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8'10 Smik Hipster Twin v JL Destroyer

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Created by Bluehawk 1 month ago, 11 Mar 2021
Bluehawk
NSW, 32 posts
11 Mar 2021 6:26PM
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Gurus - hard to get a ride on either of these boards but what would your preference be? I'm stepping down from a Junior whopper.

Cheers Rob

Hoppo3228
VIC, 441 posts
11 Mar 2021 6:45PM
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Both are great, each has a different feeling...

Destroyer (as a thuster) - more traditional surfboard feeling - more drivey
Smik - more of a twin fin feeling - looser, still with speed

No bad choice between these 2.

justaddwater
NSW, 275 posts
11 Mar 2021 8:57PM
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Yes Hoppo,being a Jimmy Lewis fan,and not very heavy I'm thinking of moving on as they will not do a lean version ,and the smaller boards are way over volumed for lighter riders,and as I understand Jimmy will not do a custom ,unless in Hawaii ,so this makes the Smiks very appealing as Scotty loves doing customs at a reasonable price

Hoppo3228
VIC, 441 posts
11 Mar 2021 11:00PM
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That's fair, if the volume doesn't work for you - custom is always an option.

FYI, a custom Deep is more than $500 cheaper than a custom Smik...

justaddwater
NSW, 275 posts
12 Mar 2021 7:25AM
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Yes I have had a chat to Simon,not sure about $500 cheaper,as I require some extra deck reinforcement,with a 12 week lead time,probably worth the wait but not yet,as Simon says lead time reduces mid year,nice guy very enthusiastic about his prouduct.

Gboots
NSW, 1119 posts
12 Mar 2021 7:25AM
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These are two boards I have also looked at . As a ligbo the rider at 60-63kg always on look out for board with a good balance between volume , width and thickness . I have recently realized that 26 wide is really hard for me even as a lightweight . The 711 Speeed is awesome but if there is any sidechop or backwash i am falling in all the time . The 7'7 Flow V1 is a nightmare in terms of stability . I need to get rid of this board The two boards that came to mind as options are the 7'7 Destroyer and 7'8 Smik Twin but both fairly voluminous . The Starbard Hypernut has also beefed up at smaller sizes . Boards seem to be getting more voluminous in the standard shapes . It's a pity the Starboard Airborne no longer exists

Nugdam
QLD, 568 posts
12 Mar 2021 6:35AM
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justaddwater said..
Yes I have had a chat to Simon,not sure about $500 cheaper,as I require some extra deck reinforcement,with a 12 week lead time,probably worth the wait but not yet,as Simon says lead time reduces mid year,nice guy very enthusiastic about his prouduct.


My last smik was about a 5 month lead time. So 12 weeks isn't too bad.

Nugdam
QLD, 568 posts
12 Mar 2021 6:35AM
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justaddwater said..
Yes I have had a chat to Simon,not sure about $500 cheaper,as I require some extra deck reinforcement,with a 12 week lead time,probably worth the wait but not yet,as Simon says lead time reduces mid year,nice guy very enthusiastic about his prouduct.


My last smik was about a 5 month lead time. So 12 weeks isn't too bad.

TBM
NSW, 37 posts
12 Mar 2021 12:19PM
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Gboots said..
These are two boards I have also looked at . As a ligbo the rider at 60-63kg always on look out for board with a good balance between volume , width and thickness . I have recently realized that 26 wide is really hard for me even as a lightweight . The 711 Speeed is awesome but if there is any sidechop or backwash i am falling in all the time . The 7'7 Flow V1 is a nightmare in terms of stability . I need to get rid of this board The two boards that came to mind as options are the 7'7 Destroyer and 7'8 Smik Twin but both fairly voluminous . The Starbard Hypernut has also beefed up at smaller sizes . Boards seem to be getting more voluminous in the standard shapes . It's a pity the Starboard Airborne no longer exists


I have had my 7'7" Destroyer for over 12 months and cannot be happier. I am 70kg and it is manoeuvrable, has awesome speed (my setup is as a quad) and provides great stability. Believe all the reviews. Very impressive board.

MickMc
VIC, 407 posts
12 Mar 2021 3:30PM
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Nugdam said..

justaddwater said..
Yes I have had a chat to Simon,not sure about $500 cheaper,as I require some extra deck reinforcement,with a 12 week lead time,probably worth the wait but not yet,as Simon says lead time reduces mid year,nice guy very enthusiastic about his prouduct.



My last smik was about a 5 month lead time. So 12 weeks isn't too bad.


Massive hold ups on all boards back then. I'm getting a smik custom arriving soon. A couple of months from order to delivery.



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