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Replacement for 9'6 Hokua - 8'11 mad dog?

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Created by farmerjed 27 days ago, 28 Dec 2020
farmerjed
13 posts
28 Dec 2020 6:25AM
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Hi all, managed to snap my beloved 9'6 Hokua (29 3/4 width) last week, missing it already. Looks expensive to fix. Any advice on whether a 8'11 Maddog would make a good replacement? I'm about 90kg, been supping for 10 years in the surf.

Rossall
WA, 600 posts
28 Dec 2020 6:32AM
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Are you staying with Naish as there is a lot of choice out there

BigZ
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28 Dec 2020 8:05AM
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farmerjed said..
Hi all, managed to snap my beloved 9'6 Hokua (29 3/4 width) last week, missing it already. Looks expensive to fix. Any advice on whether a 8'11 Maddog would make a good replacement? I'm about 90kg, been supping for 10 years in the surf.


How about Hokua 9 (29 x 126l)? I use one from time to time as it used to be my daughter's board when she was learning and we have not sold it yet. I really like it. I am surprised how stable it is for a 29 inch board. It works well in both small and bigger waves too. I am about 15kg heavier so it should be even better fit for you, especially if you liked the bigger model.

farmerjed
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28 Dec 2020 3:07PM
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Are you staying with Naish as there is a lot of choice out there


Thinking of naish after positive experience with Hokua. Any recommendations to check out in the 8-9ft surfing range?

Zeusman
QLD, 1328 posts
31 Dec 2020 4:48PM
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farmerjed said..
Hi all, managed to snap my beloved 9'6 Hokua (29 3/4 width) last week, missing it already. Looks expensive to fix. Any advice on whether a 8'11 Maddog would make a good replacement? I'm about 90kg, been supping for 10 years in the surf.


Was your Hokua a GTW construction?

Rossall
WA, 600 posts
31 Dec 2020 6:54PM
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The new Sunova Casey Flow is an awesome board and prob one of the best sups I have owned and I have had a few. Defo worth a look

farmerjed
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1 Jan 2021 10:15AM
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Thanks I'll have a look at sunova - good looking boards and seem to have positive reviews.

farmerjed
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1 Jan 2021 10:16AM
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farmerjed said..
Hi all, managed to snap my beloved 9'6 Hokua (29 3/4 width) last week, missing it already. Looks expensive to fix. Any advice on whether a 8'11 Maddog would make a good replacement? I'm about 90kg, been supping for 10 years in the surf.



Was your Hokua a GTW construction?


No it was a 2015 LE - really light but fragile

surfanimal
NSW, 1609 posts
2 Jan 2021 6:06PM
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I have a new 2015 Naish 9'6 Hokua on Gummy if you're interested mate ????

goggo
NSW, 129 posts
3 Jan 2021 7:10AM
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farmerjed said..
Hi all, managed to snap my beloved 9'6 Hokua (29 3/4 width) last week, missing it already. Looks expensive to fix. Any advice on whether a 8'11 Maddog would make a good replacement? I'm about 90kg, been supping for 10 years in the surf.


I ride an 8'6" mad dog at 121 L it is not very stable. Out line and rocker are all about down the line overhead waves. I would Imagine you would find 8'11" Mdog a challenge in all but glassy conditions. I am 95Kg and been suping for 16 years and surfing for 40+.
Hauole Makahiki Hou.

farmerjed
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3 Jan 2021 2:25PM
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Thanks Goggo, yep it seems there that bit more focussed than the hokua so might not fit. Appreciate the steer!

farmerjed
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3 Jan 2021 2:28PM
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I have a new 2015 Naish 9'6 Hokua on Gummy if you're interested mate ????


Thanks I'll have a look!

Mahanumah
VIC, 302 posts
4 Jan 2021 2:29PM
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Funny you say you snapped your 9'6"...

Two years ago I snapped my Hokua 9'6" in half (right in front of the handle). Was not going to be repairable for what I wanted (head and a half to double overhead...) so a new board was required.

I'm about your weight and an Intermediate to Advanced SUP Surfer.

Ended up with the mad Dog 8'11". Nice board but nowhere near as stable as the Hokua. Two years later and I'm still finding it difficult to the point I'm looking for something new (Don't get me wrong though... The Mad Dog rips on a wave... It's the waiting out the back that is the struggle).

Now I'm looking at the Smik Spitfire. Spoke to Scotty at the Nationals last year and we talked about the location of board volume. He knows the Mad Dog shape and said it lacks volume in the area in front of the feet which is why it lacks stability. The Spitfire has the volume there so better stability but still rips in similar conditions. He reckons with the volume in the right place I can easily go smaller.

So now it's a decision as to how far down I go... I think I might take a conservative approach to it and downsize slowly so I can maintain the enjoyment as a weekend warrior. If I go to far I will always struggle because I'm not out there enough.

goggo
NSW, 129 posts
4 Jan 2021 9:41PM
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Mahanumah said..
Funny you say you snapped your 9'6"...

Two years ago I snapped my Hokua 9'6" in half (right in front of the handle). Was not going to be repairable for what I wanted (head and a half to double overhead...) so a new board was required.

I'm about your weight and an Intermediate to Advanced SUP Surfer.

Ended up with the mad Dog 8'11". Nice board but nowhere near as stable as the Hokua. Two years later and I'm still finding it difficult to the point I'm looking for something new (Don't get me wrong though... The Mad Dog rips on a wave... It's the waiting out the back that is the struggle).

Now I'm looking at the Smik Spitfire. Spoke to Scotty at the Nationals last year and we talked about the location of board volume. He knows the Mad Dog shape and said it lacks volume in the area in front of the feet which is why it lacks stability. The Spitfire has the volume there so better stability but still rips in similar conditions. He reckons with the volume in the right place I can easily go smaller.

So now it's a decision as to how far down I go... I think I might take a conservative approach to it and downsize slowly so I can maintain the enjoyment as a weekend warrior. If I go to far I will always struggle because I'm not out there enough.



I had 7'10" Hypster at 109L, great fun to surf in glass but needed a few more liters at 95 Kg.
Mostly foiling now, but would be stoked if a 8'0" 120L hypster fell in my lap.

Nugdam
QLD, 535 posts
5 Jan 2021 7:00AM
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goggo said..

Mahanumah said..
Funny you say you snapped your 9'6"...

Two years ago I snapped my Hokua 9'6" in half (right in front of the handle). Was not going to be repairable for what I wanted (head and a half to double overhead...) so a new board was required.

I'm about your weight and an Intermediate to Advanced SUP Surfer.

Ended up with the mad Dog 8'11". Nice board but nowhere near as stable as the Hokua. Two years later and I'm still finding it difficult to the point I'm looking for something new (Don't get me wrong though... The Mad Dog rips on a wave... It's the waiting out the back that is the struggle).

Now I'm looking at the Smik Spitfire. Spoke to Scotty at the Nationals last year and we talked about the location of board volume. He knows the Mad Dog shape and said it lacks volume in the area in front of the feet which is why it lacks stability. The Spitfire has the volume there so better stability but still rips in similar conditions. He reckons with the volume in the right place I can easily go smaller.

So now it's a decision as to how far down I go... I think I might take a conservative approach to it and downsize slowly so I can maintain the enjoyment as a weekend warrior. If I go to far I will always struggle because I'm not out there enough.




I had 7'10" Hypster at 109L, great fun to surf in glass but needed a few more liters at 95 Kg.
Mostly foiling now, but would be stoked if a 8'0" 120L hypster fell in my lap.


I'm 95kg and had the 7'10 as well and found it super stable just a bit sluggish. I had a custom 8'1 x 29 109L made up and is arriving this week. I love my 8'5 x 30 120L its my ant condition board.

CaptainJimbo
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5 Jan 2021 5:52AM
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Nugdam said..

goggo said..


Mahanumah said..
Funny you say you snapped your 9'6"...

Two years ago I snapped my Hokua 9'6" in half (right in front of the handle). Was not going to be repairable for what I wanted (head and a half to double overhead...) so a new board was required.

I'm about your weight and an Intermediate to Advanced SUP Surfer.

Ended up with the mad Dog 8'11". Nice board but nowhere near as stable as the Hokua. Two years later and I'm still finding it difficult to the point I'm looking for something new (Don't get me wrong though... The Mad Dog rips on a wave... It's the waiting out the back that is the struggle).

Now I'm looking at the Smik Spitfire. Spoke to Scotty at the Nationals last year and we talked about the location of board volume. He knows the Mad Dog shape and said it lacks volume in the area in front of the feet which is why it lacks stability. The Spitfire has the volume there so better stability but still rips in similar conditions. He reckons with the volume in the right place I can easily go smaller.

So now it's a decision as to how far down I go... I think I might take a conservative approach to it and downsize slowly so I can maintain the enjoyment as a weekend warrior. If I go to far I will always struggle because I'm not out there enough.





I had 7'10" Hypster at 109L, great fun to surf in glass but needed a few more liters at 95 Kg.
Mostly foiling now, but would be stoked if a 8'0" 120L hypster fell in my lap.



I'm 95kg and had the 7'10 as well and found it super stable just a bit sluggish. I had a custom 8'1 x 29 109L made up and is arriving this week. I love my 8'5 x 30 120L its my ant condition board.


Nugdam, I'm looking for a new sup and tossing up between Hipster and Stylelord. [Haven't ridden either. Demos hard to come by] I want something really stable and good paddle speed. Not interested in any surf over chest-high [I'm old] and prefer cruisey riding. Either of these sups more suitable than the other? [Sorry about the lack of detailed info.]
Cheers, Jimbo

Nugdam
QLD, 535 posts
5 Jan 2021 8:55AM
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CaptainJimbo said..

Nugdam said..


goggo said..



Mahanumah said..
Funny you say you snapped your 9'6"...

Two years ago I snapped my Hokua 9'6" in half (right in front of the handle). Was not going to be repairable for what I wanted (head and a half to double overhead...) so a new board was required.

I'm about your weight and an Intermediate to Advanced SUP Surfer.

Ended up with the mad Dog 8'11". Nice board but nowhere near as stable as the Hokua. Two years later and I'm still finding it difficult to the point I'm looking for something new (Don't get me wrong though... The Mad Dog rips on a wave... It's the waiting out the back that is the struggle).

Now I'm looking at the Smik Spitfire. Spoke to Scotty at the Nationals last year and we talked about the location of board volume. He knows the Mad Dog shape and said it lacks volume in the area in front of the feet which is why it lacks stability. The Spitfire has the volume there so better stability but still rips in similar conditions. He reckons with the volume in the right place I can easily go smaller.

So now it's a decision as to how far down I go... I think I might take a conservative approach to it and downsize slowly so I can maintain the enjoyment as a weekend warrior. If I go to far I will always struggle because I'm not out there enough.






I had 7'10" Hypster at 109L, great fun to surf in glass but needed a few more liters at 95 Kg.
Mostly foiling now, but would be stoked if a 8'0" 120L hypster fell in my lap.




I'm 95kg and had the 7'10 as well and found it super stable just a bit sluggish. I had a custom 8'1 x 29 109L made up and is arriving this week. I love my 8'5 x 30 120L its my ant condition board.



Nugdam, I'm looking for a new sup and tossing up between Hipster and Stylelord. [Haven't ridden either. Demos hard to come by] I want something really stable and good paddle speed. Not interested in any surf over chest-high [I'm old] and prefer cruisey riding. Either of these sups more suitable than the other? [Sorry about the lack of detailed info.]
Cheers, Jimbo



If you are looking at the stylelord I assume you are looking at the 10 footers? I have a 10x29 hipster longboard and its a friggin beast. So easy to paddle and catch waves on its a very cruisy board if you want it to be. I've had it in little 1 foot waves to over head cyclone swell up at Noosa. They perform amazingly well. I've never ridden a style lord but have surfed with people using them and they look like a nice cruisy board as well.


The only issue I find with the 10 footers is there is a lot of drag in the white wash on powerful days and is a bit sketchy if its crowded as you can't control it as well.

CaptainJimbo
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5 Jan 2021 12:31PM
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Nugdam said..

CaptainJimbo said..


Nugdam said..



goggo said..




Mahanumah said..
Funny you say you snapped your 9'6"...

Two years ago I snapped my Hokua 9'6" in half (right in front of the handle). Was not going to be repairable for what I wanted (head and a half to double overhead...) so a new board was required.

I'm about your weight and an Intermediate to Advanced SUP Surfer.

Ended up with the mad Dog 8'11". Nice board but nowhere near as stable as the Hokua. Two years later and I'm still finding it difficult to the point I'm looking for something new (Don't get me wrong though... The Mad Dog rips on a wave... It's the waiting out the back that is the struggle).

Now I'm looking at the Smik Spitfire. Spoke to Scotty at the Nationals last year and we talked about the location of board volume. He knows the Mad Dog shape and said it lacks volume in the area in front of the feet which is why it lacks stability. The Spitfire has the volume there so better stability but still rips in similar conditions. He reckons with the volume in the right place I can easily go smaller.

So now it's a decision as to how far down I go... I think I might take a conservative approach to it and downsize slowly so I can maintain the enjoyment as a weekend warrior. If I go to far I will always struggle because I'm not out there enough.







I had 7'10" Hypster at 109L, great fun to surf in glass but needed a few more liters at 95 Kg.
Mostly foiling now, but would be stoked if a 8'0" 120L hypster fell in my lap.





I'm 95kg and had the 7'10 as well and found it super stable just a bit sluggish. I had a custom 8'1 x 29 109L made up and is arriving this week. I love my 8'5 x 30 120L its my ant condition board.




Nugdam, I'm looking for a new sup and tossing up between Hipster and Stylelord. [Haven't ridden either. Demos hard to come by] I want something really stable and good paddle speed. Not interested in any surf over chest-high [I'm old] and prefer cruisey riding. Either of these sups more suitable than the other? [Sorry about the lack of detailed info.]
Cheers, Jimbo




If you are looking at the stylelord I assume you are looking at the 10 footers? I have a 10x29 hipster longboard and its a friggin beast. So easy to paddle and catch waves on its a very cruisy board if you want it to be. I've had it in little 1 foot waves to over head cyclone swell up at Noosa. They perform amazingly well. I've never ridden a style lord but have surfed with people using them and they look like a nice cruisy board as well.


The only issue I find with the 10 footers is there is a lot of drag in the white wash on powerful days and is a bit sketchy if its crowded as you can't control it as well.


Nugdam, Yes 10' sups are what I'd like, but the Hipsters in the 9' range also look good. I don't bother with powerful days generally so 10' is pretty doable. I worry, though, about a sup that's only 29" wide, like your Hipster longboard. Stability is very important for me as I like a chat while waiting for a set. I know that compromises some surfability but I no longer "shred". "Smashing the lip" these days is something I do when I trip on dry land. I think I'll have to contact the Smik people and have a long talk. There's only one more new board left in me so I need to choose carefully if I can't demo. Thanks for the advice.
Jimbo

Nugdam
QLD, 535 posts
6 Jan 2021 5:34AM
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CaptainJimbo said..

Nugdam said..


CaptainJimbo said..



Nugdam said..




goggo said..





Mahanumah said..
Funny you say you snapped your 9'6"...

Two years ago I snapped my Hokua 9'6" in half (right in front of the handle). Was not going to be repairable for what I wanted (head and a half to double overhead...) so a new board was required.

I'm about your weight and an Intermediate to Advanced SUP Surfer.

Ended up with the mad Dog 8'11". Nice board but nowhere near as stable as the Hokua. Two years later and I'm still finding it difficult to the point I'm looking for something new (Don't get me wrong though... The Mad Dog rips on a wave... It's the waiting out the back that is the struggle).

Now I'm looking at the Smik Spitfire. Spoke to Scotty at the Nationals last year and we talked about the location of board volume. He knows the Mad Dog shape and said it lacks volume in the area in front of the feet which is why it lacks stability. The Spitfire has the volume there so better stability but still rips in similar conditions. He reckons with the volume in the right place I can easily go smaller.

So now it's a decision as to how far down I go... I think I might take a conservative approach to it and downsize slowly so I can maintain the enjoyment as a weekend warrior. If I go to far I will always struggle because I'm not out there enough.








I had 7'10" Hypster at 109L, great fun to surf in glass but needed a few more liters at 95 Kg.
Mostly foiling now, but would be stoked if a 8'0" 120L hypster fell in my lap.






I'm 95kg and had the 7'10 as well and found it super stable just a bit sluggish. I had a custom 8'1 x 29 109L made up and is arriving this week. I love my 8'5 x 30 120L its my ant condition board.





Nugdam, I'm looking for a new sup and tossing up between Hipster and Stylelord. [Haven't ridden either. Demos hard to come by] I want something really stable and good paddle speed. Not interested in any surf over chest-high [I'm old] and prefer cruisey riding. Either of these sups more suitable than the other? [Sorry about the lack of detailed info.]
Cheers, Jimbo





If you are looking at the stylelord I assume you are looking at the 10 footers? I have a 10x29 hipster longboard and its a friggin beast. So easy to paddle and catch waves on its a very cruisy board if you want it to be. I've had it in little 1 foot waves to over head cyclone swell up at Noosa. They perform amazingly well. I've never ridden a style lord but have surfed with people using them and they look like a nice cruisy board as well.


The only issue I find with the 10 footers is there is a lot of drag in the white wash on powerful days and is a bit sketchy if its crowded as you can't control it as well.



Nugdam, Yes 10' sups are what I'd like, but the Hipsters in the 9' range also look good. I don't bother with powerful days generally so 10' is pretty doable. I worry, though, about a sup that's only 29" wide, like your Hipster longboard. Stability is very important for me as I like a chat while waiting for a set. I know that compromises some surfability but I no longer "shred". "Smashing the lip" these days is something I do when I trip on dry land. I think I'll have to contact the Smik people and have a long talk. There's only one more new board left in me so I need to choose carefully if I can't demo. Thanks for the advice.
Jimbo


If you are anywhere near the Sunshine Coast you're welcome to have a try. I find the 29 wide plenty stable as they hold their width the whole way. Maybe a 10x30 Could be the answer.

CaptainJimbo
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6 Jan 2021 5:05AM
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Nugdam said..

CaptainJimbo said..


Nugdam said..



CaptainJimbo said..




Nugdam said..





goggo said..






Mahanumah said..
Funny you say you snapped your 9'6"...

Two years ago I snapped my Hokua 9'6" in half (right in front of the handle). Was not going to be repairable for what I wanted (head and a half to double overhead...) so a new board was required.

I'm about your weight and an Intermediate to Advanced SUP Surfer.

Ended up with the mad Dog 8'11". Nice board but nowhere near as stable as the Hokua. Two years later and I'm still finding it difficult to the point I'm looking for something new (Don't get me wrong though... The Mad Dog rips on a wave... It's the waiting out the back that is the struggle).

Now I'm looking at the Smik Spitfire. Spoke to Scotty at the Nationals last year and we talked about the location of board volume. He knows the Mad Dog shape and said it lacks volume in the area in front of the feet which is why it lacks stability. The Spitfire has the volume there so better stability but still rips in similar conditions. He reckons with the volume in the right place I can easily go smaller.

So now it's a decision as to how far down I go... I think I might take a conservative approach to it and downsize slowly so I can maintain the enjoyment as a weekend warrior. If I go to far I will always struggle because I'm not out there enough.









I had 7'10" Hypster at 109L, great fun to surf in glass but needed a few more liters at 95 Kg.
Mostly foiling now, but would be stoked if a 8'0" 120L hypster fell in my lap.







I'm 95kg and had the 7'10 as well and found it super stable just a bit sluggish. I had a custom 8'1 x 29 109L made up and is arriving this week. I love my 8'5 x 30 120L its my ant condition board.






Nugdam, I'm looking for a new sup and tossing up between Hipster and Stylelord. [Haven't ridden either. Demos hard to come by] I want something really stable and good paddle speed. Not interested in any surf over chest-high [I'm old] and prefer cruisey riding. Either of these sups more suitable than the other? [Sorry about the lack of detailed info.]
Cheers, Jimbo






If you are looking at the stylelord I assume you are looking at the 10 footers? I have a 10x29 hipster longboard and its a friggin beast. So easy to paddle and catch waves on its a very cruisy board if you want it to be. I've had it in little 1 foot waves to over head cyclone swell up at Noosa. They perform amazingly well. I've never ridden a style lord but have surfed with people using them and they look like a nice cruisy board as well.


The only issue I find with the 10 footers is there is a lot of drag in the white wash on powerful days and is a bit sketchy if its crowded as you can't control it as well.




Nugdam, Yes 10' sups are what I'd like, but the Hipsters in the 9' range also look good. I don't bother with powerful days generally so 10' is pretty doable. I worry, though, about a sup that's only 29" wide, like your Hipster longboard. Stability is very important for me as I like a chat while waiting for a set. I know that compromises some surfability but I no longer "shred". "Smashing the lip" these days is something I do when I trip on dry land. I think I'll have to contact the Smik people and have a long talk. There's only one more new board left in me so I need to choose carefully if I can't demo. Thanks for the advice.
Jimbo



If you are anywhere near the Sunshine Coast you're welcome to have a try. I find the 29 wide plenty stable as they hold their width the whole way. Maybe a 10x30 Could be the answer.


Thanks for the offer. My wife's family are near the GC but we live down near Tathra/Merimbula and are not travelling atm if we can help it. I think you're right and a 10 X 30 might be the answer. I'll keep looking for a demo.
Cheers.

Gboots
NSW, 1046 posts
6 Jan 2021 8:51AM
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Nugdam said..

CaptainJimbo said..


Nugdam said..



goggo said..




Mahanumah said..
Funny you say you snapped your 9'6"...

Two years ago I snapped my Hokua 9'6" in half (right in front of the handle). Was not going to be repairable for what I wanted (head and a half to double overhead...) so a new board was required.

I'm about your weight and an Intermediate to Advanced SUP Surfer.

Ended up with the mad Dog 8'11". Nice board but nowhere near as stable as the Hokua. Two years later and I'm still finding it difficult to the point I'm looking for something new (Don't get me wrong though... The Mad Dog rips on a wave... It's the waiting out the back that is the struggle).

Now I'm looking at the Smik Spitfire. Spoke to Scotty at the Nationals last year and we talked about the location of board volume. He knows the Mad Dog shape and said it lacks volume in the area in front of the feet which is why it lacks stability. The Spitfire has the volume there so better stability but still rips in similar conditions. He reckons with the volume in the right place I can easily go smaller.

So now it's a decision as to how far down I go... I think I might take a conservative approach to it and downsize slowly so I can maintain the enjoyment as a weekend warrior. If I go to far I will always struggle because I'm not out there enough.







I had 7'10" Hypster at 109L, great fun to surf in glass but needed a few more liters at 95 Kg.
Mostly foiling now, but would be stoked if a 8'0" 120L hypster fell in my lap.





I'm 95kg and had the 7'10 as well and found it super stable just a bit sluggish. I had a custom 8'1 x 29 109L made up and is arriving this week. I love my 8'5 x 30 120L its my ant condition board.




Nugdam, I'm looking for a new sup and tossing up between Hipster and Stylelord. [Haven't ridden either. Demos hard to come by] I want something really stable and good paddle speed. Not interested in any surf over chest-high [I'm old] and prefer cruisey riding. Either of these sups more suitable than the other? [Sorry about the lack of detailed info.]
Cheers, Jimbo




If you are looking at the stylelord I assume you are looking at the 10 footers? I have a 10x29 hipster longboard and its a friggin beast. So easy to paddle and catch waves on its a very cruisy board if you want it to be. I've had it in little 1 foot waves to over head cyclone swell up at Noosa. They perform amazingly well. I've never ridden a style lord but have surfed with people using them and they look like a nice cruisy board as well.


The only issue I find with the 10 footers is there is a lot of drag in the white wash on powerful days and is a bit sketchy if its crowded as you can't control it as well.


Interesting point here Nugdam.
I note that I tend to not use my Sunovas in crowded breaks because they are more fragile . So my "go to " boards in summer are the ECS Slab (7.5) or Starby Pro (8.0) in starlight construction . Reasons :
a. They are cheaper
b. They are very strong in terms of paddle impacts and small bumps
c. Less than 8 foot and there easier to manage in white water and need only 7 foot leash

I have a 7'11 Speeed but I tend to not use it in summer as my other Sunovas have tended to bruise easily from small impacts . That said the Speeed is like butter in the wave compared to the others . So smooth . It's about protecting the board , others and myself in packed summer breaks

farmerjed
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6 Jan 2021 2:15PM
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Mahanumah said..
Funny you say you snapped your 9'6"...

Two years ago I snapped my Hokua 9'6" in half (right in front of the handle). Was not going to be repairable for what I wanted (head and a half to double overhead...) so a new board was required.

I'm about your weight and an Intermediate to Advanced SUP Surfer.

Ended up with the mad Dog 8'11". Nice board but nowhere near as stable as the Hokua. Two years later and I'm still finding it difficult to the point I'm looking for something new (Don't get me wrong though... The Mad Dog rips on a wave... It's the waiting out the back that is the struggle).

Now I'm looking at the Smik Spitfire. Spoke to Scotty at the Nationals last year and we talked about the location of board volume. He knows the Mad Dog shape and said it lacks volume in the area in front of the feet which is why it lacks stability. The Spitfire has the volume there so better stability but still rips in similar conditions. He reckons with the volume in the right place I can easily go smaller.

So now it's a decision as to how far down I go... I think I might take a conservative approach to it and downsize slowly so I can maintain the enjoyment as a weekend warrior. If I go to far I will always struggle because I'm not out there enough.


Thanks for that, seems to be that the consistent view. I'm similar - reckon it's more about enjoying the time out the back. I'll have a look at 9' Hokua, the Spitfire and a Sunova - all look good options!



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