Smooth riding 9 footer that rides steep waves too?

JTS

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I agree about the nose on the Parallax, I’ve got a 9’3 (it was the first Thunderbolt I bought) great board - my only complaint is that the nose is a liability in Strong offshores. I actually prefer the 8’3” version- still a wide nose but the shorter length makes it easier to deal with the wind

To the OP, I just recently picked up a TJ Pro V. I’ve only had a single session on it (hooded suit, gloves , boots etc) it was about head high, hollow beach break- board worked really well. Might want to look at that as well.

BTW measuring the fin placements, I was really surprised to see how far up the sides are , about 17 inches IIRC. Really responsive!
 

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JVRI

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Thinking on this thread some more, I had a Takayama DT1 and regrettably sold it sooner than I should have. It was my big wave longboard and it excelled in punchy surf. Would put a vote in for that as well. I had an epoxy (not a surf tech or pop out), so weight was pretty light and manageable.
 

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I agree about the nose on the Parallax, I’ve got a 9’3 (it was the first Thunderbolt I bought) great board - my only complaint is that the nose is a liability in Strong offshores. I actually prefer the 8’3” version- still a wide nose but the shorter length makes it easier to deal with the wind

To the OP, I just recently picked up a TJ Pro V. I’ve only had a single session on it (hooded suit, gloves , boots etc) it was about head high, hollow beach break- board worked really well. Might want to look at that as well.

BTW measuring the fin placements, I was really surprised to see how far up the sides are , about 17 inches IIRC. Really responsive!
Please do a proper review when you've had some more time on the water with it. This board has such a small internet footprint so far, and it's the only Thunderbolt Black board that interests me right now.
 
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LogFeliz

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Depending what you're looking for, the 9'6 FM could work - supposed to be a few of them coming up for sale soon on the Lovemachine website according to their IG
 

DanSan

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As much as I am wary of Dave Vernor(everyone in Santa Cruz has a vernor story)
His larger treehugger and Beartreehugger
Is intriguing.. I’m going to check out the
9& 9.6 today at the outlet and report back
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