Pyzel Ghost?

Maz

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Hey Maz--- Just keep in mind that making boards in different places around the world, no matter that we are using shaping machines and very accurate files, is going to result in some variances from place to place. It's definitely a science, but an imperfect one that comes with many variables.
Absolutely!
I was not questioning your manufacturing process or quality. And that 6'4 Ghost felt epic. Just curious - and a little spoilt to have the man himself come on stage and answer questions. Thank you for that.

Btw, just got an Astro Glider Twin here in NZ, and it looks and feels perfect. Very much looking forward to riding it.
 
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Lohena

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Thought I'd add to this discussion. Recently got a custom 6'4 XTR Ghost and am very impressed with it. Smooth take offs on steep waves with a great balance of down the line glide and rail work. Great paddler with lots of volume up front. I initially was concerned about the volume up front, but surprised it doesn't seem to hamper performance. So far rode it in 5-12'+ surf on Kauai and 5-8' at OBSF.

This year I've been experimenting with eps/epoxies and love them. This board was me testing stringerless epoxies into my step up range and my first XTR. It is parallel carbon 8.0, with a flex value of 4. Feels amazing in overhead to doh surf. Very responsive.

My $.02 for anyone considering this option.
 

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kool-aid

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Thought I'd add to this discussion. Recently got a custom 6'4 XTR Ghost and am very impressed with it. Smooth take offs on steep waves with a great balance of down the line glide and rail work. Great paddler with lots of volume up front. I initially was concerned about the volume up front, but surprised it doesn't seem to hamper performance. So far rode it in 5-12'+ surf on Kauai and 5-8' at OBSF.

This year I've been experimenting with eps/epoxies and love them. This board was me testing stringerless epoxies into my step up range and my first XTR. It is parallel carbon 8.0, with a flex value of 4. Feels amazing in overhead to doh surf. Very responsive.

My $.02 for anyone considering this option.
What are the dims on that board and what is your weight? That flex value seems pretty low for a step up. But I've been pretty surprised by the size of the boards XTR has been producing in their parallel flex construction. They say it's their most flexible construction so you'd think they'd dissuade the construction for bigger surfers / conditions but maybe I'm mistaken.
 

Lohena

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Oct 30, 2019
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What are the dims on that board and what is your weight? That flex value seems pretty low for a step up. But I've been pretty surprised by the size of the boards XTR has been producing in their parallel flex construction. They say it's their most flexible construction so you'd think they'd dissuade the construction for bigger surfers / conditions but maybe I'm mistaken.
This was definitely an experiment for me, so as you can tell I’m very happy it worked out!

So the board is 19 7/8 x 2 13/16 at 35.8 liters and I am 6’4 and 195 lbs. I made it clear that this board would be for 8-12’ solid ocean beach and they recommended going with parallel carbon as I told them HS future flex has been my favorite eps construction so far. Javier said they can control the flex with the number of carbon strips they put in the parallel carbon, which for me they put a bunch.

I am by no means a ripper, but in my 30s I lived and surfed all around Kauai for 10 years, but now am a 46 year old weekend warrior dad in NorCal.

I am visiting Kauai now and had a few days of 6-12’ bombs and the board was amazing. Full confidence on drops and tons of down the line speed, but still maintaining the responsiveness and liveliness of the epoxy feel I like now. I would say the feel is somewhere between the EPS and PU feel. The 8.0 construction also feels more solid than an eps.
 
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racer1

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All my ghosts are XTR 8.0 (stringered though) and I can't see them ever breaking.

And yes, the feeling of XTR is so good. I feel like it takes the best of EPS and the best of PU with added durability. And for a pyzel, it's the same cost as PU off their website! Also agree on confidence in the Ghost. Sticks late drops. I just trust it. I started with a 6'1 and after a few big days on it, ordered a 6'6 immediately. They feel like shortboards, not step ups, but can handle as big as a wave as I could paddle into.
 
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This was definitely an experiment for me, so as you can tell I’m very happy it worked out!

So the board is 19 7/8 x 2 13/16 at 35.8 liters and I am 6’4 and 195 lbs. I made it clear that this board would be for 8-12’ solid ocean beach and they recommended going with parallel carbon as I told them HS future flex has been my favorite eps construction so far. Javier said they can control the flex with the number of carbon strips they put in the parallel carbon, which for me they put a bunch.

I am by no means a ripper, but in my 30s I lived and surfed all around Kauai for 10 years, but now am a 46 year old weekend warrior dad in NorCal.

I am visiting Kauai now and had a few days of 6-12’ bombs and the board was amazing. Full confidence on drops and tons of down the line speed, but still maintaining the responsiveness and liveliness of the epoxy feel I like now. I would say the feel is somewhere between the EPS and PU feel. The 8.0 construction also feels more solid than an eps.
oh interesting. good to know.
 

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I just got my fancy flex (SLK CK yellow) XTR ghost out in clean waves for the first time (previously had a stringered ghost). It felt great, while it wasn't a back to back comparison, I think it felt more PU like than the stringered version ever did. Regardless, it reminded me how great the ghost is.
 
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ZeeHawk

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So the board is 19 7/8 x 2 13/16 at 35.8 liters and I am 6’4 and 195 lbs.
Perf dims. I'm the same build as you

Full confidence on drops and tons of down the line speed, but still maintaining the responsiveness
Exactly how i'd explain the Ghost. Not sure where the confidence comes from on the drops but makes me feel like I can handle pretty much any size and steepness I'd go out in
 
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