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  1. #11
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    Quote Originally Posted by DawnPatrolSUP View Post
    I think he meant for her size it's a long board, most people aren't 5'2"
    Has nothing to do with her size..........He said and I quote "Less than 7' is not a longboard". Less than 9' is not a longboard no matter what size the person on the board is. At 5'2 a 7'6 is going to be a long board to her but not a Longboard for her .......savvy.......If she paddleboards she can ride a 9' LB
    Last edited by wave1rider65; Aug 21, 2012 at 07:07 PM.

  2. #12
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    Quote Originally Posted by wave1rider65 View Post
    Has nothing to do with her size..........He said and I quote "Less than 7' is not a longboard". Less than 9' is not a longboard no matter what size the person on the board is. At 5'2 a 7'6 is going to be a long board to her but not a Longboard for her .......savvy.......If she paddleboards she can ride a 9' LB
    You are correct about 9' being regulation however only Doug can verify what he really meant by that. I agree that she can probably handle a 9' LB but is it necessary for her at that size? Probably not...

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    I was going to ask this same question. I've heard a longboard has to be 9' and I've heard thu have to be 3' taller than the rider. Which is it?

  4. #14
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    Quote Originally Posted by ClemsonSurf View Post
    I was going to ask this same question. I've heard a longboard has to be 9' and I've heard thu have to be 3' taller than the rider. Which is it?
    9' is regulation but I say unless you are going to be competing it doesn't really matter, unless you just want to be able to say yours is regulation size. I doubt anybody on the beach will be coming out to measure your board hahaha

  5. #15
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    Thanks everyone for your expertise. The board hunt is on!

  6. #16
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    you will do fine with a 7-6 or so. my brat daughter is 5-6/140/16year old. her 'longboard' is a 7-6 single fin egg that we made together in the garage. she, like lots of young ladies, just didn't want to lug a big board around. on her 7-6 she can catch any small ripple of a wave and groove along and do the occasional cutback. you should be able to find a decent used board in this size range because a lot of folks use them for learning and then move on to either a regular 9 foot plus longboard or to a fish or other shortboard.

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    If you're going for a new board you may want to consider talking to a local shaper, someone who knows the breaks you'll be surfing.

  8. #18
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    Quote Originally Posted by wave1rider65 View Post
    Just for accuracy.......Longboards start at 9'. Anything under with a round nose is an egg,funshape or hybrid.
    Just sayin'.
    I consider fun shapes and eggs to be types of longboards or longboard ďhybridsĒ.
    Amber isnít looking for a regulation longboard to enter the next contest with because she is a beginner. Being a beginner, sheís basically looking for something good to learn on thatís not a shortboard. Right?
    Generally if itís not a shortboard itís a longboard. Can I come up with a more accurate breakdown of what every board between 5 and 10 feet is called? Of course I can but, I didnít sense the need to accurately categorize every type of surfboard in my reply. Thatís just my opinion, and not meant to ruffle any feathers.

  9. #19
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    Quote Originally Posted by Amber View Post
    Any longboard suggestions for a beginner in Ft. Lauderdale? I'm 5'2\", 115 lbs, and moderately coordinated. I paddleboard, but would really like to get into surfing. What should I look for in a board (length, volume, fin set-up)? Any advice would be greatly appreciated!
    Amber, It's a loaded question, honestly. you could do well with anything from 7'6 on up. It depends on what you want to do with the board. You said you were wanting to get started. Longboarding can be a blast and I know women your size and smaller who fully rock a 9' and 9'6 longboard. However if you are looking to also progress into a shorter board style of riding you may want to look at either buying one for each condition or buying something that will not so much have you walking the board but instead working the wave.

    I ride Degree33 boards as they are in an excellent price range and a well made board. Some people swear on different names and that can be costly and yet provide you no additional help except make the pocketbook lighter. Soft tops can also be fun and only cost about $150 new. You can pick up the basics from that and then move on to something else without wreaking havoc on your credit. See if you have a friend who can let you borrow a board to see what works best for you. I like to let people try boards before they buy. Good luck.

  10. #20
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    Quote Originally Posted by shutch View Post
    If you're going for a new board you may want to consider talking to a local shaper, someone who knows the breaks you'll be surfing.
    I always wonder about this kind of advice for learners. Not that it is a bad idea to talk to a great local shaper and get good etquipment, that is always good advice. But whether really tailored or high end equipment is worth it when you're in the learning phase. I felt the same way about motorcycles wheni used to ride on the track. Did it make sense for folks just starting out to ride highly capable sport bikes, when they could go just as fast, given their skills, on a ten year old ratbike? Clearly a learning surfer shouldn't have the wrong board for her break, but a reasonable all arounder might be just as useful as a custom board, and might be better investment until she is ready to appreciate that custom. OM the other hand, she might start and do well with that custom, and only years later appreciate why it made the learning curve faster!