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SUP Gear Reviews / Newly Acquired / On Order / Re: Jimmy Lewis Destroyer
« on: August 06, 2019, 07:04:58 PM »
FRP- just like LB said, went straight through Jimmy (how cool is that!). Email back and forth with a legend, no big deal. Pretty cool talking to him I sent him a pic of my first big purchase, a Kinetic windsurfing board circa 1995. I mowed a shitload of lawns and shoveled snow of many driveways to save up for that board. He was a part of that board and decades later a part of my new ride. Truly a good guy to work with and makes forking over money to a guy who you can trust much easier.

The board breaks traditional rules of volume to weight. I had a KM 86 x 29 @107 ltrs. Super tippy! Very hard to stand on and paddle around a lineup. Awesome board on a wave but shit construction, gave to my son to beat up. Bought a few of them super cheap when going out of business and sold all the others making mine free and I still didnt like it. Went to the Shroom at 79 same volume, much easier to paddle. Stable and the best most comfortable deck Ive ever been on. Sold just because it was a specific board for mushy, crap waves. There it excelled but on a decent day or a once the wave had any shape to it it sucked. Wide tail, boxy shape was just not a one board solution for me.

I started looking for exact shape/ philosophy of the Destroyer before Jimmy had it out. Shorter, lower volume, spoon nose, pin tail, bomb proof. Tried a few custom shapers who were willing to try it it(at my expense). Another too busy with foiling to make(DW). Did not like the idea of shelling out 1500-2000 bucks for someone to give it a shot. Plus most customs are making simple surfboard construction, glass over foam, but at SUP prices.

In comes the Destroyer on the Seabreeze. Holy shit, just what I was looking for! Made by Jimmy, highly endorsed by his Australian distributor(amazing surfer, loads of experience and best board he has ever surfed). I emailed both, figured out design, shipping, price, etc. and got mine in Florida. Could not be happier!

This board is unlike anything out there and should be on anybodys radar if looking for new board. Truly a one board quiver and go small! Very stable for size.

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SUP Gear Reviews / Newly Acquired / On Order / Re: Jimmy Lewis Destroyer
« on: August 05, 2019, 06:48:21 PM »
Yes the dome is very, very slight. More of just a taper to the rails maybe the last inch or two. Being such a small board though I need to be out there. Board is super stable even at only 100 ltrs to my 190lbs. But the sweet spot has me closer to that downward dip at the rail line. Probably unnoticeable to anyone else. Only reason I notice it is because my knee is such junk. 3 surgeries trying to correct a life and career bouncing around on boats. Also coming off a Sunova Shroom with the best, most comfortable deck Ive ever been on and arguably the most locked in feel of any board out there. As I get more comfortable with the board I feel Ill  be able to increase that sweet spot a bit. And maybe just throw on my neoprene sleeve on the knee which helps.

I dont take buying a new board, sight unseen, at price very lightly. I saved, researched all options, waited months for delivery and could not be happier with the new board. Jimmy absolutely nailed this board and Im looking forward to enjoying it for a long time.

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SUP Gear Reviews / Newly Acquired / On Order / Re: Jimmy Lewis Destroyer
« on: August 05, 2019, 04:45:34 PM »
The deck does have a very, very subtle dome to it. I only notice it because of my crap knee and only after a few hours. Hopefully the pics show the deck and nose rocker.

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SUP Gear Reviews / Newly Acquired / On Order / Re: Jimmy Lewis Destroyer
« on: August 05, 2019, 04:36:31 AM »
Standard sandwich construction. Not sure they are available in carbon construction yet.
Eastbound-I always surf switch stance going left. Always frontside for me, never really figured out backside. Id say Im more comfortable regular foot but much better goofy foot than going backside. I guess my windsurfing background makes it more natural

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SUP Gear Reviews / Newly Acquired / On Order / Re: Jimmy Lewis Destroyer
« on: August 04, 2019, 03:49:04 PM »
Ive had the Destroyer out now quite a bit and absolutely love the thing. Stable, fast, easy to paddle, plenty of glide and rips turns, absolutely beautiful paint job and bomb proof. Seriously, what else do you need in a board? Little waves to head high, this thing is a do it all board for sure. Bought based on comments from the Seabreeze, the Australian JL distributor raves about this board. Calls it the best board hes ever ridden and he has been professionally surfing about as long as I have been alive. Of course being the distributor I was a bit skeptical but now after being on it for awhile I believe the hype. Jimmy killed it with this board.

Im 185-190lbs and its only 100 ltrs. Nervous I went too small when I ordered it, I am so glad I went with the 77. I have no trouble paddling the lineup or getting into waves. If you are considering a Destroyer, don't be scared to go small. Only thing I can even consider a con to the board is the ever so slight dome in the deck. After a 5 hour surf marathon last weekend, it was bothering my knee a little. Not really a fault of the board I guess, just my bum knee.

Running it right now as a thruster to take advantage of that beautiful pin tail, you will need to buy a new fin set at this size. Came with fins more suited for a bigger board. Im running a Futures F6 center and True Ames 4.6 Side bites and have no reason to change anything up right now. Plenty of speed, excellent tracking and ripping through turns with this set-up.

Looking forward to many fun years with her!

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This is the one I almost got from L41. Such a bad ass board but in the end I knew the JL would be bombproof and exactly what I wanted. Jimmy talks about the golden ratio. Basically the rails/rocker/bottom all coming together for that perfect shape. He was a pleasure to work with and would definitely recommend him.

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I bought this solely on the info from Seabreeze. It came out the same time I was looking for a board with those dimensions so it worked out great. Other boards I considered was the L41 Bruce Wayne, very similar shape, and the  portal phantom. Went with JL based mostly on construction and his experience. I knew his shape would work and the construction, fit and finish of his boards is amazing. Im 38, 511, 185. Coming of a Sunova Shroom 79 105 ltrs I think.? Board was awesome but wanted to get away from the fat tail and get something I could use in all conditions.

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Weighing in at 14.1lbs

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SUP Gear Reviews / Newly Acquired / On Order / Jimmy Lewis Destroyer
« on: June 22, 2019, 05:37:22 AM »
So after some back and forth with Jimmy and a much anticipated wait I have recieved my new board! Jimmy Lewis Destroyer, 77 x 29 at 100 ltrs. Absoulutely exactly what I was looking for. Nice full nose coming back to pin tail. This will be my main got to board as it should handle any conditions we get here in FL. It has a nice flat deck, comfy looking pad, weighs nothing and the fit and finish of everything is absolutley amazing. Not only did I want the dimensions of this board but also wanted the bomber construction these boards have a reputation for. Military guy and definetly on a budget, this is the first board I have bought brand new and I had to buy it sight unseen so I was very nervous. But after everything I could not be happier and look forward to many fun years with her!

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Classifieds / Re: 126 x 24 race board Make an Offer!
« on: April 12, 2019, 07:20:40 AM »
Sold! Gone to its new home. Still accepting rum though

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Classifieds / Re: 126 x 24 race board Make an Offer!
« on: April 11, 2019, 08:47:32 PM »
Okay, 2 fins and a uv/sun cover. Carbon paddle, Dakine waist pfd and leash. $400 if you bring a good 6 pack. 12 pack and $350 if it goes to a good kid. $300 and your best case for everything (or rum, rum is good). Good starter pack for someone. Okay just bring me your best case of beer and favorite rum and its yours as long as it keeps the stoke going

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Classifieds / Re: 126 x 24 race board Make an Offer!
« on: April 10, 2019, 06:08:18 PM »
How about $350? With Larry Allison fin!

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Classifieds / 126 x 24 race board Make an Offer!
« on: April 06, 2019, 07:36:53 PM »
126 x 24 race board. Custom designed/construction. Fast and light. Carbon vector net over foam with carbon stringer. $500 obo. Also leash, carbon paddle and Dakine waist pfd for $150.
Make an offer! In Orlando, Fl.

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The Shape Shack / Re: What are the limits of step rails?
« on: March 25, 2019, 05:51:58 PM »
Just sold my Sunova Shroom (regrettably) and I think it would be hard to find a more extreme  stepped rail design. Mine was 79 at 104ltrs, and at 195lbs it was extremely  stable. Rails completely underwater with a bit of water on deck. Enough displacement to float while keeping super thin rails in a very compact design. And the best part was no domed deck wrecking knees and ankles. In fact the most comfortable deck to stand on Ive owned and absolutely contributed to its stability the way you can lock your feet in.

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Classifieds / Re: F-ONE Carbon Race Pro and accessories
« on: March 24, 2019, 12:20:51 PM »
Sold!

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