A few days ago I committed with the owner of the shop I work for to test his new Kazuma SUP board, since he wanted to order a few for the shop and wanted to know my opinion.
Finally I managed to go to the south shore and catch a few waves at Woody's with it. The board is 8.8 and 30 inches wide and it's quite easy for its size. The four fins give a nice grip in either steep sections or in the white water. It clearly doesn't glide much (too short and wide), but once on the wave it turns really nice. In other words, not quite a beginner board, but for sure a easy one for advanced not too heavy surfers.
Then I jumped on another Kazuma 9.2 by 27.5 inches wide and thinner rails. I liked it even better. On the wave it almost felt like a regular longboard... "well, at that point why not a regular longboard", a collegue commented. 'Zactly. For me SUP boards are too big and thanks to the stretching and yoga I've been doing, my back lately is allowing me to do plenty of regular surfing, so no need to give it a break with SUP...
What I now need (and I know I'm not alone) is a break from windsurfing! It's been windy and wavy for many days and it looks like there's no change in sight.
Actually the forecast looks really bad to me (depending on what you like, of course). A strong high pressure will setup north of the islands and the trades will be blowing hard. I don't see any major NW ground swell. Some wave models predict a big N swell on Thursday, but from the weather maps I check, I honestly can't see anything other than big windswell. Might get rainy too.
Not complaining, just informing. For sure it's going to be wavesailable. Seen the amount of pros at Hoo (the level in the water is unreal), I might need to give Uppers a try...