See review below from Sup's Watersports Blog-
The Jimmy Lewis Super Frank and Super Frank Lean are taking the lead in skater style surf sups Jimmy has really stepped up to the plate with this re-think on his classic Canary surf board. The reason for the board was simple: we wanted skateboard style ride characteristics in a sup that could carry a bit more weight , but didn't want to lose the high performance found in the Jimmy Lewis SUPsBucking trend as always, there is no squared off nose or boxy rails, but he's managed to give the rider a stable platform in a much shorter sup with the right amount of volume to keep much bigger guys afloat. #jimmylewissup #jimmylewissurfsup #surfsup #jimmylewissuperfrank
This is an amazing board so I had to sum it up with a graph full of numbers. But it really does say it all.Easy to use, versatile, radical and fun!
The NEW Super Frank board looks amazing & is designed to be a more stable style performance board with more of a loose approach whilst maintaining speed through & out of turns.The Super Frank is the ultimate SUP groveler. It's meant to be ridden quite a bit shorter than your normal board and still offer plenty of stability. Flat rocker with a very deep single to double concave for high speed and drive in flat and weak surf. The outline has the wide point a bit forward coming into a performance thumb tail to make the board very responsive and easy to whip around. The Super Frank comes in two widths for each length so you can choose the width and volume that best suits you.
5 Fin Box Set Up.
Comes with JL 5 fin set. (allows for thruster or quad fin set up)
Thruster set Size - 4.5"
Quad set size- Front 4.5" Back 4.0"Can be ridden much shorter due to its design, increasing maneuverability for average-expert riders. Stable, Light & Strong...
Six different sizes with three lean shapes named-
Super frank / lean
7'6 x 29.5"x 4"liters 100L
8'0 x 30"x 4.2" liters 115L
8'6 x 30.5"x 4.4" liters 130L
Super Frank/ heavy rider
7'6 x 31"x 4.4" liters 115L
8'0 x 31.5"x 4.5" liters 127L
8'6 x 32"x 4.5" liters 141L
I'm guessing that the destroyer shape look stable and easy to paddle and catching a wave than the super frank?
I like my super frank in all conditions (summer & winter) because its my only sup surf board and its so easy to throw around ;)
Based on the picture, the Destroyer looks like it retains more width throughout the board down to the tail. Looks like it would be more stable than the Super Frank in the same size. Also looks like it would be a bit slower turning than the SF with the wider tail. Is this accurate?
The Destroyer is more of a gradual curve from the nose to the tail than the Super Frank but has a more pulled in rounded pin tail & a lower profile rail in the tail which actually gives it more bite & performance especially in bigger waves...(at least with my 7'7" anyway).. The Super Frank is more of a small wave "groveller" but the stability is very similar just different...The Super Frank is fuller i the nose in front of the feet & then pulls in at the tail...
I can jump on either the 7'6 Lean Super frank or my 7'7 Destroyer & not notice any difference in stability but the Destroyer sits "in' the water whereas the Super Frank sits "on" the water...
The 7'6 "Lean" Super Frank is 29.5" wide & 100L & the 7'7 Destroyer is 29" wide & 100L... So almost identical but then surf completely differently...
The Super Frank is your "summer fish" & a great 2nd board whereas the destroyer is your 1 board quiver...
Currently many years of occasional use of Striker 8/11, 130L x 30 x 4.
How does the Striker differ from the Destroyer if similar in size/stability? Rocker, paddle speed, paddle acceleration, glide, how early can one catch a wave, wave size limits, handling on wave, speed on wave, ....
At first blush just looks like an improved Striker, except for the availability of smaller sizes.
Wondering how much an 80KG paddler would suffer with the 8/6 x 32 x 141 wide vs. the 8/6 x 30.5 x 130 lean.
As you indicate the SF sits higher in the water, does this affect stability with onshore wind?
billekrub, at 80kg the 8'6" x 32" SF wide version would be huge for you and likely a handful to manage in better conditions. The 8'x30" SF Lean model would be a better fit at your weight. I weigh 92kg and have been riding the 8'x30" SF Lean for the last 2 seasons. It's been a great board that I can ride in a wide variety of conditions from shin to head high.
However, at my weight & age (58), the 8' Lean is at my limit. I'm now looking at the 8'6" Lean or 8'5" Destroyer for a little more comfort standing around without going too big. I love the turning quickness of the SF Lean, the board follows my thoughts and is always perfectly under me. Since the SF Lean has been a great all-around board that I can ride in a wide range of conditions, I also question what the Destroyer could offer or how does it surf differently?
Glad you're enjoying your Super Frank... The main difference with the new Destroyer is that it is an "all-rounder" that depending on how you fin it will go good in everything from 1-6' surf whereas the Super frank is your small wave "fish/groveller" for sub 3' waves...Stable, loose & fast...
The destroyer has a beautiful gradual rocker line with a pulled in rounded pin tail & a lower rail line so will drive & hold in on bigger surf...
I'm 80kg beginner to intermediate and like my SF 8x30 lean, it is responsive from 1ft to head high and above head high is fast but I have learned to control SF because it's my only surf sup board ;)
If I have to start again as a 1 board quiver and looking at the destroyer pics, I would suggest the destroyer as 1 board quiver contender.