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Old     (ryan_e)      Join Date: Mar 2003       01-26-2004, 4:36 PM Reply   
Has anyone ridden the Nelson 138? If so what are your thoughts on the pro’s and con’s of the board? Also I am 5'11" and 170lbs. Should I go to the 141?
Old     (dakid)      Join Date: Feb 2001       01-26-2004, 4:42 PM Reply   
I used to ride the Nelson 138, but now ride the 141. Here's what I wrote about it.

Greg Nelson is back with Double Up and designed a board with a whole new look. Never before had Nelson designed a board with a lot of speed and an abrupt pop until now, his pro model, a 2003 DoubleUP Nelson.

The Nelson comes in 3 sizes; 135, 138 and 141. The 3-stage rocker sizes are 2.40”, 2.50” and 2.60” respectively. I picked up the 138. The rocker setup on this board is not like any other. Its 2.50” rocker is toned down in the center to 1.50”, thus making the pop not so overwhelming. Its mid width is pretty wide for this size at 16.40”. The tip and tail shapes are a mellow batwing type making for a quick release off the wake.

When I picked up the board, the rep asked me what size fins I wanted with the board. I chose 1” fins. These fins are aligned with 4 parallel channels. The board also has cupped rails that worked with the fins to give this board an incredible edge hold. This board, when laid down on its edge, will not let you slip out. Don’t be alarmed, though, as breaking this board free for lipslides or butterslides, is a piece of cake!

On my first jump with the Nelson 138, I noticed it had a completely different pop, compared to my old board, the DoubleUP Pro 142, which had a great pop that took me up and out into the flats. The difference was that the Nelson had an bucking type of pop. Once you hit the wake, the Nelson takes you straight up! If you have your basics down, the pop is very predictable…straight up, straight down on the 2nd wake. If you really rail it though, this board will take you up and out into the flats. Will it buck you out of control compared to boards with huge rockers? No. The pop is abrupt, but not overwhelming.

If speed is what you’re looking for in a board, the Nelson will not disappoint you. Outside in the flats, the board is pretty laid back. Once you put it on its edge, hang on, because this board will take you for a ride! It’s as if it was a different board! The board accelerates like no other!

A year ago, I decided to go with a bigger board for softer landings. When I picked the 138, I was a bit nervous about the landings. Upon landing a big jump, I realized I had nothing to worry about. The landings were amazing! I cased the 2nd wake and/or landed in the flats a few times, and it felt very smooth and didn’t hurt my knees at all. I found towards the middle of the board at the ends of the channels, the convex “holes” along with the center beam to absorb and soften landings. With my feet in the bindings, standing on the platform of the boat, I could rock back and forth; toe to heel…the center beam. After riding it for 3 days, even after not riding for a couple of months, my knees were fine!

In conclusion, the DoubleUP Nelson 138 is one of the best boards I have ever ridden, with it’s abrupt 3-stage pop, to its super soft landings. If you get a chance to ride one, don’t pass it up! The Nelson will not disappoint you and will take your riding to the next level.

(The only thing wrong I could think of was that it might be too loose for a beginner rider.)
(BTW, I'm 5'9", 165)
Old     (ty540)      Join Date: Nov 2001       01-26-2004, 4:42 PM Reply   
I'm 6'2", 165lbs. and I ride the 141. You could go with either size, it just depends on what you're looking for (a little lighter/more responsive? Then go with the 138. A little more stable? Go with the 141). I may be a little biased, but you really can't go wrong with any board designed by Nelson. Enjoy!

(Message edited by ty540 on January 26, 2004)
Old     (scott_a)      Join Date: Dec 2002       01-27-2004, 12:05 AM Reply   
i am 5"10, 175lbs. i ride an 03 nelson 138. it seems to be workin fine for me...
Old     (ryan_e)      Join Date: Mar 2003       01-27-2004, 11:31 AM Reply   
Thanks for the replies. I ordered the Nelson 138 today along w/ the Zues bindings.
Old     (bill)      Join Date: Feb 2001       01-27-2004, 1:54 PM Reply   
Ryan what year did you order??TxMC i assume???Did they have one to demo??sounds like a good board but i wont buy one until i demo it a few times in a lot of different conditions.the zeus are great for sure..

cant wait to try your setup :-)
Old     (ryan_e)      Join Date: Mar 2003       01-27-2004, 5:22 PM Reply   
Bill, the bindings and board are 04. I talked with TxMC at the Ft. Worth boat shop and they could not do the price I wanted. Kit, at hooked me up on the package.

I can't wait to try my setup :-)
Old     (bill)      Join Date: Feb 2001       01-29-2004, 4:18 PM Reply   
i dont see any 04 dup boards online..Are the 03 and 04 boards exactly the same as far as specs go???

Old     (dakid)      Join Date: Feb 2001       01-29-2004, 4:41 PM Reply   
Yeah, they are the same.

Check 'em out at
Old     (ryan_e)      Join Date: Mar 2003       01-29-2004, 5:28 PM Reply   
Bill, the specs are the same. The graffic on the 04 are much sweeter. To see the 04 Double Up do to


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