Help with New Board?
Hey, So I'm new here!
Been surfing for several years mostly on logs and fun boards but, I get out almost every week and almost year round here in Jersey....
I'm 6' and about 160lbs
Right now I'm on a 6'10 X 21 3/4' X 2 7/8"
Been riding it a lot for almost a year now. I like it well enough. Love the extra float and how easy it is to paddle but, duck diving under the heavy stuff is a PIA and its pretty hard to go vertical on it....imposssible maybe.....I can turn, go rail to rail, got shacked twice but I really wanna be able to go vertical more.
I was thinking like a 6'1 flyer or something. I'm not affraid of making such a big jump. I'll figure it out after a while. lol
Also been looking at the 21-13 line. Seems like nice boards at a good price....
Thanks in advance!
There have been a bunch of people over the past few years ask this very question maybe try using the search buttom to see hwat ya come up with. But honestly i think the best board someone trying to come off a log and and move into a more performance oriented board should go with ROund Nose Fish. Not an old school type fish but a performance fishor a hybrid style shortboard. Something like the Lost Rocket, lost Round Nose Fish, Channel Islands Motorboat, something like that. Granted I would recommend going to your local shaper taking a sixer of good beer with you and talking to him about what you are wanting. I strongly recommend a wider type outline going about 2" longer than you are tall with single to double concave with vee off the tail, these bottom contours work great in smaller type surf (head high and under). I could break down all sorts of board types, rocker, fins, etc but your a begginer, your going to get your first real board, so start a relationship with a shaper so as you progress you can tell him what you are loving/hating fomr your board so the next one he can dial it in, after 3 or 4 boards, your boards will start to get unreal!!!!!!!!
Good Luck, and support your local guys.
Listen to bushwood. Find a local shaper, bring your current board with you, sit down and talk about how you like to surf, where you surf, and what you think you want in a board. Keep an open mind. Listen to the shaper. Enjoy the magic.
There is nothing like a board made with local knowledge to your own wants/needs/style/body.
Tell us where you are, and we can recommend some names.
I'm in Oc Jersey. Wont a custom cost me an arm and a leg?
Bushwood, not really coming off a log and what you described is kinda what I'm currently riding. A hybrid fish kinda thing. Its a Nolte if youre familiar with his shapes...
Thanks for the advice so far guys!
No. Most customs will actually be cheaper than that off the shelf CI Flyer you might be looking at.
Originally Posted by Bambino
If you search the forums, you'll see a lot of recommendations for shapers in NJ.
Dude if you're in OCNJ you gotta check out Brian Wynn, he makes sick boards and they are really affordable. Any local shaper will be cheaper than buying a board brand new off the racks in a shop, so going local will save you some cash as well. There are a lot of shapers near you though so use the search bar at the top of the forum and you'll find a long list of names to check out. Here's Wynn's website:
Originally Posted by Bambino
Also, a friend of mine got a custom done by Marcus Gruver up in Brigantine and he loves it. The board is sick and it was really cheap for a custom. Here's his website as well:
Thanks. Yeah I e mailed a few guys. Also Jamie Kelly and friends are shaping now too...
I say get a quad fish.
I started on a 7ft foam went to 6'8 tri fin. Then went to a 6'6 with a square tail tri fin. Then to 6'2 tri fin thruster. Then to a 5'10 fishcuit. Then to a brand new ashton 5'10 thruster trin fin. And then hopped back on the 5'10 fishcuit cause it was more fun then the rest. I think im gonna be stuck in the alternative shapes for a while now.
I was kinda thinking single fin 6'0....
Originally Posted by marknel83
i recomend one of those jet powered boards hahahaha