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  1. #21
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    I always say if you only have one board, you want it to work good when the waves are good. When the surf is garbage, just deal with it... you ain't missing much anyway. But when it's good, you don't want you board to hold you back... you want it to take advantage of that rare, good day. So whatever that is for you, that's what you want, IMO. For me that would be a 6'6 EPS/Epoxy round tail hpsb, thruster/quad convertible - as a quad it works good from about chest on up to head high or so, and as a thruster from head high to a couple feet overhead.

    Outside of that, a basically flatter, wider slightly thicker version of a typical shortboard (a "modern fish," of sorts) would be best in small garbage up to about shoulder high. Bigger than that and I'd be frustrated...

  2. #22
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    I think its kind of a a non-starter....lumping the whole east coast together into one wave category, and then choosing the best board for that broad category. If i lived in Cocoa Beach, Rhode Island cobblestone point waves wouldnt factor into my hypothetical "one board" selection.

    hows that for an irritating response??

  3. #23
    Quote Originally Posted by LBCrew View Post
    I always say if you only have one board, you want it to work good when the waves are good. When the surf is garbage, just deal with it... you ain't missing much anyway. But when it's good, you don't want you board to hold you back... you want it to take advantage of that rare, good day. So whatever that is for you, that's what you want, IMO. For me that would be a 6'6 EPS/Epoxy round tail hpsb, thruster/quad convertible - as a quad it works good from about chest on up to head high or so, and as a thruster from head high to a couple feet overhead.

    Outside of that, a basically flatter, wider slightly thicker version of a typical shortboard (a "modern fish," of sorts) would be best in small garbage up to about shoulder high. Bigger than that and I'd be frustrated...
    good point, when the waves aren't working, I should be.

  4. #24
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    it is a good question but a bit non specific. I think it really depends on your style. Shortboarders are going to tend to go to the shortboard realm and longboards the longboard realm. Ex: hp fish for shortboards and a semi hp longboard for longboarders like a magic model walden. I personally, like I have said before, like my mini simmons which works well in anything over waist. My longboard works in everything smaller than that.

  5. #25
    i've had a ton of different boards.. as of now im LOVING my xtr lost f1...id need that and a 5'4 or 5'5 rnf... anddddd a whiplash... and throw a bonzer egg in there haha. 4 boards i could not live without.

  6. #26
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    12 year old CI 6'2 sashimi or my 5"10 quad retro fish
    Last edited by andrewk529; Nov 1, 2011 at 01:03 AM.

  7. #27
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    Quote Originally Posted by exilenj View Post
    i've had a ton of different boards.. as of now im LOVING my xtr lost f1...id need that and a 5'4 or 5'5 rnf... anddddd a whiplash... and throw a bonzer egg in there haha. 4 boards i could not live without.
    too hard to live on one stick!

  8. #28
    If I could only pick ONE, it would have to be a fat, wide, twin/quad fish. I surf my 5'10, '2 1/2, 21' (as a twinnie) most of the year in FL. Even on a lot of the hurricane swells we get (usually doesn't get too too hollow down here). Whenever it gets critical, I'll put in the quads and it's more than enough. Having extra thickness/width makes for easier paddle outs, and helps with positioning and getting into waves early.

    I've never been a fan of the 'thin and narrow' modern shortboards. I don't like having to stand in one direct spot. Seems like with my fish, I can fall way back on the tail and throw spray, or move up, and do cheater-5's through weak Florida sections. It's surely for the lazier, more content surfer. Groms and many aggressive surfers will feel like they're surfing a heavy plank.

    It's not for everyone, but once you master it... it's an insane amount of fun.

  9. #29
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    Quote Originally Posted by DaMook View Post
    impossible to have one board.

    You need at least three to surf all the time. A longboard for anything, a thruster for steep walled breaks, and a fish for everything in between.
    I agree 100% - NJ surf can vary a lot. I've ridden a lighter weight 8.0 thruster in just about all conditions (knee high to overhead) - it doesnít excel in any one type condition but it doesnít totally suck either. Itís a good choice if you donít know what the conditions will be and you can only take one board.

  10. #30
    I have to agree on the higher volume shortboards. I love my dumpster diver and my WRV Mulhern (basically a neckbeard). Also the mini simmons kicks a** if there are decent lines, and any size.