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Fanatic Shark 135
Up until 2009 Fanatic had one of the strongest line ups of performance/user friendly boards on the market, which bore the Shark model name. All boards in that family where very good, especially the 145 and 130.
So you might imagine that I was pretty apprehensive about the newer models that replaced my tools of the trade. So recently I got a Shark 135 which replaced the 130. That is like replacing a Ford GT40 with something new, how could that be good news? Well lo and behold, the new 135 is BETTER. Wow I said that! Well that board simply blew me away at how nice it performs on the water, and jibing on this board is an absolute joy. It planes without fuss, and the board instantly has a lively ride, but totally controllable. Being wider than the 130, I expected it to be more “porky� , but NO, on the contrary, it far surpassed the 130's abilities which honestly is a total surprise to me. The Shape of the deck on this board is also much better than some larger boards I have tested before. The static stability is just right, so you have a lot of confidence in tacking or just schlogging around.. Job well done Fanatic, now please keep this board for at least 10 years. It will be an Icon.
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