Lost 1996 Round Nose Fish?

rgruber

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All this talk I'm tempted to pick one up. I had several in the late 90s/early 2000s that I rode quite a bit and loved.

My memory is that were great from about waist high with some push to head high and a bit but as it got bigger/faster, you ended up with too much water under the nose and feeling a little out of control.

But there are other boards for those conditions.
 
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Havoc

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had an rnf3 that was epic. ya needed waist high and some push to get working but the range on it was insane. everybody trying to make those twinsmans work when the rnf is a trusted design.

anyone have any luck riding these a bit longer? recall rnf3 had more foam forward.

also, i had a shapers night rnf 5 that was epic. wish i never sold that one. magic mayhems
 
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racer1

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Really really enjoying it. It might be a fish in terms of dimensions, but it surfs like a HPSB once you get on that rail/tail rocker.

Going to order a smaller one, just not sure on dimensions - need to go feel up some stock ones in a store.
 

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I tried to tell you guyz months ago!

In a moment of weakness I bought a Black Sheep Carbon. Can’t say it’s the best version of the board. I have a 5’7 31L PU rnf96 that was my lowest volume board. The Black Sheep version is 5’6 and 29.5L and I swear it feels like it floats more than the 31L. Really sits on top of the water.

if you ride short boards and the RNF is a pure groveler, the carbon version is fun and poppy in sub 4ft surf.

if you want the RNF as an everyday, all conditions board stick with the PU

*my PU RNF is my only non EPS board. So I’m not an eps hater
* ive never had a dark arts or Varial carbon so no comparison
 

silentbutdeadly

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I tried to tell you guyz months ago!

In a moment of weakness I bought a Black Sheep Carbon. Can’t say it’s the best version of the board. I have a 5’7 31L PU rnf96 that was my lowest volume board. The Black Sheep version is 5’6 and 29.5L and I swear it feels like it floats more than the 31L. Really sits on top of the water.

if you ride short boards and the RNF is a pure groveler, the carbon version is fun and poppy in sub 4ft surf.

if you want the RNF as an everyday, all conditions board stick with the PU

*my PU RNF is my only non EPS board. So I’m not an eps hater
* ive never had a dark arts or Varial carbon so no comparison
dude we need to talk about your notifications
 

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I tried to tell you guyz months ago!

In a moment of weakness I bought a Black Sheep Carbon. Can’t say it’s the best version of the board. I have a 5’7 31L PU rnf96 that was my lowest volume board. The Black Sheep version is 5’6 and 29.5L and I swear it feels like it floats more than the 31L. Really sits on top of the water.

if you ride short boards and the RNF is a pure groveler, the carbon version is fun and poppy in sub 4ft surf.

if you want the RNF as an everyday, all conditions board stick with the PU

*my PU RNF is my only non EPS board. So I’m not an eps hater
* ive never had a dark arts or Varial carbon so no comparison
@spjones123 - Can the RNF 96 be ridden a little oversized or is it best to be ridden as short as possible? There's one at my local shop that I've been eyeing but its a little bigger than I would normally go but not super oversized. Thanks!
 
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I tried to tell you guyz months ago!

In a moment of weakness I bought a Black Sheep Carbon. Can’t say it’s the best version of the board. I have a 5’7 31L PU rnf96 that was my lowest volume board. The Black Sheep version is 5’6 and 29.5L and I swear it feels like it floats more than the 31L. Really sits on top of the water.

if you ride short boards and the RNF is a pure groveler, the carbon version is fun and poppy in sub 4ft surf.

if you want the RNF as an everyday, all conditions board stick with the PU

*my PU RNF is my only non EPS board. So I’m not an eps hater
* ive never had a dark arts or Varial carbon so no comparison
how do u have 434 notifications??
 
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I tried to tell you guyz months ago!

In a moment of weakness I bought a Black Sheep Carbon. Can’t say it’s the best version of the board. I have a 5’7 31L PU rnf96 that was my lowest volume board. The Black Sheep version is 5’6 and 29.5L and I swear it feels like it floats more than the 31L. Really sits on top of the water.

if you ride short boards and the RNF is a pure groveler, the carbon version is fun and poppy in sub 4ft surf.

if you want the RNF as an everyday, all conditions board stick with the PU

*my PU RNF is my only non EPS board. So I’m not an eps hater
* ive never had a dark arts or Varial carbon so no comparison
ok
so how do you size these damn things??? a little over standard shortboard volume/sort of?? I supposed...
 

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so how do you size these damn things??? a little over standard shortboard volume/sort of?? I supposed...
My “shortboard” is 31-32L and my RNF96 is a stock 5’8, 32 liters. I think I’d go slightly thicker on a custom if I could, so yeah that’s about right.
 

Waterlogged05

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Get it as small as you can?

Mines a 5'4" 19.25 around 27 liters
I usually ride around 24
I'd like to go 5'3" or 5'4" and 19, just a hair thinner.
Keep in mind I have the redux w the wings and thruster placement
 

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Can someone give a comparison of the RNF96 vs. the RNF Redux? I have a 5'8 RNF Redux in Black Dart with front fins set at 10.25" and center box at 3.25" and it is high performance twin. Can anyone parse the distinction in feel? I know the tail at 12" is narrower and there is no wing, but can anyone give a driver's perspective? Here's a photo of the fin set up I am running in it for comparison. IMG_3068.JPG
 
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