Just picked up the 8'11 for my wife and first impessions are very positive.
Construction is excellent, rocker is good on both the tail and nose and the rails are really nice.
The deck also has a slight concave like the Sub vectors but not nearly as pronouced.
Will post more once its been on the water and in the surf!
Nice looking board... just watch the deck grip doesn't peel off or shrink like my mates board did.
He had to take it back peel off the old stuff and put another brand of deck grip on.
However apart from that he loves it.
C'mon DILLI, is it really for the wife
Might be worthwhile running a thin band of sikoflex around the deck pad because the surftech pads have a bit of history in not staying stuck down.
Are you on the couch yet for taking the wifes board out
A night or two on the couch would be ok
A few pics of the Lil Darlin next to the Sub vector 9'3
Nice pics mate how did the board go I can see where you were over the w end from the pics, was it any good? swell map looked crap.
Come on she'll never know, maybe throw a sickie and go out while shes at work! I'm hangin out to hear a comparison of the two. The SV is probably the sensible option but I can get the Lopez for $500 LESS and thats a new paddle, or money towards board no. 3!!
The lopez looks more refined, That 9'3 subv looks chunky Nice looking board though
From your photos they look surprisingly similar in shape. The GL maybe has a slightly fuller nose. I am keeping my 9' x 33" SB Hero (146Lvolume) for the small and choppy days. I'm just a bit worried the Lopez 126L volume will float my 95kg ass to paddle around on good days. I guess it might just take a bit longer to get used to it.
The 9'6 subv has a lot of rocker vs the 9'3 and from what i hear a better all round option in the subv range.
I was going to look into another naish, but as you mention its a lot of rocker for here, And good if only on the bar.
BP try them both mate. I'm 82kg and the SV works great for me. The GL is a great price though beats the hell out of Starboard and Naish for NZ prices!
Hey Bp I don't want to wind you up gain but a short 130L board is going to be a real uphill battle to learn on. Most people work there way down slowly as they get better and fitter. Its much harder work paddling a smaller board in the surf. You should try and borrow or hire one until after summer.