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Old    oshensurfer            10-30-2003, 9:13 AM Reply   
I've read the descriptions on these two boards, but I'm wondering what the difference is in riding and whether it's worth the addtional C-note for the platinum. Anyone out there ride the regular Absolute AND the Platinum. I rode my buddy's '03 Platinum and liked it alot. Very loose and had awesome pop. Just looking for some opin's on this deck. Thanks
Old     (aaronlee13)      Join Date: Jul 2001       10-30-2003, 9:33 AM Reply   
How much does a lighter board mean to you?
Old     (jarrod)      Join Date: May 2003       10-30-2003, 9:36 AM Reply   
Scott, I ride the Plat, it's almost a pound lighter.
Old     (aaronlee13)      Join Date: Jul 2001       10-30-2003, 9:41 AM Reply   
I always go for the lighter boards.. the DNA's or PLatiums, funny thing is now i got a biolite, but for the price i couldnt pass it up
Old     (bbr)      Join Date: Apr 2002       10-30-2003, 9:50 AM Reply   
I ride the Plat, one word.....sick. I wouldn't ride anything else.
Old     (blabel)      Join Date: Jul 2001       10-30-2003, 10:04 AM Reply   
I got the platinum but only because it wasn't that much more for me. I've ridden both and if it came down to a 110 dollar difference I wouldn't get it.

Its a little stiffer and lighter and that's about it.

Weight is not an issue for me. Its all what you get used to in my opinion.
Old     (jarrod)      Join Date: May 2003       10-30-2003, 10:06 AM Reply   
Unless you changed sponsorers right, Brandon!?

Hey let me ask you, have you ridden the 04? I personally couldn't tell a difference. Just wondering if an above average rider like yourself could tell the difference?
Old    deltahoosier            10-30-2003, 12:12 PM Reply   
I was kind of looking in the direction of the Absolute myself. I ride the Parks 143 right now. I test rode a Abs Plat last spring. It had great pop, but, evertime I landed it seemed to sink on me. I am now riding at 24.7 again instead of 23.7 of last year, so, I wonder if the shorter Abs compared to the Parks would ride better for me at the higher speed. Then the question if it does, Is the pound really that big of a deal between the regular or Platinum. The most I will throw is a 3 or maybe, if I hit some magical point in my life, a 5. Do I drink one or two less drinks through the day or what? Do you guys really think the Platinum releases different off the wake? I know my parks board is real heavy.

(Message edited by deltahoosier on October 30, 2003)
Old     (bbr)      Join Date: Apr 2002       10-31-2003, 8:17 AM Reply   
I did feel that it tracked just a bit better when cutting into the wake, they angled the molded fins out a bit. I don't ride with the center fins so it doesn't track as hard as it would with them, but it teaches you to use the edge rather then the fins to initiate your cuts. The main difference for me was going from the 134 to the 141, which I like much better. Lots more pop, but I am more solid on the landings.
Go with the Plat, the extra weight that you save will help you in the long run.
Old    oshensurfer            11-04-2003, 9:36 AM Reply   
Thanks Gents. I'm not really sure whether weight is an issue for me. I've been riding a Belmont for 2 years and then I got on my buddy 03 plat and i was getting more air than ever which is why I wanted to switch. So I guess lighter is better afterall.
Old    shanny            12-15-2003, 2:07 PM Reply   
what about the freedom? is that the same as the absolute 03?
Old     (tparider)      Join Date: Aug 2003       12-15-2003, 2:42 PM Reply   
What about the Pure? Is that the same mold as the Absolute?
Old     (jarrod)      Join Date: May 2003       12-15-2003, 3:05 PM Reply   
Freedom is the same for sure. I think the Pure the same but I'm not positive on that.
Old     (deepstructure)      Join Date: Jun 2002       12-15-2003, 5:37 PM Reply   
hmm, you switched from the shorter 134 to the 141 brandon...interesting. anything you liked better about the shorter board, or is it all better with the 141?

i just got both sticks to demo and im starting with the 134 because i ride the 141 belmont and wanted to see if i like going to a shorter board...
Old    shanny            12-15-2003, 7:09 PM Reply   
guys how does a few centimeters change a board from being a board for someone 140lbs to 200lbs
Old     (deepstructure)      Join Date: Jun 2002       12-15-2003, 7:27 PM Reply   
well, it's not just the length that changes, its the overall surface area of the board. adding 7 cms (2.74ins), multiplied by 10 inches (the width at the tip of the absolutes), adds about another 27 square inches of space to the board (more really since the board gets progressively wider towards the center length-wise).

more surface area means better ability to support weight.
Old     (jarrod)      Join Date: May 2003       12-16-2003, 7:08 AM Reply   
From a Belmont to an Absolute should be like night and day. I have a feeling you'll like it.
Old     (tparider)      Join Date: Aug 2003       12-16-2003, 2:55 PM Reply   
Thanks for the comment J-Rod - coincidentally, I ride a Belmont too. I've been checking out the Pure because a couple of places online have it for pretty cheap.
Old     (typhoon)      Join Date: Jul 2001       12-16-2003, 2:58 PM Reply   
i love my regular absolute. tyr and talk to mike. you can get some great deals there.
Old     (bbr)      Join Date: Apr 2002       12-16-2003, 6:35 PM Reply   
Chris, I did like the fact that the board was small, it felt like it was nothing to spin and hop around on it. But the 41 now feels the same, once I got used to it. The bigger board seems a bit slower, but the pop, stability, and the butter landings more than make up for it.
Old     (tparider)      Join Date: Aug 2003       12-16-2003, 8:54 PM Reply   
Hey TY -

Does Adrenaline give better deals on the Absolute than their website suggests? $380 is pretty steep compared to other online shops.

Old     (typhoon)      Join Date: Jul 2001       12-17-2003, 6:19 AM Reply   
from what i found definately. talk to mike bell there though. tell him what you are lookikng for price wise also. awesome service also.
Old     (rodeo)      Join Date: Apr 2002       12-18-2003, 8:33 PM Reply   
found the 140 on ebay for about 250, but can get the 140 platinum for 285 at board shop. is it worth the extra 35? I'm beginner/intermediate skill level but would like to progress alot this year.
Old     (jarrod)      Join Date: May 2003       12-19-2003, 8:08 AM Reply   
Hell yes it's worth $35.00.
Old     (magellan)      Join Date: Feb 2003       12-19-2003, 8:26 AM Reply   
What year Plat for 285?
damn, that's a steal
Old     (rodeo)      Join Date: Apr 2002       12-19-2003, 5:27 PM Reply   
03 140 platinum,not demo
Old     (rodeo)      Join Date: Apr 2002       12-22-2003, 8:39 PM Reply   
ordered it today!!! New 03 absolute Platinum 140 for 285. YEE-HAW!
Old    wegotbikes            12-22-2003, 9:04 PM Reply   
where shawne? I want one too!
Old     (rodeo)      Join Date: Apr 2002       12-23-2003, 7:24 PM Reply   
TSR in New Braunsfels Texas. I think I got the last one, though. Go to their web page and get the phone number. Call and talk to Eric in the board shop. If anything is left, he'll hook you up!
Old     (rodeo)      Join Date: Apr 2002       12-27-2003, 7:37 PM Reply   
flying frenchman,
I e-mailed you a message on a '04 absolute 141 if you are interested. If you didn't get my e-mail then respond here and I'll give you the info. sounded like a good deal. laters
Old    wegotbikes            12-29-2003, 9:06 PM Reply   
Thanks Shawne, got the email and emailed him, but no response yet. Maybe because of the holidays. I am from Texas too so I always rather support my local shops before ebay. I'll try to call him tomorrow. Thanks again!
Old     (rodeo)      Join Date: Apr 2002       12-31-2003, 7:55 AM Reply   
keep me posted on how thing go, I'd hate to recommend a shop then the deal turn sour. Hope everything goes O.K. My 03 absolute came ups yesterday,SSWEEEET!!!!


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