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 Post subject: Re: T-rex and Space Pickles, oh my!
PostPosted: Wed Aug 21, 2013 5:16 pm 
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iblocalsurfer wrote:

:lol: the shapes are certainly similar!

I don't know about the t-rex (although I like the look of it) but they've had the Space Pickle out for a few years now and the shape is a scaled down copy of their Space Pickle SUP which they made previously. I have been on last years board this season and it is A LOT of fun under a kite. There's a thread on the space pickle wakesurfer here;
http://www.kiteforum.com/viewtopic.php?f=1&t=2380753

If firewire makes a board that looks like a t-rex...I don't really care where the inspiration came from. It just validates the design if two companies (probably more) are making a similar shape.


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 Post subject: Re: T-rex and Space Pickles, oh my!
PostPosted: Wed Aug 21, 2013 5:37 pm 
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Yup, kind of funny.
Not for Firewire. :angryfire:


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 Post subject: Re: T-rex and Space Pickles, oh my!
PostPosted: Wed Aug 21, 2013 5:47 pm 
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I'm no surfboard expert, but how different can surfboards of the same size really be? Slingshot made a short fat surfboard and it looks a lot like Firewire's short fat surfboard. I'm sure firewire wasn't the first to think of making a short fat surfboard?

It's possible that Slingshot made the T-Rex after seeing the interest in the Vanguard, but another thread explained that these two boards are actually very different. The only real similarity is the squared off nose it seems


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PostPosted: Wed Aug 21, 2013 5:49 pm 
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T-Rex vs Vanguard... check this earlier thread :cool2:

viewtopic.php?p=795258#p795258

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 Post subject: Re: T-rex and Space Pickles, oh my!
PostPosted: Wed Aug 21, 2013 7:32 pm 
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Well, the only thing that speaks for SS in regards of the T Rex is the fact that the vanguard doesnt come with straps. So at least there was a little R&D ;)

BTW: The first short fat kiteboard with straps was the nugget, wasent it? But seeing that the Nugget was such a success I bet every kite company will copy it sooner or later...


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 Post subject: Re: T-rex and Space Pickles, oh my!
PostPosted: Wed Aug 21, 2013 7:52 pm 
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Nugget was a copy of the Sweet Potato.
Or let me say that a different way, ...so as not to upset the North crew, the Sweet Potato came before the Nugget.


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The Channel Islands pod is a short fat surfboard (a little less fat than sweet potato) around since 2000. How old is the sweet potato? Is this a trend or a copy? Oh well, I don't care, I'm loving my "blatant cheap copy" from Slingshot :thumb:


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 Post subject: Re: T-rex and Space Pickles, oh my!
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The North Nugget and the Slingshot Space Pickle are veeeeery close to the specs and bottom contour of the Firewire Sweet Potato, ..so I would say they are copies.
When I found the 2012 Space Pickle in green in the Wake Products section of the Slingshot website for $329, I posted about it on the forum because I felt it might be a good cheap alternative to the $959 Nugget....and it is.
Now it's turned up on the Kite side of the Slingshot offering also and for more money.
If Firewire made kite ready boards that would hold up like a Slingshot, I would have gotten a Potato a year ago.


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 Post subject: Re: T-rex and Space Pickles, oh my!
PostPosted: Wed Aug 21, 2013 10:16 pm 
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davesails7 wrote:
The Channel Islands pod is a short fat surfboard (a little less fat than sweet potato) around since 2000. How old is the sweet potato? Is this a trend or a copy? Oh well, I don't care, I'm loving my "blatant cheap copy" from Slingshot :thumb:



not so cheap anymore though. but surely some bamboo (being very expensive ;-) ) and foot strap inserts justify nearly doubling the price of the pickle.....i think oldnbroken's conspiracy theory is right. kiters pay much more for equipment than surfers, wakeboarders, wakesurfers etc


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 Post subject: Re: T-rex and Space Pickles, oh my!
PostPosted: Thu Aug 22, 2013 1:03 am 
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The Sweet Potato and Vanguard are very unique shapes in the surfing industry. No other surfboard manufacturer makes anything close to those.


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