The waves were 1-2ft with a little bit of grunt running along a shallow bank / quick take off / close to shore / slightly back washy. At first it didn't look all that inviting but we thought we'd get wet and see if we could get a feel for paddling the boards anyway.
I liked the familiarity of the JK - it reminded me of the Futura straight away and didn't have any trouble catching the small waves on it - I put this down to the slightly flatter rocker. Didn't get any that walled up properly but hey it was about catching the wave so I was happy after 2 weeks of floundering up the coast.
Now the good part - I got a few waves on the MD and although it was difficult to get along the quick face (this was because of the waves not the board) I found the board just as easy to catch these small waves on as the JK. The tide dropped a little more & started breaking further out so I got 2 walled up waist high longer rides before I got out and the MD lit up - at least enough to let me know that I was onto something good – so I won’t be giving up on her yet!
I couldn't do this on 5ft clean waves on holidays – then I come home to waist high peelers and catch them with ease??? Go figure hey
My mate reckons I was dehydrated from drinking more beer than water and surfing 2-3 hour sessions everyday whilst on holidays– he says you feel super fit but lack power and balance – this made a lot made sense to me.
Anyway I'm starting to feel the love for the MD after a rough start.
I'm curious, as a back to back comparison did you prefer the MD or the Jacknife?
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but....even after what I've gone through there is something I now like a lot about the MD it even showed me something in very marginal surf so I'll reserve my answer for when I get some bigger waves and come back to you then.
you are more than welcome to have a surf on it of you like buzzy so let me know.
I'll just add that the first thing I noticed -
MD more float (due to slightly higher volume)
JK flatter deck - MD has more meat in the center
both caught waves easily
JK turned a lot easier - this can be fixed by fins though
I only got about 5 good waves in the end but found the MD performed very, very well. It caught waves easily and handled the bump and drops easily. I found I could bottom turn hard and come off the top harder with great control (to the best of my ability that is!)
I think the early issues I had with this board was the Sweet Pot, Potatonator, Dominator, ElFuego and Futura all went perfect from the first time I planted my feet on them so it was a shock when it didn't happen this time and it really got to me.
So how would I compare them?
The MD (for me) is a little easier to catch waves on
I can turn a lot harder on the MD but had to work a little harder as well
The Futura was easier to cutback on - The MD seems to stop half way on a fuller wave but I've identified this as a technique issue
The Futura would be a little better in weaker surf - but not by much.
Could I pick between the two right now - No! it's going to take a few more surfs to have an answer but I can tell you that right now I can't wait to ride the MD again.
So as you can see I've turned the corner!
Great to see that you and Minnie have made friends :)
Hey Jase I find my MD is slightly over volumed so for you it might be perfect but it depends on how much volume you like I sort of sit in the middle of most people some dudes like little to none and other perfer a lot and they are equally good surfers. When I sit on my MD in just boardies the water sits just above my waist and just below my chest. If i sir on My Sub at 32.5 the water sits at start of my chest and i feel i am the water a lot more. For 5% volume differance i do notice it. Hope that helps.
Goanna good to hear. I am getting more used to my MD now and finding i havn't really had that bad surf again, i mean I have had some shockers but its the 12 coopers the night before and not the board. i know what you mate is on about the whole dehydration thing I find that if i am surfing 3-4 hours a day over a week or so my performance drops as the days go on and after a few days out i am back on track, but if only surfing a 2hrs every second day i seem to improve. Hope the swells is up down your way.