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Sunova Placid vs Smik Hipster v2

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Created by MiSUP 1 month ago, 27 Jan 2021
MiSUP
NSW, 4 posts
27 Jan 2021 7:44PM
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Placid 8'3" vs Smik Hipster v2 8'0"

Interested in hearing opinions on these 2 boards re: stability, general surfing feel, durability, etc
They are similar in litres.
Will be surfing beach breaks knee high to head high. My stats: 58, 75 kg, 6' surfing background but relatively new to SUP. Not expecting to rip in waves but I want to improve my surfing.
Thanks in advance.

Nugdam
QLD, 550 posts
27 Jan 2021 8:09PM
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I have never ridden a placid so can't compare.

But I own two smiks a 8'5 x 30 120L and a 8x29 107L. I'm 6'2 and 95kg and find them to be both fairly stable. I will take the 8'5 in anything and use the smaller board on the cleaner days but have taking it out in some voodoo chop and it was manageable.

The smiks sit fairly tail heavy in the water so they can take a bit of power to get them going if the wave is a bit full. But you might not have this issue being 75kg.

They are an amazing board on the wave and turn so easily. They can get a bit skatey on big powerful waves but I enjoy that loose skatey feel.

As fair as durability goes they are super strong boards. My 8'5 I have had for over a year and there are no paint chips. But I have repaired it twice but I abuse my gear and surf in any conditions. My two are the carbon versions one weighs 6.6kg and the other is 7.4 kg

MiSUP
NSW, 4 posts
28 Jan 2021 10:34AM
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Nugdam said..
I have never ridden a placid so can't compare.

But I own two smiks a 8'5 x 30 120L and a 8x29 107L. I'm 6'2 and 95kg and find them to be both fairly stable. I will take the 8'5 in anything and use the smaller board on the cleaner days but have taking it out in some voodoo chop and it was manageable.

The smiks sit fairly tail heavy in the water so they can take a bit of power to get them going if the wave is a bit full. But you might not have this issue being 75kg.

They are an amazing board on the wave and turn so easily. They can get a bit skatey on big powerful waves but I enjoy that loose skatey feel.

As fair as durability goes they are super strong boards. My 8'5 I have had for over a year and there are no paint chips. But I have repaired it twice but I abuse my gear and surf in any conditions. My two are the carbon versions one weighs 6.6kg and the other is 7.4 kg



Thanks Nugdam. I notice there is only 2L difference between the 8'0" and 8'3" V2. The 8'3" may be more versatile as my one board.

Nugdam
QLD, 550 posts
28 Jan 2021 12:35PM
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MiSUP said..

Nugdam said..
I have never ridden a placid so can't compare.

But I own two smiks a 8'5 x 30 120L and a 8x29 107L. I'm 6'2 and 95kg and find them to be both fairly stable. I will take the 8'5 in anything and use the smaller board on the cleaner days but have taking it out in some voodoo chop and it was manageable.

The smiks sit fairly tail heavy in the water so they can take a bit of power to get them going if the wave is a bit full. But you might not have this issue being 75kg.

They are an amazing board on the wave and turn so easily. They can get a bit skatey on big powerful waves but I enjoy that loose skatey feel.

As fair as durability goes they are super strong boards. My 8'5 I have had for over a year and there are no paint chips. But I have repaired it twice but I abuse my gear and surf in any conditions. My two are the carbon versions one weighs 6.6kg and the other is 7.4 kg




Thanks Nugdam. I notice there is only 2L difference between the 8'0" and 8'3" V2. The 8'3" may be more versatile as my one board.


From memory the 8'3 is actually around 123-125L I recall Scotty saying that was a type o.

If you flick smik a message on Facebook they should clear that up.

Tardy
3888 posts
28 Jan 2021 11:25AM
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your on the right size your targeting for your weight ,I have ridden both boards ,but in bigger sizes ,i Liked the placid better due to the rounded out rails ,
Also went for the placid cause i like quads ,but both great boards ,you would be happy with either .



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