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Sunova shroom 7'3 or small speed

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Created by Happyhaydo 2 months ago, 12 Aug 2017
Happyhaydo
NSW, 7 posts
12 Aug 2017 1:31PM
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Hi has anyone rode the smaller Sunova shrooms
7'3 or 7'6 want to buy a fun board but still want a little bit of stability. Or smaller speeds what are they like ?
Im 78kg ????

SUPbru
340 posts
13 Aug 2017 2:55AM
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If your objective is to find a stable board, I'd rule out a smaller Speeed (sub-8') because they tend to be a bit tippy mainly due to the narrow width & low volume e.g. the 7'8 is 25.5" x 87L. That being said, I love my 7'11 & it certainly is a fun board

colas
2171 posts
13 Aug 2017 12:47PM
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First, I want to say that I never set foot on a sunova, so my advice is a based on similar shapes, but not the actual speeed:

I think there are two kinds of stability:
[1] the one preventing you to fall while idly waiting for waves, not really focusing on keeping your balance
[2] the one preventing you to dig a rail on take off

I am not bothered by [1], as falling when nothing is happening is not bothering me, but [2] is important for me, as falling on takeoff or while setting up for one is both frustrating and dangerous.

So, if [1] is important for you, I would follow SUPbru advice. Otherwise, the wide and parallel-railed nose of the speed will provide [2], even at low volumes, so you can get a 87l board with no issues, other that it will be more tiring and paddle slower than a bigger one.... but it will help a lot in bigger and more powerful waves.

80 l however, means the board will sink under your weight plus its weight, it is another level, not so much in stability but as in "extremely tiring". I would avoid it if you are not aiming for a competitive level.

Happyhaydo
NSW, 7 posts
13 Aug 2017 7:51PM
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Thx guys for your help
I think the speed will be out
mainly ride beach break not always perfect waves ?? really
looking at a fun low volume square nose board for waves up to 3 foot so maybe shroom the go
just have to work out 7'3 or 7'6

jrc22ski
WA, 20 posts
14 Aug 2017 3:49AM
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Happyhaydo said..
Thx guys for your help
I think the speed will be out
mainly ride beach break not always perfect waves ?? really
looking at a fun low volume square nose board for waves up to 3 foot so maybe shroom the go
just have to work out 7'3 or 7'6



I too am about 78L and I want to go small for weak/junky days.
I just don't know ho low to go with Shroom - 7'3" or 7'6".

Don't forget the Skate - seems more versatile. Skate at 8.0 seems a bit big though.

I have been riding the 8'2" Speeed over the last 2 years.

supthecreek
1240 posts
14 Aug 2017 8:58AM
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Happyhaydo said..
Hi has anyone rode the smaller Sunova shrooms
7'3 or 7'6 want to buy a fun board but still want a little bit of stability. Or smaller speeds what are they like ?
Im 78kg ????


I have not.
But
I am bigger than you

At 107 kg and 69 yo, I am very comfortable on an 8'3 x 32 at 126 liters
Meaning you would be similar to me on the 7'6
If you are younger and fit, the 7'3 is not out of the question, because of so much wetted surface on the water.

Sounds like you have the perfect waves for the Shroom!

Happyhaydo
NSW, 7 posts
18 Aug 2017 7:27PM
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Thanks for all your advice ??I've heard these shrooms ride different to boards of same style
they carve a nice turn which is why I like them , I think the 7'6 95litre would be a safe bet even though I'd really like to ride the 7.3 87litre can some one tell me is there that much difference between these boards that I would notice I have heard these boards have amazing stability and that's why you can go shorter and low volumes is this true ?

SunovaBouy
99 posts
18 Aug 2017 5:50PM
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I've got an 8'3 Shroom, sadly we've had no real 2-3ft chop to play out on it yet. What I have been able to ride it on is 1-2ft random A frame type waves, and it's been quite a revelation.
Being quite wide I did find it a bit of a brute to paddle across the 5-600mtr channel we have to cross here to get to our sandbar, but once I'd done it a few times I got used to way it rode over the strong current/chop. Once out on the small waves I really didn't think it would pick them up, but it did.. all be it with a bit of effort to paddle onto the small waves. If the waves were 2ft'ish it would easily pick them up, below that and it was a hard paddle onto the small mushy waves, but to be honest that is what it's like on my other Sunovas.
I like the Shroom, it's designed for the soft mush we get here in the summer months. It's a super stable board, turns so quickly, short enough to step back and dig the rail then release the back foot and bring it back to the middle and glide, or surf stance anywhere on it.. it's quite funny, and a lot of fun.
I want to try the 7'6 really (the 8'3 is on test and I've had it about 8 weeks now) because I'm about 80kg I think the 7'6 would suit better, but.. and it's a big but.. the 8'3 is just a lot of fun.
Don't get too hung up on the deck shape, it's so intuitive to use. Surf it like you would any wave board in low chop/waves and it'll spin and carve a very neat turn, but you have to commit the rear foot I've found. Step back onto the rear rail and lean in hard, it'll then reward with grin inducing giggles. Leave your back foot in the centre of the board expecting it to turn and you will be disappointed, you need to make the effort.
I've got the board for another few weeks and hopefully take it out in some chunky junky waves, I'll post back once that's done.

I'd seek out STC' s videos on YouTube and also Australian Paddle Surf on Vimeo (Marty/Casso) because they have small Speeed and Shroom 7'6 vids..

link to Shroom 7'6..

Happyhaydo
NSW, 7 posts
18 Aug 2017 9:30PM
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Thanks bro that was a great review well said that's the hardest thing is to find a demo under 8'
in Sydney might ring around

maxeaus
NSW, 322 posts
18 Aug 2017 9:45PM
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You will need to go longer on the speed due to the narrow width but when conditions are good you will be rewarded IMHO, I can stand on the 8'2 all day at your weight, I'd try a 7'11" and drop in increments from there, for slop go the shroom.

SunovaBouy
99 posts
18 Aug 2017 10:09PM
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Well.. after posting that narrative and vid a few hours ago I thought I'd just get out and go surfing on the Shroom.
I went to a different beach, just along the coast. Bang on onshore 20-25knts and onshore waist high out back, very short chop (as you'd expect in onshore blowy conditions).. well it was fun, hard to paddle out into the onshore breeze, as you'd expect, plenty of waves willing to tip me up and over and sideways but the board performed very well and very stable in the crumble. It's a nice steady lump of a board to play in these sort of conditions, that's why I've got it. Most of the waves were lined up, some back wash disturbance, very crumbly, windblown yet formed.
Great fun. Bit of a buckaroo heading out, stable back foot turn for the waves, two paddles (no real need because of the wind) and whoompf, surf and carve into the beach. I would have expected the rails to grab in the confused chop but it glided through them admirably, carving a nice rail dig and then onto backfoot backside carve before the inevitable glide into the shallows.
I'm looking forward to another session in these kinda conditions, just to prove it wasn't a fluke.
Shroom 8'3 in onshore chop... pic attached..



Moguls
QLD, 3 posts
20 Aug 2017 12:48PM
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I'm about the same weight as you.. about 78-80kgs. I have the 8'3 Shroom.. after having it in the surf a couple of times, it's the most stable board I've been on while waiting for waves.. I probably went too big, but have only ridden longboard style SUPs previously. I reckon I could definitely go the 7'6, 7'9.. but have yet to come across any. Will probably look at going smaller in the near future. I'm a massive fan of the shape!


Happyhaydo
NSW, 7 posts
20 Aug 2017 6:18PM
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That's what I was thinking cause I'm light I don't want to go to big
want to really feel this board on the wave ?? nice to see so many
feed backs , getting prices now ????

SunovaBouy
99 posts
20 Aug 2017 7:06PM
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Another early dawn session on the 8'3 in 2ft small lines, no wind!! Nice, but now I'm definitely thinking it's too big for me. Stable and a little "wooden" but still fun, short stabby turns and easy to catch these little 2fters that have a bit of push under them.

I'm definitely going to check out the 7'9 or 7'6 and then I'll know which one to buy...

Loving the shape and style of waves it's designed for, it's a great deal of fun.

I ought to add I'm a Sunova fanboy, I've also got a 8'10 Speeed and an 8'7 Flow. You may ask "why another board", yeah I don't know why either, but I'm definitely liking the Shroom, but a smaller one.

LastSupper
35 posts
20 Aug 2017 7:40PM
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Just had my 3rd surf on the 7,11 speed 2+feet ! choppy ! water temp 12 more rubber on than the michellan man 70 kg and still rippin in my own lunch time !!!

supthecreek
1240 posts
20 Aug 2017 7:49PM
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Yup.... I'm on an 8'3 Shroom...... and I weigh 108 kg
so you can all go smaller

Sunova Team Rider, fanboy.

Moguls
QLD, 3 posts
21 Aug 2017 6:57AM
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supthecreek said..
Yup.... I'm on an 8'3 Shroom...... and I weigh 108 kg
so you can all go smaller

Sunova Team Rider, fanboy.


Havent seen many of the smaller shrooms in Aus.. maybe it's cus I'm a tightarse and I buy ex demos ??



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