Before I start, I had previously written a post called the ONE BOARD QUIVER and actually had to go back and read what I had written as this board is a close as you are ever going to get to the infamous one board that does it all.
This bad boy is 12’1″ x 31″ so it is very stable, and with very little rocker it glides extremely well both in flat water and on waves. But before I get into the technical details, I thought I would rattle off a few of the reasons why this board totally rocks.
To start with, Laird is my total man crush. The guy is an absolute legend and has done so much for surfing and fitness and is such an amazing waterman…..but enough of that.
This board can pretty much do it all.
- Does it go well in flat water – Check (I actually went in a 14ft flat water SUP race on this beast and I beat a guy who was riding a 14ft coreban alpha race, and we are about equal on paddling skills)
- Is it a good board for beginners – Check (The board is very stable and easy to learn on)
- Can you throw your kids on the front Check (I have had 2 kids and a dog on this and was still able to paddle around)
- Does it go well in chop and ocean conditions – Check (It picks up runners really easily and this is the only board I have ever ridden that has caught some boat wake from a 12ft tinny – and not the wake near the boat either)
- Does it go well in Bay Surf – Check (you can get into very weak waves easily and have a ball)
- Does it go well in the surf? – Well lets just say yes and no to this one. I rode it in fairly sucky waves about shoulder-high and the board actually rode me. As it is so big, you need to react about 5 seconds before you need to. I was trying to bottom turn, and by the time I had got the board around I had to try to get back off the top. I wish I had some photos or video as I must have looked like a goose.
Having said that, I have never ridden a long board or even a mini mal, and my surf SUP is a 9’6″ Naish Hokua that is as light as a feather, so I am probably not the best choice to test this in the surf, but I still had fun and I think you could get used to it quiet quickly, and for a beginner it is super stable and got into the waves super early.
I have since ridden it in small gutless waves and had a ball, it got onto the waves really easy and early and I could run up and down the board with ease.
The only real beef I have with this board is that it had no handle, so it had to be carried Hawaiian style, so I think I was about 2 inches shorter by the time I got it down the beach as this is a heavy beast, and it also only has the single fin set up, but the new models now have the handle so they are much easier to carry.
All in all – 5 stars, 2 thumbs up, AWESOME. Bugger the technical details……get one or borrow one.