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Von Sol 'Slot Noserider' longboard - Review w/ pics #2115857
10/23/13 09:53 PM
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Posted the following a while back after borrowing this board
from Mattison. I ended up digging it so much I convinced him
to sell it to me. :-D
Now that I've surfed it a bunch and it's saved many a "not
surfable" session for me, I've decided I like it so much I'm
ordering another at 9'4" and a touch wider. Have never even
messed with another fin, moved it, nothing...just a blast to
surf in my local beachbreak waves when it's too small for
my shorter boards.

A couple more notes to add...
1) the tail on this thing is really thinned out and the board
is smaller than I've ever had for a 'noserider'. I really think
the channel/slot through the fin cluster allows it to actually
noseride for my 200 lb. arse. The 'suction' effect is definitely real.

2) There's a fair bit of overall rocker in the board, which lends
itself well to the beachbreak waves I surf almost everyday.
It's not a super flat trim cruiser like many noserider models, yet
it holds in great when I'm doing 5's in both steeper and
flatter faced waves. I think just a touch longer/wider is going
to be even better on the nose.

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Borrowed this new longboard model from Mattison/Von Sol and
want to post up some pics and review of it because....it's a
farking blast to surf!

I'd already tried the hp longboard posted above and really dug
it, but knew I liked slightly wider nosed lb's more than more
pulled-in hp models. Saw pics of this one on FB and asked Sean
about it. He invited me to borrow it to see what I thought.

Both sessions the board had just a borrowed single Greenough
4A center fin.

Surfed it once a couple weeks ago and was loving it, but then
we've had swell pretty consistently so I didn't get a chance
to surf it again until today.
So...bottom line is...I loved this thing!

It's called the 'Slot' Noserider and is 9'1" x 23 1/4" x 3", eps/epoxy.
Board is super lightweight, which I really liked.
Surf on the first day was knee-chest and fairly punchy with
a low tide, standing up quickly and fast down the line.
Immediate impressions were that it was super easy to surf.
Got in easily and quickly, whipped off the tail on the drop
and zipped down the line from either the tail, mid-section, or
forward beautifully. Was hesitant at first to try and noseride
it as 1) it's borrowed and I have no leash and 2) the waves
were quick and required very fast reflexes to make noserides
happen.
Well, I locked in multiple 5's right on the takeoff that held
beautifully right in the pocket on the little zippers...for quite
a ways. Tried to get 10 a couple times but need slightly more
board for my 200lbs and a bigger fin to really make that
happen.
The light weight, very foiled tail, and bottom contours made the
board feel like it whipped around and surfed off the tail extremely easily
yet I was surprised at how well it just trims from center and
forward as well.
Today, knee to chest high, mostly soft and clean conditions,
with the rare wave that would stand up a bit and zip down
the line.
Board was just SO easy to surf. Caught at least 50 waves I
think, of all sizes, going both right and left. Thing gets in
early and whips around so quickly and with ease that you can
either fade and whip it around, drop straight down and crank
off the bottom, or angle in and run to the nose on take-off
with equal success. Got lots of waves that had multiple little
sections and was able to either float over, drop around,
trim straight through, or hang 5 over across, all the way to
the beach...even through the ankle-knee leftovers on the inside.
Was easy to surf frontside or backside, made the meager
swell suuuuper fun, and really was very confidence-inducing
in that I never once felt like I was going to lose the thing, even
on late/steep drops that sectioned a bit. Just so much fun!
Even though I have a log already, this thing is such a blast
and so easy to surf in all types of waves that I'm damn tempted
to get one as a second lb. Loved it.











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Re: Von Sol 'Slot Noserider' longboard - Review w/ pics [Re: Oceanslide] #2115858
10/23/13 10:27 PM
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that boards looks and sounds fun


if i ever get a custom LB it will be eps/epoxy

Re: Von Sol 'Slot Noserider' longboard - Review w/ pics [Re: retodd] #2115860
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Thanks.
This board is super duper light, making it very nimble and easy
to whip around. A tiny bit more weight might make it trim
through dead spots slightly better, but I'm still milking ankle-
knee high burgers to the sand. Only thing that's taken a little
bit of adjustment is paddling into waves in stiff offshore conditions.
The light weight and wide-ish nose can get caught up briefly.
I've figured out that if I simply shift forward a tad and get the
nose down as I pop up, it's not an issue and it cruises into the
wave easily. Really love how well I can fade right and whip it
back around left incredibly quickly and easily to position myself
for quick 5's in the slot.


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Re: Von Sol 'Slot Noserider' longboard - Review w/ pics [Re: Oceanslide] #2115861
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perfect beachbreak noserider.


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Re: Von Sol 'Slot Noserider' longboard - Review w/ pics [Re: silentbutdeadly] #2115862
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perfect beachbreak noserider.




Yep!
Just finalized my order for a 9'4" x 23 1/2" x 3" version. Woot!


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Re: Von Sol 'Slot Noserider' longboard - Review w/ pics [Re: Oceanslide] #2115863
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Woot!


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Re: Von Sol 'Slot Noserider' longboard - Review w/ pics [Re: Oceanslide] #2115864
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Thanks.
This board is super duper light, making it very nimble and easy
to whip around. A tiny bit more weight might make it trim
through dead spots slightly better, but I'm still milking ankle-
knee high burgers to the sand. Only thing that's taken a little
bit of adjustment is paddling into waves in stiff offshore conditions.
The light weight and wide-ish nose can get caught up briefly.
I've figured out that if I simply shift forward a tad and get the
nose down as I pop up, it's not an issue and it cruises into the
wave easily. Really love how well I can fade right and whip it
back around left incredibly quickly and easily to position myself
for quick 5's in the slot.




this is the conundrum i've had re eps vs pu bonglords. i've gotten used to and really enjoy the momentum of a "weighted" pu longboard, whereas i've also had fun with the lightweight flippiness of eps logs that i've tried.

for logging, i guess my priorities are more about the glide and drawn line, and not as much the tightness of my arcs. btw - not saying this board won't do both just fine.


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Re: Von Sol 'Slot Noserider' longboard - Review w/ pics [Re: Oceanslide] #2115865
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Totally reminds me of my Chris Slick log I rode before my Oak


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i thought the same thing

Re: Von Sol 'Slot Noserider' longboard - Review w/ pics [Re: Q_Surf] #2115867
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Thanks.
This board is super duper light, making it very nimble and easy
to whip around. A tiny bit more weight might make it trim
through dead spots slightly better, but I'm still milking ankle-
knee high burgers to the sand. Only thing that's taken a little
bit of adjustment is paddling into waves in stiff offshore conditions.
The light weight and wide-ish nose can get caught up briefly.
I've figured out that if I simply shift forward a tad and get the
nose down as I pop up, it's not an issue and it cruises into the
wave easily. Really love how well I can fade right and whip it
back around left incredibly quickly and easily to position myself
for quick 5's in the slot.




this is the conundrum i've had re eps vs pu bonglords. i've gotten used to and really enjoy the momentum of a "weighted" pu longboard, whereas i've also had fun with the lightweight flippiness of eps logs that i've tried.

for logging, i guess my priorities are more about the glide and drawn line, and not as much the tightness of my arcs. btw - not saying this board won't do both just fine.




I hear you. For me, I prefer a combination of the two...glide/trim
and the ability to whip it around a bit. Also, I surf beachbreak
90%+ of the time, making nimbleness more of a factor than
it might be if I surfed rolly reefs or a long peeling point.
The 9'1", at the weight it was, was incredibly easy to redirect,
do quick right-go-lefts, etc.
I went a bit longer, slightly wider, and am going with a slightly
heavier glass job on this one. Hoping it gives juuuuust a touch
more glide/trim than the last for my 200lbs.


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Re: Von Sol 'Slot Noserider' longboard - Review w/ pics [Re: Oceanslide] #2115868
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finished?
not sure why - but this one spoke to me...would love to see final version with report.
thanks

Re: Von Sol 'Slot Noserider' longboard - Review w/ pics [Re: choch] #2115869
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finished?
not sure why - but this one spoke to me...would love to see final version with report.
thanks




So would I!
Should be done (literally) any day. As of Thursday, it just
needed the hotcoat. Could have really used it over the past
month and can't wait to get it. I'll def post up some pics.


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Don't wear a leash. The ocean will break one of those at any size

Re: Von Sol 'Slot Noserider' longboard - Review w/ pics [Re: HeyyNow] #2115871
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Hate longboarding with a leash.
If I need a leash, I should and will be on a different board.


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Hate longboarding with a leash.
If I need a leash, I should and will be on a different board.





^^^THIS^^^

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