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    Performance Longboard Help

    Can anyone recommend a performance longboard that they have surfed and like? I was looking at the stewart CMP and have done some google and youtube searches but it's hard to get a unbiased recommendation on any board. What construction type would be better for this type of board? I am guessing lighter is better? Thanks!

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    Mike Doyle tried to talk me into one of his 10 footers. WRV carries them. they got wings near the tail that has a groove the diameter of a pencil. Won't fit in my work van. that's my old Doyle with the Hull bottom. an inverted v on the tail.

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    I'm on my second HP longboard custom made by Jon Ashton in Maryland. His logs are amazing.

    If you like Stewarts, they make a model called the Light Speed Performance. I've ridden them, and they are nice.

    As far as glassing goes, my Ashton boards are pretty simply PU/PE construction with 2x6oz on the deck and 1x6oz on the bottom. its rugged enough, but still whips around when you want it to. Ample rocker is CRITICAL on an HP longboard.

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    I have a Stewart Light Speed Performance / LSP in poly. It's light enough, wouldn't want it to be too much lighter personally. I love it and its more maneuverable than other longboard I have ridden. However, I mostly ride short boards, and it is the first longboard that I have actually owned, although I have ridden a bunch. So I'm not really qualified to give you a great write-up / comparison to other boards.

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    stewart CMP or Walden magic model. I would go EPS/ Epoxy and 4/4+4 on the glass job, maybe 4/4+6. The lighter the better, You can put the board where ever you want and they still noseride like a dream

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    I ride the firewire flexflight in a quad. It's one of the fastest boards i've been on. I can't remember the exact dims but its 9'1". I don't get any nose time to speak of but it's really light and maneuverable. On smaller days I stick to the log but anything above waist the board really performs.

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    i bought a 'performance' longboard few years ago but turns out it wasn't really what i was after. don't get me wrong the thing is so fast and responsive, more so then any other longboard i have ever ridden. but it does need some size and power to make it work. when there is size and power i am not using a longboard though, i shortboard. what i needed was a small wave log, much less rocker, single fin. few paddles and in to small waves and cruising down the line, walk to the nose a bit, end of story. the HPLB was not that board. if your into high performance longboarding then you'll be all good with a HPLB, but just make sure you know what you want..

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    You can never go wrong with the Walden Magic Model. Plenty of speed & plenty of stability, without sacrificing your turning ability. In reality, the Magic Model is going to be more of an all around board than a performance board when compared with the CMP. The CMP is a little skinny, which can make nose walking trickier. The CMP literally flies on water. I haven't played around much with a CMP's fin set up, but the Magic Model is just as fun with a single fin than the tri with bites. If you're going for performance only, I would go with the CMP or other like boards. If you're on the East Coast, I would go with the Magic Model as your performance longboard. Whatever path you take, please don't slap a traction pad on your longboard.

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    Quote Originally Posted by rvb View Post
    i bought a 'performance' longboard few years ago but turns out it wasn't really what i was after. don't get me wrong the thing is so fast and responsive, more so then any other longboard i have ever ridden. but it does need some size and power to make it work. when there is size and power i am not using a longboard though, i shortboard. what i needed was a small wave log, much less rocker, single fin. few paddles and in to small waves and cruising down the line, walk to the nose a bit, end of story. the HPLB was not that board. if your into high performance longboarding then you'll be all good with a HPLB, but just make sure you know what you want..
    Agree with this. I bought my longboard to surf smaller summer days that aren't much fun on shorter boards. It does work well on small (knee-thigh high) waves, but they need to fast and peeling, usually medium or long period swell at lower tide at the beach break where I surf. Does not work so great on short period high tide mush. On days like that I wish I had a true log.

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    I rode a friends 9'0" poly Walden Magic model a few months ago on a clean offshore lined up waist-stomach high day - ideal log waves and it didnt impress me as a HPLB. Might have been the fin he had in it, but it didnt turn nearly as easily as a longboard with pinched rails and more rocker and vee in the tail. The rails were pretty full and the rocker seemed flatter than the more performance longboards ive I've had. Nice board, but pretty middle of the road.

    Walden's website says it like this:

    "The Magic Model is the original modern longboard, an all around performance surfboard and nose rider. The Magic Model is designed for all wave heights and all skill levels, just as fun in small surf as it is in big surf."

    By the way i totally agree with the posts above about small mushy waves...HPLBs are not well suited to those conditions.
    Last edited by mitchell; Apr 4, 2013 at 07:22 PM.