Looking for some help here. I'm an intermediate surfer in Bay Head NJ and currently have a Biscuit. I'm looking to get a board with a little more performance design to it, but not ready to go to a "real" short board. I'm 6', 160 lbs and mainly surf East Coast waves. My current considerations are a Dumpster Diver or a Motor Boat. Should I also consider a more traditional shape like the Fred Rubble or the Dagger? Yes, I am partial to CI boards and have been since I was a teen.
I would recommend a dumpster diver, lost rocket, or a lost motivator. all three of these boards are wave catching machines that have the responsiveness of a hi-performance board. the low rocker on these boards are perfect for sub-par days which we have alot of around here and a little foil in the nose for bigger days
If you insist on a CI (over a local shaper), the Fred Rubble or the good ole' Flyer are good choices. Like jerseysurf123 said, the key is lower entry rocker. Also... extra width (especially the tail and a bit more in the nose as well), a touch more thickness if you go shorter, single concave, and either slightly down rails or a typical "modern rail" profile with medium volume and an extended hard edge.
The biscuit should still have some performance characteristics to it (have you seen Machado ride it in "The Drifter"?). What size is it? Maybe its just too big for you and thats why you are looking for something more performance.
If I were you and was set on a new CI I'd probably get the Dumpster Diver or maybe the Gravy. Try and demo one before you buy, though, so you can see if you like it or not before blowing all that ridiculous $$$ on a new CI.
with the biscuit you basically already have what you're looking for.
Originally Posted by RobG
The biscuit should still have some performance characteristics to it
Agree with the above. Remember, when you work in one direction (i.e. performance), you compromise another (i.e. wave catching capablility). If you want more performance, you're going to have to sacrifice the ability to get up on plane quickly or easily.
Once you come to terms with how much you are willing to give up, you can focus on how much performance you can get. Based on this philosophy, my opinion is that you really aren't going to get much more (or money's worth of) performance out of the mentioned boards.