Kirk / MPE intel

cpg

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Apr 6, 2017
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anyone got first hand knowledge of Kirk's new MPE line?

I like the look of the wildcat model (somewhere between a HotGen and Baby V). Heard they are CNC with a scrub which is fine for my needs.

Ride reports and fondle impressions welcome.
 

Dom_Minh_O

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Jan 27, 2021
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San Francisco, CA
8'4 Wildcat

Had the 8'8 Andreini Sam out from yesterday's session, so a quick side-by-side. Similarly full rails. Very flat out the back comparatively. Hides its weight well as it's thick through the middle (see s-deck shot in the 2nd pic) - paddles as well if not better than the Sam.

Sorry couldn't find the leveler, so a ruler shot will have to do. Pics taken right before and right after the fin box.

Decently intuitive, usually takes a wave (or three) before I get it dialed in for the session whereas the Sam feels like I have training wheels on from the get-go.
 

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fluidworks

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Dec 1, 2019
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San Luis Obispo, CA
8'4 Wildcat

Had the 8'8 Andreini Sam out from yesterday's session, so a quick side-by-side. Similarly full rails. Very flat out the back comparatively. Hides its weight well as it's thick through the middle (see s-deck shot in the 2nd pic) - paddles as well if not better than the Sam.

Sorry couldn't find the leveler, so a ruler shot will have to do. Pics taken right before and right after the fin box.

Decently intuitive, usually takes a wave (or three) before I get it dialed in for the session whereas the Sam feels like I have training wheels on from the get-go.

Thanks for the pics. Any idea on glassing? Just curious if they’re super light sanded finish to save on money or better.
 

BigBoard

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Aug 8, 2018
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I took a very long look at a handful of MPEs at Mollusk SB. Some boards are made south of boarder start to finish and others in LA. Not made by AquaTech. Boards are inconsistent with some boards having hard edges in tail while other don't. This line may need some QA/QC to get right. I'm not interested in getting any boards in my garage that aren't well designed or finished. Trending hulls if you want my opinion. Wildcat could be a rad board if scrubbed properly and sanded correctly. Can't compare to craftsmanship or design of other labels making rolled bottoms at the same shop.
 

WesCantDress

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Mar 5, 2020
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Long Beach, CA
@Dom_Minh_O - Yea man! Thanks for that side by side. The Andreini looks pretty lifted in that rear end. I believe my buddy's 8 something Vaquero only had 2" in the tail, so MPE music be nearly nothing? However sometimes pictures can be deceiving. Appreciate the shots tho!

@BigBoard - Another interesting point. Through Kirk's connections and prominence in the industry I'd bet that while the development of these shapes was obviously well done, the production was fast-tracked and has yet to go through the growing pains that result in better QC. Dig the insight - honestly I'd kind of dig the chance to surf one with edges and one without...
 




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