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Created by Tassiedevel 23 days ago, 15 Jun 2020
Tassiedevel
TAS, 2175 posts
15 Jun 2020 8:34AM
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Ordered this about 2-3 months ago - thanks to coronavirus delays took a while to get here , finally arrived , hour to clean board up and put on , had to wait 48 hrs to dry , then 1 st surf in the weekend - worked great . Not sure how it works - not sticky and not like sandpaper , but definitely no slipping and looks magic on the board

chrispy
WA, 9251 posts
15 Jun 2020 6:41AM
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Ordered this about 2-3 months ago - thanks to coronavirus delays took a while to get here , finally arrived , hour to clean board up and put on , had to wait 48 hrs to dry , then 1 st surf in the weekend - worked great . Not sure how it works - not sticky and not like sandpaper , but definitely no slipping and looks magic on the board


Yeh the few kneelos i know that have it love it,along with those awesome cove pads

What board did you put it on ,footboard or kneeboard ?

Cobra
8483 posts
15 Jun 2020 7:57AM
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Cool, cost per board?

Hydromann
573 posts
15 Jun 2020 10:25AM
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Been looking at all these wax alternatives and didn't like most of them. Not that I tried any because I don't even have a board ATM.

But when I grow up and am 75 I might get a board and then I can try it.

So thanks for the heads up on this one, I'm gonna check it out a bit more.

SP
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15 Jun 2020 10:47AM
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Tassiedevel said..
Ordered this about 2-3 months ago - thanks to coronavirus delays took a while to get here , finally arrived , hour to clean board up and put on , had to wait 48 hrs to dry , then 1 st surf in the weekend - worked great . Not sure how it works - not sticky and not like sandpaper , but definitely no slipping and looks magic on the board



Yeh the few kneelos i know that have it love it,along with those awesome cove pads

What board did you put it on ,footboard or kneeboard ?


Cove pads?

Keep us updated how it lasts in a few eels tassie. Looks good.

Macaha
QLD, 20823 posts
15 Jun 2020 1:30PM
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One of my boards I sold to a guy in Sydney which I re purchased had a clear grip it cost him 120 and it was good but give me wax any day.

Tassiedevel
TAS, 2175 posts
15 Jun 2020 7:51PM
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Tassiedevel said..
Ordered this about 2-3 months ago - thanks to coronavirus delays took a while to get here , finally arrived , hour to clean board up and put on , had to wait 48 hrs to dry , then 1 st surf in the weekend - worked great . Not sure how it works - not sticky and not like sandpaper , but definitely no slipping and looks magic on the board



Yeh the few kneelos i know that have it love it,along with those awesome cove pads

What board did you put it on ,footboard or kneeboard ?


kneeboard mate got the rail and centre grip to try it out - thanks for the heads up about to order a full board kit for a footboard ( 6 ft 6 ).
TBH ordered it so long ago can't remember the cost - think it was about $40


Tassiedevel
TAS, 2175 posts
15 Jun 2020 8:00PM
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One of my boards I sold to a guy in Sydney which I re purchased had a clear grip it cost him 120 and it was good but give me wax any day.


Reckon that might have been the Versa traction longboard kit from Riley's Balsa boards ( costs about 120 ) - How did you find it ? Was tossing up between that and the gryptalite would be interesting to try the 2 side by side

Tassiedevel
TAS, 2175 posts
15 Jun 2020 8:02PM
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chrispy said..


Tassiedevel said..
Ordered this about 2-3 months ago - thanks to coronavirus delays took a while to get here , finally arrived , hour to clean board up and put on , had to wait 48 hrs to dry , then 1 st surf in the weekend - worked great . Not sure how it works - not sticky and not like sandpaper , but definitely no slipping and looks magic on the board




Yeh the few kneelos i know that have it love it,along with those awesome cove pads

What board did you put it on ,footboard or kneeboard ?



Cove pads?

Keep us updated how it lasts in a few eels tassie. Looks good.


yep Cove pads - comes with some pretty good instructions - love step 1 - crack a beer it takes about an hour

Macaha
QLD, 20823 posts
16 Jun 2020 10:05AM
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Macaha said..
One of my boards I sold to a guy in Sydney which I re purchased had a clear grip it cost him 120 and it was good but give me wax any day.



Reckon that might have been the Versa traction longboard kit from Riley's Balsa boards ( costs about 120 ) - How did you find it ? Was tossing up between that and the gryptalite would be interesting to try the 2 side by side


It was very light weight very thin, you had to look twice to see it, I'd say it's a great product felt great looked great but as I said I'm a wax man.

MickPC
7596 posts
16 Jun 2020 9:40AM
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Pretty cool if that stuff works in your water temp. Have you tried it without booties yet?

surf1ng
SA, 13 posts
16 Jun 2020 12:48PM
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Howdy All,

(Over the last couple of months I am a long time reader, first time poster.)

Thanks Tassiedevel, Gryptalite looks like another interesting wax alternative to bookmark and consider for a new board. 3 month wait time takes some purchase planning though.

How do you find Gryptalite under chest when paddling, any lateral movement?

How did you find installing the big sheets with the wet application (the videos make it look easy but I find big sheets more fiddly, my experience is with VersaTraction)?

Do you think Gryptalite could cause slight abrasions at all when getting tired / lazy or having to jam a foot down quickly (like covered below)?

Cheers.

Just as a background on my experience with VersaTraction:
All my boards have been waxless for a couple of years and I think it is worth the investment.
I have VersaTraction on 4 boards (the big sheets on one cut to suit, and the hexagons on the other 3) and most recently RSPro Cork with a little Clear on the other.
Hexagons are not listed on the official VersaTraction website so I am presuming Mark at Riley Balsa has the hexagons cut locally (he lists them as hexagon samples on his website and eBay). Every now and then on boards with the VersaTraction hexagons I can get a little abrasion on my left knee (which is on my front foot as a natural footer, mainly on my 9 foot mal, a 5mm piece size, always the same spot) and the odd little abrasion on the inside of my rear foot if I have to jam my foot down quickly. It only seems to happen on the boards with the hexagons "samples" so I am presuming they are cut a little roughly.
The hexagons also work well on older boards with pressure dings. Not sure if the big sheets would handle pressure dings on older boards as well - I can imagine more air bubbles to deal with during application.
The clear VersaTraction works great under foot when standing, there is no slipping at all. It grips every time and works fine with or without booties.
Under chest when paddling and under the hands when duck diving, VersaTraction is less grippy compared to wax. Sometimes early in a session I notice a little bit of lateral movement but you get used to it quickly and your technique adjusts. That's the biggest difference you might notice - that and when sitting on the board.
The RSPro Cork definitely has more traction than the clear, particularly noticeable under chest when paddling, and would have the closest feel to foam traction and wax. Obviously not sticky like wax but high traction when wet. I think most wax lovers and most foam pad lovers would like the cork.
I think the big take away on these wax alternatives is that they are grippy when wet, but never sticky. If you love sticky, keep using wax.

Cuttlefish
QLD, 1176 posts
16 Jun 2020 3:27PM
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Do you have a picture of the cork?
Used versa traction on several boards. Especially black carbon fibre Dick van Straalens which eliminate the problem of black carbon fibre and wax melting. Love it and have only noticed it's a bit slippery on wetsuits that have smoothskin on the chest/stomach.
Never don't use a rashie so can't comment on bare skin. Would like to put some on my Sunova 8ball.

surf1ng
SA, 13 posts
17 Jun 2020 7:21AM
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Do you have a picture of the cork?
Used versa traction on several boards. Especially black carbon fibre Dick van Straalens which eliminate the problem of black carbon fibre and wax melting. Love it and have only noticed it's a bit slippery on wetsuits that have smoothskin on the chest/stomach.
Never don't use a rashie so can't comment on bare skin. Would like to put some on my Sunova 8ball.



Sure, see below.
(stringerless boards are hard to get the hexagons straight... mine is a little wonky )
Don't judge me for this pic in the Longboarding forums haha...
(surf 9 footer down to 5'10" ).
(always wanted an Evo, saw one on Gumtree)

Ahhh, dark colours and wax... My 9 footer is dark purple and years ago on a hot day I once saw the wax turn to liquid right before my eyes, must have only taken 30 seconds... only happened once that bad but it was crazy. With VersaTraction on that like on your Dick Van Stralen, no melting problems. The boards always look super clean too.

Thanks for the report on smoothie rubber. I had heard that initially but don't have a wetsuit with smoothie to test. Will be sure to avoid in the future. It feels like cork wouldn't be a problem with smoothie rubber btw. Me too, never tried any of this grip without rashie - anticipate that might feel a little slippery too with the clear.

The cork would look awesome on a Sunova board - cork on timber looks sweet. The Cork grip is the most expensive RSPro option but it is worth it. You might need 3 front foot packs for a full deck 8 footer? You could also mix the Cork Front Deck Grip (4 long strips) with a couple packs of Front Deck Hexa Grip? Only used mine a few times so can't comment on longevity of the cork but the feel is unreal.

Did you go the full board VersaTraction or the hexagon samples? Would love to see a pic of your DvS. Have you noticed any slight abrasions here or there?

ps Would love a report on the 8 ball. I am looking for an 8 footer, but more longboard shape and ride.
I wish Sunova made a shrunken down longboard at 8 foot, the longevity for traveling would be excellent.



Cuttlefish
QLD, 1176 posts
17 Jun 2020 8:09AM
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For initial thoughts on the 8ball
www.seabreeze.com.au/forums/Surfing/Longboarding/Midlength-Room?page=51
and page 52.
Will reply better after I have come back for a surf.

surf1ng
SA, 13 posts
17 Jun 2020 8:24PM
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For initial thoughts on the 8ball
www.seabreeze.com.au/forums/Surfing/Longboarding/Midlength-Room?page=51
and page 52.
Will reply better after I have come back for a surf.


Sounds impressive and can handle good waves. Does it ride more like a longer shortboard than a shorter longboard?
Cool fin setup.

Sounds good thanks, look forward to seeing the pic of the DvS with VersaTraction too.

Tassiedevel
TAS, 2175 posts
18 Jun 2020 8:45AM
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Howdy All,

(Over the last couple of months I am a long time reader, first time poster.)

Thanks Tassiedevel, Gryptalite looks like another interesting wax alternative to bookmark and consider for a new board. 3 month wait time takes some purchase planning though.

How do you find Gryptalite under chest when paddling, any lateral movement?

How did you find installing the big sheets with the wet application (the videos make it look easy but I find big sheets more fiddly, my experience is with VersaTraction)?

Do you think Gryptalite could cause slight abrasions at all when getting tired / lazy or having to jam a foot down quickly (like covered below)?

Cheers.

Just as a background on my experience with VersaTraction:
All my boards have been waxless for a couple of years and I think it is worth the investment.
I have VersaTraction on 4 boards (the big sheets on one cut to suit, and the hexagons on the other 3) and most recently RSPro Cork with a little Clear on the other.
Hexagons are not listed on the official VersaTraction website so I am presuming Mark at Riley Balsa has the hexagons cut locally (he lists them as hexagon samples on his website and eBay). Every now and then on boards with the VersaTraction hexagons I can get a little abrasion on my left knee (which is on my front foot as a natural footer, mainly on my 9 foot mal, a 5mm piece size, always the same spot) and the odd little abrasion on the inside of my rear foot if I have to jam my foot down quickly. It only seems to happen on the boards with the hexagons "samples" so I am presuming they are cut a little roughly.
The hexagons also work well on older boards with pressure dings. Not sure if the big sheets would handle pressure dings on older boards as well - I can imagine more air bubbles to deal with during application.


Good to read about the Versa traction and cork - have only had a couple of surfs with the gryptalyte and have the front deck / rails option on a kneeboard -( will grab a picture )so can't comment on wear on the toes but so far definitely no slip on pop up .It feels quite smooth in the water - TBH I don't even notice it's there until the board is dry . Am pretty keen to try that cork option out though - is that through Riley's Balsa Boards as well ? Thinking a cheaper option might be purchasing a sheet of cork flooring and cutting out the required shape ?

surf1ng
SA, 13 posts
19 Jun 2020 6:05PM
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surf1ng said..
Howdy All,

(Over the last couple of months I am a long time reader, first time poster.)

Thanks Tassiedevel, Gryptalite looks like another interesting wax alternative to bookmark and consider for a new board. 3 month wait time takes some purchase planning though.

How do you find Gryptalite under chest when paddling, any lateral movement?

How did you find installing the big sheets with the wet application (the videos make it look easy but I find big sheets more fiddly, my experience is with VersaTraction)?

Do you think Gryptalite could cause slight abrasions at all when getting tired / lazy or having to jam a foot down quickly (like covered below)?

Cheers.

Just as a background on my experience with VersaTraction:
All my boards have been waxless for a couple of years and I think it is worth the investment.
I have VersaTraction on 4 boards (the big sheets on one cut to suit, and the hexagons on the other 3) and most recently RSPro Cork with a little Clear on the other.
Hexagons are not listed on the official VersaTraction website so I am presuming Mark at Riley Balsa has the hexagons cut locally (he lists them as hexagon samples on his website and eBay). Every now and then on boards with the VersaTraction hexagons I can get a little abrasion on my left knee (which is on my front foot as a natural footer, mainly on my 9 foot mal, a 5mm piece size, always the same spot) and the odd little abrasion on the inside of my rear foot if I have to jam my foot down quickly. It only seems to happen on the boards with the hexagons "samples" so I am presuming they are cut a little roughly.
The hexagons also work well on older boards with pressure dings. Not sure if the big sheets would handle pressure dings on older boards as well - I can imagine more air bubbles to deal with during application.



Good to read about the Versa traction and cork - have only had a couple of surfs with the gryptalyte and have the front deck / rails option on a kneeboard -( will grab a picture )so can't comment on wear on the toes but so far definitely no slip on pop up .It feels quite smooth in the water - TBH I don't even notice it's there until the board is dry . Am pretty keen to try that cork option out though - is that through Riley's Balsa Boards as well ? Thinking a cheaper option might be purchasing a sheet of cork flooring and cutting out the required shape ?


Thanks for the report on The Gryptalite... it sounds great. Would love to see some photos of it on your board.
Hehe... fair call on the toe wear!
Nice, not noticing means its working a treat. This sounds another worthy wax alternative.

No, the cork hexagons I am using is through RSPro - here is a link:
www.railsaverpro.com.au/product/front-grip-hexa-cork/

Great call. The cork is pricey. I had a quick look for some cheaper cork options and found a few things (including some small dots) in the states but wasn't sure if the adhesive would be waterproof. I presume the grip would be just as nice though. If you have a crack with any cork alternatives, would love to hear how you go.

Tassiedevel
TAS, 2175 posts
23 Jun 2020 9:50PM
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The gryptalite rail and centre grip - this one is on the front of a kneeboard with cove pad attached - between the cove pad and the logos


Cuttlefish
QLD, 1176 posts
24 Jun 2020 11:11AM
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Cuttlefish said..
For initial thoughts on the 8ball
www.seabreeze.com.au/forums/Surfing/Longboarding/Midlength-Room?page=51
and page 52.
Will reply better after I have come back for a surf.



Sounds impressive and can handle good waves. Does it ride more like a longer shortboard than a shorter longboard?
Cool fin setup.

Sounds good thanks, look forward to seeing the pic of the DvS with VersaTraction too.


My DVS is long gone...sigh! Another board I shouldn't have sold!

Hydromann
573 posts
24 Jun 2020 9:54AM
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surf1ng said..


Cuttlefish said..
For initial thoughts on the 8ball
www.seabreeze.com.au/forums/Surfing/Longboarding/Midlength-Room?page=51
and page 52.
Will reply better after I have come back for a surf.




Sounds impressive and can handle good waves. Does it ride more like a longer shortboard than a shorter longboard?
Cool fin setup.

Sounds good thanks, look forward to seeing the pic of the DvS with VersaTraction too.



My DVS is long gone...sigh! Another board I shouldn't have sold!


Hi CF,

Not deck grip related, fins ........... again.

Got myself a Torq 6'10 Mod Fish TET-CS with 5 x futures boxes, yes Asian pop out but an absolutely awesome board.

6'10 just seems to be my perfect length and around 46L my perfect volume.

Will be looking to gryptalite it if I can find the coin, but for now waxed.

Anyway I'm still messing around with fin combo's. Ran the large sanctum flex tip 169mm futures and loved the feel when I got enough drive from the wave, as all know fairly hard to get decent drive from twins alone.

Was wanting to run some 1/2" depth small futures side bites behind them for some added drive and was wondering of you have done something like this? I can't find any 1/2 futures small side biters?

I like the Sanctum FCS ones but they don't make 1/2 Futures base.

Any recommendations?

Cheers

Hydro

Cuttlefish
QLD, 1176 posts
25 Jun 2020 6:58AM
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futuresfins.com.au/search?type=product&q=trailer+fins
I used to have a pair of the trailers from the T1 set but now only have one. I also use a pair of the TMF-1 trailers sometimes.
Cheapest way is to buy the Sanctum sidebites and sand the bases to fit the boxes. I've done that ages ago with a set of thruster side fins I didn't use and it worked.
Although that was when they used to make the bases solid and now most of the futures bases I see are ventilated to make them lighter which could be problematic...also worth calling Sanctum and they may have some trailers they would sell seperately like the rears out of the split keel quad set.
I regularly ask to dig through the odds and ends fins box under the counter of my local surfshop which can bear fruit.

surf1ng
SA, 13 posts
25 Jun 2020 5:26PM
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The gryptalite rail and centre grip - this one is on the front of a kneeboard with cove pad attached - between the cove pad and the logos



That looks sensational TassieDevel! Thanks for sharing the pic. Exactly the super minimal look that I love in these clear wax alternatives. Great to see all the grain in the timber so clearly. Awesome job. No doubt extra fast with the super border (?) terriers aboard . I love boards with timber, first timber knee board I have seen. Nice one.

surf1ng
SA, 13 posts
25 Jun 2020 5:30PM
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surf1ng said..


Cuttlefish said..
For initial thoughts on the 8ball
www.seabreeze.com.au/forums/Surfing/Longboarding/Midlength-Room?page=51
and page 52.
Will reply better after I have come back for a surf.




Sounds impressive and can handle good waves. Does it ride more like a longer shortboard than a shorter longboard?
Cool fin setup.

Sounds good thanks, look forward to seeing the pic of the DvS with VersaTraction too.



My DVS is long gone...sigh! Another board I shouldn't have sold!


Ahhh roger that.
I have only one of those "boards that got away"... 6'0" Walden Magic Fish (I had the GSI version). Bloody awesome. Super fast, great trim and would paddle onto anything. Not sure what I was thinking selling it. Doh!

surf1ng
SA, 13 posts
25 Jun 2020 5:46PM
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Cuttlefish said..


surf1ng said..



Cuttlefish said..
For initial thoughts on the 8ball
www.seabreeze.com.au/forums/Surfing/Longboarding/Midlength-Room?page=51
and page 52.
Will reply better after I have come back for a surf.





Sounds impressive and can handle good waves. Does it ride more like a longer shortboard than a shorter longboard?
Cool fin setup.

Sounds good thanks, look forward to seeing the pic of the DvS with VersaTraction too.




My DVS is long gone...sigh! Another board I shouldn't have sold!



Hi CF,

Not deck grip related, fins ........... again.

Got myself a Torq 6'10 Mod Fish TET-CS with 5 x futures boxes, yes Asian pop out but an absolutely awesome board.

6'10 just seems to be my perfect length and around 46L my perfect volume.

Will be looking to gryptalite it if I can find the coin, but for now waxed.

Anyway I'm still messing around with fin combo's. Ran the large sanctum flex tip 169mm futures and loved the feel when I got enough drive from the wave, as all know fairly hard to get decent drive from twins alone.

Was wanting to run some 1/2" depth small futures side bites behind them for some added drive and was wondering of you have done something like this? I can't find any 1/2 futures small side biters?

I like the Sanctum FCS ones but they don't make 1/2 Futures base.

Any recommendations?

Cheers

Hydro


I use these "3DFins Dimpster Stabilizer fin" (sic) as a Futures centre stabiliser (and the Futures TMF-1's that CuttleFish mentioned) in a couple of wide tailed twin and quad boards. These are 1.69 inches / 43mm high, smaller than the TMF-1 by a little, and seem really small when you hold them. Whilst not 1/2 inch, two of these in the rear quad slots could probably do the job for you. Worth a shot.
3dfins.com/products/dimpster-stabilizer-fin?variant=229162057752

Tassiedevel
TAS, 2175 posts
26 Jun 2020 8:00AM
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Tassiedevel said..
The gryptalite rail and centre grip - this one is on the front of a kneeboard with cove pad attached - between the cove pad and the logos




That looks sensational TassieDevel! Thanks for sharing the pic. Exactly the super minimal look that I love in these clear wax alternatives. Great to see all the grain in the timber so clearly. Awesome job. No doubt extra fast with the super border (?) terriers aboard . I love boards with timber, first timber knee board I have seen. Nice one.



Thanks mate - good guess with the border terriers - but no they are griffons , the breed the ewoks in star wars were based on . I have 2 of them one of which comes for most of my surfs with me .
You are right the gryptalite looks magic on the timber boards - I assume the other alternatives ( versatraction ) are pretty similar.
very tempted to try that 3 D stabiliser fin in this board ( have it set up with 2 Hanalei Q2 S side fins with a timber 8 inch single fin ATM

surf1ng
SA, 13 posts
26 Jun 2020 2:49PM
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surf1ng said..




Tassiedevel said..
The gryptalite rail and centre grip - this one is on the front of a kneeboard with cove pad attached - between the cove pad and the logos






That looks sensational TassieDevel! Thanks for sharing the pic. Exactly the super minimal look that I love in these clear wax alternatives. Great to see all the grain in the timber so clearly. Awesome job. No doubt extra fast with the super border (?) terriers aboard . I love boards with timber, first timber knee board I have seen. Nice one.





Thanks mate - good guess with the border terriers - but no they are griffons , the breed the ewoks in star wars were based on . I have 2 of them one of which comes for most of my surfs with me .
You are right the gryptalite looks magic on the timber boards - I assume the other alternatives ( versatraction ) are pretty similar.
very tempted to try that 3 D stabiliser fin in this board ( have it set up with 2 Hanalei Q2 S side fins with a timber 8 inch single fin ATM



Just when I thought I had heard of all the dog breeds, another pops up. Super cute.
Nice, you've got the force with you on that board :). That's awesome, must be a great and well behaved dog.

Bloody oath, your board looks unreal, the Gryptalite looks so subtle.
Here's some pics of versatraction on timber as a visual comparison. The lighting is obviously different with inside vs outside pics but Gryptalite looks perhaps even more transparent?

Give those 3D fins a go, worh a shot at the price. I really like what they add for me.

I have only seen Hanalei fins online - they have some really interesting and creative designs.

7'0" Etc DunnyDoor - using the full sheets cut to suit (looks less visible in real life I think, it depends on the angle)...




6'0" Etc Unicorn - using the hexagonal samples described above...



Killbot
WA, 197 posts
26 Jun 2020 2:29PM
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Tassiedevel said..



surf1ng said..





Tassiedevel said..
The gryptalite rail and centre grip - this one is on the front of a kneeboard with cove pad attached - between the cove pad and the logos







That looks sensational TassieDevel! Thanks for sharing the pic. Exactly the super minimal look that I love in these clear wax alternatives. Great to see all the grain in the timber so clearly. Awesome job. No doubt extra fast with the super border (?) terriers aboard . I love boards with timber, first timber knee board I have seen. Nice one.






Thanks mate - good guess with the border terriers - but no they are griffons , the breed the ewoks in star wars were based on . I have 2 of them one of which comes for most of my surfs with me .
You are right the gryptalite looks magic on the timber boards - I assume the other alternatives ( versatraction ) are pretty similar.
very tempted to try that 3 D stabiliser fin in this board ( have it set up with 2 Hanalei Q2 S side fins with a timber 8 inch single fin ATM




Just when I thought I had heard of all the dog breeds, another pops up. Super cute.
Nice, you've got the force with you on that board :). That's awesome, must be a great and well behaved dog.

Bloody oath, your board looks unreal, the Gryptalite looks so subtle.
Here's some pics of versatraction on timber as a visual comparison. The lighting is obviously different with inside vs outside pics but Gryptalite looks perhaps even more transparent?

Give those 3D fins a go, worh a shot at the price. I really like what they add for me.

I have only seen Hanalei fins online - they have some really interesting and creative designs.

7'0" Etc DunnyDoor - using the full sheets cut to suit (looks less visible in real life I think, it depends on the angle)...




6'0" Etc Unicorn - using the hexagonal samples described above...





They are some interesting looking boards, particularly the unicorn. Can you put up a ride report/review and some images of the bottom?

surf1ng
SA, 13 posts
27 Jun 2020 12:44PM
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surf1ng said..


Tassiedevel said..




surf1ng said..






Tassiedevel said..
The gryptalite rail and centre grip - this one is on the front of a kneeboard with cove pad attached - between the cove pad and the logos








That looks sensational TassieDevel! Thanks for sharing the pic. Exactly the super minimal look that I love in these clear wax alternatives. Great to see all the grain in the timber so clearly. Awesome job. No doubt extra fast with the super border (?) terriers aboard . I love boards with timber, first timber knee board I have seen. Nice one.







Thanks mate - good guess with the border terriers - but no they are griffons , the breed the ewoks in star wars were based on . I have 2 of them one of which comes for most of my surfs with me .
You are right the gryptalite looks magic on the timber boards - I assume the other alternatives ( versatraction ) are pretty similar.
very tempted to try that 3 D stabiliser fin in this board ( have it set up with 2 Hanalei Q2 S side fins with a timber 8 inch single fin ATM





Just when I thought I had heard of all the dog breeds, another pops up. Super cute.
Nice, you've got the force with you on that board :). That's awesome, must be a great and well behaved dog.

Bloody oath, your board looks unreal, the Gryptalite looks so subtle.
Here's some pics of versatraction on timber as a visual comparison. The lighting is obviously different with inside vs outside pics but Gryptalite looks perhaps even more transparent?

Give those 3D fins a go, worh a shot at the price. I really like what they add for me.

I have only seen Hanalei fins online - they have some really interesting and creative designs.

7'0" Etc DunnyDoor - using the full sheets cut to suit (looks less visible in real life I think, it depends on the angle)...




6'0" Etc Unicorn - using the hexagonal samples described above...






They are some interesting looking boards, particularly the unicorn. Can you put up a ride report/review and some images of the bottom?


Can do. Leave it with me for a bit, will aim for during the week.

Cuttlefish
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27 Jun 2020 4:24PM
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30 Jun 2020 3:57PM
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Cuttlefish said..
futuresfins.com.au/search?type=product&q=trailer+fins
I used to have a pair of the trailers from the T1 set but now only have one. I also use a pair of the TMF-1 trailers sometimes.
Cheapest way is to buy the Sanctum sidebites and sand the bases to fit the boxes. I've done that ages ago with a set of thruster side fins I didn't use and it worked.
Although that was when they used to make the bases solid and now most of the futures bases I see are ventilated to make them lighter which could be problematic...also worth calling Sanctum and they may have some trailers they would sell seperately like the rears out of the split keel quad set.
I regularly ask to dig through the odds and ends fins box under the counter of my local surfshop which can bear fruit.


Went with these

surfblanksaustralia.com/products/2-1-2-mf-side-bites?variant=10384092692523

Exactly what I was wanting, looked at the MF-2 but they are not flat foiled.

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Hydro



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