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Smik Spitfire custom 8 6 x 30

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Created by hilly > 9 months ago, 22 Jul 2017
hilly
WA, 4526 posts
22 Jul 2017 3:07PM
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Lucky to get a ride on Scotty's 8 6 custom based on the spitfire plane shape here www.smiksup.com/spitfire-performance at Airport Rights for a couple of hours today.
At 105kg I was at my limit on the 120ish litre board. Paddling was a lot slower than my 8 10 Speeed with more yaw however I got over that pretty quickly. Catching waves was really easy with a flatter nose entry and stability was very good for a thinish pulled in nose and tail board.
Shortboard style boards like this are about surfing and this is where the Smik really shone. I was looking for a board to throw around in up to head high waves and this board really excelled in the waves I caught at that size range. The extremely light carbon/pvc sandwich construction meant the little Spitfire was a pleasure to chuck around. Where it really excelled was it's ability to do vertical maneuvers, just flies out of a bottom turn and loves to smack the lip. Nice tail rocker contributes to the liveliness of the board.
Only negative was the fluro orange paint job. Hopefully it will grow on me as I bought it on the spot :) Will post a couple of pics when it gets to Perth.

MickChard
VIC, 162 posts
22 Jul 2017 9:48PM
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Sounds like a mint stick ..

hilly
WA, 4526 posts
1 Aug 2017 5:50PM
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MickChard said..
Sounds like a mint stick ..


Scotty dropped it off yeow.
Here are a few pics :)
















hilly
WA, 4526 posts
1 Aug 2017 5:54PM
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Weighed in at 5.5kg with fins and leggy on my dodgy bathroom scales. Seriously light, I hope it handles the rough and tumble. But seeing how rough Scotty is with gear it should be fine.

Lucyloo
VIC, 131 posts
1 Aug 2017 8:02PM
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Nice looking stick Hilly pls keep us up to date on sessions.

cantSUPenough
VIC, 1750 posts
1 Aug 2017 8:07PM
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Nice looking board! I personally was never a fan of the JP boards (their fluoro color), but I reckon yours looks schmick (couldn't resist). Hey, check this out, your board is schmick by definition - or is that why Scotty chose those colors? Either way, they look good, and let us know how it goes. (105kg on 120L sounds challenging though...)




hilly
WA, 4526 posts
1 Aug 2017 8:20PM
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cantSUPenough said..
Nice looking board! I personally was never a fan of the JP boards (their fluoro color), but I reckon yours looks schmick (couldn't resist). Hey, check this out, your board is schmick by definition - or is that why Scotty chose those colors? Either way, they look good, and let us know how it goes. (105kg on 120L sounds challenging though...)





Ha ha nice definition.

Not a fan of the flouro but the board rocks so it was a no brainer.

Hope to get the Soloshot 3 soon (yawn) so may get some shots :)

Slack
WA, 623 posts
2 Aug 2017 5:02PM
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I recently bought this custom Smik second hand 8'2" x 28.5" litres unknown but I'm guessing about 105ish. I wanted a board to use when conditions aren't suitable for my Starboard 7'7 Pro or for when I wanted my energy to last more than 1hr .

As per Hilly's original post (that's why I posted here) I found it paddled slower and had more yaw than my other boards (7'7, JP Pro 8'6 and Laird 9') but likewise I got used to that pretty quickly. Nose is definitely more pulled in and wider midpoint than the standard spitfire (it's not a modified spitfire). Like others have said I found this board surprisingly stable for the dimensions which was a priority as smallish, flat deck and stable was high on my wish list.

At first I found it nothing special to turn but that's comparing it to the 7'7, after about 3hrs now on the board I'm getting more performance out of it which I think will increase. The board was made for an 85kg rider so I guess it's never going to go as well with me at 73kg (plus I am a lot less skilled) but then I bought it for less than perfect days so I needed it bigger than optimal. So far my initial impression is positive as it might just fit the intended slot in the quiver if not it'll be on the buy and sell, time will tell.

If you are in Perth feel free to hit me up for a demo if the dims appeal to you.











hilly
WA, 4526 posts
3 Aug 2017 1:32PM
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Nice looking stik.

hilly
WA, 4526 posts
7 Aug 2017 6:59PM
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Not often I get pics of me. Thanks Fester
Not quite the conditions I got the little Smik for but a few good ones between the wobble.



fester
WA, 294 posts
30 Nov 2017 8:13PM
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hilly said..
Not often I get pics of me. Thanks Fester
Not quite the conditions I got the little Smik for but a few good ones between the wobble.


Kovert
38 posts
1 Dec 2017 3:25AM
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Anyone got info on the Spitfire v2.0? It's on sale on the UK with the same orange and light blue paint but not on the Smik site and can't find anything other than the blurb from the importer...

hilly
WA, 4526 posts
1 Dec 2017 5:30AM
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Kovert said..
Anyone got info on the Spitfire v2.0? It's on sale on the UK with the same orange and light blue paint but not on the Smik site and can't find anything other than the blurb from the importer...


www.smiksup.com/contact

scott mckerc
WA, 197 posts
1 Dec 2017 6:20PM
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hilly said..

Kovert said..
Anyone got info on the Spitfire v2.0? It's on sale on the UK with the same orange and light blue paint but not on the Smik site and can't find anything other than the blurb from the importer...



www.smiksup.com/contact

working on a website update now:)








hilly
WA, 4526 posts
4 Jan 2018 2:03PM
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THe boy busted his arm mtbing so I have a cameraman :) of sorts as he is not overly keen. Got a couple of dribblers today which is what I got this board for.















fester
WA, 294 posts
5 Jan 2018 2:49PM
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Good shots, bet you pushed D of his bike so you had a photographer

hilly
WA, 4526 posts
5 Jan 2018 2:53PM
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fester said..
Good shots, bet you pushed D of his bike so you had a photographer


One less surfer too. Win win



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