I would check out Harbour Surfboards high performance models. I've been riding a 9 2" HP1 for years (high performance single fin) until I bought my 9 6" Bing. The board really could do it all, I could ride it like a shortboard or just glide and trim it like a regular log. For what your looking for their is a model call the Habanero which seams to fit the bill for exactly what your looking for. Do not go buy their size chart, go by your ability how in surfing shape you are. I'm 6 2" and can range from 170-185lbs and I could catch waves effortlessly, but the chart says I should have ordered a 9 6" or a 9 8". You can order one and get it through Heritage surf shop. My HP1 is in great condition and I am thinking about selling it. I can't post pics because I'm at sea working. http://harboursurfboards.com/surfboa...ighperformance
Last edited by SeaDaddy; Jan 28, 2011 at 04:10 PM.
Thanks for the advice so far. I started on an Ashton 9 6 . killer board. now ride a 10' Harbour 19. makes better bottom turns and that dble volan glass really helps you make some weak sections. Looking for something I can duck dive, make steep drops, get barreled, make a quick cut back, then do it again.
I've seen boards like : Hobe slugs, mini longboards, retro fish, spherical revolvers, that first fish on wynn's retro fish page. I need the buoyancy and a quality rail design to help me meet some of the demanding condtions of the north.
don't get me wrong, i love my log.
but damn, I just wanna get barreled all day sometimes. help a brother out.
Since you are already familiar with Harbour Surfboards and riding one, I don't know if you took the time to check out my suggestion on the link I provided. If you didn't here is the description. Habanero: Named after the world's hottest chile, the Habanero blazes! Tighter turning, faster down the line but not for the weak - this board really packs heat. With the super pulled in nose and diamond shaped tail, the Habanero is ideal for big fast hollow waves. Advanced surfers riding larger sized waves please!
If that isn't what your looking for just go buy a 7 6" pintail. That's what I bring to use when hunting large hollow surf...
I checked out that Habanero. It looks like the right model, but I'm thinking shorter. According to his scale, I'm still riding a long board. That pintail sounds more like it.
Any models I should be looking at?
Do not go buy their size chart, go by your ability how in surfing shape you are. I'm 6 2" and can range from 170-185lbs and I could catch waves effortlessly on my 9 2";I could of went 9 0" no problem but the chart says I should have ordered a 9 6" or a 9 8". As far a 7 6" pintail goes what kind of fin setup are you thinking, single fin, tri, 5 fin Bonzer? Check out CI's Black Beauty, that just might be it. http://www.cisurfboards.com/sb_blackbeauty.asp
Last edited by SeaDaddy; Jan 29, 2011 at 02:43 PM.
I need a smaller board to deal witht the heavier waves that we see in the winter.(Steep drops and Barrels)
I've been in this boat. Same height. Same weight. Similar waves (Outer Banks). From personal experience, the time to shorten your stick is not the winter time. Added rubber, diminished paddle shape and restricted movement will be working against you. Long(er) boards can handle steep barrels, you hust have to find the right design.
In my opinion, your situation calls for a board, similar in floatation to what you currently have, but with soft 50/50 rails all the way back to just before the fin. Also, it's the only conditions for which I would suggest side-bites. I know I'll probably get flamed for this, but personally, they just add drag in most of our east coast waves. The rails will hold you on the drop...not the side-bites. The side-bites will help with a more aggressive bottom turn, if you choose to do so. Maybe just a touch more rocker than what you would commonly use, but not a lot.
When you come out of the winter and start shedding rubber and weight, then size your board down. Just my two cents. Good luck.