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14 feet of fun

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Created by cantSUPenough 1 month ago, 20 Aug 2018
cantSUPenough
VIC, 1593 posts
20 Aug 2018 10:15PM
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I just received my new Nozza-plain, aka Search, and took it for a paddle.

I wanted it for paddling fun when there are no waves, and when I want to explore/cruise. But there were some little knee-high waves that were barely breaking and I am still smiling. 25 waves in 2 hours after being out of the water for over 3 weeks was real fun. Occasionally a towering waist-high wave came through and then it got serious

It is such a sleek board. You can paddle onto almost anything (even though I was paddling into 15+ knots and occasional squalls) and with a bit of foot work you can turn it, race along the "face", turn back, cruise along - and get up the front to milk the last bit of the wave.

Tardy
NSW, 2448 posts
21 Aug 2018 12:15PM
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With a board like that ,it turns a crappy day in the surf into a lot of fun

Emeboy
NSW, 201 posts
21 Aug 2018 12:40PM
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Nice one CSE... I recently acquired a 12' Atlantis Venom for exactly the same reason.... And just recently with the small swell and persistent westerlies we have been having, it has been an awesome ton of fun!!
Recorded a couple of knee snappers from the weekend with my new Kook Hat Cam as well... cheers for the idea STC!! Now to figure out how to post the vid

Emeboy
NSW, 201 posts
21 Aug 2018 9:37PM
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See if this works...


cantSUPenough
VIC, 1593 posts
21 Aug 2018 10:30PM
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What a perfect looking wave!!

Great vid! Thanks for sharing!

supthecreek
1535 posts
21 Aug 2018 10:53PM
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Emeboy said..
Nice one CSE... I recently acquired a 12' Atlantis Venom for exactly the same reason.... And just recently with the small swell and persistent westerlies we have been having, it has been an awesome ton of fun!!
Recorded a couple of knee snappers from the weekend with my new Kook Hat Cam as well... cheers for the idea STC!! Now to figure out how to post the vid


Well done Grasshopper, you rocked that "Kook Hat Cam"
Great wave, you are killing it on that 12'r !

Someone on the Zone mentioned that my 14'r looked like a "foil for the rest of us".....
so, I made a "glide" video of mostly unbroken waves.... just foiling back and forth



Come on CSE.... get a vid up!!!

SunnyBouy
265 posts
22 Aug 2018 1:56AM
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Not jealous at all

Tardy
NSW, 2448 posts
22 Aug 2018 11:23AM
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golly ,after watching that ,i was considering the 12' search next year .it might be the 14' instead ,i do surf my javelin 14' on occasion ,but the rails are sharp
and it does like to nose dive ...this thing is like the perfect BIG board...for little waves ..

the cruiser .........

cantSUPenough
VIC, 1593 posts
22 Aug 2018 1:39PM
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I need to work on my foot work - I am still shuffling and hopping, not walking like STC.

A video...yes, maybe next time.

Last night there were some serious waves - some OH - the Search was shelved and the Acid got a run.

slowpoke2
QLD, 16 posts
23 Aug 2018 9:02PM
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Snapped my 14ft search they catch any size wave just gotta think two turns ahead.
Replaced it with an M14 Jimmy Lewis it's the best of the 14ft open ocean boards does everything .

Casso
NSW, 3469 posts
23 Aug 2018 9:57PM
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Yeeeeew. Such a sick board ... for all types of stuff.

Helmy
VIC, 622 posts
24 Aug 2018 9:56AM
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cantSUPenough said..
I need to work on my foot work - I am still shuffling and hopping, not walking like STC.

A video...yes, maybe next time.

Last night there were some serious waves - some OH - the Search was shelved and the Acid got a run.


Have borrowed one of Nozza's PSH 12' guns for the weekend - small surf forecast this weekend.
He's taken The Nozza up to Merimbula
Will the Search be coming out at our former_secret_spot Jason?

cantSUPenough
VIC, 1593 posts
24 Aug 2018 11:08PM
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Casso said..
Yeeeeew. Such a sick board ... for all types of stuff.


I was thinking about you when I was trying to ride my Search, wondering how you managed to turn it that much. It is a fun board though.

cantSUPenough
VIC, 1593 posts
24 Aug 2018 11:10PM
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Helmy said..

cantSUPenough said..
I need to work on my foot work - I am still shuffling and hopping, not walking like STC.

A video...yes, maybe next time.

Last night there were some serious waves - some OH - the Search was shelved and the Acid got a run.



Have borrowed one of Nozza's PSH 12' guns for the weekend - small surf forecast this weekend.
He's taken The Nozza up to Merimbula
Will the Search be coming out at our former_secret_spot Jason?


I wouldn't mind getting it out again! Took the Acid to the prom today - that was fun! Some pretty big waves were coming through.

supthecreek
1535 posts
25 Aug 2018 6:57AM
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cantSUPenough said..

Casso said..
Yeeeeew. Such a sick board ... for all types of stuff.



I was thinking about you when I was trying to ride my Search, wondering how you managed to turn it that much. It is a fun board though.


I have never surfed the 12'r, but when I saw one, I noticed how much smaller it looked than my 14'r
More nose out there to throw around.

It took me a few years to actually surf the 14 because the few times I tried it.... I failed miserably. I simply couldn't turn it.

Last summer we had a looooog point-like sand bank and it was small, so I tried again.
The vid below is from that 1st successful session.

Three things I learned, that help a LOT

1- paddling out, I am much more comfortable if I stand a foot behind the handle.... it takes the nose out of the water and gives me some weight on the tail, which makes me more stable going over waves.

2 - It is very difficult to turn well, if you are going slow... I'd just fall over the side, so wait for some speed before turning.

3 - when on the wave, I stand way behind the handle (see pic)
My back foot is basically on the stomper when turning... and pretty far back in general.

This vid was on a tiny wave... literally one foot or less
It was the 1st session when I learned how to surf it.
Once you get back far enough, it is a whole different ballgame.

Pay attention to my foot placement... I added a pic of my 14, so you can clearly see where I stand when riding.









cantSUPenough
VIC, 1593 posts
25 Aug 2018 12:52PM
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Boy, you are a long way back! I was able to turn it, but I must confess I wasn't watching where I put my feet. I do know I had to get my back foot a long way back and close to the rail. I was able to criss-cross the wave, but it sure did not look like a cut back or anything like that. I may try again tomorrow.

By the way, there was a bit of mix up and the fin arrived yesterday so I used one of my original fins for my maiden voyage. The one they supplied is HUGE! Do you use it? Do you put it at the front or back of the fin box?

supthecreek
1535 posts
27 Aug 2018 3:02AM
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cantSUPenough said..
Boy, you are a long way back! I was able to turn it, but I must confess I wasn't watching where I put my feet. I do know I had to get my back foot a long way back and close to the rail. I was able to criss-cross the wave, but it sure did not look like a cut back or anything like that. I may try again tomorrow.

By the way, there was a bit of mix up and the fin arrived yesterday so I used one of my original fins for my maiden voyage. The one they supplied is HUGE! Do you use it? Do you put it at the front or back of the fin box?


The stock fin is HUGE.... I don't use it.
I just threw in another Sunova fin, the 8" ORCA (pic 1) .... but I'd probably like a fin with less sweep.
The fin is back in the box.... but I will try it forward at some point.

Surfing this board is what I like to call an "acquired skill"
It doesn't surf like a normal length board, so you have to relearn basic moves.

Take the time to adjust to it, because the reward is worth it
The feeling that you get from carving turns down the line or simply the glide, is precious.

You can be super casual and slow about a turn... or you can lay into it, if you have some speeed.

I am getting better at a "crossed step" turn.... where I cross my "non dominant" foot to the back rail as a poor mans drop knee. (pic 2)

To cutback on a frontside wave, I build speed, turn up the face....
then jam my back foot on the rail near the stomper.....
That throws the nose way up in the air trough the turn and snaps the board around.
If the nose isn't in the air... I think I'd just fall over.





Helmy
VIC, 622 posts
6 Sep 2018 3:58PM
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supthecreek said..

Emeboy said..
Nice one CSE... I recently acquired a 12' Atlantis Venom for exactly the same reason.... And just recently with the small swell and persistent westerlies we have been having, it has been an awesome ton of fun!!
Recorded a couple of knee snappers from the weekend with my new Kook Hat Cam as well... cheers for the idea STC!! Now to figure out how to post the vid



Well done Grasshopper, you rocked that "Kook Hat Cam"
Great wave, you are killing it on that 12'r !

Someone on the Zone mentioned that my 14'r looked like a "foil for the rest of us".....
so, I made a "glide" video of mostly unbroken waves.... just foiling back and forth



Come on CSE.... get a vid up!!!


Was just getting into the mellow, chilled out zone with this vid of STC's, when some bastard walked in and interrupted me with some inane, moronic BS.
Took me ages to find the vid again.
Luckily I can replay it and search (lol...get it?) for that elusive karma that I had to abandon when interrupted a while ago.

viatormundi
91 posts
9 Sep 2018 12:43AM
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Does the 12' Search surf significantly better than the 14' ?
I have the 14 Allwater, 9'6 Style and 8'5 Speeed and an Unlimited is on order but for some easy days and simple waves the Search seems to be the fun, all around board. Maybe the 12 would complement my quiver well.

supthecreek
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9 Sep 2018 4:45AM
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viatormundi said..
Does the 12' Search surf significantly better than the 14' ?
I have the 14 Allwater, 9'6 Style and 8'5 Speeed and an Unlimited is on order but for some easy days and simple waves the Search seems to be the fun, all around board. Maybe the 12 would complement my quiver well.


I have never been on a 12'er but I can imagine it surfs easier than the 14'.
They are both 30" wide, so the rail line on the 12' will have more curve, which may make it snappier... and it is a lot smaller.

The 14' is a big beast that takes a lot to tame....
which is part of why I like it, there is a nice satisfaction when you get in sync with the board.... and have the right type of break to use it.

Hopefully Casso will see this, I believe he has ridden both sizes.

viatormundi
91 posts
9 Sep 2018 5:31PM
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supthecreek said..

viatormundi said..
Does the 12' Search surf significantly better than the 14' ?
I have the 14 Allwater, 9'6 Style and 8'5 Speeed and an Unlimited is on order but for some easy days and simple waves the Search seems to be the fun, all around board. Maybe the 12 would complement my quiver well.



I have never been on a 12'er but I can imagine it surfs easier than the 14'.
They are both 30" wide, so the rail line on the 12' will have more curve, which may make it snappier... and it is a lot smaller.

The 14' is a big beast that takes a lot to tame....
which is part of why I like it, there is a nice satisfaction when you get in sync with the board.... and have the right type of break to use it.

Hopefully Casso will see this, I believe he has ridden both sizes.


Thanks Supthecreek,

I might look into a modified/custom version of 12 and little narrower maybe.



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