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Old    Allan Novotny (canada_air)      Join Date: Nov 2003       10-07-2017, 7:09 AM Reply   
I presently ride Watson hybrid. Used to ride ronix one from 07-10. The darkside looks like it might be a good board but hard to know without riding. Thinking about ronix one or darkside next year. I know the one will ride way different than the old one I used to ride. I took my 03 byerly for a ride the other day. Have not rode that since 07 and used to love. omg slow coming in and felt like a brick when in the air and landing.
Old    W. S. (on_wi)      Join Date: Feb 2013       10-09-2017, 7:58 AM Reply   
I've heard via the local Ronix rep that the board has a similar rocker to Dean's previous board, the Code 22, but that this is a faster board.
Old    Allan Novotny (canada_air)      Join Date: Nov 2003       10-09-2017, 8:26 AM Reply   
Not sure a faster board is where I should go as my past slalom ski background already makes me want to cut to fast. Maybe the one would be a better option. I am 6'1 and 210 so then wondering 142 or 146
Old    Corey Shidler (CRS_mi)      Join Date: Jul 2011       10-09-2017, 9:40 AM Reply   
If you go with the one, get the 146 for sure.
Old    Allan Novotny (canada_air)      Join Date: Nov 2003       10-09-2017, 5:46 PM Reply   
I do like the idea of soft landings with darkside but I'm sure the 146 one would be soft. I know my Watson hybrid has soft landings.
Old    W. S. (on_wi)      Join Date: Feb 2013       10-11-2017, 7:37 AM Reply   
I only said it was faster than the previous Code 22. Which, I've found to be slower than the One Timebombs I have access to. I have no idea if the darkside is faster or slower than the one. I doubt they'd be to far off from one another.
Old    Allan Novotny (canada_air)      Join Date: Nov 2003       10-14-2017, 6:06 AM Reply   
Thanks w,s.of course with everyone surfing and only us old guys on the water still boarding not many shops around here carry a full lineup of boards. So in spring it might be hard to get hands on one of each to test ride.
Old    W. S. (on_wi)      Join Date: Feb 2013       10-16-2017, 7:15 AM Reply   
I definitely feel your pain. I'm actually thinking of hitting ebay and grabbing an extra deck of my current 2015 board to avoid any of the unknown related to trying to find a new shape with the limited ability to try before you buy.
Old    Ian Morre (imoore)      Join Date: Oct 2010       10-16-2017, 12:56 PM Reply   
My buddy over at Active Water Sports got to ride with Dean Smith this past summer and try out the Darkside. He said it's a really fun board and fast, but glides smoothly. It sounds like the One and the Darkside are definitely top of the line for Ronix though. I know Active Water Sports just got the 2018 Ronix boards in recently, so if you live in the Oregon area you should head there and check it out. The guys there are really knowledgeable on that stuff too, especially after riding both.
Old    Allan Novotny (canada_air)      Join Date: Nov 2003       10-16-2017, 7:45 PM Reply   
Yeah I'm up in Canada eh. About 2 hours from where rusty malinoski is from. I even road the marek for a season in support of him. That was an awesome board but did take some dirty spills on it. Maybe trying to hard to ride like rusty. I am definately no rusty.

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