The Gong Curve is the second Gongsup that i have managed to get my hands on. I already have the 6.10 Fatal. Which is fine on glassy days. As soon as there is a bit of chop though it is a nightmare to stand on. So i decided to get a second gongsup with a few more litres to make it easier to manage on choppier days. it is amazing how an extra 10 litres can make when the chop gets up.
Over the last few months i have used the Curve 7.6 Xtr in just about all conditions. From glassy to 25 knots of wind and from thigh high to double over head high waves. So how does it perform, to be honest it has outperformed all my expectations. It has definatly taken my wave riding to another level.
So lets go through what i have learnt about the Gong Curve 7.6 XTR. For a start the curve lives up to its name and has a lot of rocker. Which helps when padderling out as it pops over the white water with ease. That isnt the only plus though so much rocker makes the drop in a breeze. You can drop in on just about any steepness of wave with very little chance of catching the nose on the way down. This gives you so much confidence on the take off. The slight down side to this amount of rocker is you need more front foot pressure to get that initial acceleration. However after a couple of sessions on the board this soon becomes second nature.
So now down to the most crucial point of any board, What does it perform like once on the wave. The curve 7.6 has really good acceleration and top speed. Therefore giving you options to do drawn out bottom turns, Charge to make the next section of the wave or the most important to me. The ability to drop down the wave and do tight bottom turns without stalling while keeping enough speed to power you back up for a top turn.
Overall the gong Curve is superb. It will help anyone who is serious about wave riding to develop and improve their wave riding. Even if the curve is not to your liking. Gong have so many sups in their range. You will find the right one for you. I cannot recommend gong highly enough.
For about the last 4 years i have been using a Starboard full carbon wave paddle. With the largest blade that i could get my hands on. I have been using this paddle for wave riding and also distance paddling. The problem though with only having one paddle for all occasions is that everything is a compromise especially with the length of the paddle itself. For wave riding you are going to want a lot shorter paddle than for distance paddling. So i decided it was time for a second paddle.
Fortunatly for me but not so fortunate for my age. I had a big birthday coming up. So my daughter Lisa and son in law Dan insisted on buying me a new paddle. With already having bought a board from Gong. The 6.10 fatal which is a cracking wave board. I decided to give one of Gongs paddles a go. At 139e for a carbon wave paddle this seemed the obvious choice. So i ordered the paddle which arrived very promptly from their warehouse in France.
Surf high performances. 100% dedicated to the glide and the moves.
Height : 45.7 cm = 18’’
Width : 23.4 cm = 9’’ 1/5
Total weight for a 185 cm / 73’’ paddle :
Paddle Carbon Surf Cut & Glue : 139 € sold with the handle not glued.
Cut & glue :
Available at 215 cm long with the handle not glued. You can cut and glue it yourself to make it at your perfect length. Or you can ask to our after sale to do it for 10 €.
By this way you can be sure to have the exact length you need, 193 cm for example.
This is the charte size to choose your paddle’s sizes.
Before, please, note these points :
Usually, a small SUPer prefers the smallest size in the charte, the opposite for a tall SUPer.
A shorter paddle than what this charte advise will be more maneuvrable on the wave and allow you shorts turns and to put more angle on the board.
On hollow waves, use a shorter paddle to be closer to the face in barrels and to reduce turn’s diameters.
A shorter paddle means more frequency but is painless for your shoulders.
A shorter paddle is advised for short and thin boards. This charte is designed for beginners on a big board from 11’ to 12’ like a NFA 12’ for example. Please, reduce the size of 1 or 2 inches per foot less. For example, a 6’2 tall SUPer will use a 79’’ on a 11’ or 12’ board, a 77’’ on a 10’, a 75 on a 9’, and a 73’’ on a short board like 8’ or less. So it is usefull to ride a paddle of your exact size when your are an expert.
A short paddle is great for windy conditions.
A long paddle is so powerful and efficient for take offs.
A long paddle gives you a better balance.
The more your paddle is long the more “row effect” you have, so the most difficult is to paddle straight.
You definitely need more than one paddle in your quiver : you can break it and you need to choose it regarding to the conditions of the session and save your shoulders. The paddle components don’t change this charte.
Paddle of 63’’ for a SUPer size from 4’7’’ to 4’10’’.
Paddle of 65’’ for a SUPer size from 4’9’’ to 5’0’’.
Paddle of 67’’ for a SUPer size from 4’11’’ to 5’2’’.
Paddle of 69’’ for a SUPer size from 5’1’’ to 5’4’’.
Paddle of 71’’ for a SUPer size from 5’3’’ to 5’6’’.
Paddle of 73’’ for a SUPer size from 5’5’’ to 5’8’’.
Paddle of 75’’ for a SUPer size from 5’7’’ to 5’10’’.
Paddle of 77’’ for a SUPer size from 5’9’’ to 6’0’’.
Paddle of 79’’ for a SUPer size from 5’11’’ to 6’2’’.
Paddle of 81’’ for a SUPer size from 6’0’’ to 6’4’’.
Paddle of 83’’ for a SUPer size from 6’5’’ and more.
The information above was taken from the Gong website.
So now to the important part what does the paddle perform like. All though being a bit heavier and the blade being smaller than my Starboard paddle. The Gong carbon wave paddle gives you plenty of power to catch waves with ease. The paddle is light and balanced in your hands making transitions easy. it also keeps your speed up when trying to make different sections and reforms on the wave.
Overall 4 out of 5, Only reason not giving 5 out of 5 is that the paddle could be a little lighter. This really is knit picking though. As if you are looking at a cost effective carbon wave paddle then the Gong should be right at the top of your list