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Thread: Big Waves vs. Small Waves
May 8, 2013, 02:18 PM #21
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May 8, 2013, 02:47 PM #23
Seems that what you have on your hands is a great small wave quiver. Some may argue, but fish are loose and can be sketchy in steep surf, in my experience. They usually have wide tails, soft rails, and little to no rocker. Maybe LBCrew or someone who knows the specifics of that one could be more helpful.
That longboard can handle the surf if you can, but it is pretty demanding to ride a log in big waves. If you really think you have a reason to get a board for bigger waves, I would go for a standard high performance shortboard, in 3 fin, squash or pin tail, and like 2-4 inches longer than your coil. Foam is your friend so don't go buy a pro model or anything.
I've got a pin tail 6'6 that is my traveler board but a far stretch from a gun. I ride it in anything over head high and steep. It's thick in the stringer, sharp rails, and lots of rocker.
Last edited by leethestud; May 8, 2013 at 03:03 PM.
May 8, 2013, 03:27 PM #24
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May 8, 2013, 04:12 PM #26
i find smaller is better in fast hollow beach breaks, but it really depends on the wave your surfing and shape of board.
example - i'm 6'0 160lbs and pretty much stick to my 6'2 standard shortboard for just about everything from chest high beach break to DOH reef/points.
i just broke my 6'2. my 6'0 is getting repaired so i took out my only other option - a 6'3 roundtail, lots of rocker, etc...in chest-head beach break and had so much trouble getting into waves. altho bigger, the shape is not right for those conditions.
commitment and concentration is super important too.
May 8, 2013, 04:16 PM #27
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Agree with everyone so far. More foam is better for sure. My bigger wave step up board on the west coast was a 6'6 which could handle big blacks and most anything else with a 7'2 mini gun that I broke out maybe 3-4 times per year. As far as beach break, commitment is key. Larger boards tend to hesitate and drop in a little later, but on the bigger waves, a 6'6 to me would turn and burn like any of my 5'11 standard shortboards... You will have to initiate turns a little sooner and plan you attack, but if you have nice shoulders and conditions, it actually becomes easier to turn and navagate the waves...
But unfortunately, as mentioned in other threads, there are no reefs and points to go to when the bacj breaks max out... So on many occasions, it could just be too big, or too choppy. So dont feel like you have to climb the mountain every time... Some days just arent meant to be... You can get an A for effort, but on big days, you may g out for an hour and get two waves. Dont beat yourself up... It happens.
Know you limits. Know your spots. Be safe and don't over do it. A lot of those epic east coast photos of guys being shacked in DOH conditions end with them getting swallowed up in a closeout. So if you arent going for broke trying to get cover shots, just know your limits.... But the only way to get comfortable is repetition. You have to just go... Your instincts will take over. You may sit out on the shoulder and dodge sets for 30 minutes, but once you calm down and see what going on out there, your wave will come and you will know its time to go.
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