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Custom Sunova GenRation Kanga - The KangaNozz

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Created by Nozza 6 months ago, 9 Jan 2020
Nozza
VIC, 2396 posts
9 Jan 2020 7:35PM
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Pretend the R is backwards.
Haven't had a proper surf SUP for a while.
Liked the 10'6"Fanatic Fly that exited the roof, but didn't love it.
Went through a couple of Nalus that were good, but too low volume for 100kg of Noz to feel comfortable on - I get nervous and anxious in the surf, and water washing over my ankles doesn't help.
Over a year ago, I started looking at the Sunova web site.
The only board that got near the volume I was after - I decided on close to 200 litres - was the Speeed.
Told Helmy what I was thinking, he said I was an idiot.
He is often right.
Forgot about it in the excitement of the Ningaloo order.......

Nozza
VIC, 2396 posts
9 Jan 2020 7:41PM
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Some time in February 2019, I must have got somewhat drunk, and the idea of a Speeed resurfaced.
Emailed AA, he offered to give me a demmo on a 9'7"Speed when I collected the Ningaloo.
At some point, Tino got copied in too, a plan was hatching. He praised me for having a good rant.
Events overtook me, didn't go and collect the Ningaloo, the Speeed went un demmod.
Helmy reassured me I was still an idiot.
Forgot all about it with the WA trip.

Nozza
VIC, 2396 posts
9 Jan 2020 7:46PM
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Got to Merimbula November 2019.
No AA, no Sunova.
I was battling with thoughts of "Do I really want to surf?" and the like.
My surfing skills are limited.
I get anxious and nervous, often don't like it.
Asked myself (I often have no one else to talk to) "Do you really want to do this?"
My technique when I catch a wave is best described as "Hold your breath and forget to steer"
I decided I'm not brave enough to take the Nozza or the Ningaloo out when others are around - can't control them, I am a danger to myself and others.
Forgot about it.

Nozza
VIC, 2396 posts
9 Jan 2020 7:56PM
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Introspection.
If that is a word.
Thought deeply, decided I really want to give SUP surfing a real go.
I'm about to turn 58, and it isn't going to get any easier.
So I need a board.
Late December 2019, emailed AA about a Speeed again.
Disaster - he has sold the shop.
I struggle to meet new people, like to stick with what I know.
Good news is he had sold the shop to Sam Parker, who I met at the Middle Harbour SUP challenge thingy.
I had copied Dylan in on the email, and after a reply from AA, was surprised to get a reply from Tino.
Apparently Dylan was finding his soul in South America.
But Tino would help me.
After a couple of exchanges about a custom Speed, he replied "hey Dude, it's the Nozza!!!!"
I have been noticed.
He started to get things moving, but as to board choice, he copied my email to Rick, aka Supthecreek.
I am dealing with Sunova royalty now! (no references to current royalty embarrassments intended)

Nozza
VIC, 2396 posts
9 Jan 2020 8:02PM
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Creek sent me a list of questions, asked for as much info as possible as to where I am, what I am trying to do.
Actually a little uncomfortable supplying the level of detail requested.
Back and forward a couple of times, got this reply.
To say I was gobsmacked doesn't cover it.

Hi Noz Thanks for all the info..

Good intel makes for a good mission! I agree with the reservation to surf your Search or even a Point Break, because they would slow the learning curve.Big boards take some skill to turn on small waves.

The Point Break is much easier than the Search, but still a big board to start on.

Your thinking on re-nosing the Speeed is exactly what led me to design the Creek
I photoshopped the tail of my 9'2 Speeed onto my 9'2 Skate, asked Bert to stretch it to 9'4 but keep the rail line and 148 liters of my Skate.

Give it the nose kick and rocker of the Acid and voila'. the Creek was born :-)

However:We have a very good alternative to reinventing boards now.

GenRationThe new line from Sunova

The boards may be designed for the best SUP surfers in the world (Sean Poynter, Daniel Hughes and Ian Cairns)

BUT:They "size up" better for you and I, than any of the regular Sunova line.

I am super excited to have tools in my box that I simply didn't have with previous Sunovas.

Sunova's have always been performance minded. and there was only one board for me to recommend for newbies or the "stability" market. the ONEBut didn't hit the mark for many people.

The GenRation's are exactly the same boards ridden by the pros.

BUT, they designed volume into them, to give them a paddling advantage in competition... this is exactly why they work for US!

I have ridden Ian Cairns personal board, with Sean and Daniel.

Lowest liter board I have ever been able to handle, for an hour in the surf.

Me at 107 kg on an 8'6, 120 liter board means it has a LOT of stability built into it.

The Kanga nose is fuller than the other GenRation's and it has a very flat deck that sits up above the water. while the rails are in the water.

These boards "size up" fairly wide, and I have no doubt they will surf amazingly well.

They have a nice rail curve that will aid you in easy turning without having to get back on the tail, like is necessary on the Speeed.

This board will continue to grow with you as your surf skills advance.

For your needs there are 2 awesome size options9'9 x 34" @ 181 litersor10 x 35" @ 195 liters

I believe the 9'8 is a perfect choice.It will be quite manageable to carry, load and store. and make a nice choice for a 2-piece as well.

They only come in Balsa XXX No decked or finsStock Ledge handle

Premium price because they are designed to win on the World Tour, by the worlds best SUP surfers.

I think your "build thread" on the Breeze will be a huge hit..

Combine your story development talents and a new Sunova line... it will be awesome!!!Your colors and custom deck pad will knock it out of the park :-)

I look forward to any discussion you have regarding your thoughts on this direction. I have the Kanga stats below so you can see all the size options

Peace
Rick Weeks
supthecreek

Nozza
VIC, 2396 posts
9 Jan 2020 8:06PM
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Checked out, or tried to check out, the boards on the Sunova website.
Not there!
Searched and found a dedicated GenRation (pretend the R is backwards) site.

"designed for the world's best SUP surfers..."


Doesn't sound like me.
But the 10' x 35 at 195 litres sounds like just what I am after.
Decided I would go the bigger board - when I feel it is holding me back I will downsize......

Nozza
VIC, 2396 posts
9 Jan 2020 8:11PM
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So got on to Sam at WSS - my new AA.
Went and bought some coloured pencils.
The KangaNozz begins...





DaveSandan
VIC, 958 posts
9 Jan 2020 8:20PM
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What a great post, look forward to this journey as always!

MangoDingo
NT, 399 posts
9 Jan 2020 7:53PM
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Classic! -good on ya Nozz' - absolute killer looking board and so friggin' cool you're gonna have a crack at some waves on the new beast.
Looking forward to some vision of The KangaNozz pulling under the lip at 6' Express brus!!!
Yeeeew!!!!

benjl
396 posts
9 Jan 2020 6:24PM
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Epic noz, look forward to the write up

Bighugg
NT, 403 posts
9 Jan 2020 11:11PM
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Fantastic , a new Epic Nozza saga

weemscreek
11 posts
9 Jan 2020 11:17PM
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Can't wait to follow the journey! Thanks Noz!

SunnyBouy
437 posts
10 Jan 2020 1:43AM
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Brilliant stuff.. another build thread.

We've been lucky to follow the journey of the Nozz, lets enjoy this one too..

Helmy
VIC, 743 posts
10 Jan 2020 9:27AM
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We may have to CrowdFund Nozza for future board build project threads if Ann (the wife one) finds out about the new build...

And to clarify - I don't think I've ever called you an idiot.
Crazy yes, idiot no...

Nozza
VIC, 2396 posts
10 Jan 2020 6:11PM
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Helmy said..
We may have to CrowdFund Nozza for future board build project threads if Ann (the wife one) finds out about the new build...

And to clarify - I don't think I've ever called you an idiot.
Crazy yes, idiot no...


I have rechecked the correspondence....
When I first suggested a Speeed, your response was "Why???"
When I mentioned AA thought it was the go, the response was "AA can surf, you can't"
So yes, idiot no....

Tardy
3555 posts
10 Jan 2020 4:29PM
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hhmmm yeah this will be a good no fall off stick NOZ ,

i'm 95 kg and my first learning surfboard was a naish 10 mana @ 190 litres and 33 wide ...i still thank that board for getting me
to how I'm sup surfing now ,thing is Could still go back and have some fun on it .

I reckon you've got the right size .I missed having a big board ..so got the Hulk coming to fill the gap .

are you sure you don't need any green in it

Nozza
VIC, 2396 posts
10 Jan 2020 9:22PM
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no green, no black, no purple......
But the two piece to make the trip to your local easier..........

supthecreek
1988 posts
10 Jan 2020 8:44PM
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Ha ha.... loving this thread already!
another classic Nozzabuilt adventure series

Tardy
3555 posts
11 Jan 2020 6:52AM
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Nozza said..
no green, no black, no purple......
But the two piece to make the trip to your local easier..........



bring it

Helmy
VIC, 743 posts
11 Jan 2020 10:54AM
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Tardy said..

Nozza said..
no green, no black, no purple......
But the two piece to make the trip to your local easier..........




bring it


I wonder how many Cargo ships run from New England to Norfolk, Tardy?
STC may need some assistance getting there - with or without mutinees!

supthecreek
1988 posts
11 Jan 2020 9:13AM
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No worries.... I am self propelled

we we had a board meeting today




Nozza
VIC, 2396 posts
11 Jan 2020 2:06PM
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Ha, that's brilliant.
I am very honoured but I am not worthy!!!!

Nozza
VIC, 2396 posts
16 Jan 2020 5:48PM
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All I can say is "WOW"
And Dylan is a very important part of the process.




Helmy
VIC, 743 posts
17 Jan 2020 11:44AM
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We may be able to hook in the "Beer and SUP" thread once you get this board, Noz.
Just like the good old days!

Nozza
VIC, 2396 posts
19 Jan 2020 10:46AM
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Final spec in from Yin.




alohahugo
NSW, 133 posts
19 Jan 2020 12:43PM
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Hey Nozza
Very cool looking board
Just back from Hobart
do you really need a nother board with all the windsurfing fin boxes etc
Think about the stresses that windsurfing imparts onto a split board like torque through the length etc
Particularly with mast ahead of the split.
I would ditch them and go surfing pure
By the way I am loving the PSH 12
maybe you don't want your collection of them any more.
Another Merimbula trip early in the year should be high priority

Aloha

cantSUPenough
VIC, 1930 posts
19 Jan 2020 12:44PM
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Can I suggest you make sure to get the tough original grey carbon rails, not the rails my last two boards came with - they fracture easily.

Tardy
3555 posts
19 Jan 2020 10:25AM
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Great advise ...i got the extra carbon strip put on my Hulk after seeing a few fractures (from paddle ) on the placid

Nozza
VIC, 2396 posts
19 Jan 2020 3:32PM
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alohahugo said..
Hey Nozza
Very cool looking board
Just back from Hobart
do you really need a nother board with all the windsurfing fin boxes etc
Think about the stresses that windsurfing imparts onto a split board like torque through the length etc
Particularly with mast ahead of the split.
I would ditch them and go surfing pure
By the way I am loving the PSH 12
maybe you don't want your collection of them any more.
Another Merimbula trip early in the year should be high priority

Aloha


Want the windsurf stuff - I may never windsurf it but If I don't have the option I definitely won't.
Am re thinking the two piece though.

Helmy
VIC, 743 posts
20 Jan 2020 9:11AM
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Nozza said..

alohahugo said..
Hey Nozza
Very cool looking board
Just back from Hobart
do you really need a nother board with all the windsurfing fin boxes etc
Think about the stresses that windsurfing imparts onto a split board like torque through the length etc
Particularly with mast ahead of the split.
I would ditch them and go surfing pure
By the way I am loving the PSH 12
maybe you don't want your collection of them any more.
Another Merimbula trip early in the year should be high priority

Aloha



Want the windsurf stuff - I may never windsurf it but If I don't have the option I definitely won't.
Am re thinking the two piece though.


I'm with Alohahugo on all points.

lukemin
WA, 63 posts
20 Jan 2020 3:53PM
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cantSUPenough said..
Can I suggest you make sure to get the tough original grey carbon rails, not the rails my last two boards came with - they fracture easily.

Hey cantSUPenough,
Do you know what the difference is on the rails, old to new?



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