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Kalama Performance

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Created by 1fox > 9 months ago, 25 Sep 2021
JonathanC
VIC, 986 posts
5 May 2022 6:43PM
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Apologies for going off topic .. 1Fox would love to hear your thoughts on 9x26 Starboard

pohaku
NSW, 630 posts
5 May 2022 7:56PM
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AUS crew, for Kalama longboard style SUPs theres the following left for pre order:9'0 x 28 at 108L - both colours
9'2 x 30 at 126L - none
10' x 28 at 121L - 2 orange 1 blue
10'2 x 32 at 160L - 1 blue

1fox
183 posts
6 May 2022 4:48AM
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JonathanC said..
Apologies for going off topic .. 1Fox would love to hear your thoughts on 9x26 Starboard


To set the baseline, let me refer that the board I ride the most is a sunova custom longsup 9x26.5 90lts. That board is just. perfect!I bought the starboard as a backup board. what appealed to me? the low rocker line and the starboard reliability/ finish quality.

What I found out afterall:The board has a very easily perceived quality.the deck is quite flat which i'm not fan.
The rails are relatively thin and the fin placement is good. Added to the diamond tail, translates into a very lively off the tail behaviour. That's one of the best things about the board.
The major drawback of this blue carbon construction is the lack of flex. This is a relevant problem for me.
Maybe it's because i'm spoiled by sunova.

fester
WA, 348 posts
15 May 2022 7:14PM
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pohaku said..
AUS crew, for Kalama longboard style SUPs theres the following left for pre order:9'0 x 28 at 108L - both colours
9'2 x 30 at 126L - none
10' x 28 at 121L - 2 orange 1 blue
10'2 x 32 at 160L - 1 blue


So no 9'2" Kalama's left in this shipment ?

1fox
183 posts
16 May 2022 6:37AM
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During last week I had the chance to test the board, both in small waves and punchy point break.
It worked great on both.

The volume is a bit too much for what I'm used to: 120 vs 90lts. You could surf with your office suit and still come out relatively dry :D
The problems I found in the new deal are not present here. the rocker is well balanced, the tail is thin enough for a incisive bite, but still large enough to carry out the proper volume.
If you stomp on the the tail in a big bottom it will follow nimble (for a 10')
The setup I enjoyed the most was quad, like my nalu LE.It has proper flex, is light and looks reliable.
The board is definitely a keeper.

justaddwater
NSW, 425 posts
16 May 2022 8:38AM
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9.0 ish x30 ish 120 -125 ish IMO numbers that a lot of people can relate to ,they,sell quickly.Particularly in a longboard format !

Emeboy
NSW, 372 posts
17 May 2022 4:49PM
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1fox said..
During last week I had the chance to test the board, both in small waves and punchy point break.
It worked great on both.

The volume is a bit too much for what I'm used to: 120 vs 90lts. You could surf with your office suit and still come out relatively dry :D
The problems I found in the new deal are not present here. the rocker is well balanced, the tail is thin enough for a incisive bite, but still large enough to carry out the proper volume.
If you stomp on the the tail in a big bottom it will follow nimble (for a 10')
The setup I enjoyed the most was quad, like my nalu LE.It has proper flex, is light and looks reliable.
The board is definitely a keeper.


Sounds awesome 1fox!!! Still frothing for mine to arrive.... hopefully within the month.

Good things take time so they say....

pohaku
NSW, 630 posts
24 May 2022 1:17PM
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fester said..

pohaku said..
AUS crew, for Kalama longboard style SUPs theres the following left for pre order:9'0 x 28 at 108L - both colours
9'2 x 30 at 126L - none
10' x 28 at 121L - 2 orange 1 blue
10'2 x 32 at 160L - 1 blue



So no 9'2" Kalama's left in this shipment ?


All sold

fester
WA, 348 posts
28 Jun 2022 2:26PM
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Any reviews or Pic's of the new Kalama's yet?

Rossall
WA, 639 posts
29 Jun 2022 3:37PM
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Emeboy
NSW, 372 posts
1 Jul 2022 9:17PM
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fester said..
Any reviews or Pic's of the new Kalama's yet?


August Fester.. Fingers crossed

pohaku
NSW, 630 posts
12 Jul 2022 9:37PM
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Global shipping delays.. Fun times. They're on the way tho!

Rossall
WA, 639 posts
16 Jul 2022 3:39PM
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Jesus is the ship going via Rotterdam? Vietnam to Australia shouldn't take that long even if it's going via Singapore. What Freight Forwarder are you using ?

jrc22ski
39 posts
18 Jul 2022 12:23AM
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Anyone have experience with the Kalama 9'0"x28"/108L.

I ride an 8'2" Speeed and weigh 175#'s - looking for something with a little more volume & glide for winter.

TIA

Emeboy
NSW, 372 posts
19 Jul 2022 1:41PM
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Rossall said..
Jesus is the ship going via Rotterdam? Vietnam to Australia shouldn't take that long even if it's going via Singapore. What Freight Forwarder are you using ?






pohaku
NSW, 630 posts
20 Jul 2022 1:52PM
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jrc22ski said..
Anyone have experience with the Kalama 9'0"x28"/108L.

I ride an 8'2" Speeed and weigh 175#'s - looking for something with a little more volume & glide for winter.

TIA


i'll have one once they arrive. i have a ETA but will know more in a few days. haha yeah iv got it coming on a peddle boat

Emeboy
NSW, 372 posts
Friday , 12 Aug 2022 10:41PM
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Well the time has come.. No fault of Dyl and the crew but it has been exactly 365 days since I first enquired about getting one of these weapons.. And it arrived tonight.
So, an early review on the first impressions.

the board was packed awesomely for shipping. double boxed. Polystyrene sheets down both sides and wrapped in a soft fabric sleeve! Prefect condition on arrival.

First thing.. It's light!! I got the 10x28 @121 ltrs and baked it weighed in at 7.4kg. It's tough!! You can feel the outer skin is tough as and there is not one blemish on the board. superb finish!

The nose rocker is there but not too abrupt. classic longboard style.. The kick in the tail is quite pronounced so I am picking this thing will turn on a dime with the smallest amount of weight on the back foot. The nose and tail have been well thinned out so I am expecting the response to be epic.

Fin placement is interesting.. I will try as a thruster first but the quad configuration sees the trailer fins set close to centre and almost parallel.. First time using the FCS2 system.. I'll hold judgement on that for now.

The underside has a smooth single concave right through the full length of the board and only flattens out right back at the rear fin box.
I've got the rail tape and deck grip on (Van der Waal hex traction.. Good gear) so we are good for launch early tomorrow... I'll post my thoughts on how she goes once I have a few waves on the clock.. But for now I am epically stoked to have this beauty in my quiver!!!!














Rossall
WA, 639 posts
Saturday , 13 Aug 2022 11:44AM
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Looks bloody awesome

colas
4593 posts
Saturday , 13 Aug 2022 9:32PM
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Emeboy said..
Fin placement is interesting.. I will try as a thruster first but the quad configuration sees the trailer fins set close to centre and almost parallel..




That's what is called a "McKee setup". Basically it provides a kind of hybrid between a thruster and a quad.
It allows using either 80/20 or 70/30 rear fins for better grip in turns, or go with symmetrical (50/50) rears for a smoother rail to rail (my preference).

www.mckeesurf.com/wp/?page_id=267

"Mckee's 'Width between back fins' formula, is calculated to give the most fluid and redirectional interchange between turns while maintaining drive, eliminating tracking, rail grab and the need for baby back fins, all associated with having fins too close to the rail. In the past l have placed fins in hundreds of different positions all over the tail."

pohaku
NSW, 630 posts
Sunday , 14 Aug 2022 10:18PM
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Amazing Paul. I used my 9' x 28 at 108L yesterday in one foot rip bowl. Let's just say my mind is blown. I called DK straight after he was frothing. My board weighs under 7kg and is bulletproof.






Emeboy
NSW, 372 posts
Monday , 15 Aug 2022 11:56AM
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colas said..

Emeboy said..
Fin placement is interesting.. I will try as a thruster first but the quad configuration sees the trailer fins set close to centre and almost parallel..





That's what is called a "McKee setup". Basically it provides a kind of hybrid between a thruster and a quad.
It allows using either 80/20 or 70/30 rear fins for better grip in turns, or go with symmetrical (50/50) rears for a smoother rail to rail (my preference).

www.mckeesurf.com/wp/?page_id=267

"Mckee's 'Width between back fins' formula, is calculated to give the most fluid and redirectional interchange between turns while maintaining drive, eliminating tracking, rail grab and the need for baby back fins, all associated with having fins too close to the rail. In the past l have placed fins in hundreds of different positions all over the tail."


Thanks Colas....
Even more keen to see how it goes as a quad now....

Only had small (but clean) waves on the weekend but can definitely feel the performance factor. brilliant deckpad with plenty of grip and feels super solid up on the nose.... loving it!!!



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