Hi, let me start by saying that I'm an intermediate level surfer. I've been intensively surfing for more than a year and have seen myself gone through many stages of skill.
I'm 5'10 and weight 156 lbs, I surf in San Diego, CA.
The latest board I had been using was a 5'10 Al Merrick Flyer Tuflite
I loved that board since it was a good paddler, didn't pearl, good wave catcher, very forgiving, easy to use and did not drag much when getting hit by waves, easy to duck dive. I had been learning to do turns with it and even managed to do a 180 once.
The problem I had with it is that I bought it all beat up, and seems to be sucking up water, I feel like it is losing part of its flotation although it could be my imagination. However it does have some water leaking from it every time.
So decided to buy what I thought would be similar board but faster: a Sharp eye SBT-S 5'10, almost the same measurements but glass and a tiny bit less narrow.
Well, compared to the flyer, the SBT-S doesn't float much, it's not that good of a paddler.
The good things I noticed:
-it's even better at catching waves than the flyer and can handle small to slightly overhead waves just like the flyer.
-another thing I noticed is that it's more forgiving at take-off than the flyer, I was able to land even close outs surprisingly easy compared to the flyer.
But it's worst flaw was: it seems to be a bad turner, I could not feel a rocker sensation under my foot and could not manage to create speed or turn, it was my first session with it, still dialing it in, but it gave me that impression, plus when I compared both boards I can see that the flyer does have slightly more tail rocker. The SBT-S feels sort of flat.
My question to people who have ridden this board: could you manage to turn with this thing? any advice?
And the other thing is, I was thinking that perhaps the tuflite gives more floatation in a small size but sacrifices contact with the water, that's why I feel like the take offs with the flyer aren't as smooth as with the SBT-S because feels like losing the board for a moment, like loosing water traction, I think it might have to do with the tuflite and not really with the model itself.
If I'm right about this last one, then a 5'10 flyer glass would be the way to go for me right now, I would be able to take off on more waves correctly because the glass would stick more to the water, and still manage to try the turns that I was learning, unless at 5'10 glass I would be sacrificing too much floatation compared to tuflite, that I don't know. What's your opinion?