im about your size and went with a 5'8 22.5 2 3/4. twinzer set up w/ more of a mabile ghostbuster template, like JTS board. its a simmons inspired shape, not a traditional, I think you need tweak the shape alittle for east coast waves, i even added a nubster trailer fin box for a little more bite.
WRV wouldn't be my first choice for a Mini-Simms. I also think that the MS works better on the EC tweaked a bit from the classic recipe, something like the Bing Puck or Dharma, Larmo Ghostbuster, Slop Rod by Tommy Moore, plenty of good guys making them. Jim Dunlop out of Jacksonville has some good looking EPS ones, plus a couple guys that post on here.
Definitely get in touch with some of the guys shaping them. I've found most shapers are more than happy to talk designs - it is your money get what you want
Recommendations? I was thinking something like 5'6 x 21 x 3? Better to go thicker and wider to stay short?
Lee - i've shaped one and ridden a few mini sims.
21" is not wide enough IMO. These things are all about planing and i'd go 22" wide for than insane glide feel. I think 3" thick will feel "corky" with a massive amount of volume you aren't used to, and dont need or want. Remember, once you're up and riding the width is providing the planing, not the thickness. I'd go 2 5/8" thick at the most - at 5'6" and 22" wide, this board will still float you more than other short boards you ride, and will paddle into any 1-2 foot wave you'd ever care to ride.
Yeah definitely don't make it too thick. If you want more thickness under your chest you can leave that but pinch the rails a bit to give it some bite in turns. Make sure you thin the tail way down, wiith a tail that wide you don't need much foam back there. I just used a standard 6'0" fishblank with whatever rocker it came with. Be sure to post a picture of it, looking forward to seeing it.
So I have decided to shape it myself. I have screwed the pooch on glassing before and wasted a deck so I'll probably get it glassed professionally.
Thanks for the sizing tips, i'm glad I asked. Wider, shorter, but not much thicker.
From what I understand, you start with a long board blank and take the middle section that is really flat. Any suggestions on which long board blank is best for this?
Lee - Great idea shaping it yourself. Dont get a longboard blank...US Blanks makes a 6'2A fish blank. I've driven down myself and picked them up from the WRV factory near Kitty Hawk on the right side just a mile or two before the bridge.
Cut about 4" off the back, and 4" off the front of the 6'2A blank and you will have a 5'6" starting point with very flat bottom rocker. You will need to do some extra thinning of the front and rear of the cut blank a bit - take this out of the deck so you arent cutting rocker back in.
This is all just a rough starting point - but will set you on track for a sick ass mini sim.
Last edited by mitchell; Apr 12, 2012 at 02:32 PM.