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  1. #11
    Talk to your local shaper. He knows your waves better than Mayhem or Merrick who both think the east coast is a joke but love making money off you.

    ~Brian
    www.greenlightsurfsupply.com

  2. #12
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    Ye the one person was right about the magic board that actually doesn't exist. Just want to be able to bust airs and cutbacks on the smaller days

  3. Quote Originally Posted by Greenlight View Post
    Talk to your local shaper. He knows your waves better than Mayhem or Merrick who both think the east coast is a joke but love making money off you.
    www.greenlightsurfsupply.com
    I completely agree with Greenlight. All of the boards in that genre are about the same. They have a little bit different of a tweak in the dimensions which they will market to you (don't forget the cool/catchy name either).

    Here is small wave fish I had made for me by a local shaper - very similar to the boards discussed in this post.
    Last edited by Kokopelli; Jul 10, 2011 at 09:56 PM.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Kokopelli View Post
    Here is small wave fish I had made for me by a local shaper - very similar to the boards discussed in this post.
    splitting hairs, i know, but this is technically not a fish. it would be a diamond tail stubby. still a really cool looking board that prob. rides great, tho. i love the diamond tail!

  5. #15
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    I think the best board for the east coast in small summertime waves is a high performance quad setup shortboard. I think quads are over looked by many surfers. Quads are super fast and very ripable in smaller waves. I would suggest a quad thats a little beefer or an inch or two biggger than the regular shortboads your useing. Quads generate tons of speed down the line and allow you to do big hacks on short summertime waves. I think the next thing in surfing will be more high performance quad shortboards in small waves.

  6. #16
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    Quote Originally Posted by bushwood View Post
    Neither. Lost Rocket is not a good groveler, the Pod is a groveler but not much good for anything else. Better choices out there for you, does it have to be a Channel Islands or a Lost? IF so then there are better models availalble for east coast slop.
    You should get a board from an east coast company. I think they shape boards that are better suited for the east coast. Check out Matt Kechele surfboards or Cannibal surfboards, two great companys from the east coast.

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    I never really believed that an east coast shaper will shape a better board for our waves than a west coast shaper would. A fish is a fish and a groveler is a groveler. I have always ridden mostly west coast boards and they all work well. I agree that those basic designs might be able to be tweaked slightly to perform better for us but the difference to most people would be small. I personally can't notice what changes a different fin would bring to the table and I have been surfing a long time. There are people out the with the skill level to feel every nuance of a shape but for 95 % of us I don't believe we would. I know that a board shaped for Rincon would not work well in OC shorebreak but there are other places around with a longer more gradual wave that they would work well at. I say read up about how rail shapes, blank volume and tails perform and pick an outline that you like that has the performance characterisitcs that your after and it will work whether from a west coast shaper off the rack or a local board.

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    Zippy have you ever ridden a quad surfboard??? Ive been surfing a long time too and their is a diffrence between a Quad and a Tri surfboard. Go against the norm of west coast companies and tri surfboards and get an east coast quad surfboard.

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    Quote Originally Posted by *McLovin* View Post
    Zippy have you ever ridden a quad surfboard??? Ive been surfing a long time too and their is a diffrence between a Quad and a Tri surfboard. Go against the norm of west coast companies and tri surfboards and get an east coast quad surfboard.
    i bought a used brian wynn quad on a whim the other day, right off the racks filled with CI, JS, JC, and other "west coast" shaped boards. comparing it with my Merrick smaller wave thruster, you can really feel the difference even in crap waves. the quad setup generates speed much more quickly, and you still get the good turning radius of a thruster

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    I'm riding a Bing Dharma Quad right now and love it.