Just got back from an extremely nice afternoon session at terra mar pretty much perfect rights 3 to 4 foot occ 5-6 with the bigger sets, extremely low tide (all the shoebies on the reef looking at the tide-pool life
took the walden with the same fin and really had a blast! i dont think im going to touch the fin one bit, the 9" ezkine is the fastest setup ive used with my walden 9'6" for speed (not maneuverability) it really changes the board completely like i thought it should, usually on days like today i would surf from top to bottom to top throw in a cut back (if im lucky) and still keep with the curl. But today the walden felt like i wanted it to, left-right take offs and straight to the nice trim spot to set up for 5, and the most crisp drop knee turns! really a classic ride with all the modern rails rocker and a diamond tail i think its turned into my favorite board again! my other turn to board is a 10' Donald Takayama DT-2 with double glass, but it has rather large sidebites for bigger surf im sure, but it doesnt go down the line like the walden did today (and the DT-2 should go faster) but the 10' does cross step much better (found myself mixing a cross step to trim and a shuffle/slide to noseride on the magic today
im super stoked, i only get to surf weekends now so im pumped to chance perfect waves to test this board (i dont like to surf it in small surf, the rocker on the magic model pushes too much water when paddling for the 1-2 stuff, and i am a bigger guy aswell 6'2" two hundred something so it really takes a wave/work to get me going on the walden when it had sidebites, now its a rocket for front 1/3 board trimming one of the 5's i had down generated so much speed on the inside hollow section,that i fell back on the board almost! really is a change of riding style, no lip slapping no sliding and no airs maybe on the kick out
but yeah thanks again for letting me know about your fin primer jaffa good stuff to read up on!
ive only used o'fish'l basic sidebites in HP longboards and glassed in sidebites with the same style on more classic logs and they bolth gave me the same type of push from the wave that had me wanting more when i had to beat sections of curl. now i dont have to do manuevers to get speed, i do them to keep me in the curl (how classic long boarding on straight fast single keeled boards was done) but im just into that type of surfing and have been the past couple years now, just havent messed with my fin setup much on my HP board
thanks again maybe ill try my 9" fluid foil if its going to be big again!