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    mini sim's sizing

    Hey dudes I have decided to pull the trigger on a mini simmons for the summer months and I am a little hung up on sizing. My go-to shorty is a 6'4, but I hear these things should be ridden over a foot shorter. I am 6'0" tall, 190-195 lbs, proficient surfer. Recommendations? I was thinking something like 5'6 x 21 x 3? Better to go thicker and wider to stay short?

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    What are the dims on your normal 6'2? A mini Simmons would be a great choice for the summer months.

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    I usually ride 6'4 x 20 x 2.5 or something similar enough

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    Hey Leet, im 6'6, 190 i ride a 5'6 x 22 1/2 x 2 3/4

    21 " wide is at the low end of the spectrum on simmons, usually they run around 22-23 1/2" wide point

    5'6 is a great length you wont get the boaty feel of the nose since wide, u have also noticed when riding a few different ones, for east coast at least, do not get the twins all the way back like traditional simmons, 1" from the tail is just to drivey, stick to minimum of 5" from the tail but i like 6" with a 1 1/8 in from rail and a 3/16" toe in. i dont like the feel of parallel to stringer twins, they are to drivey and no release. i would say go 5'6 x 22 x 2 7/8. plenty of float and volume but not on the to fat feel either. just my .02..

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    Lee
    Ill defer to A2tall since he is a shaper and rides MSs

    The size dilemma is difficult, personal preference really comes into play do you like the minimum board you can get away with or do you like a bit of extra rail line or volume?

    I picked up a Ghostbuster from Larry Mabile late last year it is a twinzer with the double bump which pulls in the tail (10 across tail block) I am 200 lbs and much older @ 53, I talked to Larmo and he suggested a 511 x 23 x 3 for me. Fast, fun ,definitely a different animal to ride, dont think I have been on a board this short in 20 years, felt like a kneeboard first time I took it out.

    Width helps to plane out quickly, these are small wave boards so duck diving isnt really a consideration, IMO definitely dont go below 22W, best to stay 22 - 23 , length 56? maybe a 58 that would be 8 shorter than your DD, and 4 shorter than you are tall.

    A2tall's #'s look pretty good -
    Who are you looking to get the board from?
    Jim

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    I'm 6"1' 190/195 lbs and I ride them around 5"6'.

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    Quote Originally Posted by JTS View Post
    Lee –
    I’ll defer to A2tall since he is a shaper and rides MS’s

    The size dilemma is difficult, personal preference really comes into play – do you like the minimum board you can get away with or do you like a bit of extra rail line or volume?

    I picked up a Ghostbuster from Larry Mabile late last year – it is a twinzer with the double bump which pulls in the tail (10” across tail block) I am 200 lbs – and much older @ 53, I talked to Larmo and he suggested a 5’11 x 23 x 3 for me. Fast, fun ,definitely a different animal to ride, don’t think I have been on a board this short in 20 years, felt like a kneeboard first time I took it out.

    Width helps to plane out quickly, these are small wave boards so duck diving isn’t really a consideration, IMO definitely don’t go below 22W, best to stay 22 - 23 , length 5’6? maybe a 5’8” that would be 8” shorter than your DD, and 4” shorter than you are tall.

    A2tall's #'s look pretty good -
    Who are you looking to get the board from?
    Jim
    As Jim said, it is very preference oriented with anyboard. just other people around your size like xyz does not mean you will. it may be a good starting point or it may be your magic board. im 6'6 but my standard shortboard is 6'2 just because that i what i enjoy, while others at 6'6 may like a 6'6 shortboard. ect ect.. hope all this helps

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    ok thanks for that, it does help. Zippy, how wide and thick is that 5'6?

    Quote Originally Posted by JTS View Post
    Who are you looking to get the board from?
    Jim
    located in va beach...

    I have a birthday next month... and between you and me.... I saw my girl grab a custom order form from WRV last weekend when I stopped in to grab some wax.

    If she falls though ... lol... I might look at Austin, I have seen a bunch of his around the beach so I think that means they work. A little rich for my blood but I would just want plain white no gloss, so we will see.

    Hell, might even look to craigslist.
    Last edited by leethestud; Apr 6, 2012 at 08:49 PM.

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    Hmmm, not sure of the thickness. This was a mini sim that I shaped for myself and I never used calipers to check the thickness I just went by feel. It came from an outline template i printed from the net. I now ride a bing dharma quad that is a lot like the mini sim just a bit more performance oriented. I have a 5"6' dharma that I ride in the summer chest high and under and a 6"0' that I ride on bigger days and in the winter with the all the rubber. Bringing both to el Salvador in a week so hopefully they will work well on those point breaks.

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    Hey man, saw your looking at a mini sims for the summer. I have a great one that id be willing to sell. I'm 6'0 and 190 and love the size of this one. Its 5'10 by 22 by 2 3/4. Its made by verner out of sana cruz. They carry the vernor line in freedom surf shop. Vernor is known for making amazing mini sims, been doing it way longer than the returning fad its become lately. Mine is in REALLY good shape. Comes with 100 dollar future controller fins which work amazing in there. Board Looks almost brand new. This one sells for $780 plus fins at freedom and id sell it for 400. Lemme know what you think.