New Toy! 2011 Naish 5'8" Custom Fish
Picked up my new toy yesterday. Got myself a new 2011 Naish 5'8" Custom Fish. Hoping to use it both on lightwind days and very soon in the waves as well.
Initial impressions... Mixed
Right out of the bag it looks awesome... looks like its gonna be a really fun board. Half tempted to pull the straps off and try and paddle surf it if I dont get any wind soon. The board looks awesome and feels really tough, and the fins are nice aswell. Comes with a bag, its nothing special, not top of the line by any means but will get the job done. Would have been nice to see one side of the bag be refective tarp on the outside (like most surfbags) to reflect the sun but atleast one side is white, also the inside is fully tarp lined so if one were to wax it you should have no problems.
As for set up... that took a while. Took me about an hour to set up the board. The 3-4 beers may or may not have helped that but... The holes cut in the pads don't line up well with the strap mounts on the board, and the strap mounts dont appear to be metal inserts but just taped holes in the board... but its hard to tell. Straps are very stiff right now as well which made mounting them to the board a bit of a challange. And don't pull the straps apart either, they are a pain to put back together. Although they do feel like once they are broken in a little bit they will be very comfortable. Seems to be plenty of options of where to put the straps as well.
Overall pretty happy with it... and cant wait to get some wind and try her out. Here are a few shots, just click the thumbnails.
Just because it snowed the day I picked it up
Dude I picked up the 2010 version of this, 5'8, late last fall ! -only got a couple sessions in on it but absolutely loved the board. One day I got a chance to swap boards with a guy riding a Ben Wilson Slingshot 6' which was instructive - I hated that board and loved the Naish fish even more. Still waiting for a clean wave sesh to really check it out surf style.
Awesome! Glad to see more people getting into surfboards!
Most new boards have a pvc block in the center of it with clean holes pre-drilled in it. The screws are more like wood screws and self-tap into the board. This method is way more reliable and easier than traditional inserts in the long run.
Take those flat water - knee high days and ride it without the straps. Learning to jibe is much easier without them and there's really no need if the surf is that small. Just my .02 cents. Congrats on the fish!
Nice report on the board and your first impressions of riding a surfboard.
I had no luck with jibes until someone told me to move my front foot part way back before I jibe. Then I started getting my first wobbly clumsy ones. They're still wobbly but I know they're doable now.
After riding a surfboard a while, you become almost as proficient and agile toes side as heel side.
Devon- It's nice to compare notes about learning to ride a surfboard.
I've been riding my surfboard for a little almost every session lately and I find it a lot more tiring than a twin tip. The advice I hear is that once I'm really used to it, it's no more tiring, but I'll have to wait and see.
Jibing- After I mentioned the tip about moving the front foot part way back before doing jibe, then moving it the rest of the way after the jibe, I went back out on the surfboard and couldn't get any jibes. Later, Jay-Airsupport reminded me about the other good tip- after jibing put the kite high, near 12 oclock before moving the feet the rest of the way. He said try hopping to switch, but for me it doesn't matter just getting the kite high really helps. So with those 2 tips, (1- move feet part way before turning, 2- after turning put kite high to move feet rest of way), I was getting most of my jibes again. I hope this helps.
My strapless waterstarts are working so I took the straps off for my next session.
I know some guys that ride strapless but I don't know anyone that uses a leash. They say that if you fall in the waves the waves push the board back to you.
Most guys you see riding with leashes are most likely riding over reef or near rocks. A lost board almost certainly results in a LOSt board
Even sans leash, I have gotten clocked by the surfboard a few times, it is so buoyant.
Hey Devon, board looks awesome. After seeing how much fun you were having on it last week I've been heavily considering getting a surf board. Kiteboarding/com has the 2010 5'4" fish on sale that I've been thinking about but I'm not sure if it's gonna be too small. The other option is the litewave 5'8". Let me know if you have any advice. Also, this weekend's looking good. I'm thinking Georges on sat if it doesn't rain.
Good to hear about your update.
I rode mine strapless for a while, then put the straps back on so I could jump. But now I'm used to having my feet a little forward of the strap position so most of the time I'm riding with my feet out of the straps, right in front of them, just put them in for jumping or to get thru a wave or if overpowered.
I know some guys that are jumping strapless. They say it isn't hard at all but I haven't had luck with it yet. I'm toying with the idea of taking the straps back off to force me to learn to jump strapless. Hard to decide cause it's fun to stick my feet in the straps, hit a wave, and send the kite to jump that bad boy.
I have a new light wind surfboard I'm experimenting with. It's a cut down windsurfing race board, kinda stupid but fun. Picture here- http://waterloggedbyscooper.blogspot.com/2011/09/frankenstein-board.html
Thanks for the update, as I've written before I have the same board - I too just tried strapless, in very flat water, it's a whole different game. I agree with Scooper about getting comfortable with shifting foot position forward of where the straps were, and there's no substitute for boosting big when strapped in. But I'm determined to get my tacking under control and work on ollies and strapless chop/wave jumps.