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Baz
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Posts: 19
Joined: Mon Jun 28, 2004 2:06 pm
Kiting since: 2004
Local Beach: Fingal Beach.
Birubi Beach.
One Mile Beach.
Favorite Beaches: Fingal Beach.
Birubi Beach.
One Mile Beach.
Style: Surf, freeride.
Gear: Slingshot Kites
Underground Styx
Jimmy Lewis Kwad
Brand Affiliation: None
Location: Port Stephens, NSW, Australia.

Jimmy Lewis Kwad 5'11

Postby Baz » Sun Apr 22, 2012 12:59 am

Jimmy Lewis Kwad KT 5'11 x 18.5 x 2 1/8
Rider: 100kg, intermediate.
Style: Surf.
Weather: 10-25 knots so far.
Build Quality: 9.5/10 (straps)
Satisfaction: 9.9/10 (not quite perfect)
Disclosure: non-affiliated every day kite boarder.

The board has extra volume in the nose with a longer outline, fish style tail with a slightly moved forward waist. Construction is stringer less, framed with Coremat rails. The deck and bottom are bridged with high density PVC foam. The result of this technical stuff means the board is light and strong. On top of that in my opinion it just looks right.

Have been enjoying the Kwad for the past month, have ridden Fingal Bay, One Mile beach and Currumbin Alley. Conditions ranged from 1-2 foot mush in 10-12 knots up to clean 5-6 footers in a solid 25 knots. The Kwad is proving to be an extremely versatile board and comfortable in all conditions. In particular it offers a bounce free and very smooth ride in a variety of conditions. When transiting from rail to rail on a wave face is again smooth and the tail breaks free virtually on command. When carving during transitions the board can hold a tight line almost like it’s on rails. I did find initially the board seem to require power to make it get up and go but with time on the water and moving the straps slightly forward it now planes quite early and is at home with a 12M kite. The combination of the Kwad and the Slingshot Rally means getting upwind and out the back particularly in onshore conditions is never a problem. Jumping is quite easy with good control in the air and landings are smooth. Fitting the straps is a pain and after some time on the water they seemed to have softened a little but remain below par with other brands.

Links: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ndqfdVQOLuo
Alex Aguera riding the new Jimmy Lewis 5'11" kwad at Lanes, Maui on a 2011 8m Cabrinha switchblade.

http://jimmylewis.com.au/Boards/Kite-Boards/Kwad-KT
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hudstur
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Posts: 130
Joined: Thu Dec 31, 2009 2:26 am
Kiting since: 2004
Local Beach: Delray Beach, Florida
Boca Raton, FL
Favorite Beaches: Delray Beach, FL
Hood River, OR
Floras Lake, OR
Cape Hatteras, NC
Napeague, NY
Style: Wave, Jump
Gear: CORE Section 11m/14m, Riot XR4 9m; Ocean Rodeo Mako 150 & Duke; Cabrinha Double Agent Hydrofoil.
Brand Affiliation: None
Location: Delray Beach, FL

Re: Jimmy Lewis Kwad 5'11

Postby hudstur » Sun Apr 22, 2012 1:31 am

Hey Baz: Great words on the Jimmy. I have been riding the Slingshot Celeritas 5'8" and like it, but upwind seems could do better, but overall great board. Been thinking bout the KWAD 5'11" and wonder if you could shed any more light on what you rode before and other boards you have ridden. Do you ride straps? Thanks, H.

Baz
Rare Poster
Posts: 19
Joined: Mon Jun 28, 2004 2:06 pm
Kiting since: 2004
Local Beach: Fingal Beach.
Birubi Beach.
One Mile Beach.
Favorite Beaches: Fingal Beach.
Birubi Beach.
One Mile Beach.
Style: Surf, freeride.
Gear: Slingshot Kites
Underground Styx
Jimmy Lewis Kwad
Brand Affiliation: None
Location: Port Stephens, NSW, Australia.

Re: Jimmy Lewis Kwad 5'11

Postby Baz » Tue Apr 24, 2012 12:39 pm

Started as most do on twin tips, including Underground FLX's and a TB Kiteboarding Haura. I also rode Slingshot mainly SST's and then again onto Underground this time the Kipuna (great board). Managed to demo the occasional Naish and Slingshot directionals, fine boards but with a feeling of fragility. The Kwad ticked a lot of boxes, looked right, felt right and without the sense of snapping it on the next hit through the whitewater.


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