Boards that work on the East Coast
Trying to spice up this forum a bit with a thread that has something other than just forcast talk.
I'll be the first to admit that the right coast lags behind the west in surfing industry. It seems there is a surf shop or shaper on every corner in CA. In the east, the only major manufacturer that comes to my mind is WRV. Kechele would be another big shaper. We have a few great smaller guys like Brian Wynn, Larry Mayo, Clean Ocean, Basic Element, Cosmic Bull, Quiet Flight, Natural Art, Bunger, Heritage, Natures Shapes, Austin, Bulatowicz... did I forget anyone?
So what makes a board an East Coast board?... or a North East board?... etc...
I know most people recommend fish for Jersey. I've been told by many people that retro fish shapes, quads and twins, are the best board to have in your Jersey quiver. The extra volume and two pivot points on the tail make the most of our waves. I have my first on order due to be done this week from Brian Wynn. However, I have a more modern WRV Citation fish that has suited me well. It has extra volume, wider nose and swallow tail. I also ride a Channel Islands Flyer that works great when the waves have better form, but doesn't seem to cut it most of the time. The Flyer is a small wave board with some extra volume and rails and concave for smaller mushier surf. I also have a performance longboard (PLB2) shaped by Clean Ocean Surfboards that I've ridden in everything from ankle high to overhead. I've found that squash tail longboards are much better suited for the EC. I've noticed that rounded pintails are very common on both long and short boards out west and don't seem to really work well in Jersey. Just wonder what boards you have found to work well on the EC verses what works on the WC, what everyone thinks a good EC board consists of, and what shapers they use (if you use a local shaper)? And lets see some board porn! Pics?