"No loss in paddle-ability", that's the report I got from Steve who just picked up this new 9'4" Stamps. Steve's board is a bit different from the new one I'm waiting for- the nose of his board is fuller and there's a little bit more width on it through the middle. In addition, the board has a wider, stability inducing squash tail- I'll be on a round tail. Check out that template... sexy!
I have a feeling that this is going to be an excellent all around shape. It's not so extreme that you'll be fighting just to stay upright and not so chippy that you couldn't bust out a few miles paddling onto an empty peak. Time will tell. For now, after his first paddle on it, Steve's stoked.
Coming down from his 10'0 (pictured next to the 9'4") turned out to be no big deal- it only took him a couple of seconds to hook into the new board's sweet spot and from there it's like riding a bike. Except surfing this board was like graduating from an old Schwinn to Lance's Tour bike- according to Steve the difference is pretty drastic. The board just plain surfs unreal. Can't wait to give this one a shot myself!
The Tale of the tails- squash tail for drive and release. Cool.
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