When purchasing a new board, to be used mainly in jersey, what are some of the critical items I should be looking at? I'm mainly concerned with catching as many waves, and chilling on the ride. I want to make sure the board is fairly versatile, my prior boards consisted of a 6'8 shortboard, and a 9'1 longboard - both got stolen - with the longboard receiving the majority of usage as I like to cruise down the waves. Most comfortable with 3-4+ surf, if any bigger than I take out the shortboard.
I'm a 6'3 and full of muscle, or weight in at 220LBS. My ability level is intermediate, certainly no air judo's or supermans or 360's. Given my proportions, what is the best board to get which would allow a person of my stature and ability to maximize each surf session in terms of rides, technique and stoke.
...lost Lazyboy sounds about right or maybe the RV. If you buy a Lost, be sure to dial in the right volume for your weight on their "Guild Factor" page...don't go over the maximum number or you'll get an over-bouyant/boaty board.
Channel Islands just came out with the Average Joe model...might work well for you. Once again, check their "board selector" (CI's specific volume calculator) for your weight/skill level...I suggest go with the uppermost volume they suggest, but don't go over.
If you buy a local brand, off the rack, volume will probably not be given...or it'll be wrong (handshapes frequently have exaggerated dims written on them), so you'll have to guess or take the "advice" of a salesperson and will most likely end up on the boaty side.
If you go full custom, don't give the shaper too much info...just your size, skill level, and maybe where you surf should be enough (for instance, a convo with a local shaper somehow turned to eps/epoxy and I mentioned I thought it was too light...so, without telling me, he put extra glass on my poly board, making it way too heavy). Start with a model he already makes - don't bring in your own dims. The time to start tweaking dims is when, or if, you develop a relationship with the shaper/already have had a bunch of customs made by him.
Last edited by waterbaby; Aug 12, 2014 at 08:25 PM.