50 views and no response...probably because you give no info on your size or where you surf.
Channel Islands?...we have to guess you're a beginner with a load of cash. Why don't you save some money and help the local economy by having the most local shaper make you a custom board? There's also some great used boards around the surf shops and on ebay.
I'm about 5'10" and 190 lbs, Im not a beginner. I threw that board out there because I dig the shape but I do not know of anyone that rides one so I was trying to get some feedback on the board I surf around the Jax Beach area. I'm totally open to a different brand thats just the kind of the shape Im interested in.
i'm about your size & demo'd a 5'10" neckbeard from a local shop...i i found it to surf great once up & riding, but found that it was lacking in the paddling dept...& i'm a strong paddler. just a touch more float/volume would've made a big difference. held a 6'0" under my arm to compare & it felt HUGE. if i were to order one, i'd prob. split the difference & go 5'11".
i'm not sure what shapers are in the jax beach area, but roberts has a bunch of great looking groveler-type boards... http://www.robertssurf.com/small-wav...ortboards.html
I just bought a chemistry beaker comp. its very similar to the weirdo ripper, and a lot cheaper. if you are looking for a small wave groveler that can handle a little bigger stuff, i recommend it. Took it to Costa and rode it in some nice surf up to a foot overhead. i'm close to your size (5'10"/180), been surfin 20 years, and ride the 5'9". I catch everything in the ocean on it. It has 31.8 liters of volume, and my normal SB has 28.6. More foam than I need, but don't want to go shorter. Highly recommend it, as I don't think the neckbeard will do very well in any type of real surf. That wide tail doesn't work well on a vertical face...
Highly recommend it, as I don't think the neckbeard will do very well in any type of real surf. That wide tail doesn't work well on a vertical face...
neckbeard will do fine as long as it's not super steep or longer period swell. the wide tail is necessary to tap into any available energy in smaller, weaker surf, & it actually sports a pretty hard edge in the back 1/3 of the board...it holds quite well. dumpster diver & weirdo ripper type boards will have a better top end, due to increased rocker & narrower tails, but won't perform as well at the low end for the same reasons.