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Should I buy this Jimmy Lewis Worldwide:)

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Created by Kisutch 1 month ago, 17 Mar 2021
Kisutch
26 posts
17 Mar 2021 11:05AM
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Used market for surf SUP is very limited where I live, and an interesting board just came up: A Jimmy Lewis Worldwide 110L carbon 8'1" x 29.5, very lightly used, $900 USD (lol my apologies if seller is on here and I'm talking about you right now).

With the help of folks on here I picked up a Rogue Shuffle 9'4" x 31" 143L in November and have been surfing on it about every week since, in winter Pacific US surf. I was comfortable on the board first session and also caught waves on my friends 115L Imagine 9' back in November, that was shaky at first but I did OK. I've been planning on moving to a ~125L Infinity RNB or L41 ST, half so I can have a second board (the Rogue) to take friends/spouse on and half cause I'm super motivated to progress my surfing and I (perhaps a newbie illusion) feel like I could progress faster on a shorter board. I can now top turn in addition to bottom turn and I've started doing my first cutbacks, though they I'm sure they look terrible. I'm 39, 85kg, used to float cork 900's over giant table top jumps on skis, so I think of myself as athletic for sports like this but that was some time ago.

Apologies for long intro repeating what I said in earlier posts -- so question is, would it be crazy to skip to this 110L board? Should I play it safe and get a 120-something L board first (or just not buy any boards)? I'll prob have to pay 1.5-2x as much to get the RNB or L41 just cause they're never on used market here.
Thanks in advance for any insights.

micksmith
VIC, 1488 posts
17 Mar 2021 4:35PM
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At your age and weight and your self acclaimed athletic ability I'd say no you're not crazy to go for a 110 litre board, particularly a 29.5 wide one.
If you follow infinity on any social media you'll see they often have used or specials come up, we're sometimes envious of these US customer specials only.

Hoppo3228
VIC, 441 posts
17 Mar 2021 5:11PM
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I'd say go for it. I've owned a worldwide and it surfed amazingly well. If anything i'd recommend going the smaller board as opposed to the 125L board as the WW can get a bit corky if over volumed. It is still 1.3x body weight which is plenty.

The nose is narrow so paddling for waves takes a little extra thought on foot placement, but the thing rips.

Freogeezer
11 posts
17 Mar 2021 2:12PM
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Kisutch said..
Used market for surf SUP is very limited where I live, and an interesting board just came up: A Jimmy Lewis Worldwide 110L carbon 8'1" x 29.5, very lightly used, $900 USD (lol my apologies if seller is on here and I'm talking about you right now).

With the help of folks on here I picked up a Rogue Shuffle 9'4" x 31" 143L in November and have been surfing on it about every week since, in winter Pacific US surf. I was comfortable on the board first session and also caught waves on my friends 115L Imagine 9' back in November, that was shaky at first but I did OK. I've been planning on moving to a ~125L Infinity RNB or L41 ST, half so I can have a second board (the Rogue) to take friends/spouse on and half cause I'm super motivated to progress my surfing and I (perhaps a newbie illusion) feel like I could progress faster on a shorter board. I can now top turn in addition to bottom turn and I've started doing my first cutbacks, though they I'm sure they look terrible. I'm 39, 85kg, used to float cork 900's over giant table top jumps on skis, so I think of myself as athletic for sports like this but that was some time ago.

Apologies for long intro repeating what I said in earlier posts -- so question is, would it be crazy to skip to this 110L board? Should I play it safe and get a 120-something L board first (or just not buy any boards)? I'll prob have to pay 1.5-2x as much to get the RNB or L41 just cause they're never on used market here.
Thanks in advance for any insights.


Jimmy Lewis makes great boards. If it's in good condition and you look after it it'll hold its value. I don't have a WW but from all accounts they're pretty stable. Go for it.

slsurf
48 posts
18 Mar 2021 1:56AM
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I'm a big fan of getting cheaper used boards as a way of dialing in what sup is best. You could always try and sell it if it doesn't work out. The other thing is since you will have 2 boards, you can work up to the smaller one without it limiting you or just use it for part of a session. It can be a lot of fun to see how small you can go as your balance and technique improve as long as you enjoy that kind of challenge. I've been trying to find my best performance/small board shape as a first step in building a quiver because it gives me a good idea of the dims needed to replace the bigger boards I learned on which I want to replace with a step up bigger wave board, and a more dialed in performance longboard.

Kisutch
26 posts
18 Mar 2021 3:03AM
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Thanks for quick and informative replies. I'm gonna go for it!

Lol had a very humbling morning trying to get past the breakers when channel wasn't working, maybe my athletic potential lower than I thought and I'm more like Uncle Rico from Napoleon Dynamite.

Kisutch
26 posts
27 Mar 2021 4:59AM
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Got the board out for first session, but in nasty conditions. I was surprised how stable it felt during the paddle out in the channel, turned into a small wave and the board felt really fun and lively. Hahaha I was feeling confident, but then I got punished trying to hold my position in the current and chop. Lots of falling. Definitely had to be moving to feel stable, caught 3 or 4 waves but nothing I could crank a turn on. Psyched to get it in the water again in decent conditions. Got a pretty good ding on the tail, poor board was getting beat on.

hilly
WA, 6015 posts
27 Mar 2021 7:33AM
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A weakness of JL boards is they paint chip easily. I suggest rail tape. I have owned a WW they are fun boards in small waves.

warwickl
NSW, 1650 posts
27 Mar 2021 4:48PM
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hilly said..
A weakness of JL boards is they paint chip easily. I suggest rail tape. I have owned a WW they are fun boards in small waves.


I have had JL boards over many years for both SUP and kite surf no issues.
I still have the 8 5 Striker which is my favourite and a long term keeper plus a kite surf board both white and all good.
I've had blue and red JL Kwads and no issues.
All my boards are kept in board bags.

Dancing Bear
NSW, 7 posts
28 Mar 2021 7:55AM
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Agreed ... my Experience with JL boards are that they are bullet proof and chipping was something that never happened (perhaps things have improved) My SMIK on the other hand chips like a b*tch ....

justaddwater
NSW, 275 posts
28 Mar 2021 8:27AM
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As it's been said before,paint also adds weight.... put some colour in the resin as some manufacturers are doing.I love JL boards but they do chip, I always rail tape them ,imagine how light they would be without all that paint

Kisutch
26 posts
10 Apr 2021 12:11PM
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Got in a session in decent'ish conditions, knee to chest gutless waves and mild chop. I had a 1h burn in period and then things really started to click. Caught lots of waves and had a blast on the smaller board, feels comfortable now. Thanks for encouragement to buy this board. Super excited to get it out in more powerful waves next week.

I had thought I'd need to catch waves way later on the 8'1" board but it didn't feel very different, actually did better paddling in on my weak side compared to on my longer board.

slsurf
48 posts
10 Apr 2021 11:52PM
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Could be a narrower width up front on the smaller board allows you to catch the paddle in a better spot without having to contort as much for the heel side. Anyway your stoked to be able to ride something you can turn easier so quickly.



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