I moved to south Florida a couple years ago from San Diego. I bought a firewire sweet potato for the smaller surf. The board was a great go to for the smaller conditions...super rippable and floats over all the flat sections. I moved back to San Diego six months ago and still use the sweet potato more than any other board in my quiver...up to head high. I have been surfing mostly reef breaks and the potato absolutely kills it! I'm 6'3 and ride a 5'4 sweet potato. The new timbertek baked potato looks insane...I want one so bad but can't justify spending $700 on a board so similar to the one I got!
Hey thanks for the feedback guys! Mini simmons sounds like fun, but I think this discussion has me sold on the longboard for now. It would be nice to have an entirely different surfing experience available in my quiver, and the mileage factor is a big big plus.
I have numerous boards 6'2 thurster, 6'6 Al Merrick Flyer, 6'4 fish, 6'0 AL merrick fiscuit, and 9'6 nose rider. I live on the boarder of NC and SC and surf northeastern SC (Garden City to North Myrtle) and south eastern NC (Wrightsville, CB, Topsail) I would go with the longboard, though we get some good days, I ride my longboard way more, especially in the weak, guttless, summer surf. You can have a blast on shin high days were the fish would be a frustrating struggle. Don't get me wrong...I love my Fishcuit and it was a great choice for my quiver...but those longboard days are more frequent than the fish days.
9 foot Walden Magic Model. You will catch waves like shooting fish in a barrel.
Walden is going to get a lot of hate because they sold their souls and decided to market the Wavejet, but their Magic Models are really fun on small waves. The outline of that board has been perfected to ride in our gutless windswell bumps during the summer. I rode a mini version of the Magic and was catching waves with ease