Author Topic: 2018/2019 customer Jimmy Lewis Sidewinder matt carbon board 14 x 25  (Read 2844 times)

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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.
« Last Edit: March 20, 2019, 10:02:40 PM by JEG »

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Re: 2018/2019 customer Jimmy Lewis Sidewinder matt carbon board 14 x 25
« Reply #1 on: March 21, 2019, 12:15:14 AM »
Gorgeous board.

I presume that when you write “customer” in the thread title, you mean custom?

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Re: 2018/2019 customer Jimmy Lewis Sidewinder matt carbon board 14 x 25
« Reply #2 on: March 21, 2019, 07:39:28 AM »
Yes that is a very good looking board, but it would look better in burnt orange :-) Just kidding.
Is it the standard Sidewinder Mark II design with a custom paint or also custom shape?
I am not quite sold on the paint design in the production board to be frank.

I am trying to convince the new JL distributor here that she needs to bring a Sidewinder II for demo and she is trying to convince me that I should just buy one....
« Last Edit: March 21, 2019, 07:41:04 AM by Luc Benac »
Flat#Naish Javelin LE 14' x 26" 250L
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Touring#Sunova Allwater 14'x27" 319L
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Wave#Naish Nalu 11'4" x 30" 180L
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Re: 2018/2019 customer Jimmy Lewis Sidewinder matt carbon board 14 x 25
« Reply #3 on: March 21, 2019, 07:49:00 AM »
Yes, that is a really nice clean shape!

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Re: 2018/2019 customer Jimmy Lewis Sidewinder matt carbon board 14 x 25
« Reply #4 on: March 21, 2019, 10:46:38 AM »
JEG, That's a really nice looking board 8) You scored!
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Re: 2018/2019 customer Jimmy Lewis Sidewinder matt carbon board 14 x 25
« Reply #5 on: March 21, 2019, 03:51:06 PM »
thanks, Area 10 and as you notice I failed English all the way through my school years  :)

Luc Benac, burnt orange is good outside design but BS inside, we know…  ::)
Didn’t like the Sidewinder Mark II on pics until I saw one and it’s nice but the custom is nicer. I suggest demoing if you can then make your assessment but really is individual taste with board/brand.

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Re: 2018/2019 customer Jimmy Lewis Sidewinder matt carbon board 14 x 25
« Reply #6 on: March 22, 2019, 09:16:16 AM »
I don't think I've ever seen a brushed carbon JL. Probably not too many of those around.
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Re: 2018/2019 customer Jimmy Lewis Sidewinder matt carbon board 14 x 25
« Reply #7 on: March 22, 2019, 09:46:36 AM »
Didn’t like the Sidewinder Mark II on pics until I saw one and it’s nice but the custom is nicer.

I am with you there. I do not need the extras and a simple color scheme bring favourably the lines of a board. So disguise a Nelo under paint for sure but leave a nice design as is  :-)
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  Andaman 500, Salish 460
Touring#Sunova Allwater 14'x27" 319L
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Wave#Naish Nalu 11'4" x 30" 180L
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Re: 2018/2019 customer Jimmy Lewis Sidewinder matt carbon board 14 x 25
« Reply #8 on: March 22, 2019, 11:14:55 AM »
Can you comment on how much for a custom like yours and the lead time?
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- Ocean Ripple 16x25 @ 251L
- SIC Standamaran (S-16) - https://goo.gl/7myGAo
- Wide Tail 10x31x4 @ 149L
- SIC FX 12.6 2X - https://goo.gl/GOkSHT
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Re: 2018/2019 customer Jimmy Lewis Sidewinder matt carbon board 14 x 25
« Reply #9 on: March 22, 2019, 12:21:05 PM »
Can you comment on how much for a custom like yours and the lead time?

From the Breeze, I think that the custom was first ordered and arranged by the Australian distributor for his own use; and only then sold to JEG.
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DW#Naish Maliko 14' x 26" 264L
  Andaman 500, Salish 460
Touring#Sunova Allwater 14'x27" 319L
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Wave#Naish Nalu 11'4" x 30" 180L
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Re: 2018/2019 customer Jimmy Lewis Sidewinder matt carbon board 14 x 25
« Reply #10 on: March 22, 2019, 01:11:46 PM »
I had the ability to order a custom colour from the retailer/distributor in Canada as long as I placed the order when they were doing their order with Jimmy for the next year. In my case it was order in Late SEPT for delivery in April. You generally will have to pay full retail price and also place a sizeable deposit.
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Re: 2018/2019 customer Jimmy Lewis Sidewinder matt carbon board 14 x 25
« Reply #11 on: March 22, 2019, 05:01:01 PM »
At 1st, I really wanted the stock board because I like the look of it but for some reason, the custom board was too good to pass but still not 100% sure if this was the board I was looking for after multiple board dramas but I trusted JL from my previous purchased of the super frank quality build.

I think the team in JL are doing a great job with the SW R & D and let's not forget their build quality is 100% done right and not just put together for looks and then you found out the inside build on some of this big brands are shocking or maybe a factory worker was half asleep. Their thinking put a pro in there for publicity hype and some will do less R & D and in the pool that goes ok and then I test in the calm, onshore, rivers, lakes, bay washing machine chops coming from every direction, dw, downreeze and in the surf and found cracks, things popping out with unbalance design and putting things in the board at the wrong places or the color design is..... what were they thinking and has anybody told the designer the truth because it hurts but it might be good for him just to wake ... them up. I think they are too much in a rush and pushing products for the sake of management & $ (a few brands that is).

And let's forget about customer service as some are like what's that... and I don't think they don't understand the meaning of customer service and how to deal with customers that are not all the same.

I'm not saying buy the SW board base on my feedback. I'm just another paddler that done a couple of SUP races as a backmarker. My suggestion is to buy the board that catches your eyes/taste and its very important to demo the brand then buy the board that you like because we're all not the same and good luck.
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Re: 2018/2019 customer Jimmy Lewis Sidewinder matt carbon board 14 x 25
« Reply #12 on: August 25, 2019, 06:08:17 PM »
it's about 4 months since I paddle this board as I have been busy foiling and sometimes sup surf my brains out  :)
also my 1st down breeze for the year at 33 km/hr = ~17knots in the bay to that point in the distance. The board glides well providing your in the right place and takes walking effort to move around and surf little waves. Is not as good as pintail board's to surf/dw on (I want that JL rail) but makes up on the paddle glide speed if your brain wakes up fast enough to react on a given condition.