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The question isn't how Stu Kennedy's board works, it's how the judges will score it.The best surfing at Lowers has historically been the most progressive, but sometimes when pushing the performance level the experimentation with equipment falls by the wayside. But lately that's changing as more surfers are opening up their minds to the potential of designs like the Mini Simmons and wider, thicker plugs.
But then Australia's Stu Kennedy showed up with something quite different under his arm. No nose, funky tail, the Daniel Thomson design is anything but conventional, but Kennedy figured it might give him some kind of advantage in the water.
After he got out of the water I caught up with him for a couple of minutes to see what's up with the odd sled.
Jason KenworthyStu Kennedy with his Daniel Thomson shape.
The boards are from Tomo Surfboards, modern planing hulls (MPH) shaped by my good mate Daniel Thomson.
How do they work and what are the advantages?
Dan gave me a go of his personal boards last week at home in Australia [Thomson originally hails from Lennox Head, Australia, but has recently taken up residence in Oceanside, Calif.]. They felt really unique and progressive, I found that they allow me to do pretty much anything I want to do on a wave. Really fast and free.
Are there any disadvantages?
Performance wise no. My only concern is how the judges will respond to me riding such an unorthodox design, personally I feel that these boards are allowing me to perform on a higher level than my traditional equipment.
Are you going to ride these designs at Lowers?
Yes, I will be riding these boards in the Lowers event. It is one of the most high performance waves in the world and I feel that I have one of the most high performance boards, so it should be exciting. Can't wait!
see Lowers Heat on Demand/ Stu Kennedy for not much in waves yet very classic and stupid comments by
the talking heads of surfing establishment.
ugh. jocks ...
Thanks to Daniel Thompson and Stu Kennedy for having some imagination.
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below in Aust. NOT LOWERS