I took the 9'3 Paddle Surf Hawaii production board for a quick spin today. It was an amazing experience. I'm not a great surfer and my balance is typical old guy (only old guys will understand this), so the video may not impress anyone, but I was impressed.
Blane Chambers is a magician. I guess that's what you get when a company does only SUPs. I'm getting on the list for a 9'3 when they arrive. Jacky will love it. I'll steal it every chance I get.
It feels so much like a shortboard under your feet, it just gets you excited with the first drop. I told Hunter the 9'3 will be the hot seller this summer for 2nd season SUPers. He wasn't so sure due to the longboard nose riding element that many people love. But think about this, longboarders love longboards because they get more water time and have fun in smaller surf. Now what if you can have all that, and rip like a shortboarder in ALL conditions. I think this 9'3 changes the rules.
The first video is a volume check for those curious what 200 lbs looks like paddling it. The second video is the real surfing.
A few good surf pics..
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