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Bit the bullet

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Created by benjl 23 days ago, 22 Nov 2019
benjl
278 posts
22 Nov 2019 2:50PM
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Well, after a bit of decision and seeing comments about needing some new material on the site.. I pulled the trigger on the below.

It's a blue planet carbon ninja star- appx 6.9kg on the scales.
its the 8'4 x 28 x 100l model.

its a touch longer than my current model, but the super thinned out rails I'm hoping will enable me to slice and cut harder, and I've always been a fan of the pin rails. The way the rams really taper down is almost similar to the new step-decks.
I get receipt of it on Sunday evening but looking forward to a test spin!










kev7
WA, 114 posts
22 Nov 2019 2:55PM
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Why the RUSTY sticker

benjl
278 posts
22 Nov 2019 3:31PM
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Haha it's not brand new, so not my decision on the sticker

JEG
VIC, 1369 posts
22 Nov 2019 7:37PM
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That's a nice board benjl and I've seen how they perform, well design BP.

benjl
278 posts
22 Nov 2019 6:17PM
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JEG said..
That's a nice board benjl and I've seen how they perform, well design BP.


Yeah? I've. Struggled to find much on the net or any reviews of this size one! What sizes or how have you seen it perform? The rocker seems quite flat for the design but I guess with the pin tail and narrow rails, it might counter it. Just keen to get it in the water and take it for a spin!

JEG
VIC, 1369 posts
22 Nov 2019 9:52PM
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benjl said..


JEG said..
That's a nice board benjl and I've seen how they perform, well design BP.




Yeah? I've. Struggled to find much on the net or any reviews of this size one! What sizes or how have you seen it perform? The rocker seems quite flat for the design but I guess with the pin tail and narrow rails, it might counter it. Just keen to get it in the water and take it for a spin!



Only seen this dude about 5 times out on the surf and I'm not sure if he's on the 8'10 or 9'2 board but it does looks good and performs well in the surf. I like the 8'10" x 29" x 4.25" x 120L or the 9' nose rider though, oneday maybe

MangoDingo
NT, 320 posts
24 Nov 2019 10:43AM
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Good stuff Benjl - be keen to hear how the new board goes.
While I'm not in the market for a new short board, I have also been keeping my eyes on Blue Planet - I reckon they look the goods and there's a few sweet vids on YouTube that are worth a squiz.
Get amongst it bro!!!
A new stick - yeeeew!!!

FRP
345 posts
24 Nov 2019 9:28AM
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Great shape. It just looks right. Quad or two plus one, dual leash plugs very thinned out, light and a perfect length. I think I need one! Looking forward to a review.

Bob

benjl
278 posts
24 Nov 2019 1:20PM
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Well we're not off to a great start..
the guy was supposed to meet my partner at the airport so she could fly it home to me.
he didn't turn up (I've alredy paid him!), phone is turned off and the number he gave me for his wife is also not a valid number.

Wish me luck!

MangoDingo
NT, 320 posts
24 Nov 2019 4:44PM
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Oh you're kidding mate?
Fingers crossed - he's probably just been caught up somewhere.
Hang in there man - stay positive.

Kami
1413 posts
24 Nov 2019 5:16PM
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benjl said..

JEG said..
That's a nice board benjl and I've seen how they perform, well design BP.



Yeah? I've. Struggled to find much on the net or any reviews of this size one! What sizes or how have you seen it perform? The rocker seems quite flat for the design but I guess with the pin tail and narrow rails, it might counter it. Just keen to get it in the water and take it for a spin!


Rocker quite flat but with that outline, it will carve perfect! No dishpan!
I hope you have not been dropping in by a crook.

Area10
1433 posts
2 Dec 2019 5:09AM
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benjl said..
Well we're not off to a great start..
the guy was supposed to meet my partner at the airport so she could fly it home to me.
he didn't turn up (I've alredy paid him!), phone is turned off and the number he gave me for his wife is also not a valid number.

Wish me luck!


How did this saga turn out in the end? Was it a scam?

benjl
278 posts
2 Dec 2019 8:27AM
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The board is still in transit, hopefully making its way up on Wednesday! Missed a lot of surf in the meanwhile but will be looking forward to the arrival.

The guy was away out of reception so gave it to his wife to drop at the airport, although gave us her wrong number so we couldn't get hold of either of them and missed the flight up here initially

benjl
278 posts
4 Dec 2019 3:04PM
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So the good, bad and the ugly..
the board arrived with a massive crack in the middle from what looked like a forklift going through the bag and board!
Waiting to hear from the freight company whether they will cover the repair?

the good- it's a mighty shape. Really hard to get a good angle to show just how much the volume tapers to the rail and also from the front to the rear (so thin).
I decided to tape the crap out of the area around the crack so i could just try for a flat water spin before getting fixed.

Shes agile!! Jesus! It felt like night and day to my jimmy lewis 8'3 x 28.5 @105l which feels so much more stable in comparison (this is 8'4 x 28 x 101l). You can see in the pics just how much the tail and rail sinks in to the water. Note that I'm only 70kg!
feels like you need to stand pretty far forward to keep the back less out of the water.

You can inagine exactly how this is this will perform on the wave- the rail and rails will sink and rip (is my feeling). Even just trying to change direction in the flat water seemed rapid. Can't wait to get the rail repaired and try it in the surf!












Gboots
NSW, 723 posts
4 Dec 2019 6:52PM
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At 62kg I have trouble on the 81L Flow . I also have to stand way forward and feet way close .
Struggled to be honest . The waves I have caught have been awesome but just falling off way too much in between waves

Tardy
3196 posts
4 Dec 2019 5:53PM
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nice one benji ,you have a simular sink to me on my 120 litre @ 96 kgs but the surf of a smaller board is worth the hassle ,
enjoy ,and bummer about the ding ,

Scotty Mac
SA, 1919 posts
4 Dec 2019 9:21PM
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Let me guess. TNT?

benjl
278 posts
5 Dec 2019 3:27AM
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@scotty, it's was PBT. In your experience do the freight companies cover their stuff ups? The board bag was brand new and looks like it's been dragged through mud in addition to the cuts and rips

515
339 posts
5 Dec 2019 3:29AM
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Hi Benji,
Great you finally got your new stick. Long term learn to fix your board yourself as you can get supplies from Fiberglass NZ in Panmure. If you want a great repair and cosmetic match check out Bruce Nicholson of Big World Composites m.facebook.com/BigworldComposites

benjl
278 posts
5 Dec 2019 7:25AM
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Thanks 515, have flicked them a message. I haven't repaired carbon fibre before so thought best leave it to the experts!

Can't wait to get the board out for a proper wave-test!

Seajuice
NSW, 565 posts
Sunday , 8 Dec 2019 9:41PM
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Gee you've had some bad luck. That is absolutely disgusting how your board was treated! Looks like no accident to me. And the ones at fault should have reported the damage caused & you should have been compensated for not only a repair but for the time & inconvenience in my view.
Plus a new board bag as it probably cannot be repaired to its original condition. Those guys are paid to transport & not to damage. So in my view you have a case. Maybe report it to Fair Trading. Send pics etc. Go straight to the top if you get no satisfaction from the couriers, be demanding with them & threaten to report them.
Pro repairers for your board can do an excellent job. So good to hear all is not lost.
If your board was broken like tail or nose snapped off. That would be a replacement cost in my opinion.
Hoping things go well from now on & you get great satisfaction in your future rides.
Nice board.
Good luck & have fun!

SunnyBouy
391 posts
Wednesday , 11 Dec 2019 7:44PM
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Nice looking board, shame it's been dinged...
Hope you get that sorted, then come back and give us a review

benjl
278 posts
32 minutes ago , 16 Dec 2019 9:19AM
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Still waiting for any response from the freight company, who then said I need to raise a claim with a different company (which I have done) and no further response from either of them which is frustrating.
Been some great swell recently that has been missed!

on a side note though, I took it to a repair shop the other day and got to look at it side by side to my jimmy lewis supertech 8'3. I thought the supertech has quite fine rails but the blue planet is soo much thinner when side by side! Crazy difference.

Also when looking closer, as well as being quite flat rocketed, the concaves are also incredibly flat and shallow. It must be a very small single for most of the board to a very slight vee in the tail.
It seems to use the rail thickness and pin tail to create turn and bite rather than rocker or much concave



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