Scored a Jimmy Lewis M14 to add to my quiver to be a dedicated downwind board. It is 14' x 28" and is a thing of beauty! It has a nice nose rocker so no pearling and 28" wide is a solid platform to ride. Took it for a spin from Milford to Taka. Initial impressions are that it felt slow compared to the race boards as it doesn't have that free-glide feel - but the GPS said it was going pretty well so it is faster than it feels. The nose is 'slappy' in that it gets chop slapping the nose as it has a surf style nose so the chop hits the board and you can feel a vibration though the board. It rides high as it has a flat deck compared to the dugout set up of the race boards. The ride feels like you are paddling a Jaws/Waimea 'rhino chaser' surfboard rather than a SUP. It is very stable and eats up side chop.
It is designed as a proper downwind board so comparing it to a race board is not fair. It can handle some proper swells too as can be seen in the photos of Mark Jackson at Muriwai and Omaha.
I can't wait to take it for a fang downwind in solid windy conditions as it will be sooo much fun to hunt out the steepest swells and put a bigger smile on my face...
Heart rate (116-180)161 bpm Distance 5.16 km Speed (max 8.6)7.2 km/h Calories 671 kcal