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My Sunova 9'5 Steeze Review

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Created by supthecreek 3 months ago, 16 Jul 2018
supthecreek
1562 posts
16 Jul 2018 10:57PM
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Vids of my 1st day on it, then some different size waves over the past few months.

At first I rode it with the stock fins, but it didn't turn me on.... it felt sticky.

I decided to give it another chance.... so I swapped out the center fin for a smaller 5.75" fin (more of a Thruster set-up)

WOW, what a difference.... it totally changed the board, so much fun!
Now it has a solid place in my favorites :)

at 235 lbs (106 kg) I am at a "weight to volume" ratio of 1.35 (1.18 on the 8'10)
Lighter surfers will not find it as tippy as I do. Stable, but has the Sunova "low rail" dip.

The funny thing is.... it is very relaxing for long sessions, in less than perfect conditions.

note:
I have ridden the 8'10 Steeze (8'10 x 30 @ 125 liters) and found it to be a ripper!
So much smaller than the 9'5 but still an easy board to surf, considering it is at another performance level.

supthecreek
1562 posts
17 Jul 2018 5:20AM
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Oops.... ha ha, I was stuck on 9'5...... it's actually 9'6
Everything else is possibly accurate, but I wouldn't bet on it

by the magic of the edit, I have corrected my most grievous mistake.




now, if I could just correct the title of this thread......

Timsups
7 posts
17 Jul 2018 5:36AM
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Just wanted to chime in that I have an 8'10 STEEZE... GREAT BOARD!!! I got it to fill the gap between my my 8'5 SPEEED and the 10' STYLE. I quickly learned it is as advertised, a "Quiver Killer".. With the thin rails, low volume and pulled in tail, it provides high performance turns from the tail... and with the low rocker, wider nose it's a great nose-rider allowing a classic long-board style. Definitely has asserted itself as my "go to" board with the SPEEED and STYLE being relegated to wave and conditions related "quiver boards".

I've ridden the 9'6 STEEZE and I agree with Creek the it is on a different performance level. But for its size and volume the 9'6 definitely performed extremely well!!!
I definitely recommend the "STEEZE"... Just beware... it may cause you to reduce the number of SUPs that you'll be surfing!!

Ads01
QLD, 11 posts
17 Jul 2018 9:13AM
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Just wanted to chime in that I have an 8'10 STEEZE... GREAT BOARD!!! I got it to fill the gap between my my 8'5 SPEEED and the 10' STYLE. I quickly learned it is as advertised, a "Quiver Killer".. With the thin rails, low volume and pulled in tail, it provides high performance turns from the tail... and with the low rocker, wider nose it's a great nose-rider allowing a classic long-board style. Definitely has asserted itself as my "go to" board with the SPEEED and STYLE being relegated to wave and conditions related "quiver boards".

I've ridden the 9'6 STEEZE and I agree with Creek the it is on a different performance level. But for its size and volume the 9'6 definitely performed extremely well!!!
I definitely recommend the "STEEZE"... Just beware... it may cause you to reduce the number of SUPs that you'll be surfing!!


How much nose rocker does the Steeze have?

Timsups
7 posts
17 Jul 2018 7:36AM
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I honestly don't know dimensions for nose rocker...
Creek or the guys at Sunova should be able to help you with that. Here is a video of the STEEZE I saw before I ordered mine that gives you a good look from a lot of different angles.
I will say the 8'10
STEEZE nose rides very similarly to my 10' STYLE (REALLY WELL!!)... you can just get to the tip a little quicker!

supthecreek
1562 posts
17 Jul 2018 10:46AM
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Great shots Timsup, you ride your 8'10 so well.... no wonder it's your favorite!

I stayed with Tim when I visited the JAX crew in April.... so much fun with you guys. That was the best!
Thank you so much for your genuine southern hospitality!

Tim's 8'10 Steeze is the one I referred to in my post.... a very easy board, even for a big lug like me

ADs01
I'll have to measure the nose kick.
Whatever the number, it is perfect.... never a worry on a late drop.

Not great shots, but they are all I have from the JAX visit. My Solo was not in the mood to film that week.










wallie2444
NSW, 37 posts
18 Jul 2018 1:35PM
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Gday Rick.
Nice video mate. That board really appeals to me. However I will be looking at the 10ft Steeze. Can you comment on the stability of the board between sets when you compare it to similar volume boards?
cheers mate

supthecreek
1562 posts
20 Jul 2018 6:17PM
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The Steeze stability is a bit hard to explain.... like most Sunova's, it is tippy stability.
Consider that the 9'6 Steeze has the exact same volume as my old 8'10 Allwave:
My Allwave floated me high and dry, on the Steeze I am right at water level.
The difference is how the foam is distributed with much less rail thickness.

Thicker rails "feel" more stable at first blush, but the low rails have an odd reliability to them.
I used to love the feel of thick rails, now the thicker rails feel "corky" to me.
It depends on which type of "feel" you prefer.

Overall, my Steeze is relaxing and easy to do long sessions with relative ease.

I have some good "wonk paddling" video (shot from the beach) that I will put up.....
after I finish with my van rehab and surfing everyday.... I am out of gas at night!
My van rehab may get it's own thread, cuz it's a cheapo van that I am giving new life.... so much fun, but I can't stay awake to do video's.
ta ta... gotta go finish the new flooring before the tide drops

wallie2444
NSW, 37 posts
23 Jul 2018 5:56AM
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supthecreek said..
The Steeze stability is a bit hard to explain.... like most Sunova's, it is tippy stability.
Consider that the 9'6 Steeze has the exact same volume as my old 8'10 Allwave:
My Allwave floated me high and dry, on the Steeze I am right at water level.
The difference is how the foam is distributed with much less rail thickness.

Thicker rails "feel" more stable at first blush, but the low rails have an odd reliability to them.
I used to love the feel of thick rails, now the thicker rails feel "corky" to me.
It depends on which type of "feel" you prefer.

Overall, my Steeze is relaxing and easy to do long sessions with relative ease.

I have some good "wonk paddling" video (shot from the beach) that I will put up.....
after I finish with my van rehab and surfing everyday.... I am out of gas at night!
My van rehab may get it's own thread, cuz it's a cheapo van that I am giving new life.... so much fun, but I can't stay awake to do video's.
ta ta... gotta go finish the new flooring before the tide drops


I guess it's something that you just have to experience to be able to tell if the lower rails are actually as Burt says in his videos more stable paddling at low speeds. In my area we have 2 very small sup shops which choose not to stock any of the higher quality brands. So demoing is quite an obstacle.
Love to see the Van rehab

supthecreek
1562 posts
23 Jul 2018 9:54AM
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wallie2444 said..

supthecreek said..
The Steeze stability is a bit hard to explain.... like most Sunova's, it is tippy stability.
Consider that the 9'6 Steeze has the exact same volume as my old 8'10 Allwave:
My Allwave floated me high and dry, on the Steeze I am right at water level.
The difference is how the foam is distributed with much less rail thickness.

Thicker rails "feel" more stable at first blush, but the low rails have an odd reliability to them.
I used to love the feel of thick rails, now the thicker rails feel "corky" to me.
It depends on which type of "feel" you prefer.

Overall, my Steeze is relaxing and easy to do long sessions with relative ease.

I have some good "wonk paddling" video (shot from the beach) that I will put up.....
after I finish with my van rehab and surfing everyday.... I am out of gas at night!
My van rehab may get it's own thread, cuz it's a cheapo van that I am giving new life.... so much fun, but I can't stay awake to do video's.
ta ta... gotta go finish the new flooring before the tide drops



I guess it's something that you just have to experience to be able to tell if the lower rails are actually as Burt says in his videos more stable paddling at low speeds. In my area we have 2 very small sup shops which choose not to stock any of the higher quality brands. So demoing is quite an obstacle.
Love to see the Van rehab


Just me wobbling around out the back, so you can see the low rails in action.....actually, inaction
I may do a "Low budget Van Rehab" post....

wallie2444
NSW, 37 posts
23 Jul 2018 9:13PM
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supthecreek said..

wallie2444 said..


supthecreek said..
The Steeze stability is a bit hard to explain.... like most Sunova's, it is tippy stability.
Consider that the 9'6 Steeze has the exact same volume as my old 8'10 Allwave:
My Allwave floated me high and dry, on the Steeze I am right at water level.
The difference is how the foam is distributed with much less rail thickness.

Thicker rails "feel" more stable at first blush, but the low rails have an odd reliability to them.
I used to love the feel of thick rails, now the thicker rails feel "corky" to me.
It depends on which type of "feel" you prefer.

Overall, my Steeze is relaxing and easy to do long sessions with relative ease.

I have some good "wonk paddling" video (shot from the beach) that I will put up.....
after I finish with my van rehab and surfing everyday.... I am out of gas at night!
My van rehab may get it's own thread, cuz it's a cheapo van that I am giving new life.... so much fun, but I can't stay awake to do video's.
ta ta... gotta go finish the new flooring before the tide drops




I guess it's something that you just have to experience to be able to tell if the lower rails are actually as Burt says in his videos more stable paddling at low speeds. In my area we have 2 very small sup shops which choose not to stock any of the higher quality brands. So demoing is quite an obstacle.
Love to see the Van rehab



Just me wobbling around out the back, so you can see the low rails in action.....actually, inaction
I may do a "Low budget Van Rehab" post....



Thanks heaps for the video mate. Appreciate the effort to make it for people considering the Steeze. Hope your on the payroll Looks very stable in less than average conditions. My decision is made in getting a 10 Steeze. Current weight 123kg age 30 so as I loose weight I will become more comfy with the board. Only thing stopping me is the minister of finances.

Brenno
QLD, 626 posts
11 Aug 2018 9:48PM
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I knew this morning was one of those special ones. Big spread between high and a super low tide. Sucking back out hard after the high. Low dark grey clouds. Dark green steep beachies. I went to the rack. Started to pull out the Creek......hmm......it's still going to be heaving and backwashing I thought. Maybe I should go with the Steeze, it's proving to be pretty bloody dependable, and super stable. But would it handle the steep drops?
It was a good decision.
Super impressed. At 31" wide I thought I might struggle to turn off as the sand loomed, but made every wave. Nimble for a big board.
As the trial and error continues, this 9'6" fun all rounder will always have a place on the rack.

AA
NSW, 2145 posts
14 Aug 2018 9:13AM
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Great to get your feedback on the Steeze, Rick. Especially re the fins!
Time get out there on the 8'6 with a smaller thruster set up!




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