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  1. #1
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    Jun 2009
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    help me pick out my first short board

    hey guys i can catch basically 9 out of 10 waves i try for with my longboard and i can turn and walk to the nose. so im thinking im ready for a shorter board so i can duck dive and catch bigger waves when storms come and stuff like that. plus it would be nice to be able to just throw my board in the car and go. would a fish or a shortboard be my better bet? Im kind of big ( 6' and 200 lbs) so is there a big guys short board or fish that is good for knee high to head high waves?

    i really would appreciate any help or pointing in the right direction. also im fairly handy and i was thinking about shaping my own surfboard from that greenlightsurfsupply. would that be way to difficult for a beginner surfer, or would that be a great way to make a board specific for my needs?

    thanks for any help
    AJ

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    talk to a local shaper.

  3. #3
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    Quote Originally Posted by a2tall View Post
    talk to a local shaper.
    Yep, Yep.....Best thing to do. If I were going from an LB to shorter I'd get a 6'8 to 6'10 fish for someone your size which is also my size.That way you'll be able to keep some volume under you but still ride in a variety on conditions. Talk to a local shaper and he'll get you exactly what you need for your size so you arent running around second guessing yourself.

  4. #4
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    I started surfing about a year and a half ago and learned on a 9' longboard. This past May, like you I wanted something shorter that was easier to take to the beach and wasn't so cumbersome getting past larger waves. I settled on a 6' 6" fish and it is a huge difference. I feel like in a way I'm learning all over again, but it's still a lot of fun, and I can duckdive it to get out past breaking waves which is a plus. I'm 5'9" 185 so I need something with a little more float as well.

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    I'm still new... but I would think going out and renting boards to try out in pratical conditions and see not only what you 'can use' or like to use... ensure when you make your purchase ,its a board you KNOW you'll enjoy. JM2

  6. #6
    Check out the Firewire Addvance. Turns on a dime and floats great. I highly recommend this board for our East coast waves.

  7. #7
    Join Date
    Jun 2009
    Location
    columbia SC, and i go to holden beach NC alot
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    thanks for all the help guys! i would talk to a local surfer, but im not wanting to put all that money into a new board. i was hoping to buy a nice used board. i was hoping to just spend around 350. i also thought about renting. but everyone where i have looked for renting boards all they have is the bic fish and short boards or the the nsp shortboards. those really just seem like they are way to short and thin for me. like the average surfer boards. i think im a good bit bigger than the average surfer. i do have a friend who had a 6'8 nsp fun board, and that seemed ok. does anyone know of a place near folly or holden beach that has a bigger and more broad selection of surfboards? i will check out the firewire advance

    Thanks AJ

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    If you go to folly a lot check out either Mckevlin's surf shop or Ocean's, they'll help you find the right board

  9. #9
    Quote Originally Posted by radripperaj View Post
    hey guys i can catch basically 9 out of 10 waves i try for with my longboard and i can turn and walk to the nose. so im thinking im ready for a shorter board so i can duck dive and catch bigger waves when storms come and stuff like that. plus it would be nice to be able to just throw my board in the car and go. would a fish or a shortboard be my better bet? Im kind of big ( 6' and 200 lbs) so is there a big guys short board or fish that is good for knee high to head high waves?

    i really would appreciate any help or pointing in the right direction. also im fairly handy and i was thinking about shaping my own surfboard from that greenlightsurfsupply. would that be way to difficult for a beginner surfer, or would that be a great way to make a board specific for my needs?

    thanks for any help
    AJ
    Your instincts and budget are both giving you good advice: Dont spend a lot of money. You're experimenting with board lengths that are 2+ feet shorter than the longboard you've been riding. You really dont know what you wnat/need. Chances are you're going to be on a learning curve finding out whether your going to like...maybe a big guy shortboard, small funshape, fish, or some other hybrid shape.

    My advice is DONT get a custom local shape (out of your budget, you dont know what you want), DONT rent (waste of $), and DONT shape (you dont have any idea what shape to make, and if you hate it you wont know whether you messed up shaping or the shape you made just isnt right)

    visit some shops with used board racks and talk to a few of them before making a decision. You dont even need to spend $350. I'd be thinking closer $275 if I were you in this situation. Used boards hold their value better than ANY other option.

    Pay $300 for a decent used board this summer, and when you decide you want something different next summer it will still be worth at least $200 assuming you didnt bust it up. NO other option gives you that much flexibility.
    Last edited by South Bethany; Jun 24, 2012 at 12:16 AM.

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    I would talk to a local shaper. A custom is usually less than one off the shelf and can be made to your size, weight, local waves and experience level. When surfers look to save money they buy Asian constructed pop-outs and put price stress on the local shapers who build better boards. Support local shapers! Of course used boards are used boards, you'll have a bit of looking to do to find something right. Good luck