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December 5, 2013 at 11:45 pm #638Sam WalkerGuest
Great website and some awesome reviews. I’ve just watched your review on the chilli rare bird and have considering purchasing one. I’ve been surfing a two years and currently ride a 6’3″ 20″ 2 11/16″ (Anderson Cuban, local NZ shaper http://andersonsurfboards.co.nz/surfboards/cuban/), 34lts. I weigh 70kgs, have a good level of fitness.
My concern is that moving to a board like this may be too unstable a platform for me to continue my learning and don’t want to slow down my progression. Please excuse my ignorance but i’m worried that when surfers talk about rail to rail surfing and manoeuvrability that the knock on effect is a less stable board that for someone like me transitioning from a bottom turn to surfing the face i may struggle with.
Is this board too advanced a profile or would it a good purchase? Any advice would be appreciated.
January 10, 2014 at 3:01 am #875Ryan JamesGuest
Loving the enthusiasm for surfboards!
I am 75kgs, good fitness and a decent surfer.
Quick question mate, I currently ride a CI DFR at 60x19x2’3/8 @28.3ltrs and a CI New Flyer at 5’10 x 19’1/2 x 2’3/8 @28.5ltrs. I love them both and couldnt be happier.
I am going to the Telo islands in April and want to get another board as a back up. Being the Telos i expect to be riding my NF a fair bit as it doesnt often get much above head there.
I am looking into 3 options.
Chilli rare bird at 5’9 x 19 5/8 x 2 7/16 = 28.29 Ltrs or 5’10 x 19 3/4 x 2 1/2 = 30.29ltrs
CI #4 at 5’8 x 19 1/2 x 2 7/16 28.9L or 5’9 x 19 3/4 x 2 1/2 = 30.5L
Lost V3 rocket at 5’8″ x 19.5″ x 2.32″ | 29.06
Would great to hear what you think.
Thanks heaps mate.
January 11, 2014 at 6:08 am #879AnonymousInactive
Great question and thank you for your kind feedback!
Man o man, the Telos, I am jealous! You’ve got three great options listed but I will knock the Chilli Rare Bird off of the list. You would be able to ride it over there but it is a bit flat for the curvy Indo waves relative to the other two.
Between the Channel Islands ‘4’ and the V3 Rocket, I dig the ‘4’ in a lot of different conditions, including hollow, barreling beach breaks. However, I’ve heard great things about the V3 Rocket and I am a hardcore Rocket fan in general. Specifically, I have heard it is the best Rocket yet for hollower, better quality waves. Note, I have not ridden a V3 yet but have one on order and should get a review up before March if you can wait.
In summary, the V3 Rocket is my pick but I’ll reserve final judgement until I’ve had a go!
I hope this helps you.
All the best,
February 19, 2014 at 5:40 am #1196DavidGuest
Your reviews are awesome man, very informative.
I’m 70kgs and have been surfing for a while.
I’m heading over to indo with my 6ft single fin with a lot of foam, not so great on little days.
I was looking for another board but I’m not sure which way to go! Prepare for bigger, with a performance thruster. Or for get a racy quad for the smaller days!
I was thinking the Rate Bird would make for a good second board. 5’8 x 19 1/2 x 2 3/8 = 27.72 L
Do you think that’s a good option?
I haven’t had much baz time at all, and I really do want to get swallowed by the tube
Thanks heaps you lege!
June 30, 2014 at 7:18 am #1905JimmyGuest
Just after your thoughts on the Anderson Cuban… I’m 6’0″, 75 kg’s beginner/intermediate and looking at buying a 6’4″ Cuban. Any thoughts you could give me as regards to your experience with The Cuban and how it suited your level?
Cheers mate, hope you found a good board to move up to.
December 6, 2013 at 12:59 am #640AnonymousInactive
Hi Sam, thanks very much for your feedback, I appreciate it!
Looking at your Anderson Cuban, I don’t think the Rare Bird profile will be too advanced for you. I find it really forgiving and fun to ride. If anything, I think the wide point forward design (widest point of the board is closer to the tip than the tail) of the Chilli will make this board more user friendly vs. your Cuban. If you are like I was after about two years of experience, you are likely using your front foot quite a lot and foam and width up front should equate to more stability when you drop-in, bottom turn and move down the face.
I appreciate your concern about rail to rail surfing and manoeuvrability. I bought a couple of boards that were far too advanced for me when I bought them but, while the Rare Bird has a lively feel, it’s not difficult to ride and control.
I think you would enjoy the Rare Bird – I recommend a 6’2 (foam is your friend, especially in the earlier stages) or possibly 6’1 given your weight.
Note, ANY new board takes time to get used to, especially if you don’t experiment with a lot of different crafts. Give it time!
If you get a Rare Bird, or another model, please come back and let me know how it goes for you.
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