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Spitfire V3 vs sunova flow casey

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Created by Mikez Two weeks ago, 3 Jan 2021
Mikez
NSW, 8 posts
3 Jan 2021 10:27AM
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Hey all
hoping I can get some advice on this. I've just sold 3 boards and have only my Naish Hokua 9'1 Left.
im looking for one board I can use in most conditions and trying to decide between the new smik spitfire 8'6 or sunova flow Casey 8'8. They Are about same volume but how do they compare as far as stability? Surfing? Turns? Anyone ridden either, or both that could help out would be appreciated!
im between 85kg-90kg and been on a SUP for about 4-5 years. ive ridden the old flow 8'7 and owned a spitfire 8'3 v1. The flow is awesome and great on a wave. The spitfire was super fun on a wave, but if conditions weren't perfect it was a bit tough at 111LHard to get a demo in the sizes. cheers

Rossall
WA, 600 posts
4 Jan 2021 7:38AM
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Hi Mike I also had the 8/7 Flow and moved onto a Casey Flow. Absolutely love this board it performs a lot better than the original and seems a lot looser and snappier on the wave. Nice and stable and the step rail is a real leap forward in design, can't understand why everyone doesn't use them. It gives you a surfboard style (thickness) rail on a Sup so the Flow bottom turns like it's on rails, so nice.
never ridden a SMIK so can't comment on those.
phil

SydneySUP81
NSW, 25 posts
10 Jan 2021 1:27PM
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Hi mate
I have ridden both, I had the 9"4 flow 2.0 and found it a little corky with all the volume right under my feet so I sold it and brought the 9"0 flow 2.0 but found it very unstable and sold that too. I think they are great boards and the design is amazing. So after selling both I got the smik spitfire 9"5. WOW! The thing is incredible, it's stable and by far the fastest board I have ever ridden ( I currently have 12 SUPs). I set it as a quad and it's by far my favourite boards out of all my SMIKs, Sunovas and Starboards.
Now the flow is a incredible board and I regret selling my 9"4 and it's very much a personal opinion, but personally I am buying the spitfire every day of the week.

BigZ
87 posts
10 Jan 2021 11:23AM
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SydneySUP81 said..
Hi mate
I have ridden both, I had the 9"4 flow 2.0 and found it a little corky with all the volume right under my feet so I sold it and brought the 9"0 flow 2.0 but found it very unstable and sold that too. I think they are great boards and the design is amazing. So after selling both I got the smik spitfire 9"5. WOW! The thing is incredible, it's stable and by far the fastest board I have ever ridden ( I currently have 12 SUPs). I set it as a quad and it's by far my favourite boards out of all my SMIKs, Sunovas and Starboards.
Now the flow is a incredible board and I regret selling my 9"4 and it's very much a personal opinion, but personally I am buying the spitfire every day of the week.


That's an interesting insight about Flow 2.0. How much do you weight? Everybody who got one seems to be raving about how stable they are and there has been a number of posts from surfers around 100kg who love the 8'8.

SydneySUP81
NSW, 25 posts
10 Jan 2021 2:34PM
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I am 6"4 100kg I typically ride 9-10ft boards. Personally I prefer larger boards with more volume, length and glide to increase wave count.

BigZ
87 posts
10 Jan 2021 12:04PM
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SydneySUP81 said..
I am 6"4 100kg I typically ride 9-10ft boards. Personally I prefer larger boards with more volume, length and glide to increase wave count.


I don't think that volume and size alone are that critical when it comes to wave catching abilities. It's more about the design of the board. My small wave weapon is an 8'4x30x120l board - for reference I am 6'4 108kg. You can have fun in ankle snappers and it is a way better small wave board than much bigger boards I also have. On the other side of the spectrum, the board I feel most comfortable in big conditions is 10x29x139l. I have not tried Flow 2.0 but may be it targets bigger and more powerful waves. It would be great to hear from 100kg or so riders who spent time on 9'0 or smaller Flows in a variety of conditions.

Nugdam
QLD, 535 posts
10 Jan 2021 8:53PM
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I'm 95kg and ride a 8'2 x 29 107l flow 2. They are super stable for their sizing.

I also ride 8'5 x 30 120l hipster and a 8'1 x 29 109L hipster. The flow 2 is easier to catch waves on with its wide tail but I just love the way the smiks turn.

bomberdave
VIC, 278 posts
11 Jan 2021 9:56AM
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At 96-97 Kg I have the 8'8 casey flow, had it out in some decent size waves today for the first time as a thruster..it was awesome. Dont think I could go any shorter though. Have never owned a smik but looking at maybe an 8'10 hipster or 8'10 placid for the ****ty days....



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