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A fantastic board, cut...
A fantastic board, cut backs, tail slides hang 5 all day, hang 10 when conditions allow, great for changing stance from regular to goofy, beautiful for cross stepping to the nose, awesome awesome awesome.
its a great performer in the surf, the best board i have ever owned and i have been surfing for 30 years.
its all good, did i mention awesome.
Surfing, anything from 3 to 6 ft clean waves
Third summer with this...
Third summer with this board, 265 pounds and 65 years old, best board I have ever owned.Recommended purchase for any big person. Still will take ten solid days to master chop, use paddle as a stability device, generally get used to it. Positioning important for wave catching, but once you work out how to get it going downhill, you can catch waves after a couple of strokes. It definitely manages to catch the wave of the day in those 3-4 ft days and I continually get hoots from the grommets when I occasionally come charging through the pack. i surf well away from the pack but if there is limited space I always let the pack fight over the first few set waves, definitely clears the way for me to come through.
I can make a full rail to rail turn without catching and rail, surprised me when I completed the turn effortlessly. I can catch a wave and be in the perfect place immediately, or face the beach, catch the wave and lay it over for bottom turn. It gets into the pocket just by its design. It is also a great nose rider, probably the best board on the market. The tail width and design ensues that water wraps over the top holding the tail in.
Takes a bit of work to make it climb and drop unless on the nose then weighting the outside leg makes it drop and the leg closest to the wave makes it climb. I agree with other reviewers it isn't the worlds greatest flatwater paddleboard, very likely due to the rocker that makes it a great surfboard.It is a big board and wide so there is a bit of ribbing about the size of it, but the proof is in how well it surfs
I use it for surfing with the occasional flat water paddle if it is glassy. Chop is still a hassle on the board even though it is so wide.
A very stable board which...
A very stable board which surfs fairly well for its size and has decent glide. This board has the capacity to carry an extra passenger (small adult, a kid or two, or a dog, etc.). It feels like a Wide Point in surf, but bigger.
Decent flatwater speed. Very stable. Surfs pretty well (for a larger person).
Heavy, big and wide. Catches the wind when carrying it. It can be unwieldy in the surf zone - gotta be careful!
Touring, exercise, surfing waist-shoulder high rollers.
I tried this board at a...
I tried this board at a SUP clinic this past Sunday at ala moana beach park. The board was very stable, rode well and had good glide for big board. Great for big guys just starting out.
Stable for big guys
Not as maneuverable
Great small to moderate...
Great small to moderate ocean board for big guys. As a 6'3", 265 lbs athletic person, choosing a board can be a challenge as I am quite out of the norm.. I bought this after demoing the Whopper (appx 10'x34) in small to moderate waves. On that board, when not moving, my feet were submerged in water to my ankles. Nice when moving downswell, but more of a challenge paddling out than I wanted. The Avanti is bigger at 11'x36. The board rode in the water the way average sized people's boards ride for them. Much easier to paddle out and still easy to handle and turn. A great small wave board for bigger riders. Also, fun for a casual flat water paddle with the family as,while it doesn't track straight very well, it's a non event to maintain balance while looking around and relaxing.
Plenty of volume and floatation for a larger paddler while still being able to perform. Great board for a new paddler to be put on as balance, especially for an average sized person, is a non-issue. A great 2nd board to complement a race board or classic shaped 12'6". Finally a rideable wave board for the Big Guys.
The rocker that makes such a wide board still turn so nice on small waves makes for some s turns when just out for a flat water paddle. Still, if comfort and fitness is the goal, this fits the bill. Certainly not a flat water race board.
Casual ocean wave riding, Intercoastal waterway flat water casual cruising and wind swell riding. Fitness, recreation.
My first SUP Pete at...
My first SUP Pete at Island Sports Newport recommended Great starter hybrid now surfing a lot on it
Stability good both surf and flat
No skid deck I added some extra padding
exercise, surf FUN
A fantastic board, paddles...
A fantastic board, paddles well, surfs amazingly,i am 19.5 stone and 6' 4
I love this board its all round perfection for me.
Nothing at all bad to say.
I sometimes flat water paddle but mostly surf 5 to 6 foot waves 3 times a week, the stability allows cross stepping switch surfing, the bottom turn after the drop is like the smoothest silk, just awesome, i have tried other boards but nothing else comes close.