The NFA 9’ et 10’:
Beginner + to semi pro, the NFA is made for you: the queen of longboard versatility.
It will adapt to your needs, your desires and your conditions.
So this is the board for almost everyone.
The NFA 9’ et 10’:
It can do anything and it’s easy. No need to be world champion, or to have perfect waves: it works!
It’s the longboard that will make you discover noses without being technically demanding.
- The 9’0 is suitable for everyone. It’s the centerpiece of the range.
- The 9’0 XL is the reassuring version of the NFA 9′. Super stable, it ensures maximum enjoyment.
- The 10’0 displays all the qualities of the 9’0 with the amplitude of the 10′.
- In XL, the NFA 10′ is certainly one of the easiest Boards. Ultra-stable, it doesn’t forget its modern Longboard program.
The NFA goes with everything and is indispensable. It’s the Swiss Army Knife of the SUP.
This immense versatility will allow it to eat a lot of the territory of other Boards, on the side of the cool ride, Noserides, 360°s, small waves.
It is not a Board that we will try to complete because it could do almost everything by itself. It’s different feelings that we’re going to look for in other Boards, mainly in different rhythms.
Its opposite would be an Alley or a Fatal. Hyper dynamic Boards that you have to constantly push within their limits and yours.
A good idea for a quiver is NFA + Karmen. There we have two tempos but we have common points on versatility.
A little more ambitious would be NFA + Mob + Alley (or Fatal depending on the speed and cleanliness of the waves). A versatile Longboard, a soft wave Shortboard, and a fast Shortboard.
It’s also the ideal girlfriend in the Quiver of a surfer who wants a maneuverable SUP to complete his surfboard collection with something that works in tiny micro waves. They will find a lively partner that he likes without having to collect SUPs to do everything.
Which Fin Mounting?
The 2+1 Fin mounting with identical lengths is a good base. In front of the Center Fin about 4cm behind the tips of the Laterals.
Take your recommended Fin size or just above. No less. You will need grip to control it.
Note that before the shape, it is the material of the Fins that makes the performance. Remember that the stiffer the Fins, the better it works. Yes, a pro needs good Fins, but an amateur also needs to go fast because speed is the basis of all maneuvers.
Reminder of the recommended FCS2 Fin sizes :
- XS for those under 55 kg / 120 Lbs
- S for 55 kg – 70 kg / 120 Lbs – 155 Lbs
- M for 65 kg – 80 kg / 145 Lbs – 175 Lbs
- L for 75 kg – 90 kg / 165 Lbs – 200 Lbs
- XL for those over 85 kg / 190 Lbs.
Never take shorter, except when kiting.
A surfer who wants more speed, more beautiful curves, cleaner surfing, working on his speed gain, will take one size above the recommended size.
In a setup that mixes sets, consider that the total surface area of your Fins should always be the same. If you lengthen the Center Fin, you have to reduce the laterals.
These do the grip and acceleration; and the Center Fin does the pivot and drive.
Or on the 9’0 and 10’0 you can keep two big Laterals and mount a 6 » or 7 » Pivot, Click, or Connect Center Fin, which will give you more smoothness in the rail to rail, and make the rollers in automatic: you will have more difficulty to break the curves but it will be cleaner. The front of the Center Fin 1cm behind the tips of the Laterals.
The other solution which is the most versatile on the NFA 9’0 and 10’0 is to put 100mm sides and mount a 7 » or 8 » Pivot, Clique, or Connect Center Fin, one size larger than the previous mounting:
- 100mm Laterals + 6 » Center: not enough drive, it’ll skid out alot.
- Laterals of 100mm + Center of 7 »: ideal for a maximum of mania and freedom in the curves.
- Laterals of 100mm + Center of 8 »: perfect management of the turns and good noserides.
- Laterals of 100mm + Center of 9 »: a lot of drive, probably too much.
- Laterals of 100mm + 10 » Center: it’s too much unless you weigh 120 kg.
The front of the Center Fin 1cm to 2cm behind the tips of the Laterals.
How Long Should Your Paddle Be?
Between your size and your size +5cm. A little length on a 12’0 is not a luxury, but never more than +8cm in the waves.
+15cm when cruising.
Take the length of your Board and a 10’0 for the 12’0. Less shoulder size, a reduced diameter (6mm) will make you gain a lot of speed. Anything above, you must have 7mm minimum.
Check its condition before each session and change it every year. This is your lifejacket.