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The Shape Shack / Re: Board Thickness Effect
« on: January 22, 2021, 03:58:50 PM »
check out the Genration boards- specifically the Wedge.   I'm riding a 8'2 x 28 x at least 4.5 (Genration doesnt list thickness) at almost 230lbs in winter gear floating above the water and 'semi' stable at 118l. which is crazy volume for an 8'2 x28

its a full on performace shape but they figured out how to make you able to stand on a surfboard.  most dramatic stepped rails i have ever seen and by far (in the middle) the thickest and it works....well!

Gear Talk / Re: new fin setup for JL Super Frank
« on: November 02, 2020, 01:29:29 PM »
How many fins did your Super Frank came with? My 8' SF came with 5, one is a center fin (same 4.5" as the rest). I do prefer the thruster setup over the quad in general.
I bought mine used and it only came with 4 JL fins. How do you like the SF with the thruster? Have you tried it in 4'-6' waves? I'll snag an inexpensive Ho Stevie thruster setup and try it out. Then probably try out the nubster (found one for $16 on Amazon) and see how that goes with the quad fins in.

Def. try the nubster and the quad first.  Easy experiment for a couple bucks and I run one all winter on my quad for a little extra hold. Plus very easy to find rather than a single large center futures fin.

Also- Pass on the Ho Stevies.  I get it- they are cheap- but they all break.  I broke a set I had as 'emergency fins' on my prone board the first day out while i was lending a set of fins out

Gear Talk / Re: JL Super Frank vs Destroyer
« on: November 02, 2020, 01:24:28 PM »
Hey Badger, yes on the sessions page about mid way down.

I will say Iím intrigued by sups with the step deck.  The Flow 2.0 and the l41ís.  I believe Caribsurf was selling a l41 Bruce Wayne that if I had the money would have jumped on it.

LB not to thread hijack but my only two sups now are step-decks.  8'0 l41 ST and a 8'2 Genration wedge.  Both pronounced and not subtle steps.

You can grab either anytime you want to give them a try since I usually cant make dawn patrol with the kiddos anymore to board swap in the water.

Gear Talk / Re: JL Super Frank vs Destroyer
« on: November 02, 2020, 01:22:10 PM »
The dilemma I've faced since I started is that a lot of the boards with the correct volume for my weight have always been too narrow for me to ride.

I started in 2013 when I was 56 and as I've gotten older, have not been able to transition to low volume boards as I had hoped. Right now 31" is a comfortable width for me and I don't see myself going any narrower.

You being 40 years old with presumably no balance issues should have no problem going shorter and narrower, but this has to be done in steps.

My recommendation for your weight, experience, and type of wave riding you want to do is to look for a board with this basic outline and rocker with a width around 30 inches and a target volume around 120 liters. It might be a bit of a challenge at first but at your age, you should be able to adjust to it fairly quickly.

If we ever meet up when you're up this way, I'll let you try my Flow.

Badger spot on with this post.  If you are keeping the Super Frank you need to be on a more traditional shape with less volume.  You wont notice the lack of glide when the waves are bigger and youve already got momentum from a bigger longer period winter New England Waves.

Gear Talk / Re: Anything out there similar to the Hammer?
« on: October 18, 2020, 12:05:13 PM »
I'd reach out directly to Kirk on the shipping. In a pre-covid 'open border' world i shipped a board to SurfAfrica who rides Tofino to a friend he had in Washington and he drove to to get it rather than trying to ship cross border (His idea to make it easier)

on the boards below. Ive ridden the Flow and the Flash. Havent ridden the Kanga but I own a Genration wedge (And have discussed the Genrations a ton with Supthecreek and their reps when i ordered) I'd def ask his feedback on all things Genration

I think the Flow is a dated design at this point.  its just a blown up surfboard, an all terrain tire- works in everything- excels in none.  I sold a 'flow' type shape to move the the L41 ST.

I think Genraton is onto something with their designs- in good waves my Wedge is unbeatable.  But its very tippy and fickle when not actually doing anything but ripping on a wave.

If I was to add another board to my two board quiver it would be a SP25.  It would fit between the 'good wave' ripper- the Wedge- and my Mushy and or choppy wave L41 ST.

If I only had to have one SUP, and I only supped (I prone surf about 50% of the time),  it probably would be something like the Kanga or SP 25 to work on the largest variety of  waves.

Gear Talk / Re: Board progression over my 12 years of paddle boarding
« on: October 14, 2020, 05:58:59 PM »
This was an awesome video!   Thank you for posting (I know im late to the party here)

I had an almost identical progression.  Rental 10'6 on a non surf hawaii vacation.  go two 10'10s for me and the wife...relaize my wave count gets ridiculous on the SUP rather then surf,board....

Move into an NYC apt. forced to move to a 8'5 pocket rokect (similar to your hotel move)

Still find better wave count on that than surfing (Now have a kid so get even fewer hours to surf)

and then mirrored your progression right down to where I am today.  2 board quiver. 8' L41 (130L) ST for mushy and or choppy chest high and under surf, and 118l Genration Wedge for bigger cleaner surf (im i'd bet we match very similarly on guild factor)

only thing i disagreed with?  The riviera nugg is an absolute dog!!  I bought one and thought it would be fun in small waves and my wife would use it (bc it fit in our SUV- she couldnt get the 10'10 on the roof solo) ..and it was terrible. slow, didnt glide, didnt turn....and garbage construction

Gear Talk / Re: Anything out there similar to the Hammer?
« on: October 14, 2020, 05:18:23 PM »
just read this whole thread and would steer you towards the l41 ST.  I have one and have rode the destroyer and the shroom.

The shroom is an 'only' mushy wave board in my opinion.   Its a somehwat worse version of L41's simmons design nad tough to ride in the pocket.  I loved it when i demoed it...but i like the l41 st more.

the destroyer and the ST are opposite ends of the wave catching specurum in my opinion.  The destroyer gets you in a little earlier with its length and volume up front(assuming popular dims on both) but its not nearly as fast on the wave.  I drop in very late on my st and like many have said on the zone....has an immediate gas pedal.

in the end....getting down the wave quick is the goal on a sup and IMO catching and riding waves you cant on a prone board.  the ST gets me down racy waves faster which means more options on a wave and potentially more fun on closeouts and mushburgers.,

SUP General / Re: Man cave photos
« on: August 22, 2020, 04:29:21 PM »
LB... the wood stove and the special edition Kane Beer cans on the shelf.   Perfection.

love it.  I had that 8'4 Rawson. GREAT board- I was just lucky to not have any of the finbox problems I heard so many had.

Classifieds / Re: NorthJerz Surf Sup Fin Set Blowout
« on: August 03, 2020, 10:45:18 AM »
GL1's also sold.

Final set- Infinity Rainbows still up for grabs......come get them!

General Discussion / Re: Island Beach State Park NJ SUP surfing ban
« on: July 18, 2020, 01:35:54 PM »

I have sup surfed IBSP ALL the time over the past 10 years.  I've never had a problem- but have not been yet this summer.

This would be a HUGE loss.  I specifically go to IBSP to space out.  God help me if I tried to SUP surf on 'surfing' beach zones in the summer with the lifeguards.  Adding Sups to the shoulder to shoulder packs is just a bad idea.

IBSP was an absolute Memorial day-Labor day lifesaver for NJ Surfers and Suppers.

Anyone organizing to fight this please let me know how I can help.

Sessions / Re: Amazing sunrise on the Jersey Shore this morning
« on: June 28, 2020, 07:05:35 AM »
Yew!!!! looking good LB!

Gear Talk / Re: Sunova Creek 9'1" fins
« on: June 25, 2020, 07:28:08 AM »
If you do a search you will find most people think the stock sunova fins have way too much sweep in their shape.

of all the people I know (with the exception of Creek as he has so many Sunovas at any time) most people swap out those fins on the Creek, Flow Flash , acid etc.

Shameless Plug:  I have a set of Gerry Lopez GL1's for sale in the classified section.  They are essentially the opposite of the sunova fins.  I originally bough them to replace stock Starboard fins that I also thought had too much sweep to help the board turn more lively, without going to a smaller surfboard fin.

sent you a DM....looks like like we will be on 95 alot of the same times this week! :D

Classifieds / Re: NorthJerz Surf Sup Fin Set Blowout
« on: June 09, 2020, 10:50:48 AM »
Gl2's are sold.  come get the rest!

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