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Tone
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Re: Spotz 4 Shark

Postby Tone » Tue May 30, 2017 9:10 am

davesails7 wrote:
Sun May 28, 2017 9:27 pm
Tone wrote:
Sun May 28, 2017 7:23 pm
once up to a real lick it seems to be a little off. I need to play about with the rear wing.
I've heard the same thing from someone else that got one. He said roll stability is a problem :-?
I think I got to the bottom of the problem.

I was finding that when going off the wind I was having to put a lot of pressure on my back foot to keep stability. Yesterday it was really nice 15m conditions and flat so I had a play about with the rear strap. I put the rear strap back back to one screw from the rear and the front of the strap I put back 2 holes so the strap was tighter.

At first it felt odd as I was wider on my stance but upwind and more importantly, downwind, the ride was faster and much more stable. I didn't have my GPS on but I felt a lot faster and was more stable.

I guess more weight over the back is what's needed in my case. I am using the board that came with my Spotz 2.

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Re: Spotz 4 Shark

Postby SparD » Tue May 30, 2017 10:28 am

You should go strapless, you can put your feet anywhere that way ;)

Mossy 757
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Re: Spotz 4 Shark

Postby Mossy 757 » Tue May 30, 2017 2:33 pm

SparD wrote:
Tue May 30, 2017 10:28 am
You should go strapless, you can put your feet anywhere that way ;)
What kind of a maniac would ride a Spotz strapless???!!! :wink:

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Re: Spotz 4 Shark

Postby lazant » Sat Jun 10, 2017 2:49 pm

Do you have any experience with the Spotz 3 Tuna? I'm trying to decide between the two and would love to know how they compare.

SparD
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Local Beach: Almanarre
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Ozone Chrono 9 and 12m²
Ocean Rodeo Flite Gen5 8, 10 and 12m²
Ocean Rodeo Flite Gen4 10m² and 14.5m² (for sale)
Ocean Rodeo Prodigy Gen4 5m² and 7m²
Airush DNA 2015 4m²
Slingshot Z 2016 3m²

Spotz Tuna (102cm)
RSC Supreme 2011 133x39.5
Old beatup surfboards
Location: Toulon, France

Re: Spotz 4 Shark

Postby SparD » Wed Jun 21, 2017 9:00 am

I tried briefly a Spotz Shark. Felt more stable (less playfull :D) than my Tuna and it seemed that it was tracking upwind better but I had no GPS to confirm this.

For pure speed, I think my Tuna with the freerace front wing is still faster so I'm gonna wait for Spotz to add a faster front wing to the Shark before thinking of upgrading.

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Re: Spotz 4 Shark

Postby lieutenantglorp » Wed Jun 21, 2017 10:59 pm

Nice review Tone. I felt the same way after upgrading from Spotz2 to Tuna. The fuselage/ mast/ wing junction was so much stiffer that it was immediately noticeable how much more stable it was and tacks and gybes were definitely easier. I look forward to trying the Shark, but I am really happy with the stability/ carve-ability ratio of the Tuna so I don't want to trade in too much more turnability since the stability is already good enough for me but I'm more surfer than racer.


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