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Help me pick out my next board... - 2007/09/06 11:06 Hi all,

I am looking for some help picking out my next board. I currently have a NSP 7'6 funboard and want to move into something a bit faster and more maneuverable. I am 26 and surfed for about 5 years from age 11 - 17 then took a long break until this year, so I am pretty much re-learning. I bought the 7'6 like 6 months ago and am feeling a little held back by it at this point.

I am 6" tall, 185lbs and am living in San Francisco (surf at Pacifica and Ocean Beach most of the time). I surf 3-4 times a week.

I would appreciate any suggestions.

Thanks!

c
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Re:Help me pick out my next board... - 2007/09/07 09:18 I assume that Funboard is a spongebob (as in rubber foam top boards) right ? damn colloquial words.

Go for a 6'10" Short board with a swallow tail and lots of rock. Only down side is you can only catch waves 6'+ and curling like an eskimo with a broome making lots of barrels. That should give you a challenge.

Saying that ... 26yo is getting a bit old in surfing age for shorties. Generally speaking, you'll find that its getting more difficult for you to improve a lot and perform hardcore. I've been there and I know a few friends who were hardcore at 18-23 but took 2 years off surfing. Came back at 26 and never got anywhere near as good as they were even though they trained hard. Now they lounge with me in the blue tile lounge on longboards.

A more sensible way is to get a 7'x21.5"x2.5" + stub tail big board* or mini-mal (not a spongebob). It is fun enough on small waves but you can really push it if you want.

*Big board looks just like a shortie except its big. It can be quite hard to get because most people who use them tend to go straight for a mini-mal because mini-mal can tackle smaller waves and easier to ride. These days big boards are available mostly as custom jobs. They are more manoeuvrable then a mini-mal and can take on bigger waves. Be careful that you don't end up with a big gun. They look very similar. As a general guide big guns are thinner with a pin tail and heavy double rock.
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Re:Help me pick out my next board... - 2007/09/07 09:18 I assume that Funboard is a spongebob (as in rubber foam top boards) right ? damn colloquial words.

Go for a 6'10" Short board with a swallow tail and lots of rock. Only down side is you can only catch waves 6'+ and curling like an eskimo with a broome making lots of barrels. That should give you a challenge.

Saying that ... 26yo is getting a bit old in surfing age for shorties. Generally speaking, you'll find that its getting more difficult for you to improve a lot and perform hardcore. I've been there and I know a few friends who were hardcore at 18-23 but took 2 years off surfing. Came back at 26 and never got anywhere near as good as they were even though they trained hard. Now they lounge with me in the blue tile lounge on longboards.

A more sensible way is to get a 7'x21.5"x2.5" + stub tail big board* or mini-mal (not a spongebob). It is fun enough on small waves but you can really push it if you want.

*Big board looks just like a shortie except its big. It can be quite hard to get because most people who use them tend to go straight for a mini-mal because mini-mal can tackle smaller waves and easier to ride. These days big boards are available mostly as custom jobs. They are more manoeuvrable then a mini-mal and can take on bigger waves. Be careful that you don't end up with a big gun. They look very similar. As a general guide big guns are thinner with a pin tail and heavy double rock.
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Re:Help me pick out my next board... - 2007/09/07 12:00 Thanks for the reply!

The board I have now is not a soft top... Its an epoxy NSP 7'6. A guy at the local surfshop was trying to convince me to get a 5'10 fish shape the other day. I thought that seemed a bit crazy, so thats why I decided to post this. I have been looking into larger sized fish shaped boards (6'4-6'8) thinking they might work out because of the thickness and width.

I do like your big board suggestion though because it could handle some bigger waves then a fish shape. Do you have any examples or links you could send me. Would you consider the Channel Island M13 in that category?
http://www.cisurfboards.com/sb_m13.asp

Thanks again

c
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Re:Help me pick out my next board... - 2007/09/07 15:33 http://www.dorringtonsurfboards.com/dorringtonsurfboards.htm

Look up Big Boy.


The shape looks right but without knowing how the thickness distributes around the board, I can only confirm that it is either a Hybrid or Big board.

The best bet is to go to the shops look at how the thickness is distributed about the short board. A big boy is the same except it is bigger 6' 10" to 7' 6".

Generally speaking, a hybrid has a bit more thickness at the nose 1/3 of the board like a mal but shaped like a gun.

That site with the board ... the board looks alright on screen. Without the real deal its hard to say. Always ask the shop dude on what he/she thinks.
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Re:Help me pick out my next board... - 2007/09/07 16:53 I started out on a 8'6" Balsa back in the sixties then went 9'6" to 10'6" then back to 7'6" to 6'6". Quit surfing for 10 years then came back on a 9'2" performance longboard now back on a 7'2" MR design "SuperFish" 23" x 3" Swallow Tail 5" Twin Fins with a 3" center for stability. Loose as a goose, slick as snot and FAST. Paddle and catch waves like a longboard surf like a thruster!
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