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  1. #1
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    Having some issues understanding my quiver..

    I've only been surfing for about 5-6 years. I know there are plenty of older surfers on this forum who have a lot more experience then me. So.. I figured I'd ask on here about my own quiver.. which I seem to be having trouble understanding.

    It seems like whenever there are waves only about 50% of the time do I feel like I have the correct board out (out of my 3 choices).. I want to know more about the boards I have, like for example if they are to thick or to thin for me - if I should ONLY be using this board in this kind of surf, or certain ways I should be using the board, etc.. the 3 boards I have are as follows..



    5'5 custom, 19 1/4 x 2 3/8 (quad) - (This was ment to be a competition kind of groverler board but still have performance aspects. I really love this board, but I feel like its thickness takes away from its performance especially since im only 125 pounds. I also have yet to even get it airborne, which is probably just my skill level and nothing to do with the board but i'm having trouble understanding it. Low entry rocker.)


    5'6 custom Stealth Pro (Lost) , x 17.88 x 2.13 (tri) - (Lightly glassed from Matt Biolos, this board was really ment to be a good comp board but I feel like its to thin and getting into waves seems pretty difficult. Should I only be using this on big days? Should I have gone thicker?)


    5'4 CI pod, x 19 1/2 x 2 1/4 - (Just a fun board, the pod is the pod.)



    My height and weight is as follows,
    Height: 5'6 1/2
    Weight: 125 pounds

    My question is pretty much.. what should a board for me look like? Should it be that thick? Or should it be that thin?


    I just want to know more about my quiver, and know when to use what boards. Like for example if we get waves on sunday, I really don't know what board I should be using at that time.

    Thanks for your time.

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    the pod and the quad are for the same waves....use the stealth as your big wave board. add others for complimenting your quiver. like a log for ankle high days, or a gun for hurricane bill days lol. stuff like that

  3. #3
    jesus those are all tiny. So are you. Sounds like it should all work out. More rocker = bigger waves with steeper drops. Thick = easier to paddle. Thin = more responsive. 'Bout sums it up. Pura vida bro

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    I have a Lost RNF same dimensions as your 5'5" custom. It's perfect for my size - 5'8" 140lbs so I can see why it may be hard for you to get the performance out of it you're looking for. Although, it should be a better groveler for small days since it probably has good float for you. Plus, you wont outgrow it as you get bigger.

    The Stealth pro is a good wave board. I have a regular Stealth that I use a lot when the waves get some size or more power. The dimensions on that thing seem tiny, but it should work for you on bigger days since you're so light.

    I would say 5'5" to grovel on small days, Pod for medium days and the Stealth for big days. I always bring two boards with me and make the call when I get there. That way I can always swap them out if conditions change or I have a spare if I break one.

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    Good question, good thread. It raises another question I've long wondered about. How do you measure rocker? I mean, you can pick a board up and look at it and see what kind of rocker it has, but it there a quantifiable mathematic way to measure how much rocker a board has?

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    Quote Originally Posted by ragdolling View Post
    Good question, good thread. It raises another question I've long wondered about. How do you measure rocker? I mean, you can pick a board up and look at it and see what kind of rocker it has, but it there a quantifiable mathematic way to measure how much rocker a board has?
    lay the board upside down, put a dot on the stringer at the midpoint of the board, hold someting straight (an 8 foot piece of trim, or wood..whatever) tangent to the board just touching the surfboard at the dot you drew. Measure from the tail of the surfboard up to the straight board (thats tail rocker) and from the nose of the surfboard up to the straight board (that nose rocker)

    This video explains it a bit loosely:

    http://www.ehow.com/video_4411373_me...surfboard.html

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    Hey no disrespect, but Sunday will hopefully bring swell and the sun will be shining. Pick a board, paddle out and have fun. To many details spoil the stoke.

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    Thanks a lot guys.. Really have not had good luck with getting boards right for me honestly. Hoping that the pod and the stealth will come in handy for this weekend then if the swell remains okay.

    If anyone has anything else to add please throw it in, i'm always up for new information especially on my own
    quiver.

    So please don't hesitate.

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    When you said lightly glassed do you mean it doesn't have tje extra cloth in the deck?

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    Quote Originally Posted by jcyr2 View Post
    When you said lightly glassed do you mean it doesn't have tje extra cloth in the deck?

    Honestly I couldn't tell you, I wish i had the knowledge too. All I know is that if i push on the board with literally my finger i can hear the foam crushing.