Thank you I want it the best!!
I really love this board. So far it has worked in all condition up here at the points. You definitely have to be conscious of where you put your back foot though. When I stand on the tail I have so much more control and speed. Epic board!!!
Had it out 3 times. Paddles like my 7’6” almost. Second time waves were good shoulder to head high clean waves but not a lot of juice - perfect for trying it out. . My foot placement was off immediately but it gets into waves easy regardless, feels amazing so stable cruising along it shocks me how it wants rail. Wants more that I can give now but promises fun later. Still playing with foot placement on pop up and drop and all the time really. Nose doesn’t pearl easy at all. It can take a heavier front foot and will only get faster. Slammed my front foot down on deck a few times getting control on drops. Thought for sure would have big dents. But actually just a couple dents that were super minor. Tech is tough but not rigid. Weight is just right. Chop doesn’t bother it. Feels rigid when you hold it in your hands but somehow has give and flex underfoot and not like rock like one of my heavy glass EPS boards. Love the tech. Huge fan. Really happy with the board so far. Will check in again in a few months when I know the board better. losing sleep thinking about the learning curve on this board.
I was going to get another standard shortboard b/c the last Rusty (Sista Brotha) I had was really good, but I was intrigued by the Blade. I got a demo and tried it on a chest - shoulder high clean day and it just opened my eyes. Once I let go of the aesthetics (the fuller rail and flat deck), I found it was blistering fast and the feels like cheating b/c the rails resist bogging. Very versatile from chest to a little OH, weak to punchy surf. Some detail of my custom order wasn't followed which is why 4/5 . Otherwise, its a winner. Make sure to ask them about volume adjustment from your regular board dimens for the Blade .
Seriously one of the best boards I've ever ridden..been a frotha for 30 odd years, shed full of boards, this one is up there.