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SUP surfboard for really big boys

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Created by kaoloi 2 months ago, 12 Jun 2018
kaoloi
11 posts
12 Jun 2018 9:01AM
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Hi guys

Im new to the forum , i use to surf when i was much younger and looking to get back on a board and into sup surfing , im 6'5 and 150kg so finding a board isnt easy .....
Any recommendations ?

chucktheskiffie
189 posts
12 Jun 2018 11:40AM
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kaoloi said..
Hi guys

Im new to the forum , i use to surf when i was much younger and looking to get back on a board and into sup surfing , im 6'5 and 150kg so finding a board isnt easy .....
Any recommendations ?


Starboard Avanti all day.

At 150kg you will be able to turn it, yet it will be stable enough for you to get waves and generally enjoy yourself.

Its how i started.

Interestingly, i took my old Avanti (sold it within the family) for a surf earlier this year and had an absolute blast.

Its a great start. You will not regret it.

McGuane
QLD, 471 posts
12 Jun 2018 2:47PM
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Plus one to what Chuck says... and if you type Avanti into the search engine at top right of this page and select the five years option on the filter, you will find a few threads where the Avanti and a bunch of other big board options are mentioned. I have surfed a couple of the bigger Naish boards like the Nalu -- and the biggest Odysseus, which went surprisingly well in little waves -- and they are great fun too. I reckon Blue Planet might also have options that would suit you.
If you have a good local shop, don't be afraid to ask for advice. I've found Ocean Addicts here on the Sunny Coast and Surf FX on the Goldy to be great to deal with.
Happy hunting.

kaoloi
11 posts
12 Jun 2018 12:58PM
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Awesome thanks heaps guys , i did search around before posting and found a few old threads where naish manas and whoppers were recommended but the posters were more around the 120kg mark

kaoloi
11 posts
12 Jun 2018 1:04PM
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Says the starboard avantis are for riders 110-130kg ....
Board does have a large 239L volume though.

kaoloi
11 posts
12 Jun 2018 1:09PM
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I just checked out blue planets range and they have an 11'2 ala moana sumo model that is 40' wide and a 300L volume .....
Definitely a contender there !

chucktheskiffie
189 posts
12 Jun 2018 2:29PM
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kaoloi said..
I just checked out blue planets range and they have an 11'2 ala moana sumo model that is 40' wide and a 300L volume .....
Definitely a contender there !


Too wide.

You'll be fine on an avanti

Nugdam
159 posts
12 Jun 2018 2:31PM
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Naish mana. Seen a few bigger dudes on them.

McGuane
QLD, 471 posts
12 Jun 2018 4:34PM
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I reckon 1.5 times your weight (or a tad more) will work fine (maybe it will take a short while for it to click, but it will. And all the falling off and clambering back on is great exercise). The Avanti, the Blue Planet Boss, etc...
To give you a perspective, there are some interesting takes re volume to weight in this thread. (I say a bit of volume is your friend at first especially if you want to have fun.)...
www.seabreeze.com.au/forums/Stand-Up-Paddle/SUP/What-s-your-ideal-volume-ratio-

magillamelb
VIC, 589 posts
12 Jun 2018 5:54PM
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I'm a fair bit shorter and just a bit lighter.

The Avanti is a good option.

I had One make me an 11'2" x 36" x 229L board and it's absolutely brilliant! It was cheaper than an Avanti as well...
Worth a look...








wallie2444
NSW, 32 posts
12 Jun 2018 6:13PM
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kaoloi said..
Hi guys

Im new to the forum , i use to surf when i was much younger and looking to get back on a board and into sup surfing , im 6'5 and 150kg so finding a board isnt easy .....
Any recommendations ?


G'day mate,
I'm also new to the forum but have been supping since easter and loving it.
I was 137kg and 5'10" so a similar build to you however much shorter. ( now 130kg )
I purchased a ECS Evoblue package for around $1500. Carbon paddle, decent bag, leg rope fins. Pretty hard to go past a complete package as a beginner i reckon.

It is 222L 11'2" and was a great beginners board. I take it mainly in the surf now and find it pretty good considering how large it is however i am looking at getting something smaller soon. Some advice i may give is don't go overboard with your first board because if you get hooked like me you will be updating within a year.


kaoloi
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12 Jun 2018 7:22PM
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magillamelb said..
I'm a fair bit shorter and just a bit lighter.

The Avanti is a good option.

I had One make me an 11'2" x 36" x 229L board and it's absolutely brilliant! It was cheaper than an Avanti as well...
Worth a look...









That custom board looks really nice mate ....
Ill have to look into that as an option.

kaoloi
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12 Jun 2018 7:25PM
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wallie2444 said..

kaoloi said..
Hi guys

Im new to the forum , i use to surf when i was much younger and looking to get back on a board and into sup surfing , im 6'5 and 150kg so finding a board isnt easy .....
Any recommendations ?



G'day mate,
I'm also new to the forum but have been supping since easter and loving it.
I was 137kg and 5'10" so a similar build to you however much shorter. ( now 130kg )
I purchased a ECS Evoblue package for around $1500. Carbon paddle, decent bag, leg rope fins. Pretty hard to go past a complete package as a beginner i reckon.

It is 222L 11'2" and was a great beginners board. I take it mainly in the surf now and find it pretty good considering how large it is however i am looking at getting something smaller soon. Some advice i may give is don't go overboard with your first board because if you get hooked like me you will be updating within a year.



Cheers for the tip , all though i dont know how much smaller ide be able to go .....
The evo could be another great option though ??

kaoloi
11 posts
12 Jun 2018 7:36PM
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Anybody heard of a Coreban 11'6 cruiser ?
Dimensions are 11'6 , 30 , 5 .
Its on gumtree for $500 near me.

hilly
WA, 4266 posts
12 Jun 2018 7:39PM
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kaoloi said..
Anybody heard of a Coreban 11'6 cruiser ?
Dimensions are 11'6 , 30 , 5 .
Its on gumtree for $500 near me.


Doable but not as stable as the others mentioned. You will swim a bit.

DavidJohn
VIC, 15968 posts
12 Jun 2018 9:56PM
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hilly said..

kaoloi said..
Anybody heard of a Coreban 11'6 cruiser ?
Dimensions are 11'6 , 30 , 5 .
Its on gumtree for $500 near me.



Doable but not as stable as the others mentioned. You will swim a bit.


Yeah.. it'll be a bit tippier for sure and not turn or surf as well.

colas
2642 posts
12 Jun 2018 8:16PM
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wallie2444 said: Some advice i may give is don't go overboard with your first board because if you get hooked like me you will be updating within a year.

I would say the opposite: Go big! A board a bit too small will slow your progresses dramatically, but a board too big will still be fun. And whatever you choose, if you get hooked, you will buy new boards anyways.

At your height you want something WIDE. At least 33", do not hesitate to go 35-36"+... unless you only go out in glassy conditions, but even then keep wider than 32"
And at your weight at least 180 liters as a bare minimum.
On the length, anything will be OK as long as it is longer than ~ 9'6". Do not be afraid of 12' boards, with their glide and the power of the paddle, they turn quite easily.

kaoloi
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12 Jun 2018 8:50PM
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colas said..
wallie2444 said: Some advice i may give is don't go overboard with your first board because if you get hooked like me you will be updating within a year.

I would say the opposite: Go big! A board a bit too small will slow your progresses dramatically, but a board too big will still be fun. And whatever you choose, if you get hooked, you will buy new boards anyways.

At your height you want something WIDE. At least 33", do not hesitate to go 35-36"+... unless you only go out in glassy conditions, but even then keep wider than 32"
And at your weight at least 180 liters as a bare minimum.
On the length, anything will be OK as long as it is longer than ~ 9'6". Do not be afraid of 12' boards, with their glide and the power of the paddle, they turn quite easily.


Yeah makes sense ....
Thanks for the advice .
The avanti is 11'2 , 36 , doesnt say thickness but volume is 239L ,
The ala moana sumo is 11'2 , 40 , and 5.4 thick with a 300L volume , do you think 40 is getting too wide ??
Or do you recommend another board ?

kaoloi
11 posts
12 Jun 2018 8:57PM
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Mite have to go check the blueplanet shop out , its not too far away with me based in newcastle ??

hilly
WA, 4266 posts
12 Jun 2018 9:14PM
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Mite have to go check the blueplanet shop out , its not too far away with me based in newcastle ??


Demo if you can. 40 is too wide imo the Avanti looks good.

colas
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12 Jun 2018 10:42PM
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kaoloi said..
The avanti is 11'2 , 36 , doesnt say thickness but volume is 239L ,
The ala moana sumo is 11'2 , 40 , and 5.4 thick with a 300L volume , do you think 40 is getting too wide ??
Or do you recommend another board ?



Avanti should be quite right. I have read reports of people that had quite pleasant memories with it.

40" is a bit wide, I do not think you need so much width unless you have some kind of minor disability (bad ankles, legs, ...). It will begin to feel a bit slow after the first hours.

supthecreek
1504 posts
12 Jun 2018 11:27PM
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kaoloi said..
Hi guys

Im new to the forum , i use to surf when i was much younger and looking to get back on a board and into sup surfing , im 6'5 and 150kg so finding a board isnt easy .....
Any recommendations ?


Hi Kaoloi

Everyone on this forum knows I am joined at the hip with Sunova SUPs.

That said... I feel the Avanti is a great place to start.
There are boards with more volume, and some wider.... but as an overall choice.... I really like The Avanti

You are bigger than I was when I started.... but I was no lightweight at 130 kg, 62 years old and out of shape.
I chose the Starboard Avanti 11'2 x 36" at 230 liters

your weight to volume ratio:
230 liters divided by 150 kg = 1.53 (your ratio)
1.5 is solidly in the intermediate range
Ideally a beginner SUPster will find 1.7 to be optimal (255 liters)
At your height, that is theoretically a bit on the low side for a beginner, but the extra width should mitigate that somewhat.
I was high and dry at 130 kg..... way more float than I needed

I had surfed non-stop for 45 years... but my 1st day on SUP was a real challenge.
I could paddle easily in flat-water... BUT:
1st day = 3 hour session netted me one wave from my knees to standing after I caught the wave.
2nd day = 3 waves from standing
3rd day = surfing without issue... I had figured out how to catch a wave while standing

Moral... start on flat-water and get comfortable.... then start in small, clean waves and expect it to be much harder than you think for the 1st day!

The Avanti surfs amazingly well. ....36" wide and it rips!

I rode everything including 1.5 OH hurricane swells with ease.

My best advice?
Put out the money for a Carbon Avanti, your body will thank you.
Getting hit by a big board is downright dangerous, and I got hit a lot. It became the real impetus for me to lose weight.

About wanting to move on after you have some experience:
The Avanti is a keeper... you may never sell it.
Great on flat-water and super fun to surf, regardless of whatever board you buy next, the Avanti is a board for life
I am a big fan of the Avanti for Big Boys !

Some pics my daughter took of me on my 3rd day SUP surfing the Avanti.











kaoloi
11 posts
13 Jun 2018 5:38AM
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supthecreek said..

kaoloi said..
Hi guys

Im new to the forum , i use to surf when i was much younger and looking to get back on a board and into sup surfing , im 6'5 and 150kg so finding a board isnt easy .....
Any recommendations ?



Hi Kaoloi

Everyone on this forum knows I am joined at the hip with Sunova SUPs.

That said... I feel the Avanti is a great place to start.
There are boards with more volume, and some wider.... but as an overall choice.... I really like The Avanti

You are bigger than I was when I started.... but I was no lightweight at 130 kg, 62 years old and out of shape.
I chose the Starboard Avanti 11'2 x 36" at 230 liters

your weight to volume ratio:
230 liters divided by 150 kg = 1.53 (your ratio)
1.5 is solidly in the intermediate range
Ideally a beginner SUPster will find 1.7 to be optimal (255 liters)
At your height, that is theoretically a bit on the low side for a beginner, but the extra width should mitigate that somewhat.
I was high and dry at 130 kg..... way more float than I needed

I had surfed non-stop for 45 years... but my 1st day on SUP was a real challenge.
I could paddle easily in flat-water... BUT:
1st day = 3 hour session netted me one wave from my knees to standing after I caught the wave.
2nd day = 3 waves from standing
3rd day = surfing without issue... I had figured out how to catch a wave while standing

Moral... start on flat-water and get comfortable.... then start in small, clean waves and expect it to be much harder than you think for the 1st day!

The Avanti surfs amazingly well. ....36" wide and it rips!

I rode everything including 1.5 OH hurricane swells with ease.

My best advice?
Put out the money for a Carbon Avanti, your body will thank you.
Getting hit by a big board is downright dangerous, and I got hit a lot. It became the real impetus for me to lose weight.

About wanting to move on after you have some experience:
The Avanti is a keeper... you may never sell it.
Great on flat-water and super fun to surf, regardless of whatever board you buy next, the Avanti is a board for life
I am a big fan of the Avanti for Big Boys !

Some pics my daughter took of me on my 3rd day SUP surfing the Avanti.












Thanks for the detailed response....
Seems the avanti is one very popular board !

Im just getting over an injury which had me on the couch not able to do anything but eat and drink crap feeling sorry for myself , i should be back down to 120kg which is what i normally walk around at pretty soon !

One of the major reasons im looking into sup is to get moving again whilst having fun and i just wanted something that would float me now even at my heaviest with no problem whilst im learning.

Thanks for everybodies replys guys they've all been great !

Todzilla
173 posts
13 Jun 2018 7:14AM
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I'm 6'9" and 120kegs and an Avanti was my first proper board. Still got it. Still love it. Having the right bit of kit - as opposed to splashing about with an old BIC windsurfer - made the world of difference to me and really got me into the sport. Which in itself is a warning!!! I now have 6 boards under the house - I swear they breed...Where are you located? I'm more than happy to let you have a go on my Avanti if you're somewhere in or around the Northern Beaches of Sydney...

kaoloi
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13 Jun 2018 7:26AM
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Todzilla said..
I'm 6'9" and 120kegs and an Avanti was my first proper board. Still got it. Still love it. Having the right bit of kit - as opposed to splashing about with an old BIC windsurfer - made the world of difference to me and really got me into the sport. Which in itself is a warning!!! I now have 6 boards under the house - I swear they breed...Where are you located? I'm more than happy to let you have a go on my Avanti if you're somewhere in or around the Northern Beaches of Sydney...


Hey mate i was from the eastern suburbs of sydney but have just moved to newcastle .....
They must breed lol

13 Jun 2018 11:46AM
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The Jimmy Lewis Maestro.... Big board but still surfs unreal..
Prioritizing stability with massive width, we've shaped the board to also glide and turn like a performance surfboard. It's perfect for beginner and intermediate wave riders, and the width provides the perfect yoga platform. Full nose and squash tail for stability. Modified "surf" rocker, flat bottom front going into "V" in the tail makes for a stable, easy paddling, wave riding board.
2+1 fin box set up.
Comes with 8" JL swept fin and 4" side bites.
SIZES:
9'9"x33"x4.4" (180L)
10'3"x35"x4.5" (213L)

slowpoke2
QLD, 15 posts
2 Jul 2018 4:05PM
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All 12.6 best boards in the world for a big boy!!
Other pick Jimmy Lewis 12ft Bombora.
Don't go to wide, try and keep it under 30in or you may be mistaken for an aircraft carrier.

Gboots
NSW, 525 posts
2 Jul 2018 5:27PM
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I am only 65kg but have a big boys board ......hehehehe

Atlantis Venom. You'll love it

12ft . Less than 29 wide. About 170 L









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