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Ode to the speed...

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Created by anchorpoint 1 month ago, 19 Jan 2021
anchorpoint
148 posts
19 Jan 2021 5:49AM
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Guys,

Just had a nice, zero wind , glassy, 4 to 5 feet point break sunset , and i took my old sunova speed 8.10...believed stupidly it would be smaller....im in love with this board (always was..) ! i mean i know new models came out in every brands , different shapes etc...but this shape is something else...timeless...it works quite well anywhere, anyhow..not the best shape to do rentries because of the wide nose but can make some serious turns the pointy noses would be proud of, can challenge a longboard on early waves...its a swiss knife....! It keep trajectories on steep walls...Sorry...coudnt keep the joy to myself!

The speed is not just another tomo style shape IMHO...it has something else (not a shaper so wont try)
Another one is as crasy as it sounds with its wide nose this board can handle some serious late take offs and somehow make it...i know i will always have a speed in my garage, a small to medium speed is an ideal travel board...can even be used for flat touring and will handle itself in any serious wave out there...i have other boards from 7.5' to 12' conditions related, but the speed is a real classic for me...Let me dare say a one board quiver if needed ( god forbid!)

bomberdave
VIC, 282 posts
19 Jan 2021 9:08AM
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anchorpoint said..
Guys,

Just had a nice, zero wind , glassy, 4 to 5 feet point break sunset , and i took my old sunova speed 8.10...believed stupidly it would be smaller....im in love with this board (always was..) ! i mean i know new models came out in every brands , different shapes etc...but this shape is something else...timeless...it works quite well anywhere, anyhow..not the best shape to do rentries because of the wide nose but can make some serious turns the pointy noses would be proud of, can challenge a longboard on early waves...its a swiss knife....! It keep trajectories on steep walls...Sorry...coudnt keep the joy to myself!

The speed is not just another tomo style shape IMHO...it has something else (not a shaper so wont try)
Another one is as crasy as it sounds with its wide nose this board can handle some serious late take offs and somehow make it...i know i will always have a speed in my garage, a small to medium speed is an ideal travel board...can even be used for flat touring and will handle itself in any serious wave out there...i have other boards from 7.5' to 12' conditions related, but the speed is a real classic for me...Let me dare say a one board quiver if needed ( god forbid!)


Im feeling your love anchorpoint... one of the alltime classic SUP's...

FRP
403 posts
19 Jan 2021 7:08AM
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anchorpoint said..
Guys,

Just had a nice, zero wind , glassy, 4 to 5 feet point break sunset , and i took my old sunova speed 8.10...believed stupidly it would be smaller....im in love with this board (always was..) ! i mean i know new models came out in every brands , different shapes etc...but this shape is something else...timeless...it works quite well anywhere, anyhow..not the best shape to do rentries because of the wide nose but can make some serious turns the pointy noses would be proud of, can challenge a longboard on early waves...its a swiss knife....! It keep trajectories on steep walls...Sorry...coudnt keep the joy to myself!

The speed is not just another tomo style shape IMHO...it has something else (not a shaper so wont try)
Another one is as crasy as it sounds with its wide nose this board can handle some serious late take offs and somehow make it...i know i will always have a speed in my garage, a small to medium speed is an ideal travel board...can even be used for flat touring and will handle itself in any serious wave out there...i have other boards from 7.5' to 12' conditions related, but the speed is a real classic for me...Let me dare say a one board quiver if needed ( god forbid!)

Anchorpoint

These are my sentiments exactly! I keep finding excuses to take out the 8'10" Speeed when my shorter board might be more appropriate. It truly is a "Swiss Army Knife" of boards. I remember what our local shaper said when he saw the bottom of the board "...there is a lot going on there". Mostly it is just fun to ride and I feel confident in the lineup that I have control of the board. Cheers

Bob

LastSupper
VIC, 267 posts
19 Jan 2021 10:09AM
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Timeless classic ! Plenty late drops thinken its not going to end well and the rocker does not fail ! Steep walls and the rails just grip ! Done more arcing cutties than any short board ive owned soo lucky to have 1

Gboots
NSW, 1054 posts
19 Jan 2021 12:09PM
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I have two. 88 and 711.
Awesome boards

Tardy
3888 posts
19 Jan 2021 1:17PM
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I have never ridden one of these speeds ....but I am debating about getting one .have done for years now ...8'8 or 8.10 for tardy .?

I'm liking the narrowness , and speed these boards say they have ....and I believe they like been ridden at the tail. ?.

sold my 8'7 flow and got a good price ,so cash to burn .hiding in a tin .

Hoppo3228
VIC, 425 posts
19 Jan 2021 6:54PM
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Tardy said..
I have never ridden one of these speeds ....but I am debating about getting one .have done for years now ...8'8 or 8.10 for tardy .?

I'm liking the narrowness , and speed these boards say they have ....and I believe they like been ridden at the tail. ?.

sold my 8'7 flow and got a good price ,so cash to burn .hiding in a tin .


Yep, gotta surf from the tail. Size down fins as the cut outs at the tail give lots of hold. I've had two mate and to be honest didn't really gel with them. I'm more keen on the GenRation boards... The Wedge interests me most

anchorpoint
148 posts
19 Jan 2021 7:50PM
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Tardy said..
I have never ridden one of these speeds ....but I am debating about getting one .have done for years now ...8'8 or 8.10 for tardy .?

I'm liking the narrowness , and speed these boards say they have ....and I believe they like been ridden at the tail. ?.

sold my 8'7 flow and got a good price ,so cash to burn .hiding in a tin .


Tardy the 8.8 is really ok for your weight and skills....mind you the 8.10 will surprise you regardless

SunnyBouy
452 posts
19 Jan 2021 9:24PM
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8'10 Speeed was my first Sunova. Learned a lot on that board, was always quick to ride and was easy to keep the speed on to link sets together. As I progressed, I sold it as for me it was too big. I've been on the lookout for a 7'11 every since, haven't committed to a new one until I get to ride a 7'11.

I think the Speeed is very underrated.

Granted some don't like the nose, but I think its a quality of the board.

Somewhere on here is a Speeed thread, I learned a lot from that thread.

supthecreek
2146 posts
19 Jan 2021 10:27PM
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Very cool read! I like the words 'timeless' and 'classic' ... certain boards in every genre earn that title after they have refused to fade away

SydneySUP81
NSW, 26 posts
20 Jan 2021 4:32PM
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I have the 9"5 speed and absolutely love it in any conditions

808-Obsession
QLD, 411 posts
20 Jan 2021 4:48PM
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SydneySUP81 said..
I have the 9"5 speed and absolutely love it in any conditions


Same with a 9'5 - I'm not worthy of exploiting anywhere near its full 'surfability', but find it fantastic in all conditions I use it in - generally nothing over about chest high waves, in clean or choppy conditions, plus flat water cruising as well as loaning it to first-timers as it's stable enough for that also. For me, it's a great all-round option at 6'2 and ~102kgs

exiled
332 posts
20 Jan 2021 4:22PM
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Such a great board. I almost sold my 8'8, but I couldn't. Its my last sup now. If I had the money to throw around I'd order a custom 8'2 and get one shrunk down to about 50L to surf as a midlength.

Gboots
NSW, 1054 posts
20 Jan 2021 7:51PM
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Had a crack on the 88 today . I know it's not technically correct ....but I use it like a long board in non beach break situations . Plenty of glide and like butter . Catches everything and and has nice drawn out turns

WhatSUP?
13 posts
27 Jan 2021 6:44PM
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anchorpoint said..
Guys,

Just had a nice, zero wind , glassy, 4 to 5 feet point break sunset , and i took my old sunova speed 8.10...believed stupidly it would be smaller....im in love with this board (always was..) ! i mean i know new models came out in every brands , different shapes etc...but this shape is something else...timeless...it works quite well anywhere, anyhow..not the best shape to do rentries because of the wide nose but can make some serious turns the pointy noses would be proud of, can challenge a longboard on early waves...its a swiss knife....! It keep trajectories on steep walls...Sorry...coudnt keep the joy to myself!

The speed is not just another tomo style shape IMHO...it has something else (not a shaper so wont try)
Another one is as crasy as it sounds with its wide nose this board can handle some serious late take offs and somehow make it...i know i will always have a speed in my garage, a small to medium speed is an ideal travel board...can even be used for flat touring and will handle itself in any serious wave out there...i have other boards from 7.5' to 12' conditions related, but the speed is a real classic for me...Let me dare say a one board quiver if needed ( god forbid!)


Couldn't agree more Anchor!

I have had my 8'10" for 3 years surfing in 1ft slop to over head+ and it catches everything just fine, a true allrounder.....
Another plus is when paddling it tracks straight with 4-5 strokes each side before changing.
I also use it for 6-7km training paddles because it tracks so straight.
Took it to the Maldives and surfed a few super fast waves like Kandooma right, Tucky Joes, Foxys, F1, and the speeed it generated to make the sections was incredible! I was getting lots of comments from the prone surfers saying that thing is incredible!
To loosen it up I have a 2+1 setup with stock 94 fins on the side and M2 nubster in the centre.
It's also as tough as nails as I found out on one occasion when my mate didn't tie it on the roof racks properly and it flew off at 80 km/h landing tail first on the road (inside the board cover luckily) and only sustained minor tail damage.

Definitely a keeper!

slsurf
32 posts
28 Jan 2021 7:23AM
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Also used stock 94 sides and 3'' trailer, transformed the board (8'5) for me, way looser still tons of grip. Mostly use mine in small waves or junk since its big for me. Does not have fast glide of a true longboard surfboard or sup in sectiony gutless waves, but still plenty fun. My 2nd sup I ever used in surf, stable but very reactive to chop took some getting used to, I think the rails don't provide much primary stability.



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