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Favourite all-round 14" boards

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Created by JonK82 29 days ago, 25 Dec 2018
JonK82
QLD, 15 posts
25 Dec 2018 4:02PM
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Merry Xmas all

So I've been paddling flatwater, surf and also downwinding for the past year, so fairly new to the sport. Weigh 75kg. Current and only boards i've owned and used are

2014 Fanatic Falcon 14 x 27"
2017 Fanatic Strike 14 x 24"

The Falcon is extremely stable in all conditions and downwinds and surfs nicely, but feels like a truck on flatwater and buoy turns. So if having a workout on the bay it's not as fun with the little glide per stroke. The Strike is fast and light, great glide, and cuts through bumps beautifully, but I find it very unstable, although I'm sure this is also due to my limited experience/skill. Even in small chop I'm only fine so long as I'm with or against the swell, but as soon as there is a side swell I'm shaky. Also find when sprinting I am able to hit only perhaps 90% as some effort goes into stabilising.

I was thinking of selling both boards and getting something of an all-rounder that is still quite stable but also sharper at the nose than the Falcon. Briskites have a very nice Infinity Whiplash that looks fast, but I wonder how it would go downwinding/technical/surfing.

Was hoping a few people might share their experiences.

Thanks again and hope everyone is having a lovely Chrimbo.

Jon

DaveSandan
VIC, 698 posts
25 Dec 2018 5:53PM
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In my opinion this is the best, had a wider board and this new one is more stable in heavy chop and only weighs 9kg. It's a Jimmy Lewis Sidewinder 14x27


LucBenac
249 posts
25 Dec 2018 11:12PM
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Naish Maliko would be a good option. I find it fast all-around stable and great downwinder.
Got mine like new at two-thirds of the price. A little bit heavy to carry but strong construction and it does not feel heavy on the water.

paul.j
QLD, 2727 posts
26 Dec 2018 5:54AM
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Hi Jon
If you go for only one board you may find you lose a little bit from each board with maybe a little bit of glide speed from the flat water board and a little bit of DW from the falcon.
If you are only in Brisbane feel free to come and check out us at ONE as our HQ is only on the goldy www.oneoceansportsaustralia.com
We are now probably the largest raceboard company is Aus and mostly because we do it every day and make boards that suit what people want plus they are crazy light and still strong!!

I would say something like the new EVO 2.0 would work or even something like the pics I have attached which is a custom evo and a very good alround board. We have reworked pricing for 2019 which is now crazy good for the customer as well being one of the only companies to lower the pricing and still keep or even increase the construction method.
You are more than welcome to come and demo some boards as well as we have a pretty large raceboard demo fleet.






cantSUPenough
VIC, 1723 posts
26 Dec 2018 7:50AM
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I have the 14'x26" Naish Javelin which I would assume is something like your Strike. At 95kg and 6'3" I find it too tippy, just as you describe. I am sure with practice it would become more stable, but I spend most of my time in the surf so I don't have the time to perfect my skills on a 14' board.

So I went for a 14' Sunova Search. Much more stable, fun in small surf, low center of gravity, but I doubt it will give you the performance, acceleration, etc. that you appear to be after. But the extra stability and low cog lets you move around the board with freedom.

JonK82
QLD, 15 posts
28 Dec 2018 5:38AM
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Hey guys, thank you for the responses.

LucBenac I was fortunate enough to have a quick go on 24" Maliko and it was much more stable than the Strike, which is also 24". That was just on flat-water. Iwonder how it'd go in the surf? I believe the lady that was kind enough to let me try the board won one of the women's technical races this year on that same board. I just couldn't imagine myself staying on the Strike in the surf. The Falcon is solid but has, in my opinion, albeit based on limited experience/skill, one annoyance, which is that the bulbous and voluminous nose doesn't punch through barely the smallest white-wash when going back out through the break. This means almost every wave has to be taken via stepping back and lifting the nose over, which if isn't done perfectly perpendicular to the wave usually means falling off, at least for me. Whereas I've noticed boards like the All Star punching through smaller white-wash. Of course the solid rocker line and voluminous nose makes for a great downwinding board.

Hey Paul thanks for the demo offer. I've heard only good things about your boards and they look great> I especially like the look of the Edge 2.0. I've been keeping my eye on used One boards. I'd love to take you up on your offer to demo when next down the coast. Thanks again.

Jon

LucBenac
249 posts
28 Dec 2018 3:47AM
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I have the 26" and on small line-up surf it was a pleasure. it punches through the incoming and goes very well on the small bumps. I cannot comment on larger waves. I am 77kg and 6'.

cbigsup
280 posts
28 Dec 2018 4:05AM
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Always the contrarian I have a 404 Go-Go which was designed as a BOP style board .
Nose rocker, tail rocker, mono concave through out. Surfs well, stable, DW fine. Slow as a fW racer but so am I!

DaveSandan
VIC, 698 posts
28 Dec 2018 10:09PM
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This nose cuts through chop easily and a curvy tail is great as well.




Langers
VIC, 68 posts
29 Dec 2018 6:23PM
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DaveSandan said..
This nose cuts through chop easily and a curvy tail is great as well.





Looks a great board Dave .

DaveSandan
VIC, 698 posts
29 Dec 2018 9:15PM
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Langers said..


DaveSandan said..
This nose cuts through chop easily and a curvy tail is great as well.






Looks a great board Dave .



It's a keeper!



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