dtc wrote:Like all "good" beginners I started on a longboard. I have got to the stage where I would like to try out a shorter board, to increase my turns and to assist with the steepish beach breaks I tend to surf. My current board is a 9'1" LB. The usual advice is to step down about 1ft or maybe 1 1/2 feet.
There are an increasing number of 'high volume short boards' coming onto the market - 'short' in this context, for me, is around 7 - 7.5ft, but shaped more like a short board (or less like a longboard).
They are marketed as allowing the manoeuvrability of a short board but the float and paddling benefits of a LB.
(I should add - not too worried about 'outgrowing' a board, within reason - if I want to move to a shorter or narrower board in a few years time then that is fine, I'll just buy another board. Of course, getting another board that offers nothing more than my current board is to be avoided)
dtc wrote:I am 6ft 3/185lbs (189cm/85kg) so I dont need the board volume so much for the weight, but more for paddling/wave catching and for the benefit of a shorter board.
So, for example, a 7'2" Addvance has similar volume to most 8ft 'standard' mini mals. Thus you can get the benefit of a shorter board but (the marketing says) not the disadvantages
I should probably add that most of the time I am surfing beach breaks, so fairly steep waves, I'm not sure that an inch or so different in width is going to be all that noticable.
Jimi wrote:dtc wrote:As Teach said, for steep beach breaks, a 7'2 is still a big board. My tip is borrow/hire/steal a ride on a 6'6x22 (or thereabouts) hybrid fish. Don't touch a 'true' fish or a 'retro' shape. Useless for learning in steeper waves.
RonG wrote: Wow. I am surfing a fairly bitchy, steep beach break and after a year of surfing have just managed a transition from a 9' longboard to an 8'6 single-fin egg (which I'm loving). How people get from longboards to sub 7' foot boards in less in that time is beyond me
RonG wrote:Wow. I am surfing a fairly bitchy, steep beach break and after a year of surfing have just managed a transition from a 9' longboard to an 8'6 single-fin egg (which I'm loving). How people get from longboards to sub 7' foot boards in less in that time is beyond me
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