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STORM 2.0 - Review

So what has changed with the Storm 2.0 ? Well here is an great little review. Take a read and make up your own mind

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You know what, I was bored.  I had surfed since I was 6 and I had been paddling for the best part of the last 10 years.  Paddling became my go to exercise and I was doing a big amount of Ks each week. But then, like other sports you needed boards for lots of stuff, flat water, general purpose, and ocean paddling.  


That sort of complexity alongside the fact that we had downsized our life from a massive house with a big garage to a smaller inner city apartment with limited storage really lead me to question the whole need to keep paddling.  But…. Because the there is always a But, Ange and Jacko rang me and said ‘hey we have the Storm 2 and we made some changes, do you want to grab one’.

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The only answer to that was ‘Absolutely’ so I packed up and went down to the shop to pick one up and drop off some other boards. I was lucky that both Ben (shaper) and Ange and Jacko were all there to walk me through the changes.  Are they ground-breaking? No, but the are subtle and do they make a difference – HELL YEA.

So, first things first, to look at the board you can sort of see some little changes around the nose but you are sort of hard pressed to really tell what they are.  The high points are that they have moved around some volume and made some gentle changes to the bottom shape. These changes make a big difference to not only the handling but where you can use this board. It also means you can drop a bit in width to cover a whole lot of conditions

So, what has this meant to me?  Well, its my go to board now, in flat water, does this mean it will smash a dedicated flat water board, no, but its good enough to make flat water training fun (well as fun as grinding can be) it keeps up with most boards and lets you concentrate on the improvement of technique and cadence.   Does it mean that I can drop the need for my Edge Pro, probably not, but there is probably only about 3 times a year I would use a dedicated flat water board.

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In our normal bay sessions the board is a bloody joy, short chop and cross swell is sometimes a horribly complex place to have a fun little paddle around but the new Storm has really added to my confidence and so, let me really enjoy some really fun sessions basically surfing around the bay (and if you don’t believe me next time there is a Southerly, or something with a bit of East in it, wander down to Shornecliffe Pier and you will find me surfing the Pier, BIG FUN).  

When it comes to a downwinder, this is really where the board just shines.  I was, up until recently, on a 28 Storm 1, which is an incredible board for downwinding, stable, confidence inspiring.  For us, ahem, more generously proportioned crew it is a sports car, scaled up and ready to deliver. With the Storm 2 I am able to drop 2 inches down to a 26 wide and it is every bit as stable as my old 28, but hell is it fast.  It’s so quick, that my first downwinder I was finding myself behind the board as it just wanted to hunt bumps and go faster. Once, I worked out that there was a different gear this board had and I just needed to adapt a little. The outcome is a faster, more stable platform to play on.  

So, how has the new Storm changed things for me?  I have my stoke back now, I have less complexity in what board I am going to take and I know that pretty much unless I am doing flat water marathons or competition sprinting then I grab my Storm.  I can’t wait to grab the board and do a bay run, or to enjoy some ocean time and I am enjoying my paddling more than ever.


So, if you are in the market for a new board, you really should put this one on your list of boards to look at.  


SEE YOU ON THE WATER 😊

Greg C, Australia




Learning to Downwind Foil

So with the Downwind foil starting to get more and more poplar we thought we would run through a few tips that will really help to get you started. We will break it down from the very start and go in to what gear you will need what conditions you should start with and how to start. 

What level do I need to be to start downwinding? 

When it comes to Foil downwinding it requires a bit of practice in other areas to really make the most of it and to really get ahead of the learning curve. There are quite a few things to help speed up the process. 

1: Learn behind a boat as this will give you good foil balance, make sure you are letting go of the rope and just riding the wake and trying to go from one wake to another.

2: Get in the waves as this can really help, learning to catch a wave and then pump from one wave to another is a key part. Many times while DW foiling you need to transition from bump to bump so learning to stay up on the foil while not on a wave is good practice.

3: Pumping up in the flatwater, now this might not be something that everyone can achieve but is still something that should be practiced as it helps with timing and with a lot of foiling timing is a real key to success.  We will be releasing a how to Flatwater pump up soon so check it out as it might help for this.

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What conditions are best for learning? 

Conditions play a huge part in learning and picking the right days to go might be the difference between success and failure. 

1: Small swell with the wind straight behind you is the first part, you want small swell as it moves slower and when you are learning you will more than likely be on a bigger wing so if the swell is big and moving fast then these swells can out run the bigger foils and it can make it very hard to learn. 

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2: Wind behind you and 20 knots plus is idea  as you will be mostly riding wind chop to start with. Having the wind behind you allows you to angle both ways across the swell with ease and takes away the only tracking one way which can be harder when learning. Having good solid wind also help with the getting up and creates more wedges in the ocean which we use to pump up on. 

If you time it right you can pump up without even really paddling but you have to really work on timing and picking the right bumps to go for.

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What gear do I need? 

This is also very important and you really have to sort the gear to the conditions you are learning in. 

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Foils: When learning it is always better to be over foiled which means too big a foil as if you are under foiled you will spend way too much time just trying to get up as opposed to over foiled where it should be easier to get up and then once up its just learning to control what’s going on. Paddling a 5 to 7ft board is no fun over a long distance so being up on the foil is far more fun. 

Look at the conditions you are about to go out in as well for example if you lived in Hawaii you might learn on a smaller wing than say the guys on the East coast of Australia where winds are far lighter so they will need larger wings. 

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Mast heights:  At the start we were all using 60cm masts but now its 75-90cm masts and the longer masts really help as the bumps get bigger and you will breach far less with the longer masts. Please note that the longer masts can be a litter harder to get up with when first using them.

Boards:  Like in the beginning of the sport really any board will work and if you have to save money, just converting an old SUP can work but the more you get into it the more you realize the Downwind foil boards that are built for the job are far better.

You want to ride as short as you can where you are still comfortable to paddle around, if your board is too small and you cannot paddle it so well then you will find it hard to put enough power in to the paddle strokes to get you up and this will make life hard. Keeping the board nice and light also helps as does getting one with nice bevelled rails and the right amount of tail kick after the foil boxes.

 

All these little things can really add up and this can be the difference in how long it takes to learn.


Please check out the Video’s here and we hope that you learn something from them. You can also contact us at ONE Ocean Sports via the contact page and we will endeavour to help you out.

The first sessions in DW: Now this is from personal experience and the first few DW sessions can be frustrating so keep them short, we recommend no longer than 5km as it is pretty physical and if you are working hard to get up and stay up then by the end of 5km you probably will not have enough energy left to get up any more anyway. You will know when you can go longer but set goals of staying up for a certain distance, mine was getting to that 1km without coming down and once I got to this it all really just started to click. 

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Once it does click you can do 20km or longer at a very easy physical rate and it will go from something that was super hard to something very easy!!


Don't give up as the reward is well worth it as you will see in the video’s below and even though the first few times will be tough it will get easier and once it does it will be one of the greatest things you ever do!!