Monday, June 16, 2008
King's Diablo: Check this one out!
Check out Steve King's new carbon fiber, Alexander designed Gemini- I call it the Diablo. Steve had this one made at 10' by 30" which is a step down from the 11.5' Gemini he started on and a world apart performance-wise.
I got a shot at paddling it today in meaty, head high shorebreak. The board moves really well through the water; it's stable and doesn't yaw at all even with it's small quad fin setup.
This board is made of 1lb foam, it's really light and yet it punches through whitewash easily. I was really surprised by this because I'd always thought that heavier boards were easier to paddle out through broken waves.
Another surprise came in surfing the board. The thing is fast! Whip it around, point it down the line and it goes! Additionally, with the small fins that Steve was running, I thought it'd blow out off the bottom but the board held really well.
The board turns much differently than my 2+1 set up, more of a mid-face pivot than the swoop that I'm used to on my board. On the one open faced wave that I snagged, I found that the Diablo liked to be driven rail-to-rail.
Steve's previous Gemini was more of a point and shoot board- the Diablo wants to be pumped for speed. Steve agrees that this board is dying for a lined up point break set-up to really get jamming. It'd be fun to get this board on a race track wave and find it's top end.