Friday, January 2, 2009
Sick, Nutz, Insane... Magic
These are the words I've used to describe my new board - and I'm not exaggerating.
Mash here, reporting while John is still down in Mex. Happy New Year everyone, I hope you had an amazing 2008, and wishes for an even better 2009.
Now, back to the new board. You DO NOT want to try this board. It will seriously mess you up. You won't be happy until you have your own. Here's the technical breakdown first:
Shaper: Tim Stamps
Thick: 4 1/8"
I'm not sure how he does it, but this board does not feel anything like the other Stand Up Boards I've surfed. It responds immediately, not too slippery, to every thought I have. This morning I surfed Manresa Beach with Buzz and picked up four nice lefts. I was carving all over the face, getting way up into the lip and pulling off steep re-entry's. This board is magic.
Some of you might be wondering how difficult it is to stand on, while paddling around, or waiting for the next set. Here's the truth... it takes some work. But it's not hard work. I didn't fall off and I wasn't stressed out, but I was aware of my legs shaking. It's a lot like I felt when I first started stand up, and was falling off the 11'9. I suspect it's just a matter of time and practice.
Here's some photos of my new board and if you're safe in your SUP paradigm, forget you ever heard about this new shape—it will mess you up.