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Old    Collin (flsurflover)      Join Date: Aug 2003       08-16-2004, 2:36 PM Reply   
I'm ready to buy a new (to me) board. I still love my '03 Premier 140 but just want to try something new. I want to stick with a 3-stage rocker and don't mind going to an abrupt 3-stage.

I don't buy brand new boards because I'm too cheap, but the boards I'm considering are:
03/04 Absolute 141
04 Gonzales 138
04 Premier 141
04 Byerly 137

I will demo as many as I can but will probably only get to ride the Hyperlites.

I'm looking for a good transition from the 03 Premier with more vertical pop. Still a little loose like the finless 03 Premier. Any advice besides demo them?
Old    Ryan Rantz (airrantz)      Join Date: Jun 2004       08-16-2004, 2:42 PM Reply   
I'm enjoying my new 05 Byerly (same as 04 different graphics). If you remove the center fin I would imagine it would give you the loose feel like your Premier. Haven't ridden it yet with the center fin out however. Definitely would recommend a demo. I had the same problem with only being able to demo a few hyperlite boards. I liked the premier, but like the aggressiveness of the new Byerly a little more.
Old    JKW (jwat142)      Join Date: Jan 2002       08-16-2004, 3:10 PM Reply   
Try the '04 CWB Prodigy. It's a lot like the premier. Maybe a little faster, but it's nice and loose depending on what fins you put on there and it has a subtle 3-stage rocker like the premier. But, the prodigy's rocker is 3", which should give you more pop than the premier. I just got the Prodigy Platinum 140 and like it a lot.
Old    Buzz (buzz_grande)      Join Date: Mar 2004       08-16-2004, 3:12 PM Reply   
04 Absolute 141. Give it a try!
Old    Mike D. (mdan)      Join Date: Apr 2003       08-16-2004, 7:53 PM Reply   
I have a 04 absolute, 141, the blue zane schwenk one. You can have it for $250. I rode it twice, Comes with the aluminum fins etc. Let me know when you come into town if you want to demo it, or just ride.
2001 san
I still ride my 03 premiere 140 dna
Old    Leo Lasecki (malibuboarder75)      Join Date: Jan 2004       08-16-2004, 8:02 PM Reply   
you should consider buying a new board even if its a 2003 model. Used boards over time lose shape and the performance isnt as good. Try to buy last years clearance boards. Evogear is selling 2003 boards for $99 and 2004 for $199.
Old    airwarrior04 (airwarrior04)      Join Date: Aug 2004       08-16-2004, 11:21 PM Reply   
what is evo gear can you email it to me at
Old    Collin (flsurflover)      Join Date: Aug 2003       08-17-2004, 1:12 PM Reply   
Mike, thanks for the offer. I sent you an email about getting together. I'm very interested in how you thought the Absolute compared to the old Premier shape.

Leo, I totally agree. I should have written that I don't buy the latest boards at full price.

I'd rather try a non-hyperlite, so I'd like to hear from anyone that has ridden both a Gonzales and Absolute and can compare them.
Old    r_dub            08-17-2004, 1:36 PM Reply   
I ride the Gonzalez and I love it. I rode an 03 premier (wasnt mine) a bunch last season and I loved it. I also couldnt demo anything but hyperlite, and I kinda wanted to check out another brand. But I heard that they are basically the same boards, which is true, so I went with the Gator. But personally, I think the Gator rides a little faster and pops better. Never rode the Absolute, but I can name about 10 guys on this site that swear by it.
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Old    Thane Dogg (thane_dogg)      Join Date: Jun 2002       08-18-2004, 10:45 AM Reply   
Ryan - The '03 Premier shape and the '04 Gonzales are IDENTICAL!

surflover - don't count out the Substance. The Premier/Pickett/Gonzales shape and the Substance are my 2 most favorite shapes ever.


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