Spent now two sessions on the Nugget 2013.
For your reference: I use normally Naish Global and Airush Sector V2 52.
Many comparisons have been made with the Sector, and to be honest, I think these are two far from each other to be compared, one can only point out the differences not the similarities. Sector has fins (and I mean fins!) while the nugget has a rather skatey feeling, with its normal surf fins. I think it is much closer to a normal surfboard than to the freeride-race board, which the sector is.
I ride it strapless, weight 78kg.
First session: flat water; starting at 11-12 knots on 12m park (24meter lines) and ending in about 16 knots on 10m Rebel.
Second session: 13-15 knots, waist-high waves, 12m Park (20 meter lines). Side onshore.
I live in a tropical region, so the wind is really hot and consequently less powerful compared to colder climates.
Besides all the things said (very light weight, egg shape etc), the following things come to my mind:
1. Upwind: going very well upwind compared to other surf boards, but not as the Sector does. For me, the "upwindability" of the Sector is even too much at times. Too much time spending going downwind
So, the capacity of going upwind with the sector is not really needed for me. Conclusion: I like the nugget better in this aspect. Perfect in taking a wave, going down wind and going back upwind in one tack.
2. Turnability: I love this machine. Much better and faster turning than the sector (of course). In the gibes, it glides and you feel its flotation capacity, this is in contrast to the Global, where you need to maintain speed in order not to sink. So when you loose a little power in the kite, when gibing (which could happen in light winds), the nugget keeps you up and going.
3. Chop: no prob at all. I feel that this board will hold and be enjoyable in higher winds as well.
4. Nose-dive: indeed a little tendency to do so when on waves due to the short nose I guess. But this is something you will get used to, so after a few sessions this will not be an issue at all.
5. tacking: all attempts worked out well. Easy to tack. Ollying the same: it is great fun and easier. So in this respect, a perfect learning board as well.
6. Fins: happy they are delivered with future-compatible ones. Just be careful: when I put them in the first time one of the screws lost the grip of my hex key (the standard one delivered with it). I was very careful, so I am sure it was not my mistake. Probably a production fault. I am planning to order a quad set of fins and some future screws+ key. If anybody knows where i can get them in europe, please tell me
all in all, this is a special board. I was on the water earlier than my friends and got of it later, as wind was picking up in the beginning of the session and falling at sunset. It is a perfect choice when you are faced with waist high waves, you just stay on them, while others with normal surfboards can't. the board invites you to do new things.... very satisfied (except for this screw issue and the design of course (but that is personal)