This really turned into a quality thread well worth following - thanks guys!
As a matter of modern nowadays surfing you cannot avoid talking, reading, hearing about short fat wide boards - which, for me, is kind of very interesting. We'll see what media tells us in a few years time, but at the mo those short fat wide boards seem to rule any "surfing board line-up". And I really do understand the reason why. Which does not mean there is no space for anything else left - ab3s, singles, quads, asyms, sims, logs and all sorts of nicely/manually transformed foam catches my interest. Thrusters though seem to be out of range for me personally though.
Tom, thanks for posting your stunner! Was also deeply impressed when Guy posted her on his wall. So congrats for grabbing yourself a beauty which, for me, looks just unreal! Love those round and even bluntish noses, love those colours and the outline in general is just the way a board should look like for my money. The only problem here are my skills, as I'm not able to water my boards enough to call myself a surfer and therefore have the necessity to call those beauties my precious. Nevermind, can't have everything in life.
You've written you were also able to take out a Fony. Did you feel any differences between your stunner and the Fony when paddling out into the line-up (duck-diving included) and for a wave? Volume and dims-wise, those two look quite similar to me, but...
I'm asking as my girl still tries to find a board that paddles easy as the strength is more limited by nature but does not rule her when paddling out. And once she's managed to be out where she wants to be, she does not get enough speed or does not get picked up by the wave early enough to be in the situation of controlling the board and the wave (if that's possible at all) and not being controlled by the board/ wave. As I said, same thing when trying to paddle out...
She already tried a Donkey in 5'4 and felt quite comfortable with, in 3" Fistral summer waves though (no typing mistake here, I'm afraid). The Donkey and the Fony do look quite similar to me. But she doesn't really know how these boards go in real 1-3ft waves.
Well, and I now wonder whether a more pointy nose would help with paddling out but wouldn't slow here down when paddling for a wave as for my unexperienced eye those pointier noses seem to create more drag when paddling.
Sounds like a problem kooks deal with, I know. Any experiences/ reports might help with loosing that title though - one day.
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