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Info on Sweet Potato

Posted: Sat Jul 13, 2013 4:24 am
by 14ToeSide
Anyone in the Clydesdale class ridden the 6'4 Sweet potato? Put straps on it?

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Re: Info on Sweet Potato

Posted: Sat Jul 13, 2013 1:09 pm
by SupaEZ
14ToeSide wrote: Sweet potato? Put straps on it?
How about Mayo instead :wink: or is that too French :lol:

Re: Info on Sweet Potato

Posted: Sat Jul 13, 2013 4:52 pm
by iblocalsurfer
I weigh a little over 200 and can use my 5'4" Sweet Potato in the lightest of winds. Also works in higher winds as long as the surface conditions aren't too bad. A friend of mine is about 220 and has the 5'8" as his light wind board. I've spent time on the 5'6" and 5'8" and although the 5'8" would get me out a tad sooner than the 5'4" or 5'6, it was just too much volume for me once I got on the wave. The 6'4" must be a beast. The Sweet Potato hides it's volume well. Not sure how much you weigh, but if you are in the 220 range, I think the 5'8 would be the biggest you want to go. To give you an idea on the volume of the SP, my 5'4" has about the same volume as my 6'4" Alternator. If you do go with the Sweet Potato, make sure you get the correct fins for it due to it's wide thumbnail tail. Hope this helped.

Re: Info on Sweet Potato

Posted: Sat Jul 13, 2013 6:50 pm
by 14ToeSide
Weigh 245 Pies. When I would use this board in Fla in Ultra light air, we don't have much more than Ankle Snappers. When I move my Size 14 Boats around on the board, things change quickly such as board speed etc. I think I'm going to try Hopping to change feet instead of doing the 2 step shuffle.

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Re: Info on Sweet Potato

Posted: Sun Jul 14, 2013 3:47 am
by iblocalsurfer
TS,
If you are going to pay retail for that board, I would get in the FST(not rapidfire) and have firewire put an extra 4 or 6 ounce patch where your front foot goes. Not sure if it's because the extra thickness or the way I ride that particular board, but it seemed to delaminate a little faster than my other firewires. I had a local shaper fix it and add a 4 oz. patch and seems to be a lot more solid without hardly any extra weight. I also think that you would enjoy that board without the straps. Jibes will be much smoother thus helping you maintain board speed in light wind.

Re: Info on Sweet Potato

Posted: Sun Jul 14, 2013 2:17 pm
by windyway
14ToeSide wrote:Weigh 245 Pies. When I would use this board in Fla in Ultra light air, we don't have much more than Ankle Snappers. When I move my Size 14 Boats around on the board, things change quickly such as board speed etc. I think I'm going to try Hopping to change feet instead of doing the 2 step shuffle.
First, I agree 100% with iblocal surfer above.
Listen to his great advice: Don't need straps, FST is stronger, Add some deck glass.
I would add, that a pad works better than wax, and also protects the deck.

I have a 6-0 Sweet Potato and I weight 175 pounds.
It was so cheap, I could not pass it up.
Is it to big for me? Yes, I would be fine on a 5-6.
Do I love owning the 6-0. Yes Yes Yes.

It is 23 wide and at my weight it turns a bit like a nine footer.
Lots of fun in 10-11 mph when I would be sitting on the beach.
Just like an SUP makes small waves fun, so does the SwP.
Just six inches of white water will push me and a one foot wave is fun.

Don't let the lightweights get you into a 5-8.
If you don't want to be sitting on the beach,
at least get the 6-0 and maybe even the 6-4.
The light wind and small waves in South Florida be fun again.
WW

Re: Info on Sweet Potato

Posted: Wed Jul 17, 2013 5:20 am
by bigjohn
14Toeside,

If you pick up the potato let us heavyweights know what you think on the heavyweight group forum. I was looking at one as well.

BigJohn