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Created by Tardy A week ago, 7 Sep 2021
Tardy
4104 posts
7 Sep 2021 8:21PM
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I've had a few models of Sunova's now ,and just thought i would share a few findings and hope Creek comes in on the his findings .
i will just talk about the new v2 flow 8'8 .. first ,good speed ..nice cut on the face of the wave and a good lip basher ,nice for cut backs ,and fits into my quiver as been a clean surf day board ,does not feel like 126 litres ,feels way smaller ,not a great deal easier to ride than the older 8'7 flow due to the refined thinned out rails ,which make it way tippier than a full railed board ..it tips from side to side very easily ,just the other day i almost had to prone paddle it out the back in choppy surf ,it was a big day ,i really struggled to stay up on it .The chop seems to get on top of the board and tip it over and sink it ,where a full rail board would pop back up out of the water with the extra foam in the rail ,
so you could go the next size up ,so it feels more like a 30 wide board ,still a great board ,but harder to use than you would think .The placid 8,7 ,stable ,easy to use ,top to bottom turns nice ,and can take it out in nasty stuff due to its width ,as loose as the flow if not looser ,the boys at home reckon I turn better on that one ,the brown one they call it .I have been using different size fins ,changing a lot ,its weird ,but i find in big surf i put bigger fins on the rear and it performs better ,and goes faster ,loosing that slow feeling it use to give me on bigger waves ...it really is a good allrounder and i highly recommend it ,i have spoken to a few people who hated it at first ,but once you find where to put your feet its a good time board ...acids .9.1
.not many people buy the acid anymore ..but it really is better in big sucky waves ,it does and can dump speed easy to set a barrel up ,but that also is its down fall ,it will loose its speed on turns unless driven hard ,but i feel it makes it too hard to come out of turns due to the lose of speed ,it is however a very good reef break board and paddles very fast ,which gives it the ability to pick waves up from way out ,I really piss the surfers off on this one .
I am keen to try some of the pro models on offer this year ...SP25 ,falcon ,wedge, kanga ..I hope creek can give us some in sight on these ones .

Gboots
NSW, 1230 posts
8 Sep 2021 8:20AM
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The Acid 9'1 is such as awesome oversized sup for me especially when I need to paddle distances to get to a spot , or if it's windy .
If i had to pick three boards only in order in terms of what i have it (and given i never got in anything bigger than 3-4 ft and mainly less than 2ft) it would be:
Acid 9,1 - by go to in any windy days when or when i need extra paddle power
ECS Slab 7'5 - such an underrated board in smaller stuff and can handle sloppy chop as well
Speeed 711 - Such a nice board when it's cleaner . Mid tide and offshore this board is heaven

supthecreek
2258 posts
8 Sep 2021 1:27PM
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Tardy said..
I've had a few models of Sunova's now ,and just thought i would share a few findings and hope Creek comes in on the his findings .
i will just talk about the new v2 flow 8'8 .. first ,good speed ..nice cut on the face of the wave and a good lip basher ,nice for cut backs ,and fits into my quiver as been a clean surf day board ,does not feel like 126 litres ,feels way smaller ,not a great deal easier to ride than the older 8'7 flow due to the refined thinned out rails ,which make it way tippier than a full railed board ..it tips from side to side very easily ,just the other day i almost had to prone paddle it out the back in choppy surf ,it was a big day ,i really struggled to stay up on it .The chop seems to get on top of the board and tip it over and sink it ,where a full rail board would pop back up out of the water with the extra foam in the rail ,
so you could go the next size up ,so it feels more like a 30 wide board ,still a great board ,but harder to use than you would think .The placid 8,7 ,stable ,easy to use ,top to bottom turns nice ,and can take it out in nasty stuff due to its width ,as loose as the flow if not looser ,the boys at home reckon I turn better on that one ,the brown one they call it .I have been using different size fins ,changing a lot ,its weird ,but i find in big surf i put bigger fins on the rear and it performs better ,and goes faster ,loosing that slow feeling it use to give me on bigger waves ...it really is a good allrounder and i highly recommend it ,i have spoken to a few people who hated it at first ,but once you find where to put your feet its a good time board ...acids .9.1
.not many people buy the acid anymore ..but it really is better in big sucky waves ,it does and can dump speed easy to set a barrel up ,but that also is its down fall ,it will loose its speed on turns unless driven hard ,but i feel it makes it too hard to come out of turns due to the lose of speed ,it is however a very good reef break board and paddles very fast ,which gives it the ability to pick waves up from way out ,I really piss the surfers off on this one .
I am keen to try some of the pro models on offer this year ...SP25 ,falcon ,wedge, kanga ..I hope creek can give us some in sight on these ones .


Hi Tardy... I am glad you mentioned that you feel the Casey/Flow (V2) is tippier than your others.

I feel exactly the same way, but I have seen other here say it is super stable, so it's good to have the conversation.

I am passionate about getting critical info out to people, especially if they are seeking solid stability.
On the Flow V2, I have decided to order a bigger one.
Currently 9'0... going 9'4, so I can use it more an enjoy the benefits of the shape.
I like my 9'0 a lot... but it wears me out.

The Placid is possibly the most stable and easiest to ride shape in the Sunova line.
Nothing to learn, just a solid easy performer that is very snappy.
BUT... I don't like it longer than 8'11

The SP25 is the board I surf the best.
It is fast, snappy and a full on performance machine in small to medium waves.
The width through the fin area may begin to struggle in OH juice

The Sp25 has a technical point that may trip some riders up.
While it is a very stable board, the very pointy nose requires a bit of rear foot finesse.
The pointy nose draws the wide middle in so quickly that the "shoulders" are pronounced and can "catch" on a bottom turn if you fail to keep the nose up. (pics)
This may be a tougher for intermediates to deal with and the Placid will be the better choice.

For a tail surfer like you Tardy, the SP25 would be amazing!
You kill it from the stomp pad, so I think you will be wild about the SP25

FYI... my 8'11 SP25 is way more stable than my 9'0 Flow V2, but the Flow is less technical to surf.
My performance isn't near as snappy on the Flow as it is on the SP25

My 9'4 Acid was my goto small wave ripper... but the tail and I didn't get along in OH waves.
My 9'1 Acid was super hard for me stability wise, but was flat out ripper in all waves I rode it!

The Wedge is possibly the best board ever made.... or the worst
Depending on if you have the skills to ride it.
I have been trying to master the Wedge for almost 2 years, so I am on the low end of ability for this board.
I have never made a video on the Wedge specifically... I am still not qualified to review it.
Maybe after the Hurricane Larry swell, I will have enough experience on it.
IMO, It needs to be ridden in the smallest size possible to really unleash it.

There is so much performance and speed on tap but you must be agile and strong to unlock it.
I honestly have witnessed Daniel Hughes doing things on a Wedge that no one else can do..... the speed he generates out of a gutless wave is stunning, but it requires leg power for full extension snaps.
It is so fast on bigger waves that I feel like I am trying to tame a wild bull.
Not for the faint of heart... but a weapon under the right feet.

Kanga... you all know my love for the Kanga... easiest combination of stability and performance
AND, it works amazing in the bigger sizes, unlike many of the others.

I am ordering an SP24 9'7 for next winter.... I am super stoked to ride that in bigger swells.

Tardy, the SP25 is a great call for your waves ... you will kill it on that board!
I don't think the bigger size will hurt you.
My SP25 is 1 inch bigger than my Placid, so you would be in the exact same zone with the 8'8





8'11 SP25 as noted above










Brenno
QLD, 803 posts
8 Sep 2021 9:25PM
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Just to throw it in the mix i had my 10'x28" Revolution out today. Pulled up in the carpark next to another regular SUP tragic, he asked why I had a longboard on the roof. I laughed. I absolutely love this board with Quobbas fitted. I'll admit it's a bloody handful around the heave and surge of a point break, or the backwash of a big tide, but It feels so natural to me. Easy on a wave, Big sweeping turns, freight train glide. Might do a custom yet.....

Disclaimer: I am far from a "normal" SUP user. I am inclined to throw an overly large board over too steep a lip, dance to the tail, and hope for the best....if she slows down I'm up the nose urging her on.....

anchorpoint
162 posts
8 Sep 2021 8:07PM
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Thanks Tardy and rick! Always nice to have a "normal" user feedback..

SunnyBouy
467 posts
8 Sep 2021 10:34PM
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Thanks Tardy and Creek for the updates, always great to hear feedback from you Guys..

wazza66
QLD, 538 posts
9 Sep 2021 7:03PM
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Don't right off the Flash. I have had one for a few years and rate it highly for higher end performance surfing (8'6 x 29.5 110 litres)

I have ridden the Placid and the Flow and they surf in a predictable friendly manner and are nice and stable in the sub 9 ft range.

The Flash is faster and can be surfed harder in the pocket and turns really tight as a thruster set up. I love mine in both punchy beachies and long pointbreak waves from 2 - 6 ft. Only criticism was an unexpected major bottom delam which was suprising considering the board goes from beach to inside car to garage (never on the roof) or left baking in my car. Its been fixed and stills surf so good and is a keeper in my quiver.

Not sure if Sunova is still making the Flash?

Maybe Creek might know.

Tardy
4104 posts
10 Sep 2021 12:50PM
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Thanks Rick for the briefing on the SP25 ....good info as usual .the third pic looks as if the board is at your limit .very low in the water ..but it might be just the wave

G boots interesting quiver ..good to see the acid in there .

Brenno ..you like your longs board ..thats ok .wazza yes flash is still a contender ..i had the 9 ,it was to big for me ,felt the nose was to full

and its still on the sunova site .available for ordering ...

I've ordered some Quobba fins to see if i can release some more thrills out of the boards ..been using shaper and FCS ,,so I will report back .

supthecreek
2258 posts
10 Sep 2021 6:59PM
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Tardy said..
Thanks Rick for the briefing on the SP25 ....good info as usual .the third pic looks as if the board is at your limit .very low in the water ..but it might be just the wave

G boots interesting quiver ..good to see the acid in there .

Brenno ..you like your longs board ..thats ok .wazza yes flash is still a contender ..i had the 9 ,it was to big for me ,felt the nose was to full

and its still on the sunova site .available for ordering ...

I've ordered some Quobba fins to see if i can release some more thrills out of the boards ..been using shaper and FCS ,,so I will report back .


I wasn't showing surfing, I was showing how the "shoulder" on the SP25 catching on several waves.
I guess those pics need to be viewed full screen on a desktop.

Tardy
4104 posts
11 Sep 2021 7:28AM
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supthecreek said..





Tardy said..
Thanks Rick for the briefing on the SP25 ....good info as usual .the third pic looks as if the board is at your limit .very low in the water ..but it might be just the wave

G boots interesting quiver ..good to see the acid in there .

Brenno ..you like your longs board ..thats ok .wazza yes flash is still a contender ..i had the 9 ,it was to big for me ,felt the nose was to full

and its still on the sunova site .available for ordering ...

I've ordered some Quobba fins to see if i can release some more thrills out of the boards ..been using shaper and FCS ,,so I will report back .







I wasn't showing surfing, I was showing how the "shoulder" on the SP25 catching on several waves.
I guess those pics need to be viewed full screen on a desktop.






ok understand .....yes i can see it now ...

what this means in my view ..get up the back as fast as possible ..get the nose free ..hhmm makes me think about it differently ..
it must have a very steep nose kick on it just at the end to give maximin board in the water to allow for speed and glide in smaller waves ,



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