Here's what I love about new boards: they remind you of how much you still have to learn. The best ones also take you places you didn't think you could go and the magic boards just straight up blow your mind. I think this one could be a mind blower- check it out (board on the left):
First impression: Wow, this thing is do-able! Right off the beach I was able to get up and get moving. I have to admit, I had my doubts- that board looked really small sitting on the rack (check out how it compares to my 10' Mahi2). I wondered if dropping twenty liters of volume might have been too much. Stamps, as usual, was spot on with the volume call- he hit the float point right on the head.
What I've got is a trade off between stability, float and performance. My feet are right at the water line on this one with more of it underwater than on any of my other boards. I'm still working out the sweet spot and it sometimes feels like I'm falling way too much but I accept this as part of the game. Dues will have to be paid.
Second thoughts: Surfing this thing is going to be a whole new ballgame. I went from a Caddy to a Porsche. I only had time to surf four waves but like I said before, the good boards take you places you don't expect to go. For me it was straight up into the lip- on my backhand! What!
The board is made of 1.5lb foam and features no gloss coat. It's feather light. Put into a section with juice, the thing just starts GOING: bounce off the bottom, bounce off the top, wrap the cutback, drop back in and keep it grooving down the line. All this in an hour of mushburgers. I can only imagine what it'll do on a day with good open faced waves. Which I'm hoping will be tomorrow- and the waiting part will be the most difficult!
Once again I'm stoked on what Tim Stamps pulled together for me- thanks homey! If anybody out there is going to the Sacred Craft show in Del Mar, October 11th and 12th, the board will be at the Stamps booth- come check it out!