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x2. Was hoping there was a code before black friday or xmas. would like to get a new winter board. Maybe if had enough guys they'd do a code for an erbb group buy like on truck forums
X3. I like the look of parallel carbon so no problem for me. This whole purple color thing though seems weird.

Rusty is IG live now and I just asked him what the difference is between torsion spring and XTR. He just went into a description of XPS technology and how it is different than EPS. I’m still not sure why he offers torsion spring and boards through XTR.

Someone else asked him if torsion spring works for step ups. He said absolutely but at a certain point you might want to add a little wood stringer to reduce flex. I think Javier has got this custom flex thing down as he can control that without stringers. They’ve built stringerless SL CK for big waves that come in with a flex value = 1.
 
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oeste858

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I asked for a grey spray on my Rusty Blade with normal R dot logo near the tail.
I was livid when I opened the box and the board was purple with a giant gothic R dot on the nose.
Wow that’s frustrating. kinda nuts they don’t show you a photo before it ships to prevent these issues and keep the customer happy. Seems pretty easy to do in 2020.
Recent Tomo Oz custom is first board I’ve ever ordered that had to be shipped and they did this before shipping was arranged. Board looked just like we discussed. Now in transit and praying it arrives unscathed!
 

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Since grey has been a topic, just saw this El Tomo on XTR's IG stories. Looks like you'd need to go darker than they'd like to mask the parallel carbon.

 
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I would think it adds too much possibility of the board heating up. There are vent holes for a reason. I asked for black rails, but they're purple. For some reason the black rails stay black on their FX-2 construction. I know it's carbon fiber and not sprayed, but thought it was interesting since most of the Superbrand and Haydenshapes' boards with carbon fiber rails look purple to me.
Just jumping in here---- the reason that the XTR boards look more purple than Black is because of the color of their epoxy resin. If you look at a "clear" board glassed with this resin you will see the purple hue, which is meant to offset any yellow-ish coloring in the resin in it's un-tinted form.
I kinda like the purple myself, but it is not the same look as you would get from a regular resin.
 
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I actually don't mind the purple hue and I actually got a few unsolicited compliments this am.

I must have been in denial yesterday after picking the board up at XTR. The rails are pretty chunky, especially when comparing them to my NB2's and Fever's rails. Both CI boards are the same 2 3/8" thickness as the Astro Pop, but have much more refined rails. The thickness is carried almost all the ways out to the rails on the Pyzel, which is similar to the 5'6 PU I felt up at a local shop (E.T. Surf). I figured it's going to be in the grovel category for me so the fuller rails wouldn't be that big of deal.

The windswell hadn't filled in as expected, but there was some inconsistent waist high+ waves coming in. It looked like they were bussing groms in, as I've never seen it so crowded which probably put me in a slightly negative headspace paddling out.

I had that too on-top of the water feeling on the handful of waves I caught. On my first wave, the board felt a lot more loose than my NB2, mediocre drive with the KA large tri set I was using. I was able to squeak out some marginal hits on the mostly one pump and dump waves. I paddled out late (9:00) trying to let the tide fill in, but it was quickly going onshore and the water had dropped a few degrees again. I caught a thigh high left, did a little tail-slide reverse, figured that was the most progressive thing that would probably happen for me today and went in (plus, I could feel my work emails/texts accumulating).

The waves were too sh*tty and I didforn't catch enough of them to write the board off. I've had boards where I literally felt like I couldn't get down the line (JS Air 17X and a Chilli Churro roundtail) normally, so the Astro Pop's debut isn't terrible, plus I have an s-load of fins to try in different combinations (other tri sets, quads, 2+1's). I try to give a board at least a week's worth of dedicated surfing to see if it's a keeper or not.
Hi--- smaller, weaker waves are a good reason to ride bigger fins. Bigger fins will give you more lift and drive which equals speed and maneuverability. I don't have specific fin recommendations for each individual since there is a lot of variance in what works for YOU, but I do know too small of fins in small waves will be a bummer. Hope you find the right combo.
 

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Hi--- smaller, weaker waves are a good reason to ride bigger fins. Bigger fins will give you more lift and drive which equals speed and maneuverability. I don't have specific fin recommendations for each individual since there is a lot of variance in what works for YOU, but I do know too small of fins in small waves will be a bummer. Hope you find the right combo.
Sorry @retodd
Looks like there's a new fin guru in town! just kidding... you would've given specific fin recommendations for each individual
LOL
 
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