i grab my sweet potato (6'x23"x3") 99% of the time because VB waves are incredibly mushy.
Man...you aint kidding! My wife and i have been taking fall trips to VB for almost 20 years now. Got lucky and timed this years with a 3-4 day swell about a week and a half ago. The sand bars really come and go dont they...last year about a month after Irene was really fun every spot was working and was rippable even thigh-waist high.
This year it seemed like the bars arent what they were, even at waist-stomach high the waves were mushy and hard to get into until you were right up on the inside, then tended to close out on the inside.
I might have surfed with you one morning..noticed a big dude on a white decked Firewire sweet potato..did you surf the first st. jetty one morning in some glassy leftovers while kids were doing tow-ats up the beach?
variety is the spice of life. Unless the waves are of consequence I grab whatever I'm feelin. Fish, the six fo, a retro, whatever, I try to spread the love. Real waves I grab the pin tail 6'6 or gasp... the step up travel board 7'2 bushman
Agreed... variety, my go-to lately has been my McTavish, but that's what the waves are calling for right now. I'm sure i'm going to be getting a lot more time on the WRV Fish here real soon though, and then hopefully this winter i'll pick up a true shorty and get back to where I use to be, on a 6'4" thruster. Looking at picking up a custom COIL, so hopefully things go as planned.
I use my 9' Murray Ross (local shaper) with a mid size turbo fin up to about chest high. I have a 7s super fish for chest or bigger ( I know it's a pop out but I love it). I'm old, I've got good size quiver gathering dust in the garage because these 2 boards pretty much cover it.
6' 5" (21 1/2" 2 3/4") Tom Neilson Quad Fish. Alot of board, but was getting ready to give up on shortboarding all together when I got it about 5 yrs ago. Love the thing, but wouldn't mind adding something smaller to the mix. Spent my formative years on a 5' 8' twin fin, and still love the twin/quad set up.