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All water coastal cruiser/fitness board: evo 2.0, blackfish, naish glide, other?

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Created by advisor02 Sunday, 1 Aug 2020
advisor02
3 posts
Sunday , 1 Aug 2020 11:56PM
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Long time lurker, first time poster... Have really enjoyed and learned a lot from this community and was hoping to get some board advice.

I am 6' 2.5" and between 85-90kg, looking for a one quiver board that would be primarily used as a coastline cruiser, fitness style board. I don't intend to race, nor would I be doing that much downwinding or surf...maybe catch the occasional freighter wave.

id like something in the 14' variety with good tracking and stability (want to stay dry). I'm a fair weather paddler but even with that there is often a light breeze, sound style light chop, and occasional boat traffic. I might also occasionally take it to a calm lake for some flat water.

am I crazy to think that there is a single board that could do it all? I don't want to race it but also don't want an all around lunker.
looking at other's comments, it sounds like the blackfish, evo 2.0, naish glide, or perhaps the sidewinder might all be good candidates. Am I heading in the right direction or are there other boards or categories I should consider?

for size, is 14x27 or 28 going to work or too much volume in these models?

thanks so much!
chris

LucBenac
347 posts
Sunday , 2 Aug 2020 12:16AM
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That is actually not such a big ask in terms of range. When you had downwinding and catching breaks to get back to the beach or technical race, it becomes more complicated. The Naish Glide is a little bit apart as the latest iterations where all 29 or 30 wide and fairly heavy, so not quite like a 27" wide Blackfish or EVO 2.0. From Naish the 28" wide Maliko would be closer. If you are considering used, I would suggest that the 2018 Sunova Allround 14x27 is also a very serious contender. The 2019 has a very different shape and is a lot more of a flat water board than the 2018 and before - a pity in my books :-) AFter that it really depends, if you like flat deck, recessed or dugout. How much volume you like and so on....

advisor02
3 posts
Sunday , 2 Aug 2020 1:09AM
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Thanks, the Sunova looks intriguing and similar positioning to the One Evo 2.0. Looks like Okeanos might also be worth throwing in the mix...all available to buy but limited test opportunity given my location and Covid restrictions. Hmmm

LucBenac
347 posts
Sunday , 2 Aug 2020 1:28AM
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If you are considering touring board (Okeanos) instead of all around race board (Blackfish), then teh Sunova Expedition Norm Hann is a great design and board. Disclaimer, I paddle regularly with Norm so have paddled is board but he is also a friend. Touring board will usually be more stable in difficult conditions, more stable, heavier and a bit slower (with the caveat that you are not fast if you are not stable and comfrotable on your board in the chop).

advisor02
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Sunday , 2 Aug 2020 2:13AM
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What about the new Infinity enticket, has anyone come across this board. Looks interesting for the price point!
www.supboardermag.com/2020/07/09/infinity-sup-all-new-e-ticket-touring/

paul.j
QLD, 3003 posts
Sunday , 2 Aug 2020 6:52AM
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From what you are wanting the ONE Evo 2.0 sounds perfect, it's made to do that bit of everything.
It will surf, tour, downwind plus the construction is full PVC molded so super strong and very light in either the dynamic or Elite constructions.

Super fun board and is great to cruise around on.

(Disclaimer I own ONE, but if you have any questions on the board feel free to ask me anything)

Jacko

DaveSandan
VIC, 964 posts
Sunday , 2 Aug 2020 7:38AM
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I have owned a Naish Glide and currently have a Sidewinder, and both would be perfect for what you want to do however the Glide is closer to what you want. It is heavier but much more stable and it's rocker line is much flatter so you get plenty of speed on the water. If you can get the GTW construction it will save you some weight and it looks better if you are looking for a second hand model not sure if their new ones co e in that option anymore.

riverider
TAS, 996 posts
Sunday , 2 Aug 2020 3:35PM
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+1 for the ONE Evo 2.0, I've had mine for well over 12 months now and covers all bases, anything that comes out of the Kinetic factory is high quality.

warwickl
NSW, 1462 posts
Sunday , 2 Aug 2020 5:22PM
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SIC 14ft RS - flattish rocker, reasonably light, excellent second stability allowing me to go 1in narrower @26in than Naish @28in, demoed both.
I am just an occasional paddler so stability is important but still want the best speed I can do.

mickeyb
NSW, 46 posts
Tuesday , 4 Aug 2020 9:22AM
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I recently purchased an EVO 2.0 to replace a Blitz. I couldn't be happier with my decision and wish I'd done it ages ago. The quality of the ONE boards is excellent. The EVO 2.0 is excellent in any conditions except if you are trying to be competitive on flat water, then you would look to a different board. For what you want you won't go wrong with the EVO.

paul.j
QLD, 3003 posts
Tuesday , 4 Aug 2020 3:39PM
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I thought I would quickly unpack a 14 x 28 Evo 2.0 in Elite construction which is full molded PVC carbon sandwich and the weight came in at 11.1kg or 24lbs.

Not bad considering this board is also as strong as anything on the market if not stronger!!






Gboots
NSW, 964 posts
Tuesday , 4 Aug 2020 6:51PM
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Have been following this topic with interest .
I have been considering getting a non surf sup now for a few months . With the banks getting way busy since covid crap started it has become very hard to have a stress free session at the local. I have a nearby river mouth which I surf when conditions allow (rare) but am considering a different option . I have a 12 foot venom which I periodically use at that spot . Nice board but a bit heavy to manage out of water . I am only 60kg dry. With the EVO 2.0, will the 12'6 catch bumps easier in river surf in comparison to the Venom ? Also how much do the the EVO's weigh for a 12'6 or a 14 ? Would I need a 14 at 60kg ? I am not interested in racing ....just catching bumps and runners and then paddling back and repeating

paul.j
QLD, 3003 posts
Tuesday , 4 Aug 2020 8:02PM
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Gboots said..
Have been following this topic with interest .
I have been considering getting a non surf sup now for a few months . With the banks getting way busy since covid crap started it has become very hard to have a stress free session at the local. I have a nearby river mouth which I surf when conditions allow (rare) but am considering a different option . I have a 12 foot venom which I periodically use at that spot . Nice board but a bit heavy to manage out of water . I am only 60kg dry. With the EVO 2.0, will the 12'6 catch bumps easier in river surf in comparison to the Venom ? Also how much do the the EVO's weigh for a 12'6 or a 14 ? Would I need a 14 at 60kg ? I am not interested in racing ....just catching bumps and runners and then paddling back and repeating


Not many 12'6 Evo's around anymore as that whole class really died away. At 60 kg a 14ft board is still fine and for just catching small running waves the 14 will do this better than a 12'6 anyway.

We still make a few custom 12'6 boards so this could be a option if you really wanted to go the 12'6 way then we it to suit exactly but even angle who is 60kg prefers the 14 these days.
If its

Just for fun I would look at something about 26 wide as well as that should be nice and easy and pick up the smallest bumps.


Gboots
NSW, 964 posts
Tuesday , 4 Aug 2020 8:38PM
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Thanks Paul.
Roughly how much would a 14ft by 26 wide weigh. Need to get it on the racks without killing my back.

Nerdburger
NSW, 209 posts
Tuesday , 4 Aug 2020 9:12PM
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I have an infinity blackfish 25 inch, I use it all the time, small waves at the points and rivers, flat water creeks and down winders. It's such a versatile fun board. It truely does all things, as an all rounder, with wave riding it limitation (14 ft all water race board) but still a blast. Have ridden up to 4/5 ft, but just hot dogging it.
For me it turns rubbish conditions into fun/water time and great for fitness. Last week, I was at south west rocks camping, getting runners in the bay ( 1-3 ft small waves sometimes breaking) for 300-600 meters,
super fun. Nothing else on the day would have been a blast for 3-4 hrs on the water, to week to surf, or surf sup. Maybe a foil if thats your thing ?!
If the waves are fun, I'll surf or sup my infinity 8'5 blur, or windsurf, but for the rest it's the blackfish.
It's so light, well made and boom proof, same with my wave board.
Another great all rounder but cruising and wave biased I'd look at would be a 10 ft sunova/smik/infinity long boards, or a SIC bullet, more downwinder/general paddle board plus better on small waves, than the blackfish.

The only downside is a 14 ft board is putting on the roof racks, not chucking it in the troopy. I need a board bag for it, for my camping surf trips, and tie down locks if I'm using another craft to enjoy the ocean/surf. But easy walk to the beach, so no drama really.


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paul.j
QLD, 3003 posts
Wednesday , 5 Aug 2020 8:33AM
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Gboots said..
Thanks Paul.
Roughly how much would a 14ft by 26 wide weigh. Need to get it on the racks without killing my back.


14 x 26 in the elite construction would be high 10kg range give or take a little. Pretty easy to throw around for a big board.

Cheers Jacko



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