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  • Myles808
    started a topic Unibrow...Love at first sight...

    Unibrow...Love at first sight...

    When I saw first photos of the "proto Unibrow" I was "magnetically attracted" to it! Tail end - Dominator, and front part SHORT BOARD! In Hawaii, we label the "off-spring" between the union of an Asian and Caucasian as "HAPA" - and your first impression, "Wow! Beautiful and striking." Same thing for the Unibrow.

    I picked up my sexy looking 5-6 Uni at the same time that I got my 5-4 Vanguard. Positioned side by side, the Uni had ALL the right genetics...The VG while intriguing seemed to have "mutated genes." I surfed the VG for a week straight and felt like my surf experience was "turned side-ways." I was blown away by how fast and loose the VG was (see my "Session Notes" in the Vanguard posts). Meanwhile, back home on my board rack (along with my other lonely FW's) sat my brand new (but neglected) Uni.

    One week after exclusively surfing my VG, I finally christened my 5-6 Uni. The first thing I noticed as I paddled out was that volume is distributed differently then a Dom/Spitfire. To create the sexy short-board nose, the volume is pushed from under the chest down toward the center (or my core). So the nicely tapered front rails of the Dom is replaced with more of a domed-deck. This is not a negative, it took some adjustment to get accustomed to a fuller feel in the center of the board. I ended up surfing head-high waves at a slabby/ledgy South Shore spot that's very fickle, but when it's it's "ON" it's as close to North Shore power we get. This initial session was perhaps "tainted" by my experience of exclusively surfing the VG the week before. My timing and balance on my Uni felt "off." This I attributed to my Vanguard experience the prior week in which speed and looseness were abundant. However, once I self-corrected, I came to appreciate the good drive and consistent rail feel of the Unibrow. I only felt disappointed because I'd surfed well below my capabilities in very good waves on my new Uni. I'd redeem myself in the next few days.

    The 2nd session on my Uni gave me my "Aha!" moment. The waves had dropped to chest high and were softer & NOT breaking top-to-bottom as the day before (different surf spot). Paddling the Uni is definitely like paddling your Dom or Spitfire, the low rocker thru the tail allows easy paddling considering the very short length (5-6). My Spitfire is 5-4, and my 5-6 Uni paddled just as well if not better. That session allowed me to take off on the outside waves (along-side long-boarders), and connect the flat sections to inside reforms each time the opportunity presented itself. The Uni was plenty FAST when I needed to keep up with "running sections," it's short length allowed quick top-to-bottom snaps when the wave allowed it, and the round-house cut-backs with rebounds were easy (as I expected) with the rounded pin-tail. My 3rd & 4th sessions in the same wave conditions were as good as the 2nd, essentially, the Uni excels as performance groveler. My 5-fin array for these sessions were: FCS Carbon Fiber Twins, GX quad trailers, and "upright" Nubster.

    This past Saturday thru Tuesday a new E/SE swell rolled into the South Shore and our home-break LIT UP! I surfed my Uni each day with differing conditions...Easily over-head to double overhead, and breaking top to bottom. Each day we had speeding sections some makeable and many too fast unless you were on a jet-ski, BUT the Uni handled the steep take-offs, double-ups, late drop-ins, and barrell sections very easily. Granted I should've been surfing a standard short-board shape, but I'm always interested in pushing a board's limitations. For these waves I changed my 5-fin array to Simon Anderson Large, fiberglass quad trailers (like Rusty quad-trailers w/less rake & more vertical profile), and my upright Nubster. In retrospect, I could've gone to a thruster array with all the speed and juice, but the quad trailers allows for later more vertical take-offs with less "tail spin-out." Unibrow in over-head juice - CHECK!

    So, Unibrow...One board quiver for waist/chest hi to over-head. Sure why not. Test it's limits and you might be suprised too!

  • meekthefreak
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    Hey kdropin, can you give any thoughts on the unibrow and how it compares to your potatonator and hellrazor? Like I said previously...I demoed a 5.9 uni and fell in love. I am just wondering if it is too similar to what I already have. I love the p'nator in 2-4ft surf and the HZ in 3-5ft+ so it is hard to justify adding a tweener board but it looks sick. Especially in Timber Tek. Curious what your thoughts are. Cheers!

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  • moolie
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    thanks RobinL. Thats a great help

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  • RobinL
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    Hey moolie,
    I've had the 62 stealth for about a year and just bought the 60 unibrow to replace it. I found the stealth had more float both to paddle and when up and riding. I loved the way it surfed but i aways felt that it had a bit too much float and stability. The lower surface area of the unibrow and slightly lower volume rails in the tail make it feel smaller when I'm up and riding.

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  • moolie
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    Apologies for hijacking the thread but cant seem to find a Unibrow category on the forum.
    I would like to buy a Unibrow but unsure of which size to get. Its a toss up between a 5'11 and 6'0. I have a 6'2 Stealth which is plenty of volume for me.
    I am 185cm (just over 6'0) and 84kg dry. 38 years old and stay fit. I love the stealth but sometimes feel that it is a bit too thick and heavy especially in FST. As a "one board quiver" from 2-6 ft the stealth has been brilliant, especially as a quad. My concern is that the Unibrow (6') is even thicker in the midsection albeit more tapered at the nose and tail. Does anyone with a Uni and with similar stats as myself have comment on if the board feels too thick and heavy as a 6' ?
    thanks

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  • kdropin
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    Originally posted by meekthefreak View Post
    Kdropin, how do you like your unibrow? I am a little surprised that you went 5'10" and and not 5'9" but a little extra foam can't hurt.
    haven't ridden it yet.. having a run of swell here now but with work and bad tide schedule won't b able to get any of it.. anyways i went with the 5'10 bc it seems everyone is going two inches bigger then their dominator's.. i lost a bunch of weight bc of a shitty injury that will hopefully get fixed this summer and will most likely get back to my 170ish weight.. i also surf the north east= weak period and more rubber .. feeling it up doesn't feel like its a ton of foam. very refined towards the tail.. when doing a ton of board compares i liked how the 5'6 potatonator lines up with the 5'10 uni.. similiar but different enough for better conditions using the unibrow.. i could ride it at 5'10 and always size down if needed i guess.. we'll see

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  • meekthefreak
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    Originally posted by kdropin View Post
    picked up mine today at lunch (missed the delivery on friday) looks like an awesome shape.. feeling it
    Kdropin, how do you like your unibrow? I am a little surprised that you went 5'10" and and not 5'9" but a little extra foam can't hurt.

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  • walkingdisaster
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    I spoke with the Aus Firewire rep recently and he said end of May start of June.

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  • dawnbuster
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    Could anyone shed light on when timbertek unibrows will be available in oz.I did read somewhere that they would be available in the second quarter of this year.Chasing a 5' 10." Thanks in advance.

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  • cucuson
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    So here's my take on my first surf Uni 5'11 w am2 techflex tri fin set up. Chest to head high 75-100 yrd rides reef in semi-clean surf. The Uni paddles great, caught any wave I wanted , at one point I had to slow down my count as the boyz where giving me the stink eye cause I was catching so many waves. Quick get up & go and very responsive in turns, does s turns with ease and very solid controlled top turns & soo fast. I was making sections that a lot of the boyz weren't making. Cant wait to try it in overhead surf. Very solid and fast board!! I'm in love , nothing better than good feedback on the first surf. Keep you posted on new sessions!!

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  • Myles808
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    Originally posted by kdropin View Post
    picked up mine today at lunch (missed the delivery on friday) looks like an awesome shape.. feeling it
    Oooohhh! Sweet ecstacy Kdropin!

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  • kdropin
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    picked up mine today at lunch (missed the delivery on friday) looks like an awesome shape.. feeling it

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  • Myles808
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    Originally posted by hwork50 View Post
    Myles808, Thanks for the great post as that pretty much is the most thorough board review I have ever read. Thanks for doing that as I am always looking to get a new firewire.
    You're welcome HWORK...I always appreciate it when another FW member relates their experience(s) so I can compare it to my own or (as in your case) make a better/more informed decision. Firewires are worth the $$$, but they aren't cheap. You wanna feel good when you put down your hard earned dineros.

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  • Myles808
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    Originally posted by fokaiHI View Post
    i luv the VG. i'll ride it from waist high to a solid 4' Hayn. its funny cause w my longboarding background, i know all the guys. i dont get snubbed out of waves at all. i just sit w them and rotate waves. the day u saw me the ADD is cause i only had an 1 1/2 to surf. during the summer i do 2 sessions a day and probably hit the morn w the VG and cruise the ADD by mid-day. nobody better than to sit outside w than Wes right? shud join us. 2 VG surfers, a longboarder here and there, we set a perimeter and catch waves all day. dont laugh. its pretty much what we do.
    Yeah Fokai you guys got the main peaks on lock-down out there. I've had some of my longest rides there, and when I do paddle out I always say to the boys, "Thanks for giving me a one-day pass to surf your spot!" (HAH!) Even tho my "home spot" is across the channel I always get the Aloha treatment when I paddle across (if my spot's not working). It's funny when I paddle out the crew always looks at me and sez, "Eh, what U doing out hea?" That would be classic to have a VG contingent out - actually the majority of my sessions on the VG have been at your spot.

    I've been surfing across the channel since '76! Wes used to surf out there too, but I think the competition got to stiff for his taste. Honestly I've been challenged to surf the VG at my break because the wave "jacks up" faster on the reef - the Uni and my boards with pulled-in noses handle it better. I've found on several occasions where I'm late, I fall back onto my outside (shoreward) rail, causing me to be late when I finally hit my bottom turn. I should take you up on your offer and take notes so I can get the VG better dialed.

    Thanks for the offer Fokai!

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  • fokaiHI
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    Originally posted by hwork50 View Post
    That is such a great routine!! I wish I could be there with you. FokaiHI, do you work? Have a family? What allows you to live the dream?
    imm not goin to lie. married w 5 kids from 18mos-19yrs. own a lil private business that allows me to do what i like, except travel. plus my wife is super cool about my surfing, as long as i wait 6 weeks in-between buying boards. lol

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