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  1. #11
    that is amazing. sadly im in no rush since i dont feel like winter surfing with a 4/3. i will probably seriously start looking in march/saving money

  2. #12
    nectar quad.jpg

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    i live in nj as well ad this is one of my favorite boards. im partially tattooing the logo actually. its 5'10 and the dimensions are like 22 wide by 3 thick at the biggest5 points i believe because you can not make them out exactly. anyway 350 if you want it, message me

  3. #13
    NO!!!!!!!!!!!!

    6'3'' 7s superfish. Easiest board to ride. It can ride 1 ft waves or well overhead. Probably most forgiving board and mine is going on 5 years of shallow shorebreak.

    GIT IT

  4. #14
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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
    I'm 5'9" 160 and have two retro fishes i shaped myself.

    5'5" x 21" x 2 5/8"
    5'10" x 21" x 2 5/8"

    They both have more volume than i need but in that kind of board more volume isnt a bad thing and the 5'10" is great for full winter rubber float. These boards are really fast, and work really good in down-the-line waist - chest high waves. I hve seen Brian Wynn's boards but not ridden them...he has retro fishes dialed in, and i know he has a lot of experience with that shape. Make sure you ask the shaper to put the wide point at least 4-6" forward of center for the full (fast) experience.

    I would seriuosly consider that Steve Brom board as well...that is a sweet shape and the guy is a legendary shaper of fishes.
    Last edited by mitchell; Dec 28, 2010 at 02:33 PM.

  5. #15
    Since you say you don't have much surfing experience make sure you get a board that you can catch waves with. Longer and wider is better. You should really be looking at a longboard if you want to get the fundamentals of surfing down quick but if you insist on a retro fish get it at least 21" wide and a length no shorter than 5'10" for your size. You gotta catch waves first before you can do those cutbacks so get a board that paddles well.
    Twin keels and wide point forward like Mitchell says...

    ~Brian
    www.greenlightsurfsupply.com

  6. #16
    Greenlight is right....you don't really specify exactly how much actual surfing experience you have, but it sounds as if the majority of your experience is skimboarding. If this is true, you should probably try and gain surfing experience on another shape other than a retro fish. A "fun shape", such as a modern egg would be a much better shape for easily getting into waves, standing up and turning....a longer, wider shape for learning.

    Once the learning curve has expanded, then a retro fish is a great board, especially in typical beach break. Don't get confused between "retro fish" and a quad fish, because they both ride differently. The poster with the Brom is a good example of the retro, and the Nectar is a good example of a quad. (off thread for a second....I'd love to know who shaped that Nectar. Is Gary McNabb back in business?)

    Generally, your fish should be as tall as you are. The heavier you are, the more thickness the board should have. At 155 lbs, anything from 2 1/2 - 2 3/4 inches thick will be fine.

    If you want to get a good look at some of the best fishes on the East Coast, visit the Mollusk Surf Shop in NY. The best Fish shapers in the world have their boards there.

  7. #17
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    Quote Originally Posted by mitchell View Post
    I'm 5'9" 160 and have two retro fishes i shaped myself.

    5'5" x 21" x 2 5/8"
    5'10" x 21" x 2 5/8"

    They both have more volume than i need but in that kind of board more volume isnt a bad thing and the 5'10" is great for full winter rubber float. These boards are really fast, and work really good in down-the-line waist - chest high waves. I hve seen Brian Wynn's boards but not ridden them...he has retro fishes dialed in, and i know he has a lot of experience with that shape. Make sure you ask the shaper to put the wide point at least 4-6" forward of center for the full (fast) experience.

    I would seriuosly consider that Steve Brom board as well...that is a sweet shape and the guy is a legendary shaper of fishes.
    x2 on Brian Wynn, but i agree with above. Get the right board. Considering the money and the investment I can't blame you on getting a fish. Just as hard to learn on, no matter what board you get.
    Last edited by DaMook; Dec 28, 2010 at 03:20 PM.

  8. #18
    Quote Originally Posted by Greenlight View Post
    Since you say you don't have much surfing experience make sure you get a board that you can catch waves with. Longer and wider is better. You should really be looking at a longboard if you want to get the fundamentals of surfing down quick but if you insist on a retro fish get it at least 21" wide and a length no shorter than 5'10" for your size. You gotta catch waves first before you can do those cutbacks so get a board that paddles well.
    Twin keels and wide point forward like Mitchell says...

    ~Brian
    www.greenlightsurfsupply.com
    well i figured since i can occasionally catch waves on my 52"x20.6"x3/4" skimboard on days with push, i would be ok on a longer much thicker fish. Small boards also appeal to me 100x more due to the fact that i wouldnt be able to fit anything bigger than 5'10 in my car.

  9. #19
    Any rough estimates on how much a custom wynn costs or other shapers? doesnt need to be exact but is 600$ reasonable

  10. #20
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    You catch waves or you skim out and onto the faces?