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Deep Minion returns

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Created by EToriginal > 9 months ago, 24 Feb 2017
EToriginal
QLD, 95 posts
24 Feb 2017 8:30PM
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My long awaited new baby finally turned up.
Extremely keen to get this wet. Hope I can handle it.
Got Simon to leave the deck grip off so I can try some arty sh1t but gotta do it quick because swell is on. Catching up with Brenno on weekend for his expertise to sort it out then straight into surf. Will try to get better photos once I've put the grip on.




Stev0
399 posts
24 Feb 2017 6:36PM
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Dimensions?

EToriginal
QLD, 95 posts
24 Feb 2017 8:58PM
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Sorry - dimensions are 7-8 x 29in x 4 3/8 hopefully around 115 litres (same as my 7-2 bambam)

808-Obsession
QLD, 398 posts
26 Feb 2017 7:11PM
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EToriginal said..
My long awaited new baby finally turned up.
Extremely keen to get this wet. Hope I can handle it.
Got Simon to leave the deck grip off so I can try some arty sh1t but gotta do it quick because swell is on. Catching up with Brenno on weekend for his expertise to sort it out then straight into surf. Will try to get better photos once I've put the grip on.






Looks great! Have Deep gone away from the old Minion colour scheme (i.e. 1/3 one colour, 2/3 in another) or did you ask for a custom paint? Also from memory the original Minions had a 'bat' tail - has that changed also, or is this your request on the tail? To be honest I prefer yours! Less pointy bits to hit me in the noggin on my numerous unintentional dismounts! Good luck with it - looking forward to some pics once it's gripped

Brenno
QLD, 758 posts
26 Feb 2017 7:48PM
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Saw this sick stick in the flesh yesterday. It really is a sweet shape. My minion is still my favourite fun board, but all the differences with ET's are in the right direction.
The nose is more refined, not as angular and a tiny bit more rocker.
The V in the tail is smoother, but the rails right back in the business end are as hard and sharp as ever, thinning right out in to bugger all.
It will turn on a dime.
In other words I have serious board envy, and Ed is gonna have a ton o' fun.

Kami
1490 posts
7 Mar 2017 5:15PM
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Good to read news about Deep shapes
Please ET, What's your weight to compare from 115liters of this board

EToriginal
QLD, 95 posts
8 Mar 2017 7:36PM
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Kami, probably about 88kg? presently - I range from about 86-90kg depending on amount of surf and beverage intake.
Have to say, from my limited experience, this board is seriously good. I've been sup-surfing for nearly 4 years now, & been through 9'6 & 9'1 Allwaves, 7'2 & 7'6 Bambams, and a Vex 8'6. The "flexi" feel of this new minion is a complete change from all the previous "stiff" boards. Only way I can describe it (with my limited surf-talk knowledge) is that it feels like I'm riding on a magic carpet - so smooth, and sooo loose. We had a sneaky swell come in on Sunday morning with head high sets and pretty well perfect waves and I had possibly the best surf of my recent life on this thing - really felt like I was 20 something again instead of 60.
Simon tells me the new construction method he's employed - hand laid glass with pvc only on the deck is purposely designed to be very flexible - and it works. Just can't wait 'til the next swell

Brenno
QLD, 758 posts
8 Mar 2017 10:23PM
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EToriginal said..
Kami, probably about 88kg? presently - I range from about 86-90kg depending on amount of surf and beverage intake.
Have to say, from my limited experience, this board is seriously good. I've been sup-surfing for nearly 4 years now, & been through 9'6 & 9'1 Allwaves, 7'2 & 7'6 Bambams, and a Vex 8'6. The "flexi" feel of this new minion is a complete change from all the previous "stiff" boards. Only way I can describe it (with my limited surf-talk knowledge) is that it feels like I'm riding on a magic carpet - so smooth, and sooo loose. We had a sneaky swell come in on Sunday morning with head high sets and pretty well perfect waves and I had possibly the best surf of my recent life on this thing - really felt like I was 20 something again instead of 60.
Simon tells me the new construction method he's employed - hand laid glass with pvc only on the deck is purposely designed to be very flexible - and it works. Just can't wait 'til the next swell


Way to go ol' fella. See you out there!

bobajob
QLD, 1434 posts
11 Mar 2017 5:21PM
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EToriginal said..
Kami, probably about 88kg? presently - I range from about 86-90kg depending on amount of surf and beverage intake.
Have to say, from my limited experience, this board is seriously good. I've been sup-surfing for nearly 4 years now, & been through 9'6 & 9'1 Allwaves, 7'2 & 7'6 Bambams, and a Vex 8'6. The "flexi" feel of this new minion is a complete change from all the previous "stiff" boards. Only way I can describe it (with my limited surf-talk knowledge) is that it feels like I'm riding on a magic carpet - so smooth, and sooo loose. We had a sneaky swell come in on Sunday morning with head high sets and pretty well perfect waves and I had possibly the best surf of my recent life on this thing - really felt like I was 20 something again instead of 60.
Simon tells me the new construction method he's employed - hand laid glass with pvc only on the deck is purposely designed to be very flexible - and it works. Just can't wait 'til the next swell



I think you inhaled too much of those "new board" fumes!
Nice looking board though!

Brenno
QLD, 758 posts
12 Mar 2017 5:41PM
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So, thought it would be good to catch up with ET, and have a couple of cold ones (always a good idea).
We got my young fella to take a few shots of ET's very new, and very flash 7'8" x 29" MV2, side by side with my very, very used and abused (but loved) 8'0" x 29.5" Minion.
Just in case anyone was interested in the differences.








SUPbru
383 posts
12 Mar 2017 4:54PM
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Thanks Brenno - ET's MV2 looks a bit more refined (sick looking deck pad) but it's also crazy how much sentimental value older boards can have so the question is....are you tempted for an upgrade?

Kami
1490 posts
12 Mar 2017 7:33PM
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EToriginal said..
Kami, probably about 88kg? presently - I range from about 86-90kg depending on amount of surf and beverage intake.
Have to say, from my limited experience, this board is seriously good. I've been sup-surfing for nearly 4 years now, & been through 9'6 & 9'1 Allwaves, 7'2 & 7'6 Bambams, and a Vex 8'6. The "flexi" feel of this new minion is a complete change from all the previous "stiff" boards. Only way I can describe it (with my limited surf-talk knowledge) is that it feels like I'm riding on a magic carpet - so smooth, and sooo loose. We had a sneaky swell come in on Sunday morning with head high sets and pretty well perfect waves and I had possibly the best surf of my recent life on this thing - really felt like I was 20 something again instead of 60.
Simon tells me the new construction method he's employed - hand laid glass with pvc only on the deck is purposely designed to be very flexible - and it works. Just can't wait 'til the next swell




ET, like you on that kind of shape I don't feel my 60+ anymore
I understand you 100% about the magic carpet feeling due to the type of laminating on EPS blank instead of sandwich solid layers. Your report convinced me to follow on this traditional type of laminating as Simon described to you. Important thing to say about that type of construction is the fact it doesn't need a stringer if the board stay around and above 7' long an 4" thick. Those dims are perfect to do a flex board with efficient buoyancy according to your weight, as well as beverage contents
Thank you for your feed back mates.
PS: rounded nose of your board ET has the main benefit to do much easier back side reentries than Brenno's square one, IMO.

BTW: As you probably know I'm testing flex on this kind of small SUP square shapes, using bodyboard part celled on tail and that kind of souple laminating ( still including carbon for rebound effect) then I will post later my next project when completed.

Brenno
QLD, 758 posts
13 Mar 2017 8:05AM
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SUPbru said..
Thanks Brenno - ET's MV2 looks a bit more refined (sick looking deck pad) but it's also crazy how much sentimental value older boards can have so the question is....are you tempted for an upgrade?


Haha. Always tempted SUPbru, always tempted.........

normster
NSW, 248 posts
13 Mar 2017 12:45PM
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great looking boards - ET you say this board is 115 litres and you are 88 kg - depending ion the season

is this your "go to" board all the time - or what surf conditions will you ride it in ?

if you ride other board are they smaller or larger ?

id like to get one but just not sure of the litres to ride them at im 81 kgs +/- and it would only be in small/medium smooth days - so im thinking 105 litres ? i do have a big long board sup for real small or long paddle days

EToriginal
QLD, 95 posts
13 Mar 2017 7:02PM
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Normster - I kinda hope this will be my go to board, so far its damn awesome. Only had it a couple of weeks and only tested it in pretty nice conditions. I sort of wanted it to be a bit smaller, but Simon recommended the dimensions and I gotta say I'm glad because I feel that it will be my most used board. Before this came along my choice of boards are my little 7'2 carbon bambam for beach breaks, my 8'6 carbon Vex for bigger cleaner river mouth type breaks and my seriously battered 7'6 bambam for crappy messy days. Damn Brenno has now thrown a curved ball at me and leant me his 8'8 Deep hybrid to test out for a month or two. Nice board that could replace my Vex on those big clean days, so ..... life's pretty hard at AW1770 lately

EToriginal
QLD, 95 posts
14 Mar 2017 7:23PM
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Normster, further to your question .. my daughter has a 6'10 carbon bambam (I think its 105l), and I've had a couple of quick sessions on it and had a ball. (both times were pretty glassy though)

EToriginal
QLD, 95 posts
19 Mar 2017 5:07PM
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After being totally inspired by Brenno's amazing art work on his boards, I decided to try some myself on the MV2. Probably a bit busy, but had fun doing it and quite a few beverages in the process. Now I just have to wait for the covering clear coat to arrive in the mail so I can finish it off and get back in the water.





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