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    Retro fish suggestions

    Hi guys,
    Ill start with some background info. I am in nj. I dont have much surfing experience at all. I have skimboarded for the past few years and am comfortable on the wave face. I also dont have the confidence in myself to surf anything over head high. I am 5'9 and weight about 155 pounds.

    I want to get a retro fish board that can work from thigh high slop to waves up to head high. I dont know what dimensions i should be looking at since im not all too familiar surfboards. I want a floaty board that is easy to paddle. i just want to cruise down the line with some basic cutbacks and such. Nothing too much. Also, what should i be looking at fin-wise.

    Any help is appreciated. thanks guys. Also any cheap local shapers would be great too
    Last edited by lolwut; Dec 28, 2010 at 02:13 AM.

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    Quote Originally Posted by lolwut View Post
    Hi guys,
    Ill start with some background info. I dont have much surfing experience at all. I have skimboarded for the past few years and am comfortable on the wave face. I also dont have the confidence in myself to surf anything over head high. I am 5'9 and weight about 155 pounds.

    I want to get a retro fish board that can work from thigh high slop to waves up to head high. I dont know what dimensions i should be looking at since im not all too familiar surfboards. I want a floaty board that is easy to paddle. i just want to cruise down the line with some basic cutbacks and such. Nothing too much. Also, what should i be looking at fin-wise.

    Any help is appreciated. thanks guys. Also any cheap local shapers would be great too
    I just put a down payment on my retro fish today. I am 5'11 and 170 lbs I went with a 5'8 x 22 3/4 by 2 3/4 thick its a epoxy so its a bit more floaty than a poly board. I decided to go with the Rasta Keel after I rode a board made my the same shaper with the same specs he had the rasta's on it and they were fast but didnt make to board too squirly but the responded nice without alot of effort

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    so would you recommended me going an inch shorter but keeping width and thickness for float because i have much less experience than you?

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    Quote Originally Posted by lolwut View Post
    so would you recommended me going an inch shorter but keeping width and thickness for float because i have much less experience than you?
    Yeah I got the board cause of the width and thick ness cause I mostly longboard and I like a shorter board with some thickness and width so the long to short akwardness is less dramatic

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    Quote Originally Posted by lolwut View Post
    Hi guys,
    Ill start with some background info. I am in nj. I dont have much surfing experience at all. I have skimboarded for the past few years and am comfortable on the wave face. I also dont have the confidence in myself to surf anything over head high. I am 5'9 and weight about 155 pounds.

    I want to get a retro fish board that can work from thigh high slop to waves up to head high. I dont know what dimensions i should be looking at since im not all too familiar surfboards. I want a floaty board that is easy to paddle. i just want to cruise down the line with some basic cutbacks and such. Nothing too much. Also, what should i be looking at fin-wise.

    Any help is appreciated. thanks guys. Also any cheap local shapers would be great too

    just out of curiosity, why a retro fish? what are you riding now? what was the thought process that led you to decide that a retro fish is what you're looking for?

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    Matt -
    22 3/4 seems a bit wide, is that a typo?

    To the OP if you are set on a retro type fish consider contacting Michael Zippi
    http://zippifish.wordpress.com/
    he makes really excellent twin keels, with an extremely fast turnaround (made a board and had it shipped in 18 days - during the summer) At your size a 5'8" could work well

    Jim

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    Quote Originally Posted by njsurfer42 View Post
    just out of curiosity, why a retro fish? what are you riding now? what was the thought process that led you to decide that a retro fish is what you're looking for?
    ive heard from quite a few fellow skimmers that they ride just like a skimboard.

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    as much as i loved my retro fish/flat rockered.. i would not take it in head high surf since 90% of the time its throwing in sand... its hard to stick landings with them. fun as hell in the mellow stuff. what you want is a lost rnf... more refined twin ,2+1, quad whatever it may be. that board will handle a lot of different conditions. addiciting board i've had 2, ill prob have another shaped this winter..at 155lbs id go 5'6 19 1/8 or 191/4 by 2 1/4...thats all you need to know. have brian wynn shape you one in resin-x lokbox'd and you'll love it that much more. end of discussion pm me if you have any questions.

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    Quote Originally Posted by exilenj View Post
    as much as i loved my retro fish/flat rockered.. i would not take it in head high surf since 90% of the time its throwing in sand... its hard to stick landings with them. fun as hell in the mellow stuff. what you want is a lost rnf... more refined twin ,2+1, quad whatever it may be. that board will handle a lot of different conditions. addiciting board i've had 2, ill prob have another shaped this winter..at 155lbs id go 5'6 19 1/8 or 191/4 by 2 1/4...thats all you need to know. have brian wynn shape you one in resin-x lokbox'd and you'll love it that much more. end of discussion pm me if you have any questions.
    how much would a board from wynn cost roughly?

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    For sale from one of the original fish designers of the 70s. Hard to find around here:

    http://www.swellinfo.com/forum/showt...highlight=brom