Hey all. I'm at the stage of wanting to make an experimental board, and I think I'll be outrageous and make a sort-of fish (just like everyone else out there seems to experiment on).
So my question is, how wide is the shortboard/fish you ride in small surf, how heavy are you? What fin set up and how does the board feel? I know the paddlind ability of each board will be different, but I'm more interested in how loose, and how free to turn it is, and how it handles soft mushy-type waves.
The crazy part of my plan is to do something with a retro-fish outline (wide fish-tail), that's about 6'6 long, and about 23" or 24" wide by 3" thick. I'm thinking of going a thruster fin set up, and having a moderate tail-kick to initiate turns more easily.
Ultra high volume, and impossible to duckdive, but hopefully buoyant enough to float me clean out of the water, and paddle fast enough to take off well before my current crop of shortboards.