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6’11 GONG Faking……in teeeny Waves REVIEW

Mike , one of our Gower GONG ambassadors shares a short movie with us on his 6’11 Faking short SUP in tiny waves …

GONG FAKING RHOSSILI SLOP from Mike Waterton on Vimeo.

He weighs 95kg

6’11 has 115Litres

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Gong Faking 6’11

After seeing some videos online of people riding short SUP’s and their versatility in small waves and the convenience of being able to chuck one in the car without bothering with roof straps, I decided to do a bit of research on one which will be suitable for myself. Most of the time I am around the 87-90kg mark, and 6’1ft tall, so I still needed something with a bit of size and volume. I also wanted something quite full at both the tail and the nose to help maintain stability. I was after a shape which I could really use in those small sloppy days, ideal for a quick surf after work at one of our local beaches here in Swansea without driving far into the Gower.

In the end I choose the Gong Faking 6’11 with 115 litres of volume and an ‘egg’ style shape which was exactly what I was after. The bamboo finish on the Bamby range of Gong boards also gives the board a smooth sleek finish. First time I used the board the conditions were nearly flat, but I was determined to get out on the water and give it ago. With ease it fitted in the back of my fiesta and I headed down the Gower. A new feature which I hadn’t experienced with my previous SUP’s was a board handle which made the journey from the car park to the beach even easier! When I first got on the board, I came straight off, but after a couple attempts and experimenting with new feet positions I soon cracked it and was happily paddling about. The row effect of the board was also more than I was used to, so catching waves I had to start with the board parallel to the wave to counteract this and to make sure I was in the surf stance early, keeping good weight on my front foot to help the board drop down into the wave. Once on the wave the board really came alive, everything became so much lighter and quicker than what I was used to, so naturally down I went. But with perseverance and making sure my stance was correct I started to enjoy the board more and more.

So now I have had the board for several months and it’s becoming the most used out of my two boards due to the conditions we have been having. Riding short SUP’s is a totally different experience to riding the larger boards, and a different physical work out. You have to be much closer to the peak, and have a smaller margin for error with your feet positioning.
It is a very enjoyable board and I have now been riding it in a range of conditions, however my personal recommendation would be to have a larger SUP to complement it for when the waves get bigger.

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