My vote is the minisimmons. got one last may and its all i rode last summer until hurricane season. really fun to ride. mines a twin, so its way different to ride and put on rail than a small wave shortboard like a dumpster dirver or something, but its fun as hell for the summer. i rode it in all different surf just for the fun of it- knee high up to head high. its much better in the mushier stuff. no steep drops or late takeoffs. but you probably dont have to worry about that too much in the summer
Suddenly they are two-three-five years into it and they still can't really paddle properly, can't take off on a steep wave, still ditch boards on chest high days, never learned to duck dive and have lineup issues because they've never learned the spot rotation/positioning that comes with sitting in a lineup of shorter boards.
I love longboarding by the way, and this is not a knock on it, just an observation on how it affects the learning curve.
I guess to each their own.....I had a WRV 8ft funshape that was sweet 20 years ago.....but yesterday I found this Hobie 7'6" from the 80's.....Attachment 7314......I'll let you know how it goes, but I got a good feeling :cool:
I moved to south Florida a couple years ago from San Diego. I bought a firewire sweet potato for the smaller surf. The board was a great go to for the smaller conditions...super rippable and floats over all the flat sections. I moved back to San Diego six months ago and still use the sweet potato more than any other board in my quiver...up to head high. I have been surfing mostly reef breaks and the potato absolutely kills it! I'm 6'3 and ride a 5'4 sweet potato. The new timbertek baked potato looks insane...I want one so bad but can't justify spending $700 on a board so similar to the one I got!
I have decided not to go with a funshape board or longboard. Im leaning towards to a board like the Coil Megamind or the Lost Couch Potato. The Couch Potato has a more rounded nose is that going to make a bigger difference since theres more foam in the nose?
sell your surfboard and smoke crack, way more fun than surfing and healthy for your body and soul