The Surfboards of Fall/Winter 2016-17

Its been an awesome run in the ocean this fall and winter.  Especially January.  January had to have been the best on record in regards to surf and wind.  I went through a bunch of boards.

This is the Stretch 5’6″ Thing that I got used at the end of the summer.  Its a sweet shape. You can’t really tell from this picture but this board has awesome, wide hips perfectly far back and it rides good waves just so nicely.  One of my first days on this board was that perfect East day at the end of the summer that will go down in history.

Stretch 5'6" - Thing

Stretch 5'6" - Thing

I started breaking this board after a couple of sessions and if look closely in this photo you can see how I repaired it by glassing on a Popsicle stick on either side for reinforcement.  They said it wouldn’t work but it was holding up fine for a few sessions and then two of the fin boxes got really broken and wiggly so I had to stop riding it.  Below is the close-up of the repair. Pretty ghetto.  But it worked.

Stretch Popsicle Repair

Stretch Popsicle Repair

This Naish Skater 5’6″ had been my main board going into the fall.  Its one of my favorite boards of all time. I had to repair it a few times but its still holding up.  I just sailed it the other day for a few runs.  This was the last year the skater was a regular surfboard shape before they changed it to a blunt nose style.  Its really nice on clean days.

Naish Skater 5-6

Naish Skater 5'-6"

I got this Maurice Cole MTB 5’7″ in the fall.  Performance wise it is the nicest board I have ever owned.  This is a bad photo from when I was putting the pads on.  You can’t see it but this board has a major concave on the bottom.  As Brook said “It looks like a catamaran”.

Its so fast turning and just generally fast.  It sticks to the water.  Its really sick.  So high performance. I got some great waves on this board but unfortunately I broke a fin box out of it pretty early in the season.

Maurice Cole

Maurice Cole MTB 5' 6"

Its got triple stringers so it should be bomber.  I sailed this board on a sick downwinder I did in November with Jon, Jake and Xander and it was awesome on a solid 8 from Madaket to Cisco.  We just killed it.  When we got back to Madaket we did another session and I rigged down to 6.  It was really ripping.  A few runs in to that session I got worked and lost the board in the surf and when I got back to it it was missing one fin and the whole box was gone.  Who knows how that kind of stuff happens.  I probably hit something and didn’t realize it.  Still a killer day.

Maurice Cole Finbox

Maurice Cole Finbox Missing

Throughout January I mostly rode my step-up because the surf was serious almost every day.  It is a Naish Global 5′ 2″ shown on the left below.  This is the second or third of this type of board I have had because it is so useful in big surf and also is my go to board at Jetties.  There was a month of North wind in the fall so we were at Jetties for a while there.

Naish Global

Naish Global 5'2"

This board rips when it gets really burly.  Its really stable at high speeds and I can trust it.  We got into some really serious surf in January and it was my main board at that point.  Plus its pretty bomber and seems to be holding up to abuse well.

This Slingshot Celeritas 5’7″ was my backup board going into the season.  I broke a lot of boards this season so I had to use it a bunch but then eventually it broke completely in half.  I had already repaired it a few times so it didn’t owe me anything.  I always had good sessions on this board but it was never my favorite.  The shape is decent but I felt that it didn’t have enough flip in the nose.  I always felt like it was going to pearl when I was dropping down the face of a nice wave.  It never did thought, but it felt like it.  Still, I can’t complain.  It worked when I needed it until it finally couldn’t give any more.

Slingshot Celeritas 5-7

Slingshot Celeritas 5' 7"

At Christmas, in Florida I got a North Whip 5’6″ on closeout because I re-broke the Maurice Cole on my first day at Delray and my backup board in Florida is an old Naish Fish that I sailed a lot in California.  So I don’t know how many more sessions that board has in it.

North Whip

North Whip 5'6"

I didn’t get a chance to ride it in Florida but I’ve gotten a bunch of sessions on it back home in Nantucket.  Its pretty nice.  This is another example of my shape of board changing into a blunt nose board in the newest version.  Not that I ever really knew anything about the North Whip.  But I see that this year it doesn’t have a pointy nose anymore.

This version is pretty nice.  I like it.  The thing is that it will strangely lose an edge or the fins will lose grip and the tail will slide out at the strangest times.  Its kind of weird in that way.  It has never really let me down in a clutch situation yet (I’ve probably only got 6 sessions on it so far) but I don’t feel like I can trust it 100%.  Hopefully it will be a good backup board when I get the Maurice Cole back in action.  I don’t want to talk down about it because I like it.  It feels pretty bomber as well.  I like that groove around the rail. I think that adds to the strength.  That being said it does feel pretty stiff in the water and sometimes slaps down really hard on jumps.  So we will see how it goes.

I just got back from a trip to California where I picked up a new board I’m not familiar with.  Its an Axis Pure Wave 5’7″. I’m not really familiar with Axis.  I went in there looking for the RRD Baracuda.  But it has my shape and it was on close out so I’ll be trying it out soon. Hopefully it will rip.

 

 

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Past three weeks – 1-24-2017

Its starting to get busy here and the last week hasn’t been all that windy.  Plus the cold has held on doggedly.

But three weeks ago I went on a tear, from Wednesday to Saturday that went like this:

  • Solid 8, rigged down to 6, SE at Tom Nevers, decent surf
  • Same direction, decent 9 with small but fun surf
  • Sick, sick day at Jetties.  Juraj sent one over 50′
  • Super quality downwinder from Cisco to Tom Nevers.  Solid 8, head high surf with occassional waves of consequence – Alex, Jibo, Juraj and Me.  Juraj got some of the best waves I have ever witnessed in person. – Just sick.

Since then there have been a few butter days at Pocomo and yesterday we scored a suprisingly fun Friday evening session at Cisco.  Solid 9, SE with small but clean surf. Nice.

 

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Solid SE with Building Surf at Tom Nevers on 4-4-17

April 4, 2017 – Tom Nevers

Solid 6.  I sailed the first half hour on my 8 and then switched down. The surf was waist to chest and somewhat choppy but building through my session.  I got some awesome turns.  It was gusty though as SE usually is

8 Park, 6 Park – Axis Pure Wave 5’7″  - 2.5hr

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Jetties Noreaster on 4.1.17

April 1, 2017 – Jetties

Solid 6.  The airport was saying 030 @ 38 G 42 but is seemed like more.  Juraj landed a 50+ ft jump.  Just sick

6 Park – Naish Global 5’2″ – 1hr

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Really Windy Ocean Day on 3-22-17

March 22, 2017 – Madaket (Smith’s Point Access)

Solid, solid wind.  Started on 8.  No way.  Switched to 6 and it was pretty managable.  Decent surf. Slightly side off so pretty clean.

6 Park – Axis Pure Wave – 2hr

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Quality Jetties

March 20, 2017 – Jetties

Solid 6.  Really good whitewater for Jetties on the outside.  Quality.

First session on the Axis 5’7″ I got in California. Good board.

6 Park – Axis Pure Wave 5’7″ – 2hr

 

 

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March 14, 2017 Cisco – Burly Conditions

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Solid Double Session Day on 3-9-17

March 9, 2017 – Tom Nevers

Started off first thing with a solid 9 session at Tom Nevers.  The surf was holding up well from the day before, waist to chest high I would say with nice ones coming through pretty regularly.  Super fun but not life threatening.

9 Park HD – North Whip – 2hr

March 9, 2017 – Madaket to Nobadeer Downwinder

Picked up in the afternoon with Jibo and Alex.  We missed the prime of the wind but the surf was still decent.  Kind of light but we made it on nines.

9 Park HD – North Whip – 2hr

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Good Surf, Decent Wind on 3-8-17

March 8, 2017 – Madequecham

Nice weather, sunny.  Kind of light but good surf.

11 Park HD – North Whip – 1.5hr

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New Board – Naish Global 5′ 8″

My new board arrived yesterday. Naish Global 5′ 8″. Looks sweet. It looks fast and high performance.  We will see how it sails and surfs.  Possibly this afternoon.

Yeah.  I got a session on this board at Jetties.  In sick bump-n-jump conditions.  It rips.  My impression is that it really likes to be driven hard through the turns.  It likes to go basically back leg to back leg.  It makes it more easy to do so than to cruise it through the turn.

Naish Global 5 8 top view

New board looks sick.

This is going to be a little longer than I have been surfing for my big board recently.  But this board doesn’t look as wide in the hips and I think it is going to be pretty fast.

Lafayette College

First sticker on. The Lafayette colors match pretty well with the board graphics.

 

 

Global 5 8 bottom

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

So now I’ll be driving around with the 5′ 8″ as my main board and its cousin from two years ago, the Global 5′ 5″ as my step-up.

Global Quiver

This is a sick board quiver for Nantucket.

Global Quiver Bottom

So sick.

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