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Minimal replacement - 2010/03/31 22:27 Opinions much appreciated! I'm looking for a replacement for my minimal which has sadly come to the end of it's days (a 7'3 x 20" x 2 5/8" Kamikaze). As you'd expect, it picked up waves well, but was more performance oriented, with most of the additional volume under the chest area.

I have a couple of boards to use in good, clean surf, but as I don't get to surf much I struggle to keep the wave count up when its less than perfect.

The majority of my surf time is spent at British beachbreaks, often Woolacombe/Putsborough.

So, I'm after a board that catches waves easily (I want a big wavecount), but one that turns reasonably well and surfs from the tail. I will probably end up going to a shaper, but want to form a reasonable opinion on what I'm looking for first, so am planning to try a few boards out over the coming months. Boards I will try include the 7s superfish xl and the tiki performer minimal.

The main reason I'm posting here though is to get opinions on whether I should really be trying something else - I've never really tried a fish, could it be what I'm looking for? Or possibly one of the other retro based designs coming through...

Thanks! SJL
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Re:Minimal replacement - 2010/06/02 05:28 Hello SJL,
I'm old school so do not know how fishes do. I believe you are right going a tad longer, 7'+ is good w/ enough foam to float you and get you over chop/bumps. Why not get a good gun type thruster or a long board style ala Robert August? I tried one of his longboards 7'6-8'6 cannot remember how long exactly, and loved the speed and turning capabilities.
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Re:Minimal replacement - 2010/06/04 04:27 Try a McTavish.
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Re:Minimal replacement - 2010/07/20 08:57 Anything but a minimal!!!
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Re:Minimal replacement - 2010/07/20 09:21 Correct. McTavish would be major.
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Re:Minimal replacement - 2010/07/20 10:14 Sounds like a really good time to look into a fish... Fishes are built very similar to mini-mal's, but you can catch a much later drop on a fish. I have a quad fish, a tri-fin, and i also ride my friend's twin fin. Fishes paddle exactly like a longboard but ride like a shortboard. My board is set up so you can ride it with a tri-fin setup or a quad-fin setup. I am 6'2" 185 lbs and I do just fine on my 6'3" fish. It is recommended that you go at least 2-3 inches shorter than what you normally ride as a thruster, this theory has worked out well in my case. Anyway, i recommend the southpoint slippah 43 shaped by Keone Downing from hawaii, I love this board and would not give it up for anything, i have last year's model, known as the suppah 43, its sick as hell and I know anyone who tries it will love it, you can turn really easily and even throw some decent cutbacks on her. Anyway, hope this helps!!
J
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