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Created by stamp 1 month ago, 19 Apr 2020
stamp
QLD, 2672 posts
19 Apr 2020 11:40AM
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G'day all

I've a Naish Hokua x32 7'10" and a Naish Raptor 95 (7' x 28"). Both quads.

The Raptor is great for small, mushy fat waves but I'm thinking of replacing the x32 with something a bit quicker off the mark & down the line for the better quality stuff. Because of it's outline (narrow nose and tail but 32" wide at the centre) the x32 doesn't have much glide or acceleration.

Ideally the new plank would be sub 8' and 110-ish litres.

i'm 5'10" 77kg, intermediate skills. Riding mostly sunny coast beach breaks, which is the reason for the shorter board preference (mostly steep shorter period waves that don't run down the line for very long, so have to crack out the turns quickly rather than drawing them out).

Any recommendations welcome.

Thanks...

colas
3835 posts
19 Apr 2020 2:05PM
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I think that what would complement best your "tomo" raptor would be a classic "performance" shape, that is the ones used in contests, or what is referred to as a "step up" for a prone shortboard. But for steep short waves, as short as possible, and not too narrow for survavibility in beach breaks.

The narrow nose is what will allow you to whip turns in the pocket without fear of catching a rail, while still having some glide and paddling speed due to the extra length. The tail width will depend on the relative power of your back leg vs the wave power: you want the tail narrow enough so you dig the rail deep when pushing on it , but wide enough so that you do not kill all your speed. I love round tails for these kind of boards, as it allows you to tighten the curves at will.

You will find these kind of boards in all brands: In the Gong line that would be the Alley, in Infinity the Blurr, the new Genration boards, the various pointy nosed Sunova, In Fanatic the Pro, In starboard the Pro... you get the idea. Nowadays most brands have they "performance" shapes tuned to reasonable width so as no to be too extreme to ride, and are a valid choice. I would just try to get the ones with the shorter length for their volume, as it will be more adapted to your conditions.

Tardy
3501 posts
19 Apr 2020 4:20PM
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I Use to ride X32 's ...got a sunova flow ..a lot faster ...and still shreds ..8.1 might fit your bill ..they are narrower ..
check em out ..

supthecreek
1965 posts
19 Apr 2020 9:38PM
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"Ideally the new plank would be sub 8' and 110-ish litres."

7'11 x 28.5" GenRation SP 25 by Sunova at 105 L - 5 fin
Stable ripper
Same board Sean Poynter (SP) won on APP World Tour last year.



Same board some fat old guy rides this short clip...
if I can snap around an 8'11 at 71 YO and 105 kg... think what you can do on a 7'11!
I love this board!!!



Not on the Sunova website, but they are in the 70 page Sunova brochure... yeah, they make that much stuff!
Order from your local Sunova dealer.

stamp
QLD, 2672 posts
20 Apr 2020 9:03AM
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thanks everyone for the replies. will have a dig around based on recommendations.

stamp
QLD, 2672 posts
20 Apr 2020 9:15AM
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supthecreek said..
"Ideally the new plank would be sub 8' and 110-ish litres."

7'11 x 28.5" GenRation SP 25 by Sunova at 105 L - 5 fin
Stable ripper
Same board Sean Poynter (SP) won on APP World Tour last year.

Not on the Sunova website, but they are in the 70 page Sunova brochure... yeah, they make that much stuff!
Order from your local Sunova dealer.



A good looking board, but at $3,140 AUD (plus fins and shipping) genration.com/collections/sup/products/sp25?variant=27852092407908 it's never happening

Nugdam
QLD, 438 posts
20 Apr 2020 10:13AM
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I'm also on the coast you are welcome to have a look at my hipster and see if its something that could suit you. I am looking at a 7'10 for beach breaks and I have a 8'5x30 I use on the points. I'm down in caloundra

stamp
QLD, 2672 posts
20 Apr 2020 11:11AM
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Nugdam said..
I'm also on the coast you are welcome to have a look at my hipster and see if its something that could suit you. I am looking at a 7'10 for beach breaks and I have a 8'5x30 I use on the points. I'm down in caloundra


Thanks mate. I appreciate the offer. The hipster does look good.

I'm at Peregian. When the current craziness has eased I might come south to have a look at your 8'5.

Nugdam
QLD, 438 posts
20 Apr 2020 11:44AM
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stamp said..

Nugdam said..
I'm also on the coast you are welcome to have a look at my hipster and see if its something that could suit you. I am looking at a 7'10 for beach breaks and I have a 8'5x30 I use on the points. I'm down in caloundra



Thanks mate. I appreciate the offer. The hipster does look good.

I'm at Peregian. When the current craziness has eased I might come south to have a look at your 8'5.


I'm sitting on about 95kg so you should be able to go way smaller. I'm looking at a second hand 7'10 which should be good for beach breaks and I'm confident it'll be stable after Awhile.

They are such fun boards with plenty of speed.



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