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SMIK Hipster Twin size advice

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Created by ctx1 1 month ago, 10 Apr 2020
ctx1
3 posts
10 Apr 2020 9:09PM
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Hi all. Looking for some advice from fellow SUPer out there. I'm really interested in the SMIK Hipster Twin boards but I'm not sure what size would be best. I am 95kg and about 6'1" and of an intermediate level. I'm thinking the 8'6" at 134 L. Heard they are really stable but don't want something that I'm wobbling around on. Thanks for any advice. Cheers ??

Kovert
66 posts
11 Apr 2020 3:33AM
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ctx1 said..
Hi all. Looking for some advice from fellow SUPer out there. I'm really interested in the SMIK Hipster Twin boards but I'm not sure what size would be best. I am 95kg and about 6'1" and of an intermediate level. I'm thinking the 8'6" at 134 L. Heard they are really stable but don't want something that I'm wobbling around on. Thanks for any advice. Cheers ??


I'm sure there will be plenty of replies on the bigger sizes but I'm 86kg and had the 7'10 which was comfortable, you'd probably be OK on the 8' if you're willing to go through a bit of hard work at the start, 8'6 should be super stable and no problem at all to progress on and be super fun to ride. Great boards!

rockmagnet
QLD, 1377 posts
11 Apr 2020 7:27AM
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A lot depends on your age as well as the dimensions of the board. I'm a reasonably fit 71 year old at 75kg and bought a 9'3 Hipster twin recently. Very stable with good glide which is important to me. Gets on the wave super easy and is very fast and manoeuvrable.I try and surf most days and loving it.
So a lot of things come into play when choosing the right board. Age , fitness , weight and how often you surf . Nothing worse than having a board that does not perform under all conditions whether it be in the chop or perfect glassy days.
Don't delay making your decision as I have heard any new boards coming into the country will be a lot more expensive due to the weak Aussie dollar and the very strong Baht.

webbo100
NSW, 61 posts
11 Apr 2020 1:09PM
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I have a 8.2 custom at 116 litres
I'm 61 and 85 kgs
They are so much fun, does take a little time to adjust but so good on a wave
Little bit less unstable at first, but when you find that sweet spot omg
You will love it !!!

riverider
TAS, 986 posts
11 Apr 2020 5:03PM
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I've ordered a custom, 8'6" x 29" x 115L, wanted something that I can use in bad and good conditions, with a bit of length for easy paddling and glide.

Bighugg
NT, 402 posts
11 Apr 2020 5:33PM
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I'm 55 young, 195cm, 110kg on a 8'6 Hipster Twin, spritely little goer.
Very quick when you get back

Nugdam
QLD, 438 posts
11 Apr 2020 7:29PM
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I'm 95kg and riding a 8'5 x 30 120L hipster twin. It's plenty stable and if I had to do it again I'd go smaller. I've had it in overhead waves and it's friggin fast and fun!

If you are after progression in your surfing and want a stock size boars I'd be leaning towards the 8'3x31. The 8'6 seems like too much board if you are wanting to progress.

If you are anywhere near the sunshine coast you are welcome to have a paddle.

Muddyisland
QLD, 16 posts
12 Apr 2020 7:09AM
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Hi guys,I'm also looking at a hipster, I'm intermediate pretty fit but fast approaching 60 and around 80kgs and looking at the 8' or 8'3". I'm on the Sunshine Coast and paddle out to old woman island for waves a lot which is about 1km offshore so was looking for a a bit more volume. I already have 9'2" Fanatic Pro wave at 130l and a Jimmy Lewis World Wide 8'5" at 127l both with different shapes for different conditions but I'm keen on what the hipster offers as I'm looking for speed in average conditions but also manoeuvrability. Any advice appreciated. I'm leaning towards the 8' for progression.
Thanks

goggo
NSW, 101 posts
12 Apr 2020 7:38PM
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I am around 95 kg and 54 years young. Riding the 7'10" at 109 L goes great in glass but can manage in chop.
Mines a transformer, great on the foil love it with wingding be great to borrow a windsurf rig and try thay as well.
Reckon the 8'3" would great for 90-100 kg person with moderate skills.

Feps
NSW, 101 posts
12 Apr 2020 8:39PM
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Hi guys,I'm also looking at a hipster, I'm intermediate pretty fit but fast approaching 60 and around 80kgs and looking at the 8' or 8'3". I'm on the Sunshine Coast and paddle out to old woman island for waves a lot which is about 1km offshore so was looking for a a bit more volume. I already have 9'2" Fanatic Pro wave at 130l and a Jimmy Lewis World Wide 8'5" at 127l both with different shapes for different conditions but I'm keen on what the hipster offers as I'm looking for speed in average conditions but also manoeuvrability. Any advice appreciated. I'm leaning towards the 8' for progression.
Thanks


Hi muddyisland, I use to ride both boards you mentioned and am currently riding the 8'3" hipster. I am quite abit heavier than you at 90kg. Unreal board to say the least. Surf point breaks with quite lots of water moving..very stable board for me. Have a set of cdrive twins that give it that extra boost and drive.

Muddyisland
QLD, 16 posts
12 Apr 2020 9:16PM
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Thanks guys for the advice. Cheers.

colinm63
SA, 57 posts
12 Apr 2020 10:08PM
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ctx1 said..
Hi all. Looking for some advice from fellow SUPer out there. I'm really interested in the SMIK Hipster Twin boards but I'm not sure what size would be best. I am 95kg and about 6'1" and of an intermediate level. I'm thinking the 8'6" at 134 L. Heard they are really stable but don't want something that I'm wobbling around on. Thanks for any advice. Cheers ??


Hi, im the same height and weight, latter 50's. I got standard 8'3 recently found the stability fine. Awesome board to ride.

ctx1
3 posts
14 Apr 2020 4:06AM
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Hi all. Thanks a lot for the comments from my original question. Always good to get other people opinions. Probably going spend a few weeks looking at pictures of SMIK SUPs, thinking about SMIK SUPs and then probably buying a SMIK SUP - hopefully other people around the world can relate to this past time when not on the water!? Anyway happy SUPing everyone and thanks again!

ctx1
3 posts
14 Apr 2020 4:06AM
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Hi all. Thanks a lot for the comments from my original question. Always good to get other people opinions. Probably going spend a few weeks looking at pictures of SMIK SUPs, thinking about SMIK SUPs and then probably buying a SMIK SUP - hopefully other people around the world can relate to this past time when not on the water!? Anyway happy SUPing everyone and thanks again!

anchorpoint
103 posts
16 Apr 2020 9:39PM
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CTX1 , just one advise , i have one 8' smik hipster stock board for myself,45 years 90 kgs, intermediate level with prone longboard background, choose your size and then drop one size on the board ! they are really stable boards!

stubear
36 posts
17 Apr 2020 12:06PM
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I'll throw my hat in the ring - I bought the 8'6" @ 134L a couple of months ago and I love it! I took a few falls the first couple of times on it whilst trying to find my balance but after that I'm pretty confident with it. It's stable, agile, fast, catches waves easily, solid construction, well priced - it truly ticks all the boxes I was looking for. I'm 6'4" and 85kg and would say I'm an early intermediate. Great boards, get on one!

Nugdam
QLD, 438 posts
10 May 2020 10:01AM
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I'm a bit of a hipster fanboy. But for what it's worth I recently got a 7'10 hipster 108L. I'm 93ish kilos and have no issues with it at all.

A little bit slow to paddle so you want to make sure your waves are a little peaky. But it's so easy to throw around it. Not quite as fast as my 8'5x30 hipster but it's a heck of a lot easier to throw around.

goofy
WA, 123 posts
10 May 2020 12:13PM
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Can anyone comment on the performance difference between the 8' and the 8'3"?

40 years prone surfing short boards, 18 months supping (back issues) I want as much performance as I can get but at this stage still need stability. 50yrs 75kg.

Current short boards is 8' x 29.25' 115 L Vex Pro, while performance is good I struggle with stability in anything less than perfect conditions. I'm thinking the 8' hipster might be a better option.

Thanks

Nugdam
QLD, 438 posts
10 May 2020 2:34PM
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goofy said..
Can anyone comment on the performance difference between the 8' and the 8'3"?

40 years prone surfing short boards, 18 months supping (back issues) I want as much performance as I can get but at this stage still need stability. 50yrs 75kg.

Current short boards is 8' x 29.25' 115 L Vex Pro, while performance is good I struggle with stability in anything less than perfect conditions.

Thanks



You'll find the outline on the hipsters is great for stability. They have a fair bit of volume/width in the nose so the tail tends to sink a fair bit but the nose offers alot of stability. I stand with one foot slightly forward of the handle to try even it out if need be. The vex are quite pulled in on the front from what I've seen so will make it less stable.

The 8 foot will be plenty stable for 75kg. Like I say in my previous post I'm around 93kg and the 7'10x29.5 stability was not an issue as all. The tail sank a fair bit under water. But like I say the hipsters are nose heavy so sit quite comfortably in the water and fairly easy to get going for a wave.

What sort of waves are you surfing? The hipsters are bloody fast so hang onto your hat.

goofy
WA, 123 posts
10 May 2020 1:08PM
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goofy said..
Can anyone comment on the performance difference between the 8' and the 8'3"?

40 years prone surfing short boards, 18 months supping (back issues) I want as much performance as I can get but at this stage still need stability. 50yrs 75kg.

Current short boards is 8' x 29.25' 115 L Vex Pro, while performance is good I struggle with stability in anything less than perfect conditions.

Thanks







You'll find the outline on the hipsters is great for stability. They have a fair bit of volume/width in the nose so the tail tends to sink a fair bit but the nose offers alot of stability. I stand with one foot slightly forward of the handle to try even it out if need be. The vex are quite pulled in on the front from what I've seen so will make it less stable.

The 8 foot will be plenty stable for 75kg. Like I say in my previous post I'm around 93kg and the 7'10x29.5 stability was not an issue as all. The tail sank a fair bit under water. But like I say the hipsters are nose heavy so sit quite comfortably in the water and fairly easy to get going for a wave.

What sort of waves are you surfing? The hipsters are bloody fast so hang onto your hat.





Speed??? Bring it on

Generally surfing reef DTL type of wave waist to overhead and small beachies.

I know exactly where I want to be to take off and once going it's second nature, I just feel lack of stability getting the Vex to where i want to be frustrating. I also have couple bigger surf sups and stability is good but less performance.

Think I need to a demo the 8'

anchorpoint
103 posts
11 May 2020 7:08AM
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goofy said..
Can anyone comment on the performance difference between the 8' and the 8'3"?

40 years prone surfing short boards, 18 months supping (back issues) I want as much performance as I can get but at this stage still need stability. 50yrs 75kg.

Current short boards is 8' x 29.25' 115 L Vex Pro, while performance is good I struggle with stability in anything less than perfect conditions. I'm thinking the 8' hipster might be a better option.

Thanks


at 75 kgs the 8 is plenty stable for you, im 90 kgs on the 8 and regret not going to the 7.10 but if you have to travel far to the peak or windy conditions then 8 is ok, you better go 8 and suffer a little in the begining than 8.3 and feel bored after

peguin
WA, 228 posts
11 May 2020 8:58AM
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I'm 80kg 175cm and use the 7'10 in every condition WA offers.flat cruising to over head and WA windy chop. Yesterday it was reallychoppy so just moved standing a bit further forward. The board really stable if you trust moving forward when paddling out. Don't stand with feet parallel.

goofy
WA, 123 posts
11 May 2020 7:48PM
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Thanks guys.

I'm thinking it would be fair to assume the 8' is a fair bit more stable than the Vex?

anchorpoint
103 posts
12 May 2020 6:12AM
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goofy said..
Thanks guys.

I'm thinking it would be fair to assume the 8' is a fair bit more stable than the Vex?


yep ! size for size approx yes, the hipster is build with stability (wide nose )



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