^^ Hey Kook - now that is a tempting offer, just like that time you coaxed me into the back of the van with an offer of a scented wax rubbing...
Funny enough the NR2 has triggered the thought - had a couple of goes of Tommy's and I can't believe how stable and locked that feels in crap gutless conditions - makes it feel like cheating. Obviously got a couple of other logs for more fluid conditions - so looking for something that paddles into those ankle tappers well and provides a V stable noseride. BTW - if we ride anything like last Sat again - then it's Paipo/handplane time that was just ridiculous! gutted i missed sunday ;(
Will mull it over - hopefully hook up for a slide on the Weekend? Not sure If i'm around on Sat yet or not - maybe off to the film festy if you're interested? Lots of things to juggle tho.
Rodent - definitely something I'd consider - Think the Riddler is too extreme, but the Isis always seems nicely blended. There's a 422 in the for sale section I've enquired about - so how to these baby's ride in comparison to a standard noserider? I've heard both good an bad about the shape in general but very curious to try one. Some say they're good for the small stuff - some say medium to large
Werwulf - They've definitely been in the mulling machine, but haven't had one through my hands - The Mode captures the feel more than the Vulcan for this purpose, but both nice vehicles.
Jory - what you say is true there chap - I picked up my Jai Lee as a beater, and it's what I've ridden 80% of the year - a fun board, and no slouch for a longboard either - feels way lighter in the water than it should, which I love - and once on the front third it's super fun, positive... I've even had the bugger out in Double overhead (so I was told - I don't know, I didn't look behind as I was running for the shoulder - got munched - ah well, it can't do it all
- I have to be honest and question whether I should give up the board.... but while I think...
I'm 6'1 and about 11.5 stone - probably 12 or so once the autumn/winter takes it's toll, and I like a heavy board, but feels light in the water. I do feel the NR2 to be more stable on the nose, but it is a tad wider. I'm really interested in how the Andreni's fare as noseriders - Marc is defo one of my favourite shapers, and most of his boards are sublime. As he started out with Owl and brought it all back, just wondered how his modern versions of those shapes work against others out there? Also Jim the Genius produces works of art, and the SWT is a wave magnet for sure - but how does that compare when up front? Ideally I'm looking for a noserider that will carry speed on the front and also go through sections well - the NR2 carries through sections well and the Jai Lee to carries speed from the front well. Have you managed a go on one of Robs Ozzies?
At the end of the day this is all splitting hairs I know- they're all fantastic boards and all suiot the purpose well. I guess I'm looking for that noserider I just don't ever want to replace - maybe i already have it, but it's nice to ponder these things