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thanks to Jimmy Lewis Australia 'Rob' for putting up with a customer like me

got the board 7 months ago coming from 26 & 24.5 wide boards I'm 80kg at 5'6 intermediate paddler.

it weighs around 11.6kg without the fin and the quality and finish are nice and solid as you would expect with JL from that factory.

In the beginning, the board felt light, twitchy and somewhat stiff coming from 15kg+ to 16kg+ epoxy and hybrid carbon boards but I won't talk about stable & unstable word co's you know.
Once I adjusted to the weight and feel of the board its so much fun to paddle from calm, choppy, surf and down breeze. The 2nd stability of this 25 width board design is great, surprisingly.
It has less rocker and I like that because I can catch ripples easily though on the surf and down breeze/dw I need to focus on my footwork placing up and down the board.

The bottom channel gets deeper towards the tail and more concave at the tail than at the front. I thought that deep concave could affect surfing but I was wrong, it glides and tracks well on the surf combined with that soft round bottom towards the nose (planning bottom nose with V on top). I tried using the dolphin 9 fin on the surf but I prefer the standard JL 9" fin because it works well on any condition.
the deck grip is softer and sticky than others I tried.
I have a slight sinking in deck midway where the handle which traps some water but a couple of shakes it goes away. Only thing I would like is more mounts for equipment like gopro, front leash plug, and extra handle mounts.
overall I'm happy with this board and so glad I finally found something I can enjoy and paddle on any condition apart cyclones.

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Foil SUP / new to foil world
« on: March 19, 2019, 03:30:17 PM »
new to SUP foil but I surf SUP as a beginner to intermediate on 8x30 115L board and I weight 80kg 5'6".

What board size would you recommend and what size foil and anything that I miss to ask and need?

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Gear Talk / Quickblade Trifecta Vector Net
« on: March 11, 2019, 08:00:13 PM »
both are vector net blade size 86sq (blue/white & red/yellow). One is oval tapered carbon shaft and the other round tapered carbon shaft.

the negative - it is a very expensive paddle.
Would I buy another quickblade, yes one day and it would be the vdrive.

the reason I choose this hybrid combo of vector net blade with tapered carbon shaft is that I wanted more flex than full carbon paddle.

I use the tapered round shaft on flatwater/calm/surf race board and the oval tapered shaft on down breeze/long distance race board. Both oval & round shaft cut to 72 inches, the round weight 410g and oval 500g.

the grip is a preference thing, the T shape handle does give you a feeling of a better grip on the handle. The quickblade palm handle is one of the best as some are bulky or wrong shape.

the water entry and exit of the blade is butter/smooth it just feels good though at 80kg the 86sq blade is not the most powerful. Is it because of the high aspect shape or the vector net flex material and I could do with the next size up 96sq blade though my body may not like it long term.

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Gear Talk / Larry Allison Spartan or Moray?
« on: March 07, 2019, 02:24:31 PM »
which fin would you recommend for downwind and surf - Spartan or Moray?
I understand the moray is the older fin and the spartan is the new kid.

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Gear Talk / 2018 fanatic bamboo carbon 50 paddle
« on: February 02, 2019, 01:25:01 PM »
Good paddle and price and even better price when you get it on sale at just over $200+. What I like about this paddle is the bamboo/carbon mixed shaft, its one of the best imo. The blade Width7.25", Area90 sq.in./580 cm and this size blade would given my shoulder grief but not with this shaft combo. The blade is nice mixed of tear drop and high aspect and it has a nice grab and release and not worrying about being a technical paddle stroke freak. I started using with the race board 73" shaft length then I cut to 70" for the surf and the shaft still have a nice flex (paddle weight 560g)

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Foil SUP / This DW foil is a game changer
« on: January 31, 2019, 04:24:46 PM »

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Foil SUP / Kenalu foil sale!
« on: January 23, 2019, 05:27:15 PM »
I wish I was into foil, check out the sale from Kenalu 50% off with free global shipping ;)

kenalu.com/collections/foils-1/products/iwa-775

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General Discussion / First SUP to Cross 250km Bass Strait in Australia
« on: December 16, 2018, 12:58:29 PM »
I've cross this on a comfortable boat few times and you got to pick your days and to do it on a unlimited SUP is an absolute madness!
nicko ray,  well done cobber ;)
 

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Gear Talk / 2018 Jimmy Lewis Super Frank
« on: November 01, 2018, 12:26:17 AM »
Super frank / lean 8’0 x 30″x 4.2" liters 115L

Bought end of june.

nice looking board, light at 8kg non carbon material, nice quality and construction as you would expect from JL.

as a newbie the quad fin setup is nice to have, its fast and you can drop in at any angle and drive through, its so stable. The thruster somewhat slow but I'm working on that wave positioning thing ;)

at my level/height/weight I don't think I could go to a lower volume.

easy to catch a wave, like's late take off and the maneuverability is nice.

its a little unstable on rough days (backwash etc) but manageable and the gloss paint job is slippery.

Overall I'm happy with this board, good advised and service from Rob JL Australia

80kg 5'5" beginner to intermediate and I can't do cut back yet ;)

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Gear Talk / NSP DC Sonic Pro Carbon 14 x 24.5
« on: October 03, 2018, 10:13:41 PM »
surf well and catch waves easily.

down breeze to downwind is fun on this board.

initial stability is no good but the 2nd stability is better, its tippy but you get use it.

one of the best head wind board I've tested but side on wind and side chop is no good but manageable.

rear drain hole could move a bit forward or back because I tend to stand over it during down breeze/downwind on parallel stance but ok on surf stance

I think the pin tail on this board is too narrow and it could widen a little bit

its a bit heavy at 14.5kg for a Pro full carbon board and its either somebody incorrectly painted a hybrid board as a PRO carbon board at the factory or I got a prototype

nice to look at, nice paint and deck pad and well build carbon board.

I'm 80kg 5'5" beginner to intermediate wannabe club racer.

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Gear Talk / 2018 Fanatic Stylemaster pure 10' x 30"
« on: September 23, 2018, 11:44:27 PM »
80kg 5'5" beginner to intermediate and I can't do cut back yet ;)

its a nice the board to look at and you can feel the quality on this board and its tough after a few knocks with without a scratche.

the rails are thin and it shows once your on any wave combine with the v tail and the glide is quick and responsive for a long and wide board.

I think its more high performance long board. I struggled to hang-ten at the nose because its so quick ;)

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Gear Talk / 2018 ECS Slab 7'11" x 28 3/4 review
« on: September 23, 2018, 10:51:08 PM »
80kg 5'5" beginner to intermediate and I can't do cut back yet ;)

good package as it came with full carbon paddle and nice bag.

for a short board 7'11" x 28 3/4 it paddles well in/out of surf with parallel outline, wide nose & tail.
Its hard work on rough days but manageable.

I like thruster setup though quad setup somehow grippy and fast down the line.

its a nice design board and surfs well for a hack like me its shame about the board construction and material as I feel its poorly made.

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JP Australia just released their 2019 models.

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General Discussion / another type of foil
« on: August 14, 2018, 10:16:07 PM »

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General Discussion / board, fin & paddle = you
« on: June 08, 2018, 10:46:59 PM »
Last weeks euro tour race was interesting?!
We all know Michael is in form at the moment but seriously he was on 21.5 wide board, Large blade & time trial fin and the conditions were head wind, chop, side & downwind......Cmon!!!
Repeat that = Michael is not that tall nor big but use a large blade, downwind on a skinny flat water board and use low profile time trial fin....really  :o ???

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