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Jimmy Lewis Destroyer - First Impressions

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Created by Wodenau 23 days ago, 2 Feb 2020
Wodenau
NSW, 66 posts
2 Feb 2020 5:18PM
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Jimmy Lewis 9'3" x 31.5" Destroyer MP (160 litres)

How does Jimmy Lewis do it? Another super light board that compares favourably to my more expensive carbon boards... and for nearly $1k cheaper!

At 110kg this board floated me very well. My feet were out of the water. If you're not a big lump like me this board will feel like an aircraft carrier. In fact, I'd probably elect to step down to the 8'10" model to avoid the 'floating like a cork' effect. However, if you are a big lump and not very experienced then this is your new go to board.

First, the pros. I love a rounded pintail, especially when you have the option to switch between a thruster and quad setup. The Destroyer turned on a 5c piece and glided across the wave beautifully. I tried it in 2' high tide beach break glass, 3' crumbly reef break and 3' clean sucky conditions. The Destroyer performed well in everything. The slight turn-up in the nose helped with steep take-offs and the rail outline and bottom contour made it glide over flat sections like a skateboard.

As I mentioned above, the board is super light and easy to manoeuvre. You can lift it overhead with one hand using the excellent Y-shaped grip. The deck grip goes 2/3 up the board and is comfortable and functional.

If you wanted a one board 'quiver'...this is it!

Second, the cons. No nose riding this one. Look at my previous review on the Jimmy Lewis Striker if you want a nose riding experience. Meh, a minor point as far as I'm concerned. The only other thing you need to know, if this kind of thing worries you at all, is the slightly rounded deck design. It wasn't really an issue for me as I got used to it quickly but there was an initial tippy feeling that lasted only five minutes or so. Easy to get used to and it certainly didn't detract from the boards many advantages and excellent performance.

Final thoughts. In my last review I stated that I'm a dedicated Starboard fan-boi. I kind of still am but I'm wondering why I have four different Starboards when I could happily settle for this one board to replace them. I do like the occasional nose ride but not enough to have a dedicated board for the experience. If you can live without that you can't do much better than owning this piece of equipment.

Well done, Jimmy Lewis. You nearly have me.

BigZ
49 posts
2 Feb 2020 9:56PM
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Good review.

JL Destroyer is a truly amazing board. I am also 110kg and I am on 8'5 x 130l. Super stable and works well in anything from waist high to well overhead. It let me reduce my quiver to two boards - I also have a high performance 10' longboard.

Wodenau
NSW, 66 posts
3 Feb 2020 7:37AM
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stubear
35 posts
3 Feb 2020 2:05PM
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Sweet review! Great that you found the board that works for you and are stoked with it. I was looking at a Destroyer as well, for the reasons you've described here - quality, all roundness, manoeuvrability. Jimmy Lewis construction is brilliant!

Great job!

justaddwater
NSW, 137 posts
3 Feb 2020 6:13PM
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stubear said..
Sweet review! Great that you found the board that works for you and are stoked with it. I was looking at a Destroyer as well, for the reasons you've described here - quality, all roundness, manoeuvrability. Jimmy Lewis construction is brilliant!

Great job!


Keep saying it! Wish Jimmy would do some leans in the destroyer range. Love my 10 ft but would love a smaller version.to compliment it.

robg1703
NSW, 116 posts
4 Feb 2020 4:50PM
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Hi Justaddwater, I ride the 10' Destroyer & have the 7'7" Destroyer to compliment it for the performance days....According to Jimmy he won't be doing narrow versions when there's stable smaller sizes to go to...

justaddwater
NSW, 137 posts
4 Feb 2020 5:42PM
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robg1703 said..
Hi Justaddwater, I ride the 10' Destroyer & have the 7'7" Destroyer to compliment it for the performance days....According to Jimmy he won't be doing narrow versions when there's stable smaller sizes to go to...


Thanks Rob,that makes sense, probably time for a custom.

bobajob
QLD, 1354 posts
5 Feb 2020 6:50AM
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BigZ said..
Good review.

JL Destroyer is a truly amazing board. I am also 110kg and I am on 8'5 x 130l. Super stable and works well in anything from waist high to well overhead. It let me reduce my quiver to two boards - I also have a high performance 10' longboard.



BigZ, what is your height?
I'm 92Kg and 181cm. I believe height plays a big factor in stability as well. ( not to mention skill, talent and natural ability)

I can't decide between the 8'5 and the 8,8.

BigZ
49 posts
5 Feb 2020 5:24AM
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bobajob said..


BigZ said..
Good review.

JL Destroyer is a truly amazing board. I am also 110kg and I am on 8'5 x 130l. Super stable and works well in anything from waist high to well overhead. It let me reduce my quiver to two boards - I also have a high performance 10' longboard.





BigZ, what is your height?
I'm 92Kg and 181cm. I believe height plays a big factor in stability as well. ( not to mention skill, talent and natural ability)

I can't decide between the 8'5 and the 8,8.



I am 191cm. I use Destroyer when waves have a little bit of power. Because the deck is slightly under water you need to paddle a little bit harder at takeoff. For smaller conditions (or when I feel like long boarding) I will use my 10X29 by 139L Infinity New Deal.

bobajob
QLD, 1354 posts
5 Feb 2020 9:49AM
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Thanks, remind me not to drop in on you then!
So the 8'5" should be relatively spot on for some one my height and weight taking into account age and ability.

BigZ
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5 Feb 2020 8:15AM
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bobajob said..
Thanks, remind me not to drop in on you then!
So the 8'5" should be relatively spot on for some one my height and weight taking into account age and ability.




I would think so. At 92kg, you would be at 1.4 "guilt factor". And Destroyer is stable for its volume due to its shape. I don't have major issues with roll stability. The main thing I have to watch for is pitch stability. It may have to do with my height.

railbanger
WA, 35 posts
6 Feb 2020 11:18AM
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bobajob said..
Thanks, remind me not to drop in on you then!
So the 8'5" should be relatively spot on for some one my height and weight taking into account age and ability.


Yes, go for the 8'5" bobajob.

bobajob
QLD, 1354 posts
6 Feb 2020 4:56PM
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Thanks railbanger, I recently seized a turbo in the Transporter and that set me back over 3 grand . However, plan B is to sell a bike I don't ride too much anymore and use the proceeds from that.
Should be a nice step from the Titanic, er, Allwave.

BigZ - What is the "guilt factor" you speak of? I understand the volume to weight ratio, but the guilt bit is unfamiliar....

billekrub
89 posts
7 Feb 2020 4:04AM
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Guild factor (maybe Guilt? tongue in cheek) after Whitney Guild who has offered some paddling expertise in the past and is a masters longboard contest winner in San Diego area. Quite impressive to watch him paddle.

The factor, board volume in liters divided by your body and wetsuit weight in kilograms.

130 liter board, 80 kg bodyweight, 130/80 =~ 1.6.

Why this factor?

1 kg of water ~ 1 liter
130 liter board displaces ~ 130 kgs, or, will be neutrally buoyant with a load of 130 kgs

80 kg paddler neutrally buoyant on 80 liter board, Guild Factor of 1.

colas
3655 posts
7 Feb 2020 2:26PM
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billekrub said..
The factor, board volume in liters divided by your body and wetsuit weight in kilograms.
130 liter board, 80 kg bodyweight, 130/80 =~ 1.6.
80 kg paddler neutrally buoyant on 80 liter board, Guild Factor of 1.


You must also add the board and paddle weight.

And for Guild factors close to 1, the extra buoyancy of salt water and the fact that most boards have actually more volume than the published one, as most just give the volume of the blank without the glass job, that can amount to some liters with a sandwich construction. And you may even add the pad volume :-)

This is why it is hard to have a truly "Archimedes accurate" Guild factor anyways that could predict if the board will be neutrally buoyant, so most people just use the simple "volume / rider weight" which is still quite handy in the 1.2+ range.

Friday , 21 Feb 2020 1:48PM
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I still have a few left in the new Blue/White in some sizes.
This board looks sick in the flesh..




billekrub
89 posts
Sunday , 23 Feb 2020 6:19AM
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Say again how the Destroyer differs from the Striker, aside from the nose riding?

WhatSUP?
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6 hours ago , 25 Feb 2020 2:09PM
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Jimmy Lewis Boards said..
I still have a few left in the new Blue/White in some sizes.
This board looks sick in the flesh..





Hey Rob

Love that colour
Do you have any Detroyers to demo in 8', 8.5' or 10'?
I'm on the Central Coast.



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