Discussion started by Jon Elick , on 13 January 07:34 AM
Anyone out there know anything about the board Damien Girardin was seen riding in hawaii on youtube? Is it going to be in production for 2012? First i've heard of it. Smallest board they have for 2011 is what?, 7'3" so what's up? Thanks
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Hi Guys, A friend of mine just sent me a link to this discussion. I guess i can answer some of your questions (since I'm the one on that video) This 6'4" is a custom that I shaped, it is not going to be a Naish production board. I'm actually the kite designer for Naish, not the SUP board designer. As a designer i always like to push the limits of what I (and people) think is possible, that was the idea with that 6'4" that I made after riding a 6'8" for about 1 year and a half. Since then I have actually made a 6'3" that's a lot better. The shortboard to me makes surfing waves on a SUP so much easier.. you need to paddle harder to get on the wave but once you're on.. it's a different sport! I mean: tail slides, little airs, cut backs.. everything becomes possible and easy! A lot of people think the short board will only work in small surf.. yes i can't take the 6'3" in massive waves but i took it in up to double head high and it was awesome! By the way at the time of the video I was 175lbs. i.e about 80kg. If you any of you want to try the board, I'm on Maui, let me know and we can go for a ride!
Thanks for the feedback...ya this thing looks like a ripper. Must be semi-top secret. I was looking at the Starboard Impossible, but maybe I'll wait and see what Naish's illegitimate child shapes up to be;-)
I am the South East Rep for Naish and can honestly say that the video is the first I have seen of this board. Currently the smallest board Naish makes is the Hokua 7'3. That 6'4 looks pretty darn cool. Let's hope it is released soon!