I got back into surfing a couple of yrs. ago, i then bought a 7-10 funboard, to get the feel and balance back, i have now progresed to the point of wanting a new board and im thinking a hybrid maybe, a 6-4 21in.wide 2-7/8 thick. Im 6-0 @ 210 lbs., living in fl. im not sure if this is the right choice or not. I need your opinion on a good manufacturer and size of board for my height an weight
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those dimensions will float you, but volume in very user dependent. one rider may like less volume or more volume than you, also one board which has lets say 30 cubic liters of volume can be distributed differently between boards, one board can have more volume under your chest while the other has it pulled back... just as a example.. why do you want a shorter board?
i feel myself being kind of held back with a 7-10 epoxy, dont get me wrong i have a blast on waist to stomach waves but when a larger swell hits i feel confined, not enough manuverability (sp), i need to feel that free flowing movement again, you know what i mean...but im not sure with a hybrid design, ive never ridden one, would like to know how peolple like them i guess, in terms of perfomance. Thank you
Mar 25, 2012, 01:14 PM #4
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If you want your board to be more all around, a hybrid would be good; with a lower entry rocker, a bit shorter and wider and fatter than you would usually ride. But if you want when the waves start to get big you i would want a more traditional hpsb, not to say that a hybrid wont work well (such shapes as a biscuit, dwart, simmons...ect) but there not designed to take on HH+; once again not to say they can't.. but a more traditional rocker, and volume shortboard would be what you want for HH+ in my opinion. The question is how many days is it actually HH+ where you are... is spending 600+ on a new gun or performanced out hpsb worth it? will you get enough use? or will a hybrid type model which rides from 1ft-6ft and will be your daily driver be a better financial idea? once again i am just trying to really figure out what it is you want so you can narrow down your options.
Mar 24, 2012, 07:52 PM #6
7'10 to 6'4 is a HUGE leap. I'd step it down to a 6'10 hybrid if your current board is holding you back in better surf. A 6'4 that's 2 7/8 is quite a chunky monkey. Stretch out the length and shave off some thickness for better performance.
you are really starting to make up my mind now, here in fl. we may get head high + 12 to 15 times a yr. if were lucky, i think you said it, a biscuit or a dwart with a lower entry rocker will handle most of the fl. waves, even though they still are 600+, it seems like they are an all around board that would fit my style and the wave fl. wave size. I
Mar 24, 2012, 10:33 PM #8
You might want to check out the CI Warp.Easy paddle yet very maneuverable.
thanks everyone for your input...@wave1, im not sure but a custom like that would cost well over 700.00, thats a little out of my range at the moment, but both you and and LBcrew might be right about 6'-4" being a big step for me, i will look for a retro fish between 6'-8" and 7'-0", now that you all helped me make up my mind about the size how about a manufacturer...i prefer not to have a pop out...just a good american made product...thanks to everyone, your opinions do count...
Mar 26, 2012, 12:11 AM #10
I'm not into the oversized retro fish boards... although many people are. So if that's what you want, by all means, go for it. If I was picking a board for you, I'd steer you toward a hybrid, which is a more user-friendly performance shortboard that still has the float and paddle power you'll get out of a big guy fish. The beauty of a fish design is that you ride them short, flat and wide. I'm 48 years old and have been riding fish since high school... I'm just now breaking the 6 foot mark.
But anyways... shop around your local shops and see if you can find a local guy who does good work. You might be pleasantly surprised by the price.