greypump wrote:Hi - reckon it is your skill level and not the board you have at them moment. You are the same weight and height as I am and I'm no expert at all - still struggling to get out back etc most days - a bit too scary! But, I am riding a custom 7ft 8 which is 22 wide and 2 3/4 thick. I can get up on 2ft waves on this so you should be able to too - an epoxy board will have more float too.
Still, I can understand that you want a better board (especially if it is the older style Southpoint
/NSP boards) and a custom is deff the way to go. However, my advice is not to go too long....you wil be able to float well on piddly waves but once you start getting better and onto green waves regularly you'll soon realise that you didn't need that much volume. (Of course, if you are into longboard cruising then ignore what I just said!)
I'm v happy with the 7 8 custom board I have but I'm getting a longboard too - came into a small windfall so what the hell...might as well spend it on something worthwhile instead of putting it in the bank! I opted for a 9ft 2 X 23 X 2 3/4 longboard which will give me plenty float.
Great if you can use a local shaper but make sure they have a good rep first - ask around. Escape surfboards are supposed to be good but I had so many recommendations to go to Black and White that they got my dosh and importantly for me the chap their returns emails and phone calls quickly so you feel as if you are getting a good service. Fluid Juice also have a good rep for their quality and so do Gulfstream but the former never returned emails so that wasn't a good sign for me! The chap at B&W is very prompt at gettng back to you and happy to talk on the phone to advise. Ireland seems to be the place for surfing these days so I imagine you should be able to get good feedback on local shapers.
The Nose Rider. Ridden from 9’0" and up. Versatile longboard for surfers who want to surf in a classic style but still be able to put down some hard turns. With a single concave nose it is perfect for walking and nose riding. Choose the board length to suit your weight. 9’01" For surfers weighing up to 13 stone and a 9’6" model for surfers up to 16 stone as a rough guide. Any weights can be catered for. These boards are great for the serious longboarder but also can help anyone who is slower to there feet or can’t seem to catch the waves in time. Anything from the smallest days to real punch and from learner to seasoned surfers.
The Classic. Ridden from 9’0" and up. Heavy built with a flat rocker and full shape. Made for glide and style a real classic. Triple stringer and wood block nose and tail give this board a look of soul surfing. Watch Endless Summer or Big Wednesday and then go find your nearest point. Cruise down the line to your hearts content. Looks great with or without a spray. Triple stringers and wood blocks will cost more. See custom examples for price guide.
mungo100a wrote:HI, in response to your question about the Robert August board. I use the 9'.6'', 2+1 on small days (anything below 3 feet), I've been surfing for two years, I'm 6 foot and 84kgs and of limited skill, also not particularly fit. The board has loads of float but can be a bit of barge to turn (this may be due to my limited ability or fin set up). In its favour when the conditions are clean it cruises really well and is quite stable, I don't have any problems paddling it either.
mungo100a wrote:Something I would consider is how far you have to carry the thing, I can just about get my arm around it and I have to carry it quite a way at my regular break.
mungo100a wrote:I also own and Escape 9'.2'', 2+1 Progressive Mal, I prefer this board in every way, it has enough float for me and turns a lot easier than the bigger board. It's also much lighter and easier to carry. It's not as good for cruising (though it will) but I can handle bigger waves and just feel more comfortable on it. The only down side to this board is that it is a bit fragile and dings very easily. It can be a bit like a kite on windy days because of the light weight.
mungo100a wrote:I hope this helps a little, I'm sure that someone with more knowledge and experience can help you decide which way to go but seeing as I use the boards you were considering I thought it may help a bit. Good luck!
coldhands wrote:That 8'6" should be catching 1-3' waves easy. My advice would be (unless you just want a new board, or want a noserider) put your weight as forward possible w/o going over. Then use your weight to lean it forward, and your back to counter that (arch your back). Catching tiny waves is a lot of work sometimes (more physical in actual movement/shifting weight). But honestly almost (minus flawwed rails, bottom contour) 8' and up board should be cathing 3' waves just fine. (if the 8'6" is at least 2"s thick - it's your technique for sure...).
coldhands wrote:That all said ---- a wave CATCHER... that 9'6" August could be amazing. Also depending on your local shaper's (the one with the many weeks wait time) experience is; I'd almost alway recommend going with them. Locals know your waves better most of the time. Get feedback from other local surfers. Are cheaper. No shipping. If something goes wrong with the construction aspect of the board, they are there to make it right. You can develop a relationship with this person over time. Maybe watch the process, and learn a lot from doing so. And overall you are supporting your local surf scene in a VERY healthy way!
coldhands wrote:My advice is mess about with your current board while you wait for the local guy to shape you something similar to the August or whatever else you pick out. Meet with him/her, go over everything from your weight , surfing style, experience, favorite break - be honest about it all. Then see what happens; it's better than having a big name board shipped out to you only to not really dig it.