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Beginner board question
« on: April 07, 2020, 06:21:07 AM »
Kitefoiler and new wingfoiler looking for recommendations for SUP board for small waves (light wind days).  I am 70 kg with very little recent  paddling experience.  I am thinking something in the 110 to 120L range but maybe on the longer side to help paddle onto waves.  Or will that come with experience and I should go for the most compact board for the displacement.  Input appreciated.

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Re: Beginner board question
« Reply #1 on: April 07, 2020, 06:58:23 AM »
you are in Florida correct?  Get one of Dwight's boards.  You will not be disappointed.

Edit:  I guess I should back up my reason.  His construction is very durable yet still light weight.  I have been winging out of my boat and transporting and getting in and out I have banged it a ton and it does not show.  The design of his boards works in all kinds of conditions.  I have taught people to foil on his board and the nose is very forgiving in terms of setting it down or bouncing off a wave.  I have few times submerged the nose while winging and been able to relaunch it. Local and price are 2 other reasons I will throw in there.
« Last Edit: April 07, 2020, 07:47:13 AM by ninja tuna »

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Re: Beginner board question
« Reply #2 on: April 07, 2020, 08:56:41 AM »
I am SW FL and so far happy with my JL Flying V 6.5, plenty stable in crazy wind chop that I deal with in the gulf.
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Re: Beginner board question
« Reply #3 on: April 07, 2020, 08:57:51 AM »
I am in Florida.  Dwight is only making wing boards right now.  I was hoping for some opinions on suitable board length. 

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Re: Beginner board question
« Reply #4 on: April 07, 2020, 11:34:50 AM »
Hey Phils - some thoughts:

Your question about length (and volume) depends on what kind of surfing you want to do.  To some people, small waves means its big ass longboard log time.   

But it definitely looks like you're on the more active end of the spectrum.  Simmons shaped or boards with Simmons characteristics are good for small waves.  L41 boards or the Jimmy Lewis Super Frank are just two examples.  But that is just one shape option.  Then, to your question, the specific board shape and how its meant to be surfed and will somewhat dictate the length and volume.  Personally (as a total intermediate SUP surfer and oldish), I gravitate to boards that are large enough to stand on comfortably between sets, and allow for some paddling speed to get into waves. Practical things.  Other more hard core surfing Zoners will suggest as little volume as possible. So not specific answers for you, but something.  It would be great if you could try a few boards to get a sense before you buy.
« Last Edit: April 07, 2020, 11:36:48 AM by Dusk Patrol »
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Re: Beginner board question
« Reply #5 on: April 07, 2020, 11:59:34 AM »
my bad, to clarify since yo have this in the foil section.

Are you looking for a foil sup or regular surf sup(non foil)

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Re: Beginner board question
« Reply #6 on: April 07, 2020, 03:22:35 PM »
Looking for a foil SUP

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Re: Beginner board question
« Reply #7 on: April 09, 2020, 05:45:18 PM »
Volume is more important than length, get something that has chine rails. You want to look at popular boards with proven a track record  like Jimmy Lewis, L41, Kalama, Sup Surf Mach, Blue Planet.
Keep in mind a big board with lots of volume will be your best bet for learning, but you will outgrow it quick.  Something in the 6'-5" range 110 /120 liters might be your best bet for now.

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Re: Beginner board question
« Reply #8 on: April 09, 2020, 07:41:22 PM »
Jimmy Lewis sale currently. Free paddle. Free ship. According to another forum.

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Re: Beginner board question
« Reply #9 on: April 09, 2020, 07:51:14 PM »
My experience is  higher volume and width help a bunch without much of a downside.  Length helps for bigger waves (head high plus), or more powerful, or really choppy crappy conditions.  But otherwise going shorter helps.  The exception is non-suppers tend to struggle with going to short as they don't have the tuned up paddle and balance skills to manage a board that paddles in circles.
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Re: Beginner board question
« Reply #10 on: April 11, 2020, 12:03:40 AM »
Ordered a JL Flying V, 6-5, 115L.  Thanks for everyone's input.

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Re: Beginner board question
« Reply #11 on: April 11, 2020, 05:10:03 AM »
Good choice, you wont be disappointed..
Hobie Raw 8'10"
Jimmy Lewis Kwad 8'7"
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Jimmy Lewis Flying V foil SUP 611
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Re: Beginner board question
« Reply #12 on: April 14, 2020, 12:39:59 AM »
The Flying V is a good board. I learned on a 611 but Im a bit heavier than you so that 65 should be perfect.

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Re: Beginner board question
« Reply #13 on: April 26, 2020, 06:40:30 AM »
I'm in the same boat, except I paddle a 100L board normally, so......I'm wondering about dropping to the 5'11" Flying-V vs. the 6'5".

Thoughts? Around 175 lbs.
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Re: Beginner board question
« Reply #14 on: April 26, 2020, 08:29:01 AM »
You'll be fine on the 5'11", the longer one isn't going to do much difference stability side to side since the width is the same. The extra liters is probably in the longer nose which will counter against the lift the the foil.