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Wingsurfing, Windfoiling, Wingfoiling, Wing SUP / Lucky Floridians
« on: October 31, 2020, 05:30:34 AM »
All the latest stuff coming your way starting today. Somehow I don't think we'll see it in our neck of the woods deep into the next year :(

Sessions / Big board sessions
« on: October 27, 2020, 06:54:55 AM »
Strong on-shore winds makes for a sucky surf ocean side but super fun big board surf on the other side.

Time to upgrade the toolbox. I've been talking to Peter from LP Foils about this for a while. Now that he's finally moved his shop to Lyle, he started working on this beauty.

  • XPS core
  • PVC deck
  • full carbon wrap
  • Innegra

6'3"x28.5"x5" @129L, All around foiler. Shooting for 16lbs. Here we go:

Downwind and Racing / Empty waves of the other kind
« on: April 13, 2020, 06:42:21 AM »
When the wind is up and the surf is meh I prefer the path of least resistance. A glide is a glide. Empty waves galore 8)

This board has been a year in the making. Mixing features from 5 different boards including my own custom shape which served me really well until few days ago when I buckled it in rough surf after a good ocean run.
So many moving parts to a shape it is apparent why many shapers like to stick with their own shapes, it could be emotionally draining. I once had a shaper quit on me because he was so stressed out getting it right, can't blame him.
Thankfully, programs like shape3D X probably takes 70% out of the guesswork when giving it to someone else to build, the rest of it I attribute to the build itself. Unfortunately the learning curve for the right build is just as steep as shaping it if not more and I don't think there's an App for that :o

With that in mind, big shoutout to Tino and Sunova for making it so easy and affordable to work with them while they are taking on a custom shape. Tino based the pricing on the Sunova Search since this shape dimensions is between the search 12 and the 14 plus 10% extra they charge for custom. I then upgraded from TR3 to XXX construction but keeping the Paulownia wood VS Balsa making the rails carbon/wood sandwich and adding solid wood Nose/Tail blocks which they usually don't include on SUPs.

This board is my Downwind/Outer bar surf board for Long Island, NY conditions. Here we go

Downwind and Racing / Down with the wind - Maliko East
« on: January 15, 2020, 08:15:52 AM »
Short period, inconsistent and cold, very cold water! but we got WIND. That's our East Coast Maliko here in Long Island, NY.
Just because itís winter, weíre not shutting down operations. If youíre game, Iíll probably be around to play...

What's your Maliko?

Gear Talk / Sharkskin watersports gear
« on: September 02, 2019, 11:08:24 AM »
Can anyone share their experience with this line?

The Shape Shack / Naish 2020 construction snuff pics
« on: August 23, 2019, 03:58:08 PM »
Testing my new Naish Maliko 2020 on some small surf nose dived on a steep small wave (maybe 3ft face) landed on the nose with the paddle shaft, broke the shaft but there's also a good gash on the nose with some minor cracks around. It seems like the majority of the board is covered with decal, not that it helped much but thought I should mention.

Interested to hear if you think this would be a normal outcome or the construction might be on the fragile side?

After 7 custom boards decided to give a production board a go.
Naish Maliko has been my gold standard for an all around performance board for quite some time but the changes they made for this year made me pull the trigger on a 14'x26"x7.5" @ 273 liter.

Changes to the nose with more aggressive entry and slightly higher volume really translates well in head wind bumps and entry in downwind bumps good improvement over past models. Will be interesting to see how the increase in nose rocker will perform in heavy downwind conditions.

The increase in volume around the entry rocker also improves the ability to pickup smaller bumps in marginal conditions, less laborious than previous models.

Both primary and secondary stability are confidence inspiring, making walking the board and bottom turns more natural. It also improves behavior in side chop, comfortable handling.

The increase in nose volume and thickness does affect side wind performance but with the increase in nose rocker and the generous amount of forward foot placement allowance I was able to mitigate the affect quite easily.

Rails thickness around the standing area is about 5.5" but the deck is recessed. I haven't measured it yet but with my 190# it looks like I'm about 3"-3.5" above the waterline.

Deck pad is thin, grippy and comfortable just how I like it.

Carrying handle has deep recess on both sides with enough grip even for long fingered individuals.

Board feels noticeably  lighter than previous models, I'd say around 23-24# but I'll measure it as soon as I have a chance.

Bottom contours are same as far as I can tell, rounded to a double concave to a V.
all super subtle and not noticeable to the naked eye.

As for criticism:

Construction does not feel rock solid. There is some sort of an extra layer on the rails something that looks like a super thin version of an helicopter tape but that's part of the construction and not removable. It's noticeable because the board finish has matte everywhere outside of the rails.

Board still have noticeable flex but less than past models.

As expected, fin placement remains and that's not a good thing. Based on converted past models the fin box should be anywhere between 16"-21" off the tail instead of the 5.5" it is right now. I'm really not sure what's that all about but most leading brands already caught on but Naish still stuck in the past.

As before the omission of multiple leash plugs, handle mounts, action camera mounts and bungie attachment is a sore spot and should have been addressed, might make the board a lot more appealing for a broader spectrum especially in light of the very popular SIC RS that offers that convenience built-in for sometime now.

As for how she paddles, still early days but this is quite a pleasant board to paddle in any condition, feels faster than what a 26" wide board should feel but I'll post an actual data as soon as I have it.

Sneak Peeks, Rumors, and Wish Lists / 2020 Naish Maliko pics
« on: June 14, 2019, 09:49:32 AM »
With the new dugout Javelin as expected, it looks like the Maliko is going
Even more downwindy. If stiff enough might be a good as a touring board as well.

14 x 23 @ 242L
14 x 26 @ 273L
14 x 28 @ 295L

All 6 11/16" / 17 cm thick

Tail and nose took a different shapes with a round pin tail and more traditional
Piercing nose (might work better up wind)

Hope to test it soon

First downwind run for the season and first run with my new downwind prototype.
Quartering tail wind, we had to surf to the right for 11 miles. Had a blast

Sneak Peeks, Rumors, and Wish Lists / Picking up the pieces
« on: April 12, 2019, 07:39:50 PM »
Look what showed up in the backyard...

Sneak Peeks, Rumors, and Wish Lists / 2019 SIC Catalog
« on: December 31, 2018, 12:42:03 PM »

Notice the RS 14x21.5. They also seems to have a more attractive sup surf models.

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