Just wanted to say that I am absolutely stoked out of my mind on my new Blackbird.
I think my dominant feeling towards the board is shock,
because it continues to shock me at what it is capable of.
I got it into my head that because this board was smaller then my old G4, it would have been much more of a workout to paddle and get into waves. This wasn’t even remotely the case, for as soon as I hit the water, I immediately noticed how easy it was to paddle. I’ve ridden some of my buddies’ similar short boards, and I found paddling them was the defining factor, not the case with the Blackbird. But all of that aside, this board is absolutely mental once I am up and riding.
Its like the board is reading my mind,
going exactly where I want it to
the second I think it.
It turns on a dime, and loves to be on its rails; its like the board is just begging me to push it more and more every time I take off. The way it releases off the top is insane, it caught me off guard at first and I had a couple nice flops getting use to it. But now, once again, its like the board reads my mind: if I want to release the tail, it does, and when I am done it becomes tame again and settles down the wave. Absolutely ridiculous. It has only been 3 days and I feel like I’ve taken my surfing relatively further then in the past year.
Loving your guys’ work,
I can’t get enough of this board. If I am not out riding on it, all I can think about is when I can get back out there on it. I am addicted. I am already dreaming about my next board, but all things in due time.
6’2″ x 18 3/4″ x 2 3/8″ Blackbird V. 18/6’1″/180 lb/6 yrs exp