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Created by Lizardman 1 month ago, 13 May 2021
Lizardman
VIC, 18 posts
13 May 2021 8:57AM
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Hi all Im wanting to get some advice on what shortboard SUP I should upgrade to. Im 70kg about 168cm tall and low intermediate SUP surfer. I am looking for something 120-135 L range around 8'6-8'10". I have Supped on a Trigger Bros 8'6" 135L board for a few years but I traded it in on a bigger version as I thought it would help me improve. At 170 l it catches anything (as my local break doesnt get too big) and have had some long rides on it but I want to get something more maneuverable. I have been looking at Sunova Speeds, I have demoed a 8'10 Hipster twin and at SHQ they have some new 2016 JP Fusions at 8'5x130L. I am wanting a board I can keep for a few years and will surf in small conditions but also can take on bigger stuff. I dont want to go too small and have to sit out the back and wait for waves as I prefer to catch as many as I can as practice make perfect. Most of the spots I go to at the moment a fairly gentle point breaks like Pt Leo and Pt Roadknight but I am hoping to get into bigger stuff when my skill level gets better. Advice would be much appreciated.

wind driven
NSW, 58 posts
13 May 2021 10:17AM
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I am 70kg and a few cm taller than you and I have had a 8'5 Striker for about 3 yrs which i am a big fan of. I use it in small slop to well overhead conditions on Sydney's Northern Beaches and have never really felt that it is not the right board. Stability is good in choppy conditions and because of the nose shape i find that getting weaker waves is no problem as you can step forward on take off to get it heading down the face. If i ever get round to upgrading it will likely be to a smaller JL Destroyer but foiling has suddenly got in the way of upgrade plans!

supthecreek
2214 posts
13 May 2021 12:03PM
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At your height, weight and wish list, I urge you to consider the Sunova Placid, I think it's a great match for what you want.
8'7 x 31.5 @ 125 L
8'10 x 32.25 @ 135 L (may be too big for you, as it is one of my go-to boards at 107 kg)

One of my favorites: very stable, plus great performance and comfort in wonk or clean conditions.
Search YouTube for my Placid Review to see it in a range of conditions. (Rick Weeks channel)

Lizardman
VIC, 18 posts
13 May 2021 7:34PM
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supthecreek said..
At your height, weight and wish list, I urge you to consider the Sunova Placid, I think it's a great match for what you want.
8'7 x 31.5 @ 125 L
8'10 x 32.25 @ 135 L (may be too big for you, as it is one of my go-to boards at 107 kg)

One of my favorites: very stable, plus great performance and comfort in wonk or clean conditions.
Search YouTube for my Placid Review to see it in a range of conditions. (Rick Weeks channel)


Thanks Rick I watched some of those videos and there are still some Placids available. They look like a great board. I have a Speed ready for a Demo but the weather and surf have turned to ****.

Haddock
27 posts
13 May 2021 6:51PM
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My experience completely echos what Rick says - the Placid is super stable and deals with all sorts of horrible water conditions, but when it gets going, it is superb off the thin tail. 8'7 is the perfect one board quiver for me. I could have gone smaller, but might have wound up with a lower wave count.

Lizardman
VIC, 18 posts
19 May 2021 8:41AM
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I have just put a deposit on a Sunova Placid xxx.

CaptainJimbo
148 posts
19 May 2021 7:43AM
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Mate, please let us know how it goes. I'm similar size, weight and ability to you and trying to find the best next board for me. Has to right as it will probably be my last. Cheers, Jimbo.

Tardy
3997 posts
19 May 2021 2:58PM
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8'7 Placid is still my favourite board ...you basically get a wide board thats short ...its just easy to use ...a loose board and very easy to turn on a nothing wave ...I like the tail ...thinned out and narrow ...I do have a 8'8 flow too ..but switching from one to the other ...the placid you don't have to think too much ,it just does it ...the flow is a little more technical to use ,but does reward you with some snappy turns ..
If i want to have a relaxing day just having fun on small lumpy days the placid is what I grab ...hope you enjoy it liz man ,

bomberdave
VIC, 296 posts
19 May 2021 5:47PM
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Lizard man I know this may be a little late however ... I had my first go on a 9x30 revolution today .. I'm old and 96 kegs. It's an awesome board and for the spots you surf I would recommend highly over the placid. it is very stable, has good glide, with the thin rails and tail turns like a short board and can even get some nose riding time. Iam not sure the placid rocker would suit the small soft ptleo/Shoreham wave.

Lizardman
VIC, 18 posts
21 May 2021 6:40AM
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bomberdave said..
Lizard man I know this may be a little late however ... I had my first go on a 9x30 revolution today .. I'm old and 96 kegs. It's an awesome board and for the spots you surf I would recommend highly over the placid. it is very stable, has good glide, with the thin rails and tail turns like a short board and can even get some nose riding time. Iam not sure the placid rocker would suit the small soft ptleo/Shoreham wave.


Thanks mate I have also just purchased 2019 10' x 29 Starboard longboard in as new condition from a forum member. I am hoping to take it for a spin early next week and see how she goes. I am also hoping to go back over Torquay way for a few days of surfing plus some longer trips later in the year. I have only put a deposit on the Placid but Ive watched a few vids and read a few reports and it seems all positive. Im hoping like Captain Jimbo that it will be a longserving and last board. Thanks for the input.

Tardy
3997 posts
21 May 2021 7:41AM
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just in case you missed my one

Lizardman
VIC, 18 posts
21 May 2021 2:35PM
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Tardy said..
just in case you missed my one

Awesome mate i hope to get that good on it. Where are you supping in that vid

Lizardman
VIC, 18 posts
7 Jun 2021 7:53AM
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bomberdave said..
Lizard man I know this may be a little late however ... I had my first go on a 9x30 revolution today .. I'm old and 96 kegs. It's an awesome board and for the spots you surf I would recommend highly over the placid. it is very stable, has good glide, with the thin rails and tail turns like a short board and can even get some nose riding time. Iam not sure the placid rocker would suit the small soft ptleo/Shoreham wave.


I haven't been able to get out to the surf beaches thanks to **** weather and the lock down. I have put a deposit on a 8"7 Placid but have been reading reviews on the Jimmy Lewis Destroyer which sounds like a perfect board for me also. Easy to increase skill levels as has good volume for a shotgun board.

estingo
74 posts
Monday , 7 Jun 2021 5:19PM
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Hi Lizardman, I think you will have a lot of fun and will catch everything with your stats on the Placid 8'7!

Coming from someone that has 2 JL Destroyers, It's just like this, that there are a lot of good boards out there that will improve your skill level. And to search the "perfect" board is unfortunately for everyone slightly different, depending on e.g. skill, wave conditions, health condition, etc.. Some people have a "one-board-quiver" and others have 5 boards for every different condition out there.

Testing, trying is the key to find your favorite board that meets your requirements, you have already stood on a very good board, the Smik Hipster twin. According to some reviews is it one of the best boards out there, in the review against top brands Supboarder highly recommends this board to improve your sup surfing.

I'm just on the Jimmy Lewis Destroyer hype-train, Rick will probably suggest a good Sunova, Colas will advise a very good Gong and all those boards will work great.

So with the Sunova Placid will you do yourself an absolute favor to ripe those waves apart and when you're skill level is catching up you'll just exchange it for another perfect board. I've done it myself to find the absolute best board for me out there, but in the end, is it you that has to make it work.

Just my 2 cents and conclusion, don't stare blind on the reviews from others.


Bighugg
NT, 440 posts
Monday , 7 Jun 2021 8:21PM
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estingo said..
Hi Lizardman, I think you will have a lot of fun and will catch everything with your stats on the Placid 8'7!

Coming from someone that has 2 JL Destroyers, It's just like this, that there are a lot of good boards out there that will improve your skill level. And to search the "perfect" board is unfortunately for everyone slightly different, depending on e.g. skill, wave conditions, health condition, etc.. Some people have a "one-board-quiver" and others have 5 boards for every different condition out there.

Testing, trying is the key to find your favorite board that meets your requirements, you have already stood on a very good board, the Smik Hipster twin. According to some reviews is it one of the best boards out there, in the review against top brands Supboarder highly recommends this board to improve your sup surfing.

I'm just on the Jimmy Lewis Destroyer hype-train, Rick will probably suggest a good Sunova, Colas will advise a very good Gong and all those boards will work great.

So with the Sunova Placid will you do yourself an absolute favor to ripe those waves apart and when you're skill level is catching up you'll just exchange it for another perfect board. I've done it myself to find the absolute best board for me out there, but in the end, is it you that has to make it work.

Just my 2 cents and conclusion, don't stare blind on the reviews from others.





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" The BEST wine is the one YOU like BEST "
I am still interested in trying more boards

Lizardman
VIC, 18 posts
Tuesday , 8 Jun 2021 7:40AM
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estingo said..
Hi Lizardman, I think you will have a lot of fun and will catch everything with your stats on the Placid 8'7!

Coming from someone that has 2 JL Destroyers, It's just like this, that there are a lot of good boards out there that will improve your skill level. And to search the "perfect" board is unfortunately for everyone slightly different, depending on e.g. skill, wave conditions, health condition, etc.. Some people have a "one-board-quiver" and others have 5 boards for every different condition out there.

Testing, trying is the key to find your favorite board that meets your requirements, you have already stood on a very good board, the Smik Hipster twin. According to some reviews is it one of the best boards out there, in the review against top brands Supboarder highly recommends this board to improve your sup surfing.

I'm just on the Jimmy Lewis Destroyer hype-train, Rick will probably suggest a good Sunova, Colas will advise a very good Gong and all those boards will work great.

So with the Sunova Placid will you do yourself an absolute favor to ripe those waves apart and when you're skill level is catching up you'll just exchange it for another perfect board. I've done it myself to find the absolute best board for me out there, but in the end, is it you that has to make it work.

Just my 2 cents and conclusion, don't stare blind on the reviews from others.




Cheers mate Im spending too much time in isolation and not enough time in the surf. You can only ride one board at at= time. thanks for your input.

estingo
74 posts
Tuesday , 8 Jun 2021 4:01PM
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You're welcome and I know the feeling of spending too much time, scrolling through the internet reading review after review. Here are for 5 weeks now not really waves to surf. You are exactly right you can ride one board at a time! Once you have it let us know your feedback and write a review yourself as well on the Placid, it would be fun.



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