06 AM »
Hey, yeah I went with the Kalama. The 5'2" is a lot quicker, there is still a bit of a drop in stability in short period inlet type of mess. I take my licks there, but for the most part it's a solid upgrade and as small as I want to go for my weight (175 lb). Data off my Apple Watch as shown it's quicker overall. Now that I've gotten the cadence down a bit better it definitely pops off the water quicker, I don't really foresee needing another board (except maybe a barracuda for prone) anytime soon.
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10'1" JL Black and Blue
14' BIC WS Tracer
6'5" JL Flying-V/GoFoil Maliko 200
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Re: Kalama E3 - 5'2" 105L
« Reply #10 on: January 29, 2023, 09:20:38 PM »
Hey, yeah I went with the Kalama. The 5'2" is a lot quicker, there is still a bit of a drop in stability in short period inlet type of mess. I take my licks there, but for the most part it's a solid upgrade and as small as I want to go for my weight (175 lb). Data off my Apple Watch as shown it's quicker overall. Now that I've gotten the cadence down a bit better it definitely pops off the water quicker, I don't really foresee needing another board (except maybe a barracuda for prone) anytime soon.
I have a Kings 5'1x27"x102L and a Kings 7'10x19.5"x115L (Barracuda style) DW board, and find that that's the perfect two board quiver that give something small and maneuverable in the surf for surfing and winging on average -->bigger/windier days, and surf, winging in smaller/lighter wind days, and then (attempting) flatwater starting on days when there's none of the above.

Haven't tried DWing yet, but looking forward to that day in hopefully the not too distant future.
Me: 6'1"/185...(2) 5'1" Kings Foil/Wing Boards...7'10 Kings DW Board...9'6" Bob Pearson "Laird Noserider"...14' Lahui Kai "Manta"...8'0" WaveStorm if/when the proning urges still hit.

 


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