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Lucas Cheida
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What is better: North Gonzalez x Cabrinha ChopStick ?

Postby Lucas Cheida » Sat Nov 17, 2012 2:55 am

Hi there.
I would like to know what is better: North Gonzales 2011 or Cabrinha Chopstick 2011?
I'm searching for a board for FREERIDE, few jumps, and ,in the future, waves.
My level nowadays is begginer-intermediate.
Thanks!!

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Re: What is better: North Gonzalez x Cabrinha ChopStick ?

Postby Ryucho » Sat Nov 17, 2012 10:36 pm

North Jaime :P

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Re: What is better: North Gonzalez x Cabrinha ChopStick ?

Postby CFS » Tue Nov 20, 2012 2:50 pm

I'm not familiar with the North, but the ChopStick is horrible in my opinion. (although I'm a big fan of Cab kites)

Check out the Ocean Rodeo Mako - incredible.

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Re: What is better: North Gonzalez x Cabrinha ChopStick ?

Postby Speedkillz » Tue Nov 20, 2012 7:26 pm

When I was first learning (Jan 2012) I rented the chopstick a couple of times. I thought that it sounded perfect for Kailua (small, choppy conditions) and since Cabrinha is local(ish) to Hawaii I thought it would be perfect.

Bottom line: Nope. I got pretty frustrated more often than not. Still got spray in the face.

I bought the Cabrinha Spectrum 144cm as my first board. It is cheap(er) and tough. I ride Mokuleia nearly every day there is wind (most days) and I am forever hitting coral heads, landing hard off of the waves and just abusing it in general. The board has held up well. Lots of scratches (some deep) but the fins are wearing pretty well and the straps haven't failed yet -- despite some nasty one-footed drags through the water (puts a lot of twisting strain on the straps).

Maybe next year I will get something with more rocker, channels, LEDs, iPad connectivity, and a big spoiler (with ground effects kit) like some people seem to enjoy bragging that their boards have, but for now I like my simple board that slides across the water.

Aloha

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Re: What is better: North Gonzalez x Cabrinha ChopStick ?

Postby arpc » Tue Nov 20, 2012 11:15 pm

I think you should compare Chopstick x Xride, no??

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Re: What is better: North Gonzalez x Cabrinha ChopStick ?

Postby RalfsB » Wed Nov 21, 2012 11:13 am

arpc wrote:I think you should compare Chopstick x Xride, no??


I have both Chopstick and X-Ride, in different sizes though. Chopstick is very nice and comfortable, I like how it behaves in chop or waves, I have had lots of fun with it. I rarely ride my X-Ride.


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