Trying to spice up this forum a bit with a thread that has something other than just forcast talk.
I'll be the first to admit that the right coast lags behind the west in surfing industry. It seems there is a surf shop or shaper on every corner in CA. In the east, the only major manufacturer that comes to my mind is WRV. Kechele would be another big shaper. We have a few great smaller guys like Brian Wynn, Larry Mayo, Clean Ocean, Basic Element, Cosmic Bull, Quiet Flight, Natural Art, Bunger, Heritage, Natures Shapes, Austin, Bulatowicz... did I forget anyone?
So what makes a board an East Coast board?... or a North East board?... etc...
I know most people recommend fish for Jersey. I've been told by many people that retro fish shapes, quads and twins, are the best board to have in your Jersey quiver. The extra volume and two pivot points on the tail make the most of our waves. I have my first on order due to be done this week from Brian Wynn. However, I have a more modern WRV Citation fish that has suited me well. It has extra volume, wider nose and swallow tail. I also ride a Channel Islands Flyer that works great when the waves have better form, but doesn't seem to cut it most of the time. The Flyer is a small wave board with some extra volume and rails and concave for smaller mushier surf. I also have a performance longboard (PLB2) shaped by Clean Ocean Surfboards that I've ridden in everything from ankle high to overhead. I've found that squash tail longboards are much better suited for the EC. I've noticed that rounded pintails are very common on both long and short boards out west and don't seem to really work well in Jersey. Just wonder what boards you have found to work well on the EC verses what works on the WC, what everyone thinks a good EC board consists of, and what shapers they use (if you use a local shaper)? And lets see some board porn! Pics?
Hobie PeterPan Slugs are specificly made for NJ waves. They go from 7ft all the way up to 10ft. My bro has one and its an awesome ride. Basicly floats like a longboard but rides somewhere in between a funshape and short board. Hence the name peterpan slug lol!
I ride a 5 11 dhd rounded if you can't tell, anyday I want. If you know how to pump, then you can ride almost anything. When it is very mushy and small I pull out a 5 11 Lynn Shell WRV that was shaped in the 80's the thickness is found throughout the entire board, not just on the stringer. I also have an 5 11" HIC wide nose fish also shaped by Lynn Shell that has 2.5" of thickness along the stringer. This is for when I want to put the 80's board up and make more precise turns. I don't ride anything longer than 5 11. If the surf is way overhead, I ride a 5 11. If it is knee high and choppy, I ride a 5 11. I managed a very sucessful and knowledgable surf shop on the outer banks for a couple years and I have heard people from all over tell me this and that about longboards and funboards, etc. BullSH$T! If you have natural talent in surfing you can drop in on a beer bottle. My point is length has nothing to do with catching waves on this coast. You either need thickness of skill. I have both just in cause. When I first met my wife she had a 7 8 funboard. That thing lasted for about a week before I took it in and traded it for a 6 2 Lynn Shell. After one season I sold that big ass board and got her a 5 6 Fish shaped by Steve Hess. I fixed the dings and put a brand new traction pad on it. She had never made it down the line until this board. When my daughter is old enough to paddle out, it will be on a very short board. The only time I will even look at a funboard or longboard is in the far future if I am unable to paddle strong. Sorry for the book report, but I just think alot of people are given the wrong idea about what to ride out here. A good 80's board is a great tool to have on the East. A man by the name of Regis Jupinko shapes a good board for the right coast. He tapers off thickness a little less than most guys do. This makes for an easier paddling board that gets you in with ease, and also helps you out when you encounter a flat spot. Surf is on the way! One more thing, get a 4 3 some 7 mil boots, gloves and a hood and F$CKING surf in the winter!
I have several boards for the waves here in OC, but I mostly ride Channel Island Flyers. I'm a big guy (6'-3" @ 215#s, 45 yrs old) For the average surf here, around 2', I ride a 6'-10" x 20-3/4" x 2-3/4". If it gets really small I break out the steath longboard Flyer 7'-0" x 22" x 3" it will pretty much catch anything. Although in Costa Rica I broke my good wave short board and rode the big flyer in almost double overhead waves with no problem ( it was a bit stiff). When the waves get good, when did that happen last?, I ride my higher performance short board shapes in the 6'-10" to 7'-0" range. Lately though, I find I use the short boards more for travel and not so much in this area. In the dead of winter, with 4 or 6 mills of rubber on, I will sometimes ride a board a couple of inches longer. My kids all tell me I should ride boards 10" shorter, but what do they know.........
i had been riding a stretch eps 5'10" quad for about a year in ocean city, it snapped when it was big and junky last tuesday, i picked up a new lost 6'0 speed demon IV
it has 5 fin boxes so it can serve as a quad on those smaller days, then you just pull out the quad setup and throw in your thruster setup when it gets a little bigger.. this board rides like a dream and is one of the most versatile things ive ever heard of.. highly recommended for any east coast surf
Depending on how big you are, I'd go with a little bit bigger thruster, for the clean barreling days and more importantly the huge hurricane occasions. 6-6.2 might be a little small for bigger days.
Agreed. Especially since there is almost never any channel to paddle out in. sometimes you need a little more board to pick up some speed as you paddle out between overhead sets.
Also, it seems like most EC shapers shape their boards a bit wider than on the west coast. i dont' ride anything slimmer than a 19 1/2.
Lastly, if you don't have much of a quiver, you may want consider a bit of a bigger board that will float you with a 4/3, booties, and gloves, as well as float you in the summer with trunks. Obviously the water temps vary alot on the EC so those are other things to keep in mind.
I'm 6'2 205 lbs and my boards are
9'2, 22 1/2 - TK shapes
6'6, 20 1/8 backup thruster for my 6'8 - in the eye
6'8, 19 1/2 thruster - in the eye
6'4, 20 1/2 ...Lost RoundNoseFish for sloppy waist to chest
I mainly surf OBX or sometimes delaware/OC
Last edited by StuckinVA; Sep 27, 2007 at 02:51 PM.