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2018 Jimmy Lewis Super Frank

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Created by JEG 1 month ago, 1 Nov 2018
JEG
VIC, 927 posts
1 Nov 2018 6:24PM
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Super frank / lean 8'0 x 30"x 4.2" liters 115L

Bought end of june.

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 ;)


FRP
181 posts
1 Nov 2018 8:23PM
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Jeg,

Thanks for the review. Beautiful board. Very light weight, impressive for non-carbon construction. All what we have come to expect from Jimmy Lewis. Interesting that the QAd set up is your preference. I recently converted my wide tailed board to a quad and like the way it changed its performance.

Cheers

bob

2 Nov 2018 8:51AM
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Hi Jeg,
Glad you like your board & thanks for the review.... The Super Frank is the one board that I think works well as a Quad or a Thruster with it's nice "Thumb Tail"... I agree with FRP that the wider the tail the better the board works as a Quad but the Super Frank works well with either/or...
Enjoy

Seajuice
NSW, 254 posts
4 Nov 2018 9:03PM
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Good size & volume board for your weight. I too am about 80kg plus or minus 3kgs. My lowest & hardest board to balance is a 90 litre JL Super Tech. And at the other end of the scale is a very comfortable 124 Litre JP Wide Body.
The one I use most often is the 110 litre Sunova Soul. Good balance & performance. So a similar board at 115 litres would give me a bit more comfort & would probably be my next choice for better stability which would also help when setting up to catch a wave in more difficult surf.
You re on a winner in my opinion.

MangoDingo
NT, 142 posts
14 Nov 2018 9:58PM
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How's the Super Frank goin JEG?
Have you managed to get some surfs in since your last post? Sweet looking boards I reckon.
Keen to hear your thoughts on it mate.

JEG
VIC, 927 posts
15 Nov 2018 11:43AM
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MangoDingo said..
How's the Super Frank goin JEG?
Have you managed to get some surfs in since your last post? Sweet looking boards I reckon.
Keen to hear your thoughts on it mate.






MangoDingo.

its fun from 1ft to over head height and its my only surf board to simplify my head from the market multiple board option.

at my skill level:

below hip height I found the quad is fast and the thruster has better control to maneuver and at this stage I like it because I'm trying to learn how to cut back, return and slashes

at above hip height the quads is faster as I mention before and i added a nubster to control the board but its too much fin to maneuver. However, the 5 fin setup is awesome on fast wall rides and hollow surf spots, its like your on rail, dig in and point to where you wanna be. I say the 5 fin setup is good for learner that need training aid.

I just need to work on with my stance and to make friends with the stump pad more often ;)

the board feels solid and tough and you know your getting the right sandwich from JL

MangoDingo
NT, 142 posts
15 Nov 2018 4:14PM
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Good stuff JEG - sounds like you're on to a good thing!
I hear you on needing some simplicity with the multiple boards on the market. Cripes - there's so many good sticks around at the moment that I'm goin' half mad trying to make a decision.
I really like the look of the Super Franks eh - short and stable and fast. The other key thing for me is strength. I'm pretty hard on my gear and don't show much mercy so I need my boards to be tough and resilient. I don't have time for boards that easily depress or get weak spots - especially when you pay a small fortune for them.
Are you happy with strength on the Super Frank?
Thanks again JEG - appreciate your thoughts mate.

chucktheskiffie
200 posts
16 Nov 2018 6:18AM
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MangoDingo said..
Good stuff JEG - sounds like you're on to a good thing!
I hear you on needing some simplicity with the multiple boards on the market. Cripes - there's so many good sticks around at the moment that I'm goin' half mad trying to make a decision.
I really like the look of the Super Franks eh - short and stable and fast. The other key thing for me is strength. I'm pretty hard on my gear and don't show much mercy so I need my boards to be tough and resilient. I don't have time for boards that easily depress or get weak spots - especially when you pay a small fortune for them.
Are you happy with strength on the Super Frank?
Thanks again JEG - appreciate your thoughts mate.


FWIW i have a Jimmy Lewis - albeit a M14 - and if the construction is anything like mine it will be bullet proof.

I am very hard on gear and my M14 is still in great nick despite my best efforts.

JEG
VIC, 927 posts
16 Nov 2018 1:11PM
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I believe the majority of the boards coming from this factory where JL is made from are build right, see here



unless someone can come up with a better build/technique, this factory and others set the standard in my book.

multiple board shape thing are very confusing and I'm guessing you only need min 2 x board quiver (short & longboard) or max 3 x board quiver.

at my age/height/weight with this board volume I can't miss 3 weeks or a month without surf session otherwise its a balancing act ;)

if you don't surf that often get something comfortable or something like a longboard shape or round nose or the next size up than what your thinking for one board quiver.

here's more pics.




MangoDingo
NT, 142 posts
16 Nov 2018 12:45PM
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chucktheskiffie said..

MangoDingo said..
Good stuff JEG - sounds like you're on to a good thing!
I hear you on needing some simplicity with the multiple boards on the market. Cripes - there's so many good sticks around at the moment that I'm goin' half mad trying to make a decision.
I really like the look of the Super Franks eh - short and stable and fast. The other key thing for me is strength. I'm pretty hard on my gear and don't show much mercy so I need my boards to be tough and resilient. I don't have time for boards that easily depress or get weak spots - especially when you pay a small fortune for them.
Are you happy with strength on the Super Frank?
Thanks again JEG - appreciate your thoughts mate.



FWIW i have a Jimmy Lewis - albeit a M14 - and if the construction is anything like mine it will be bullet proof.

I am very hard on gear and my M14 is still in great nick despite my best efforts.


Cheers Chuck - that's what I like to hear

MangoDingo
NT, 142 posts
16 Nov 2018 12:54PM
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JEG said..
I believe the majority of the boards coming from this factory where JL is made from are build right, see here


unless someone can come up with a better build/technique, this factory and others set the standard in my book.

multiple board shape thing are very confusing and I'm guessing you only need min 2 x board quiver (short & longboard) or max 3 x board quiver.

at my age/height/weight with this board volume I can't miss 3 weeks or a month without surf session otherwise its a balancing act ;)

if you don't surf that often get something comfortable or something like a longboard shape or round nose or the next size up than what your thinking for one board quiver.

here's more pics.





Good one JEG - really informative vid - thanks for sharing.
Yes I agree mate - a couple of boards should be enuff. (mind you, if I had the coin, I'd have a few more )
yep - I've got the longboard which is filth and has actually forced me to re-learn how I surf and I understand now how much fun longboarding can be. BUT - I also want the shorty for those days when you need it.

Nice pics of the SF - I notice you've gone the thruster set up mate? How's that treating you? Preferable to the quad?

adamj2281
61 posts
16 Nov 2018 7:53PM
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MangoDingo said..
Good stuff JEG - sounds like you're on to a good thing!
I hear you on needing some simplicity with the multiple boards on the market. Cripes - there's so many good sticks around at the moment that I'm goin' half mad trying to make a decision.
I really like the look of the Super Franks eh - short and stable and fast. The other key thing for me is strength. I'm pretty hard on my gear and don't show much mercy so I need my boards to be tough and resilient. I don't have time for boards that easily depress or get weak spots - especially when you pay a small fortune for them.
Are you happy with strength on the Super Frank?
Thanks again JEG - appreciate your thoughts mate.


I've had quite a few of Jimmy's boards, and let me say this - I'm tough on gear and those boards are rock solid. I actually had my WorldWide I used to have fall off the racks it was on in the garage onto concrete (roughly 6' fall), no damage. The only thing with the SF I've noticed is the deckpad can get a bit slick.

The SF has been rock solid, and no need for rail guards on this one, at least for me.

MangoDingo
NT, 142 posts
17 Nov 2018 6:38AM
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Cheers Adam - that's some good feedback mate.

JEG
VIC, 927 posts
17 Nov 2018 10:04AM
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As you know I have a quad, 5 fin and thruster setup all single tabs fin (screws in/out) but I wish JL & others would adapt to the FCS click in/out fin tabs as it so convenient though they might be reason why.

I prefer the thruster in all condition as I'm sick and tired of changing fin setup screws in/out

18 Nov 2018 11:49AM
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windsurftom
NSW, 234 posts
18 Nov 2018 1:22PM
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JEG said..
As you know I have a quad, 5 fin and thruster setup all single tabs fin (screws in/out) but I wish JL & others would adapt to the FCS click in/out fin tabs as it so convenient though they might be reason why.

I prefer the thruster in all condition as I'm sick and tired of changing fin setup screws in/out


I think the futures box has a better reputation.
Id rather put a screw in than lose a fin

colas
2837 posts
18 Nov 2018 2:51PM
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windsurftom said..
I think the futures box has a better reputation.
Id rather put a screw in than lose a fin


Note that you can also put a screw in a FCSII system if you are afraid of losing the fin.

I may be unlucky but I was not impressed with the futures fin system. Some futures boxes on some on boards had lateral wobbles, and from what I am reading it is not uncommon. The FCSII system locks perfectly the fin in place. The drawback of the FCSII system is that the choice of true FCSII fins is limited to only FCS-made fins. You can use FCS1 ones, but FCS1 fins connection is not as good as a good futures box (but better than a bad futures box...)

18 Nov 2018 7:30PM
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Hi Colas, I disagree... I've never had a problem with Future's (nor FCS 2)... They're the closest fin system & feel to fixed fins giving you true flex through your fins the way they are meant to work....The box holds the whole base of the fin in place as opposed to just 2 tabs....
I've had Future's in both my performance shortboards & sup's since they've been around & never had a problem with an of them... The only reason there would have been a problem is they weren't installed correctly especially if they "wobble laterally"...
I have FCS 2 in some of my surfboards for Indo & I do like them but I do put a single grub screw in each when I'm traveling as I've fallen on my fins before & lost a fin easily...

colas
2837 posts
18 Nov 2018 4:51PM
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Hi Colas, I disagree...

Actually we do not disagree: you say you didn't have any problem with yours, I say I had problem with mine... Both statements can be true at the same time :-)

In the same way, I can say I never lost a FCSII fin. But I know some people lost them.

JEG
VIC, 927 posts
20 Nov 2018 8:12PM
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Liking the speed and tail slide on that quad setup



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