I currently ride a 5'6 Fishcuit when conditions are small and the wave is slower. I love the skatey feel to the board and the way I can fly down the face..
The problem is that I want something a little more high performance when it comes to tighter turns, cut backs and snapping off the lip. I feel that maybe the round rails or the quad fin wide tail might be to blame but I'm not quite sure?
Does anyone know of a board that would be a little more high performance in what would normally be longboard only conditions, without sacrificing that speed and skatey feel?
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Sep 25, 2012, 04:42 AM #1
Board advice from knowledgeable shapers or advanced riders
Sep 25, 2012, 04:48 AM #2
fyi the dimensions of my fishcuit are 5'6 x 20 x 2.75 and I am a lanky 6'0 160
Sep 25, 2012, 04:53 AM #3
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a lost rocket maybe? probably a 5'8 x 19 3/4 x 2.5 would most likely work for what you want and the waves your trying to ride it in but i dunno, go local if you can
Sep 25, 2012, 12:02 PM #4
All board designs are a compromise... enhancing one performance feature necessarily compromises another... you never get something for nothing. But still... here are a few things to consider when trying to eek out a bit more performance from your small wave shortboard:
Tail width - wider tails tend to stay flatter; narrower tails are easier to put on a rail. Consider bumps or wings to pull in the width and create a "pivot point" (really a "release point").
Fin placement - clustering the fins closer together, or pushing the cluster forward can help loosen it up. So depending on your fin system, you might want to try that first, if there's any adjustability options.
Fin size - smaller fins will give you more slide, and let you push the tail around easier and tighten up your turns.
Tail rocker - a bit of extra kick in the tail will help cutbacks and snaps
Rail line - shorter rail lines, like diamond tails or battails with a longer center point, will also tighten up your turning radius. Fish tails lengthen the effective rail line.
Bottom contours - adding vee out the back, or even going concave to flat behind the trailing fin adds some rail rocker and release out the back. Also... if your current board has a single to double concave, omitting the double might make the board less drivey and more responsive.
All of these options come with costs, but have their advantages.
Last edited by LBCrew; Sep 25, 2012 at 12:08 PM.
Sep 25, 2012, 05:25 PM #7
Sep 25, 2012, 05:48 PM #8fyi the dimensions of my fishcuit are 5'6 x 20 x 2.75 and I am a lanky 6'0 160
+1 Rocket. Just got a local. lost a little in the ease of wave catching compared to full fish...gained a lot in the performance category. stoked. I think the rule is 4-6 shorter than your HPSB and 1.25 to 2 wider... but you might wanna look that factoid up.
Sep 25, 2012, 06:40 PM #9
The 5'6 can be a pain to paddle because of this and I've considered actually going longer and finding a narrower tail.
Sep 25, 2012, 08:46 PM #10