Submitted by leniam on Fri, 02/15/2019 - 15:55
Hi All. Back again. My hunt for a new board is narrowing down. At the suggestion of Solitude I had a look at Gary Mcneill's boards. I'm currently thinking of an Entity Pin at around 5'11 or 6'0. I'm only 5'6 and 70kg (barely).
Anyone had any experience or advice on the Entity Pin? I thinking of it for a Indo trip for anything up to 6-8 ft (I'm not chasing bombs) and a bit of beachie work around the Gold Coast. Not looking for anything super-performance.
Just ordered one from Gary last week, a 6'3" ! Should arrive in time for the Autumn / winter swells here in Vic :) Cannot wait...
I'll think I'll do the same, but a 6'0. Something for Indo up to about 6ft that will also be ok sometimes on smaller beachbreaks.
Entity Pin is an excellent choice. I’ve had a couple in a quad set up and also a four channel twin set up. Some of my sons mates have got the Entity done in the Treetech Flax and travelled O/S and they’ve been impressed.
I just had a look at the Entity Pin. I have a similar board on order with my local fella Jade Robinson, DSN Surfboards. Mine will be 6'8, being 85kg and pushing 50, and for nice clean days at 3-6' on the local beaches and for a trip to Fiji.
I have ordered with a single concave into a double and a narrower pin. I was originally thinking a 2+1 fin set up, but have landed on the quad for extra drive. The last two years I have mostly been riding a 9'1 and 9'6 old school log and I'm looking forward to getting in to it.
I’ve had a couple of the Gary’s old Alien’s (same as an Entity under the brand Formula Energy) and they were the best boards I’d ridden. One was a standard 6’0 swallow all rounder- stringerless with carbon rails. So lovely.
Other was a 6’4 step up that went well in anything of size, surfed it in 10’ plus Ujung Bocur. I loved surfing it at 6 foot or so down the line points like Lennox. Alas it succumbed to a trip to the North Shore, was a sad day.
I replaced it with another Entity round pin step up. Loves the quad set up. For one reason or another it didn’t get the best run last year but really came
alive on a few gems at Kirra this past swell.
Have just ordered a CV2 as my all rounder on Gary’s advice.
Can’t wait to see how it goes.
I have had a 5 10" GM entity pin quad fin in the stringerless carbon construction for about 3.5yrs now. Lovely board, very adaptable in everything from 2-3 foot beachies to 4-6 foot indo. It was a bit of a one board quiver killer for a while.
Last year I ordered a RTT in the same construction from Gary which is quite possibly one of the best boards I have ridden. Its relegated the Entity in a lot of situations. I'm a fan of Garys boards so I think you will enjoy the Entity should you decide on it.
Trav were you a Twinnie fan before getting your RTT?
I've got an entity swallow thruster/quad at 5'10", stringerless with carbon rails. Great board. Have surfed it all over South and West Oz, as well as a few Indo trips. Could probably use just a touch more rocker for my liking but a good around board.
I have also had an RTT and it didn't do as much for me, especially when I compared it to my Banks Magic Carpet (exact same dims give or take 1/8th of an inch).
I've surfed a number of Gary's boards through friends and they always seem to be very well shaped, and they travel very well with the carbon rail and hemp inlay constructions.
The joys of surfing! Its such a personal feeling riding a surfboard.
Solitude I hadn't owned any twins prior to the RTT but had two other qaud's one of which as a FW baked potato. Fair to say I was a quad fan but was concerned about how loose a twin might be. That's why was so blown away with the RTT from Gary as to me it felt as stable and drivey as any of my other boards but just seemed to have an extra level of after burn the others didn't.
Moral of the story is that surfing is fun and Gary makes good boards.
Hey leniam...I've got both a RTT, with the Rasta keels, and an Entity Pin set up as a quad, both 6'0", both ride completely differently. Love them both, but my favourite is definitely the RTT...I haven't found anywhere yet that it's not super fun to ride. As far as I'm concerned, Gary is a genius!
I think the stability / hold is attributed to the long channel running most of the length of the board. Rasta describes it as a 'twin with teeth'.
Just picked up one of Gary's CV2 models. Absolutely beautifully crafted thing. Cannot wait to give it a burl next pulse of swell.
Hi Solitude, What material did you get ? PU / EPS ? I just ordered a Pu and curious as to what people were ordering and which conditions they were intending to surf there CV2's, Entitys or RTT's in?
This CV2 is PU stringerless carbon rails,
This will likely be my everyday board. Gary reckons goes well from 1-6’. He’s reckons they even go well with a set of keel twins when it’s small.
He says the entity get going better 3-6’ and often better in good waves. In saying that I used to have an alien (same thing) and it was great in anything.
My step up entity is PU normal stringer.
The stringerless carbon rails definitely feel different, has this kind of ‘fling’ and ‘flex’. Gary assures that they are just as strong but I’m undecided about that yet.