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  • Chumlee Impressions

    Well, to begin I'll admit to being a firewire addict as I just picked up the Chumlee two weeks ago, and the Gamma this last saturday. So that makes number 15 and 16 for firewires owned.
    SO, the Chumlee. I was getting a bit bored with the TT baked that i had, so it found a new owner, and i picked up the 44L model, threw a quad set in and immediately paddled out in grovely 2ft lazy surf. The minute i started paddling I knew i made the right decision. Same volume as my Evo, but it paddles faster. Oh, and it feels about 2 pounds lighter. The way it catches waves shocked me. Very little effort, and the responsiveness has me reconsidering holding on to my Evo. Then, on saturday, i took the Chumlee out in some Jose swell in central florida. I used a large fin setup, MR fins with a Merrick rear thruster fin. Couldn't have been happier. I could extend my bottom turns around the long sections in a way similar to my longboard, but it transitions rails with ease off the lip! Basically this catches waves like the double agent, but performs like a more traditional shortboard once its moving. I also like how the Helium build feels softer underfoot, and on the ribs, than the TT. All was going well until my lower back locked up from working on floors for the past couple weeks, but ill recover. Looking forward to getting this and the Gamma out there in a month or so. Unfortunately ill be stuck in the desert for a while.

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    Thanks for the review, Paragon1. I'm thinking I will get a Chumlee as my summer board next year. Great to hear all the positive reviews of the chumlee and helium on here.

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    • #3
      Nice review. Could you give a more detailed comparison of the CL vs the Evo? Do you think having the CL means you don't need an Evo?!

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      • #4
        Originally posted by samadablam View Post
        Nice review. Could you give a more detailed comparison of the CL vs the Evo? Do you think having the CL means you don't need an Evo?!
        I've only had two sessions on my CL, and i've had my Evo since 2015. I'll start by saying they're two boards built under two different design philosophies. One is speed based, the other is volume/surface area, and the amount of performance you get from either has a great deal to do with your surfing/fitness. I've had some of my best sessions on the Evo, it's stability and predictability are by far the best i've surfed with. That being said, the wide square tail has given me issues from time to time getting it vertical, but it also could've been rider error (most likely case). What i like the most about the Evo is its ability to take off super late, but provide instant acceleration past the section on what most would be a closeout.

        The CL, as many have stated, catches waves like the Double Agent did, but the biggest drawback to the DA was how hard it was to turn. Dan Mann seems to have combined the best of both worlds with the CL. Super early on the drop-in, and once its on plane its extremely agile for its portly dimensions. This should be an all-rounder as well, however in fast pitching breaks the Evo will have a leg up on it because...well...hydrodynamics that i can't speak to. The real question comes down to long term durability. I love how the Helium Tech feels, its super light, easily 1+ lbs lighter than my evo, and gives its a lively feel, BUT, it is softer underfoot. How that translates into durability is something only time will tell. I'm keeping both of mine for now since there's nothing like having a well-rounded quiver.

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        • #5
          Thanks very much. Great analysis. Lovely quiver by the way!

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          • #6
            I'd love to know about your physical characteristics (weight, height, etc). I'm 6'5" / 220lbs, and am about to pick up a a 6'4" / 44L Chumlee as I've been looking for something like the Baked Potato with a bit more nose rocker and a longer rail.

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            • #7
              Originally posted by TallMartin View Post
              I'd love to know about your physical characteristics (weight, height, etc). I'm 6'5" / 220lbs, and am about to pick up a a 6'4" / 44L Chumlee as I've been looking for something like the Baked Potato with a bit more nose rocker and a longer rail.
              Sorry for the slow response. We're basically twins, but you got an inch on me. 44L would be a perfect fit for ya.

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              • #8
                Awesome - my order is in, just waiting on delivery... What are you using for fins?

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                • #9
                  crap forum

                  good reading paragon, and a very interesting question about the evo chumlee overlap, the chumlee and evo do cover similar waves, i have a 6'2 evo, 46lts and because of that i bought a 6'5 chumlee at 47.7 lts, i am 6'3, and 95-100kg's 57yrs. so need the paddle power.
                  I recently took both boards to the Maldives for a week and scored excellent well overhead hollow / semi hollow rights and lefts. Often it was a toss up which board to ride, and really neither one was what i needed, although in steep waves the evo felt more comfortable, with its slightly increased rocker. However my board of choice would have been something like a Hydronaut or Omni.
                  I have had an evo since July 2015 and have wondered if the chumlee would make it obsolete. If i had a 6'3 chumlee i would say it would be very close to my 6'2 evo, but the evo is a very unique board to ride and offers something different to keep your surfing interesting and fresh.
                  One big difference i have found, especially with my longer higher volume chumlee is its paddle in power is amazing, i can be into the wave so early it negates the steep drop. It is like riding a long board but with high performance on wave surfing.

                  There is a bit of CL fin talk on another thread and the recommendation was to ride it as a quad, i havent tried that yet as i prefer 3 fins but any upright pivot type fin would suit the wide tail.

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                  • #10
                    Originally posted by TallMartin View Post
                    Awesome - my order is in, just waiting on delivery... What are you using for fins?
                    being a bigger rider i generally stick the the AM2 fins. I've ridden both as a quad and a thruster, and the board behaved as expected. i did have a little fin fun one day on a larger swell (I'm east coast florida so "big" usually means large but soft until it hits the inside). I put in a set of FCS MR fins which come with a nub center fin, but i replaced that nub with a standard rear thruster. The MRs are big fins, and i don't think they make them anymore, but i digress. I made just about every section on the big lumpy day, and it felt just like my 9'2 stewart on the bottom turns, but more maneuverable when pulling floaters or turning in the lip. BTW I'm 6'4 and 235lbs, 40 years young and reasonably fit, but like the rest of you in the working world, i don't surf as much as I'd like.

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