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Smik Spitfire V3 review

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Created by BrettV Two weeks ago, 11 Mar 2020
BrettV
NSW, 5 posts
11 Mar 2020 9:52AM
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Just thought I would let all know I ordered an 83 V3 from Scotty at Smik via WSS boards at Manly, I came off a Sunova Speeed and also test rode the latest Fanatic Pro Wave at 85, much preferred the Smik Spitty...slightly more forgiving when you need it, unless your a pro.

Amazing Stability paddling around the zone & over white water, capable in both small mush, head high and over, manoeuvrable in the pocket & holds speed post manoeuvres & surfs from the middle really well. A true balanced feel making it a true all-rounder with a definite loose performance edge when pushed a little.

CaptainJimbo
120 posts
11 Mar 2020 8:04AM
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BrettV said..
Just thought I would let all know I ordered an 83 V3 from Scotty at Smik via WSS boards at Manly, I came off a Sunova Speeed and also test rode the latest Fanatic Pro Wave at 85, much preferred the Smik Spitty...slightly more forgiving when you need it, unless your a pro.

Amazing Stability paddling around the zone & over white water, capable in both small mush, head high and over, manoeuvrable in the pocket & holds speed post manoeuvres & surfs from the middle really well. A true balanced feel making it a true all-rounder with a definite loose performance edge when pushed a little.


BrettV, sounds interesting. Can you give us an idea of your weight and surfing capability/experience? Might help for those of us interested in a new Sup.
Cheers, Jimbo

Ishie
NSW, 23 posts
11 Mar 2020 1:35PM
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Does WSS stock them? I have the 8'3 V1 and love it, but can't help thinking about the new models.

BrettV
NSW, 5 posts
12 Mar 2020 8:16AM
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As with all manufacturers you order, unless its a very commonly used model, its not easy getting a demo in your size, aussie made boards like the smik are about 1/3 the wait time. The Spitfire V3 has been refined a fair bit and includes the belly channel as well, which I believe is the key difference/benefit between previous versions, SUP's by nature improve alot with a belly channel, more lift, speed and release when you need it. Hence why Starboard have incorporated it, yet there board is ridiculously more expensive and wait times as mentioned. You can always contact Scotty at Smik, his quite hands on in many aspects, once again Aussie service, feedback and talent with more personalised service and support.

BrettV
NSW, 5 posts
12 Mar 2020 8:33AM
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BrettV said..
Just thought I would let all know I ordered an 83 V3 from Scotty at Smik via WSS boards at Manly, I came off a Sunova Speeed and also test rode the latest Fanatic Pro Wave at 85, much preferred the Smik Spitty...slightly more forgiving when you need it, unless your a pro.

Amazing Stability paddling around the zone & over white water, capable in both small mush, head high and over, manoeuvrable in the pocket & holds speed post manoeuvres & surfs from the middle really well. A true balanced feel making it a true all-rounder with a definite loose performance edge when pushed a little.



BrettV, sounds interesting. Can you give us an idea of your weight and surfing capability/experience? Might help for those of us interested in a new Sup.
Cheers, Jimbo


Hey Jimbo, Im 74kg, 5ft8, 54 yo. Ex-prone, so best described as a good intermediate in differing breaks, I often am out in conditions where other Suppers arent. To give you more of a comparison I test rode from WSS a demo Fanatic Pro Wave 2020 at 8ft 5 108 Litre versus the Spitfire at 8ft 3 112L. The "pro" wave is exactly that, I believe designed for pretty much a Pro level supper, unless you were to go the 8ft 9 at 120L yet that defeats the purpose really. Its quite a challenge paddling around the zone, is loose on the wave and very top to bottom yes but so is the Spitfire for my level, if you were an advanced surfer and had mostly pristine conditions and you can have a multi board quiver it would be ok to have, Yet we live in AUS hey and not many of us can afford a quiver worth more then a few thousand.

CaptainJimbo
120 posts
12 Mar 2020 8:46AM
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CaptainJimbo said..


BrettV said..
Just thought I would let all know I ordered an 83 V3 from Scotty at Smik via WSS boards at Manly, I came off a Sunova Speeed and also test rode the latest Fanatic Pro Wave at 85, much preferred the Smik Spitty...slightly more forgiving when you need it, unless your a pro.

Amazing Stability paddling around the zone & over white water, capable in both small mush, head high and over, manoeuvrable in the pocket & holds speed post manoeuvres & surfs from the middle really well. A true balanced feel making it a true all-rounder with a definite loose performance edge when pushed a little.




BrettV, sounds interesting. Can you give us an idea of your weight and surfing capability/experience? Might help for those of us interested in a new Sup.
Cheers, Jimbo



Hey Jimbo, Im 74kg, 5ft8, 54 yo. Ex-prone, so best described as a good intermediate in differing breaks, I often am out in conditions where other Suppers arent. To give you more of a comparison I test rode from WSS a demo Fanatic Pro Wave 2020 at 8ft 5 108 Litre versus the Spitfire at 8ft 3 112L. The "pro" wave is exactly that, I believe designed for pretty much a Pro level supper, unless you were to go the 8ft 9 at 120L yet that defeats the purpose really. Its quite a challenge paddling around the zone, is loose on the wave and very top to bottom yes but so is the Spitfire for my level, if you were an advanced surfer and had mostly pristine conditions and you can have a multi board quiver it would be ok to have, Yet we live in AUS hey and not many of us can afford a quiver worth more then a few thousand.


BrettV, Thanks for that info. I'm about 70 kg and 72 yrs. Surf most days on my McKill 9'6" which is heavy due to water leaks but wonderfully stable and surprisingly manoeuverable. My other Sup is a Sunova Speeed 8' 10". I've had the Sunova for about 2 years but I find it a bit too tippy in anything other than clean conditions. How does your Speeed compare to the Spitfire for stability?
Cheers, Jimbo

Ellobuddha
NSW, 618 posts
13 Mar 2020 7:28AM
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Hi.

Just thought I'd add my 2 cents. I have been SUPing for about 2-3 years and an average prone before that.

I had been riding a 10ft cheap Evoke and and 8'8 JP wide - 140ltrs. The waves in my area are fairly weak points and I weigh about 105kg so need some foam.

2 weeks ago I got a 9'5 Spitfire V3 for my birthday. All l I can say is I love it. It's very stable at rest. It takes a steep drop well and I have found it surfs really well from the middle and responds well with only small foot pressure changes. The speed it picks up is great and I can get around sections I normally wouldn't make. It surfs heaps smaller than its length. Far more responsive than than the JP at 8'8.

Super impressed and can't get out on it enough. My partner has an 8'3 v2 which she loves as well which convinced me to get one. I just wish I was 20 kg lighter.

Scotty was a legend to deal with. Definitely worth a run.









BrettV
NSW, 5 posts
13 Mar 2020 8:12PM
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BrettV said..


CaptainJimbo said..



BrettV said..
Just thought I would let all know I ordered an 83 V3 from Scotty at Smik via WSS boards at Manly, I came off a Sunova Speeed and also test rode the latest Fanatic Pro Wave at 85, much preferred the Smik Spitty...slightly more forgiving when you need it, unless your a pro.

Amazing Stability paddling around the zone & over white water, capable in both small mush, head high and over, manoeuvrable in the pocket & holds speed post manoeuvres & surfs from the middle really well. A true balanced feel making it a true all-rounder with a definite loose performance edge when pushed a little.





BrettV, sounds interesting. Can you give us an idea of your weight and surfing capability/experience? Might help for those of us interested in a new Sup.
Cheers, Jimbo




Hey Jimbo, Im 74kg, 5ft8, 54 yo. Ex-prone, so best described as a good intermediate in differing breaks, I often am out in conditions where other Suppers arent. To give you more of a comparison I test rode from WSS a demo Fanatic Pro Wave 2020 at 8ft 5 108 Litre versus the Spitfire at 8ft 3 112L. The "pro" wave is exactly that, I believe designed for pretty much a Pro level supper, unless you were to go the 8ft 9 at 120L yet that defeats the purpose really. Its quite a challenge paddling around the zone, is loose on the wave and very top to bottom yes but so is the Spitfire for my level, if you were an advanced surfer and had mostly pristine conditions and you can have a multi board quiver it would be ok to have, Yet we live in AUS hey and not many of us can afford a quiver worth more then a few thousand.



BrettV, Thanks for that info. I'm about 70 kg and 72 yrs. Surf most days on my McKill 9'6" which is heavy due to water leaks but wonderfully stable and surprisingly manoeuverable. My other Sup is a Sunova Speeed 8' 10". I've had the Sunova for about 2 years but I find it a bit too tippy in anything other than clean conditions. How does your Speeed compare to the Spitfire for stability?
Cheers, Jimbo

Yeh hey JImbo , I wish I could surf most days, Ive been supping for 2.1 years, I do surf a bit in winter though. Your doing well mate at 72 yo, its great how SUP paddle/surf can enable people to stay fit at any age and it beats just about everything for fun while your getting your heart rate up(except sex). I started on an 8ft 10 speed (130L), dropped to an 8ft 5 speed (112 Litre) and the Smik spitfire is 8Ft 3 (111L). I agree the speeed is tippy yet when smoothish conditions its quite manageable, where as the spitfire is I would say 25% more stable yet much looser on the wave- add say 25% in that dept. For shooting the line the speeed is the killer due to speed, its manouverable enough yet does not surf its size well and feels like a lot out front to swing around. The design elements of the Spitty make it much more performance orientated and quite fast, yet stable around the zone, the spitfire 83 is the full carbon model yet surprisingly not a hell of a difference in weight on the scales comparo to the 85 speeed. Both handle steep take offs well, which what you generally need here in in sydney.

CaptainJimbo
120 posts
14 Mar 2020 5:36AM
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BrettV said..



CaptainJimbo said..




BrettV said..
Just thought I would let all know I ordered an 83 V3 from Scotty at Smik via WSS boards at Manly, I came off a Sunova Speeed and also test rode the latest Fanatic Pro Wave at 85, much preferred the Smik Spitty...slightly more forgiving when you need it, unless your a pro.

Amazing Stability paddling around the zone & over white water, capable in both small mush, head high and over, manoeuvrable in the pocket & holds speed post manoeuvres & surfs from the middle really well. A true balanced feel making it a true all-rounder with a definite loose performance edge when pushed a little.






BrettV, sounds interesting. Can you give us an idea of your weight and surfing capability/experience? Might help for those of us interested in a new Sup.
Cheers, Jimbo





Hey Jimbo, Im 74kg, 5ft8, 54 yo. Ex-prone, so best described as a good intermediate in differing breaks, I often am out in conditions where other Suppers arent. To give you more of a comparison I test rode from WSS a demo Fanatic Pro Wave 2020 at 8ft 5 108 Litre versus the Spitfire at 8ft 3 112L. The "pro" wave is exactly that, I believe designed for pretty much a Pro level supper, unless you were to go the 8ft 9 at 120L yet that defeats the purpose really. Its quite a challenge paddling around the zone, is loose on the wave and very top to bottom yes but so is the Spitfire for my level, if you were an advanced surfer and had mostly pristine conditions and you can have a multi board quiver it would be ok to have, Yet we live in AUS hey and not many of us can afford a quiver worth more then a few thousand.




BrettV, Thanks for that info. I'm about 70 kg and 72 yrs. Surf most days on my McKill 9'6" which is heavy due to water leaks but wonderfully stable and surprisingly manoeuverable. My other Sup is a Sunova Speeed 8' 10". I've had the Sunova for about 2 years but I find it a bit too tippy in anything other than clean conditions. How does your Speeed compare to the Spitfire for stability?
Cheers, Jimbo

Yeh hey JImbo , I wish I could surf most days, Ive been supping for 2.1 years, I do surf a bit in winter though. Your doing well mate at 72 yo, its great how SUP paddle/surf can enable people to stay fit at any age and it beats just about everything for fun while your getting your heart rate up(except sex). I started on an 8ft 10 speed (130L), dropped to an 8ft 5 speed (112 Litre) and the Smik spitfire is 8Ft 3 (111L). I agree the speeed is tippy yet when smoothish conditions its quite manageable, where as the spitfire is I would say 25% more stable yet much looser on the wave- add say 25% in that dept. For shooting the line the speeed is the killer due to speed, its manouverable enough yet does not surf its size well and feels like a lot out front to swing around. The design elements of the Spitty make it much more performance orientated and quite fast, yet stable around the zone, the spitfire 83 is the full carbon model yet surprisingly not a hell of a difference in weight on the scales comparo to the 85 speeed. Both handle steep take offs well, which what you generally need here in in sydney.



Ta Brett. Confirms what I suspected. Looking seriously at Smiks now. Hope to have good news before long. Cheers, Jimbo

benjl
334 posts
14 Mar 2020 8:20AM
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That new v3 does look like an incredible shape. It looks like the tail is a touch more pulled in and narrow than the previous v2 model?

BrettV
NSW, 5 posts
15 Mar 2020 8:59AM
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That new v3 does look like an incredible shape. It looks like the tail is a touch more pulled in and narrow than the previous v2 model?


Could be Benj, have to ask Scotty about the refinements V2-V3.












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