Longboard Spotlight: Hobie 9’0″ CMLB
9’ X 30” X 4.5” (137.2 LITERS)
SHAPER MARK JOHNSON: An extension of the CM Raw Surf Series, designed for the larger paddler or someone looking for a really stable board. Featuring contours similar to the RAW Series with a high-performance bottom and rails with a fuller outline. The boards are stable to paddle, have great trim, maintain speed and surf really well off the tail. The CM Longboard Series in a few words is “a longboard with punch!” Features BCX–Bamboo Composite Epoxy construction–and integrated Hobie H3 Handle. Offered in 9’, 9’8”, 10’6.”
OUR TAKE: When three-time ASP Longboard World Champion Colin McPhillips puts his name on not only a surfboard, but a longboard SUP, you should take notice. McPhillips is one of those talented few that rips in the high-performance realm while maintaining the grace of a longboarder. Hobie’s nine-foot CMLB combines those just like the man himself.
The first thing we noticed about this board was its light weight—and this is the production model (Hobie also makes this in their proprietary RAW material which is even more svelte but also more expensive). The whole board is a bamboo/epoxy sandwich for long-term durability. The handle also features a crossbar so you can lock it to the top of your car. When you hit the water, the deep single concave in the front of the board planes well and makes fast moves a cinch. The hard V and double concave in the back let the CMLB slide its fins and snap with surprising agility. The cost of this performance is a little less stability than most of the other boards in this test. But if the longboard you’re looking for is more for noseride-to-aggressive snaps off the top, you’ll be happy with the CMLB. –WT
This gear review originally ran in our Spring 2014 issue. Stay tuned as we continue the Longboard Spotlight series.
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