9’2 Sunova Novalova Balsaflex Standard – Futures – 2 + 1 – Black Line
THE NOVALOVA is the perfect balance between performance and style. This is a board that has no issue getting vertical or climbing foam, however, it’s just as comfortable and controlled with 10 toes over.
This really is a board for high-performance surfing, that still performs just as well upfront as any traditional log. If you want the best of both worlds, a true allrounder, then look no further.
|9’2 x 22 7/8” x 3”
|9’6 x 23 11/16” x 3 1/8”
|10’0 x 25” x 3 1/4″
- OUTLINE: FULL NOSE, PARALLEL OUTLINE, ROUNDED PIN
- BOTTOM: CONCAVE TO ROLL, FLAT OUT THE TAIL
- ROCKER: FLATTER NOSE ENTRY TO PERFORMANCE TAIL ROCKER
- RAILS: SUPER LOW, 50/50 THROUGH THE MIDDLE WITH HARD EDGES OUT THE TAIL
- FIN: 2+1 (not included)
- GOAL: A HIGH PERFORMANCE NOSE RIDER
- WAVE: KNEE HIGH TO HEAD AND A HALF
- RIDER: NOVICE TO PRO
ABOUT THE BOARD
GENERAL GOAL | THEME OF THE BOARD
An allround longboard that’s designed to hold in really well with toes over, yet still crank some turns from the tail and hit the lip.
CONDITIONS IT’S WORKING BEST
Clean down the line waves. From knee high to head and a half.
MANEUVERS IT DOES BEST
Floaters, Foam Climbs, Hanging Toes.
SKILL LEVEL IT’S BEST FOR
Novice to Pro.
WHAT YOU THOUGHT OF WHEN YOU DESIGNED IT?
I wanted to create a longboard that was the ultimate performance nose rider. Something that you could surf with traditional style and grace that had many features built in to keep you up the front 3rd of the board. But something you could still run back to the tail of and attack a critical section when the opportunity presented itself.
WHAT IT POSSIBLY COMPROMISES ON THEN?
No compromises, this board has a lot of design elements that harmonize well with each other. There’s a lot going on in the overall shape but it works as a package. If there was one thing, the board doesn’t love lumpy conditions.
SHAPE DETAILS SUMMARY | DESIGN INFO
Full nose, parallel outline, rounded pin. Area in the nose always helps with nose riding, especially at lower speeds when you’re relying on the nose area to plane on top of the water. The parallel outline holds a straighter line when walking and nose riding, while the rounded pin offers squirt and great directional control off the tail, allowing you to put the board where you need to.
Super low, 50/50 through the middle with hard edges out the tail. The finer low rail makes it easier to drop into a turn, but the key feature is the super soft bottom edge, this encourages the water to wrap the rail and flow onto the deck. Water on the deck stabilizes the board and locks it into the wave face better, making it feel stable to walk and nose ride. Keeping a harder edge in the tail allows for release giving the board squirt and projection off the back foot.
Flatter nose entry to performance tail rocker. The flatter nose helps with paddle power and carry into waves, while on the nose it just tonks along better, maintaining momentum even if the wave slows down. The extra tail rocker was added for 2 reasons. 1st. A lot of features in the board stiffen and make the board hard to turn, so the tail rocker offsets this and loosens it up again. 2. A good nose rider needs to slow down when you’re on the nose, so you can hang in the curl of the wave, nose rocker, extra rocker in general or lastly extra tail rocker will slow a board down. So the goal is to slow the tail down so it drags water, rather than slowing the nose down so it pushes water.
Concave to roll, flat out the tail. The concave in the nose helps to generate lift while you’re right up the front to keep you high and dry, whilst the roll through the middle makes the board super stable to walk. The flat tail gives the board great release and makes it super fast when surfing from the tail.
Rolled. Not much going on here apart from thickness distribution. Having the nose and tail quite refined lowers swing weight and keeps the board feeling sensitive.
FINS (not included)
2+1. The larger center fin creates a more stable platform to walk on and also holds a cleaner, more direct line while nose riding. As you walk, the board has a tendency to rock a little rail to rail if you’re not walking the center perfectly and lightly. The deeper fin resists this rocky wobbly feeling and keeps the board flat and stable. The side bites help to initiate turns for more efficient redirections.
This board really is performance and style all packaged into one. If you want a board that can hang up the front really well yet still makes some heavier sections that you can attack with speed then this is the one.