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sunova style vs steeze vs revolution

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Created by MickMc A week ago, 3 Aug 2022
MickMc
VIC, 427 posts
3 Aug 2022 12:06PM
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Anyone surfed all 3 of these? I'm pretty sure you have Rick. Looking to buy a fun 9 footer with an emphasis on nose riding and stability to make it rideable in windy chop. I'm thinking the revolution 9' by 30" but interested in others opinions.

johndg
WA, 174 posts
3 Aug 2022 3:20PM
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I have the Revolution in 9' x 30" and it is a great board. Quite floaty, nose rides super easy, and off the back rides like a shorter board. Have not ridden the Style or the Steeze so I cant comment on them. Had a 10' Fanatic longboard sup prior, which I liked and prior boards were all short around 8' 100l. The Revolution is a better board than the Fanatic.

supthecreek
2371 posts
3 Aug 2022 11:11PM
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MickMc said..
Anyone surfed all 3 of these? I'm pretty sure you have Rick. Looking to buy a fun 9 footer with an emphasis on nose riding and stability to make it rideable in windy chop. I'm thinking the revolution 9' by 30" but interested in others opinions.


Hi Mick
some numbers:
Style Options
9'6 x 27.6 at 112 L
9'6 x 29 at 118 L (XL)

Revolution
9' x 30 at 127 L
9' x 32 at 138 L

Steeze
8'6 x 29.5 at 116 L
8'10 x 30 at 126 L
9'2 x 30.5 at 136 L

Yes I have ridden all three boards, but I just got the Revolution and have only had one session in crappy little waves.
I had asked for a 10' x 30 because I was looking for the longboard experience.
For some reason I was sent a 9' x 32, which looks more like a fun shape than a longboard.
The nose is very wide but the rails and tail are super refined and more like a surfboard than a SUP. Because mine is 32" wide, it is super stable, even with the very thin rails.
It is pretty snappy and fast but I really didn't get any opportunity to nose ride the slop I was riding.

The Style nose rides so well it is like cheating.. But it's a narrow board and not what I would call stable. unless you get the wider XL version.
I imaging on the XL you could live permanently on the nose.
The Style also surfs very well off the tail and handles some size.

The Steeze I have is 9'6 x 31 at 144 liters and is defiantly more of a "Fun shape" than longboard. It nose rides ok and is fun to surf. I have ridden the 8'10 x 30 Steeze and it felt much more like a performance board and seemed better on the nose than the 9'6.
I think a head to head session on the 9' x 30 Revolution and the 8'10 Steeze would be interesting. My feelings is the Revolution would be faster and more agile. I really can't comment on how the Revolution is on the nose.. Until I have more time on it. I have so many boards to ride and have been focusing more on my new short SUPs.

I wish I could be more help on the Revolution.
I'll post a video when my rib heals and I get back on the water.

Bottom Line:
My gut says get the Revolution because James Casey spent some time working with Bert and Marcus on this design and from the little session I had on it, seems like it is a winner.

Slab
946 posts
4 Aug 2022 2:32AM
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SupBoarder mag's Beau Nixon did a pretty good video review of the Revolution in their subscription Pro section. It's an interesting board..totally flat hull (no vee, double concaves etc) which reminds me of my downwind board! He said it was fast, turns on a dime and stable. He was really quite excited about the design which is a bit different. Pretty much a flat rocker so need to watch nose dives but it gets in early so you can avoid that with a bit of skill. Deffo on the performance side and he said it was up there amongst the more performance style longboards. He said the board exceeded his expectations..was a bit surprised how good it was. The board comes as a thruster so no long fin box..he would have preferred that option as the lack of a bigger middle fin means it slips out on some noserides if you are not right on it. He deffo liked it heaps.

MickMc
VIC, 427 posts
4 Aug 2022 8:25AM
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Great feedback thanks guys. Lot of food for thought there. Look after yourself Rick. Be patient with a rib in jury.

cantSUPenough
VIC, 2079 posts
4 Aug 2022 8:50AM
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I have ridden the Style, which is pretty good as a nose rider (not that I have been on the nose ), but have you considered the Speeed?

MickMc
VIC, 427 posts
4 Aug 2022 2:43PM
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cantSUPenough said..
I have ridden the Style, which is pretty good as a nose rider (not that I have been on the nose ), but have you considered the Speeed?


Yeah thanks for the suggestion. I've owned a few parallel rail boards and they're heaps of fun. After more of a long board feel this time round to mix it up. I sort of go back and forth between long board shapes and performance or tommo type boards. In the longboards I've had Jimmy Lewis, Laird, Fanatic, blue planet and Smik (When I say long I mean up to 9 ft, so not so long ha ha) Thought I'd give a Sunova a whirl and I like the idea of 30" wide for a bit less work on the knees when it's choppy. Down to Revolution and Steeze as the Style is longer than I want and don't want a custom made.

Slab
946 posts
4 Aug 2022 3:06PM
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If you are considering the Steeze then you could also look at the JL Striker 8,10 x 30? I have the 9,5 Striker and it's a great all rounder.surfs off the rails amazing. I think boards like the Steeze are pretty much taken from the Striker mould and given their own tweaks.

MickMc
VIC, 427 posts
4 Aug 2022 10:35PM
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If you are considering the Steeze then you could also look at the JL Striker 8,10 x 30? I have the 9,5 Striker and it's a great all rounder.surfs off the rails amazing. I think boards like the Steeze are pretty much taken from the Striker mould and given their own tweaks.


Hey Slab yeah I had an 8"11 Striker, quite a few years ago. As you say, great all rounder and super stable. Not sure if the recent ones have been tweeked in any way. Looking for something that has the stability of the striker but more performance oriented and nose rides better. Ha ha not asking for much.

Slab
946 posts
5 Aug 2022 1:29AM
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Sounds like the Revolution to me

BigZ
131 posts
5 Aug 2022 2:35AM
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If you are looking for a fun 9 foot nose rider check Kalama Performance longboard SUPs

kalamaperformance.com/product/e3-sup/

MickMc
VIC, 427 posts
5 Aug 2022 10:53AM
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BigZ said..
If you are looking for a fun 9 foot nose rider check Kalama Performance longboard SUPs

kalamaperformance.com/product/e3-sup/


They look good but pretty exe in Oz - $2650

Brenno
QLD, 825 posts
5 Aug 2022 2:00PM
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Hey Mick.
I haven't surfed a Style, but have owned a Steeze, and currently own a 10 x 28 Revolution.
The Steeze was more of a muckaround board to me, and I think in hindsight I was aiming for more of a longboard shape, but missed the mark. I found it a bit harder to throw around, and definitely more challenging on the nose.
My revolution will always have a place in my quiver, it is honestly one of the best boards I've owned. So much so I'm doing a custom with 2 + 1 fin set up in XXX tec. I've had it in 1 foot runners up to overhead and a half, and it hasn't let me down.
My current go to boards are my Revolution, 8'8" Flow 2.0, and my 9' x 28" Smik hipster twin longboard.
Hope this helps mate.

MickMc
VIC, 427 posts
Saturday , 6 Aug 2022 11:40AM
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Brenno said..
Hey Mick.
I haven't surfed a Style, but have owned a Steeze, and currently own a 10 x 28 Revolution.
The Steeze was more of a muckaround board to me, and I think in hindsight I was aiming for more of a longboard shape, but missed the mark. I found it a bit harder to throw around, and definitely more challenging on the nose.
My revolution will always have a place in my quiver, it is honestly one of the best boards I've owned. So much so I'm doing a custom with 2 + 1 fin set up in XXX tec. I've had it in 1 foot runners up to overhead and a half, and it hasn't let me down.
My current go to boards are my Revolution, 8'8" Flow 2.0, and my 9' x 28" Smik hipster twin longboard.
Hope this helps mate.


Thanks Brenno, that is really helpful. Seems we like the same mix of boards. I have a Hipster twin Longboard (8'8) and an 8'8 Smik Spitfire which I reckon would be very similar to your placid. I will be adding the revolution to the mix. Thanks to all for their advice.

bomberdave
VIC, 352 posts
Sunday , 7 Aug 2022 8:00PM
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Hi mate,
I have ridden all three, although I didnt spend much time on the steeze. Background, was 55/56 back then and around the 96-98kg mark (not much has changed but have gotten older and greyer). I demo'd the 8'10 steeze and 10' style back to back on the same day and same conditions, at the time I had a 9'1 creek and was looking for 'the other option board".

I rode the style first and was really surprised at its performance and the ability to step back and throw it around as well as do a bit of stylin. It certainly didnt feel like such a big board. I then jumped on the steeeze, hated it, it felt corky and dull after the style, there ended the story. Ive had the style for 3 years now and have ridden it in everything. Great board a keeper, unless I could find a cheap casey revo in XXX then I would swap it out.

Having said that I do have a 9x30 revo and love it. Its so much faster on the wave ( i run quobbas) everyone who tries it says the same. Its awesome for some styling, step back and you can throw it around like a short board. Its not so great as a nose rider for this fat old guy, you can certainly walk the board but need to be nimble if you want to get the toes on the nose. I also have a 8'8 flow V2.

Personally I would look at either the 10' or 9' revolution they are a step up in performance over the style, forget the steeze. Currently Im in Nusa Lembongan and so wish Id brought over the 9' revo not the flow. Swell has been average and really choppy and IM finding it bloody hard work staying upright! Some awesome waves when you get em but bloody hard work..

Im back in vicco mid august happy to meet up so you can try the boards if you like.

MickMc
VIC, 427 posts
Monday , 8 Aug 2022 2:38PM
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bomberdave said..
Hi mate,
I have ridden all three, although I didnt spend much time on the steeze. Background, was 55/56 back then and around the 96-98kg mark (not much has changed but have gotten older and greyer). I demo'd the 8'10 steeze and 10' style back to back on the same day and same conditions, at the time I had a 9'1 creek and was looking for 'the other option board".

I rode the style first and was really surprised at its performance and the ability to step back and throw it around as well as do a bit of stylin. It certainly didnt feel like such a big board. I then jumped on the steeeze, hated it, it felt corky and dull after the style, there ended the story. Ive had the style for 3 years now and have ridden it in everything. Great board a keeper, unless I could find a cheap casey revo in XXX then I would swap it out.

Having said that I do have a 9x30 revo and love it. Its so much faster on the wave ( i run quobbas) everyone who tries it says the same. Its awesome for some styling, step back and you can throw it around like a short board. Its not so great as a nose rider for this fat old guy, you can certainly walk the board but need to be nimble if you want to get the toes on the nose. I also have a 8'8 flow V2.

Personally I would look at either the 10' or 9' revolution they are a step up in performance over the style, forget the steeze. Currently Im in Nusa Lembongan and so wish Id brought over the 9' revo not the flow. Swell has been average and really choppy and IM finding it bloody hard work staying upright! Some awesome waves when you get em but bloody hard work..

Im back in vicco mid august happy to meet up so you can try the boards if you like.



Thanks for the offer Bomber, you're a good man. I've already ordered a 9x30 Revolution so decision is made! Won't be on it for a few weeks as I am in Noosa at the moment and no room in the van to bring it home so it's going to Torquay without me. Can't wait to get on it! Will check in with you again later about fins once I've had a crack on it.

bomberdave
VIC, 352 posts
Tuesday , 9 Aug 2022 10:22AM
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bomberdave said..
Hi mate,
I have ridden all three, although I didnt spend much time on the steeze. Background, was 55/56 back then and around the 96-98kg mark (not much has changed but have gotten older and greyer). I demo'd the 8'10 steeze and 10' style back to back on the same day and same conditions, at the time I had a 9'1 creek and was looking for 'the other option board".

I rode the style first and was really surprised at its performance and the ability to step back and throw it around as well as do a bit of stylin. It certainly didnt feel like such a big board. I then jumped on the steeeze, hated it, it felt corky and dull after the style, there ended the story. Ive had the style for 3 years now and have ridden it in everything. Great board a keeper, unless I could find a cheap casey revo in XXX then I would swap it out.

Having said that I do have a 9x30 revo and love it. Its so much faster on the wave ( i run quobbas) everyone who tries it says the same. Its awesome for some styling, step back and you can throw it around like a short board. Its not so great as a nose rider for this fat old guy, you can certainly walk the board but need to be nimble if you want to get the toes on the nose. I also have a 8'8 flow V2.

Personally I would look at either the 10' or 9' revolution they are a step up in performance over the style, forget the steeze. Currently Im in Nusa Lembongan and so wish Id brought over the 9' revo not the flow. Swell has been average and really choppy and IM finding it bloody hard work staying upright! Some awesome waves when you get em but bloody hard work..

Im back in vicco mid august happy to meet up so you can try the boards if you like.




Thanks for the offer Bomber, you're a good man. I've already ordered a 9x30 Revolution so decision is made! Won't be on it for a few weeks as I am in Noosa at the moment and no room in the van to bring it home so it's going to Torquay without me. Can't wait to get on it! Will check in with you again later about fins once I've had a crack on it.


Ive only used mine once or twice with standard fins in. I use the large quobbas instead and found this loosened it up nicely for me, and a noticeable speed increase on the wave. They are a bit smaller than the standard 105's it comes with which do give a bit more 'hold' in bigger conditions but I find the overall all-round improvement of the quobbas is well worth it. I will be interested in your thoughts as compared to some of your other boards youve had.



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