Quick ride report after taking her out for the first time in small clean Gower waves on Saturday.
Paddles very easily, the foam under the chest (that I was keen to thin out a bit and Chris stopped me) mean that you sit quite high when paddling so seem to skim the water like you would on a larger board. Duck diving is easier than my mates 5'8 mini simmons, not as easy as my 5'6 lumus but definitely somewhere between the 2 which I'm more than happy with (I don't see myself surfing it in anything much overhead). Wave entry is unreal. It gets in so early and catches ripples. Once up and riding its very loose off the tail, very skaty (which was the intention) so alot of fun in the 1-2 ft dribble we had on Saturday but may have to play around with the fin options a bit in anything chunkier for a tad more stability (or get better!!).
After about an hour of my cheesy grins my mate asked for a go on it. I reluctantly agreed but gave him a 2 wave limit. He then on his second or third wave took off and rode it straight toward a learner with a big indestructible BIC. Time stopped. I could see it in slow motion my worst fears were becoming true. The learner ditched the BIC (sideways) right in front of my mate. I could hardly look. Words were screaming from my mouth but I could do nothing to save my baby! Then, as if it was perfectly normal, heading straight for the BIC my mate popped a little ollie and just hopped over the tank like board! I could hardly believe my eyes. Checked the board over, not a scratch! Disaster averted!!!
"Really impressed with that board." he said. "Any chance you can make me one!"
I think I'd call that a total success. Can't wait to take it out in something bigger.