id say a pod shape isnt a bad idea....i went from my longboards to my sweet potato which took a few days but it gave me a chance to get my "shortboard" basics down. it is performance oriented too. I then went and got a more performance shortboard for myself (more like big man shortboard)
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Oct 2, 2012, 02:24 PM #12Member
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I say bite the bullet and get the board you really want. Commit to learning how to ride it. You learned to ride your other boards and you can learn to ride something else. You could spend years dropping down in 3 inch increments, mastering every step along the way, but what would be the point? You want to ride a short board, so get one.
Oct 2, 2012, 03:08 PM #13Senior Member
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I say go for it. In my opinion, that POD you described is too big for you, but that is probably a good thing given your skill level, but I definitely wouldn't go any bigger.
I say get a used fish/small wave board that is sized on the large size of appropriate for your weight, and have at it. It will be much different, but once it clicks, should be much more fun. Going too big on a fish style board is almost as bad as going to small on a board. It's gotta be sized within the right dimensions or it will feel "boaty" and hamper your surfing. Yes, bigger will catch waves easier, but it will surf like junk after you catch the wave.
I find funshapes to be to be "not fun" unless I'm on a solid sized wave. Then you can draw some nice carves, but despite their size and extra float, I think they surf pretty poorly in the general smaller east coast conditions we get. I'll take a little fish or a longboard over a funshape every time for average waves.
Grab something with a "fish genetics" (i.e. wide full nose, and a little portly through the outline) and my guess is you'll love it. Easier to catch waves then a shortboard and will float flat sections better too. Buy used and cheap. Ugly boards are your friends because their cheaper and surf just as good as the pretty ones.
Then only break out your funshape when the waves are big and soft and provide a lot of face to carve.
my 2 cents anyway....
Oct 2, 2012, 03:36 PM #14
Oct 2, 2012, 04:50 PM #15
First off, good for you for catching the sickness! Keep surfing as often as you can regardless of whether others say the conditions are good. Strong onshore winds, mushy ankle to knee high junk waves, etc., they all will help you improve your surfing. That said, I agree you should ditch the "funboard". My first board was a 7' swallow tail that I only later found out was meant for larger waves (thanks local surf shop brahs), and it probably hurt my progression.
One thing that hasn't been mentioned is that winter is coming. Transitioning to a smaller board and winter wetsuit at the same time is definitely going to slow down your paddling. Personally, I find myself riding my longboard a lot more often in winter for the ease of paddling and also to keep my body out of the frigid water (I live in MA). If most of the waves you're seeing are in the knee to waist range it might be worth considering a longboard. I should mention my local break is a point break that offers some steap bowly peaks but then mushes out fast and offers long lefts, which sometimes reform nicely but you really need a longboard to stay in them. Know your break! Long mushy waves=longboard. Short punchy waves=shortboard (IMO).
I also ride a 5'8 hobie fish tail (I'm 6'1, 180 lbs). The transition to a small board ain't easy but you might as well do it now if that's the direction you want to take. I guess my point is that if you're committed to riding a shortboard then go for it! But if you're not committed to a shortboard there's a lot you can learn from riding an actual longboard. My longboard is a 9' Localmotion with a big aggressive single fin. I love both my boards, ride them about equally and, like parents with their children, probably couldn't pick a favorite.
PS - I got the longboard first and once I started to feel some level mastery went for the shortboard. Just saying.
3 years of surfing here. 1st board was a 6'8 fun fish. I beat the hell out of it and then sold it it for 150......
picked up a 6'6 with a more sleek design now, The fish I had was jus a tank in the water, this 6'6 is all around smaller every dimension! Much quicker....
allright I gotta go flounder now, 3+ foot chop right now.............
id jus get the new surf skis jk
Oct 2, 2012, 07:26 PM #17Senior Member
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A longboard really is a solid addition to anyones quiver in my opinion. I started on a shortboard, but soon after I started picked up an old 60's longboard at a yard sale and had a ton of fun on that thing. It now lives permanently hanging on the wall of my basement, in such a way that you can't see the two buckles I put in it ;-) Even after it buckled, I bought a repl,acement and always have had at least one longboard around.
That said, if you have interest in riding a shorter board, my advice is try not to fall into the crutch of only using a longboard because it's easier, and you get proficient at it quickly. I know many that have gone that route, especially now that I'm getting up there in years. Many of my buddies want to ride a shortboard, but after years of only taking out the log out of laziness, their shortboard skills are gone.
Oh, and I second what Pinkstink said about riding any conditions you can. When I started I would try and surf any rideable day, no matter how small or junky or sideshore....It all helps you develop skills, and when your a beginner, it's all fun. You'll have plenty of time to become jaded and crotchity and only go on the better days when you get old, and have hardly any free time like me.
Oct 2, 2012, 11:12 PM #18Junior Member
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Cool this all sounds like good wisdom so far...
I find funshapes to be to be "not fun" unless I'm on a solid sized wave.
you surf 3-5x a week?!where the hell do u live,hawaii??if u surf that much,going to a smaller board should be no problem!maybe the issue is your surfing 1 ft whitewash that u can only surf on a longboard.have u surfed any real waves this year,like atleast over 4 ft
Keep surfing as often as you can regardless of whether others say the conditions are good. Strong onshore winds, mushy ankle to knee high junk waves, etc., they all will help you improve your surfing.
Transitioning to a smaller board and winter wetsuit at the same time is definitely going to slow down your paddling.
I got the longboard first and once I started to feel some level mastery went for the shortboardA longboard really is a solid addition to anyones quiver in my opinion. I started on a shortboard, but soon after I started picked up an old 60's longboard at a yard sale and had a ton of fun on that thing.
From the rest of it, sounds like I should go for a 6'0" w/ full(ish) nose shortboard and decent thickness, and just be persistent learning it.
Oct 3, 2012, 07:52 PM #19Junior Member
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Hope you find a good board.
But one thing's for sure. If it's an actual CI Pod, a 6'0" is too big for your weight.
Oct 3, 2012, 09:46 PM #20Junior Member
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So the guy with the Pod is MIA or sold it, dunno, but some other interesting boards have popped up in my area for the right price...
2 Merrick / CI Sashimis:
one is 6'0 x 19 x 2 3/8 thruster
other is 5'10 x 21.5 x 2.5 thruster
also a Bing Whippet 5'11 x 20 x 2.75 twin fin
any opinions on these boards? Some people have said that the 6'0 pod might be a little big for my size (5'9" / 160) so the smaller of the Sashimis sounds interesting since it is nice thickness and pretty wide.