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  1. #1
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    Longboard Advice

    I started surfing a year ago on a 7' fun and have been at it consistently. I'm not catching as many waves as I would like to and want to purchase a longboard. I have my eye on a used Valaric 9'9" squash tail. It is only slightly wider than 22" The price is in my budget and I like that it is shaped by a local guy. I am concerned that 9'9" might be too long though. I am 6'0" 182 lbs. I want something for small days to shoulder high and would like to eventually start nose riding. Any advice on this would be appreciated. Thanks.

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    For smaller days, it will be fine. Plus it will be great for the nose riding. Maybe he will let you try it first?

    I prefer a 9.0 performance LB so I can still enjoy it when I want to on larger days.

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    I would buy it. You could probably get some nose time on the right 9'0" at your size but you'll definitely spend some time on the nose on a 9'9". That size will let you get on the wave early and really enjoy the glide.

    Many times I've encouraged people to get out on big days on the longboard. It's a b!tch to paddle out sometimes but a longboard can surprise you with how nimble they can be on a more powerful wave.

    I think longboards hold they're value better too if you want to sell it later.

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    No problem on the 9'9" - sounds like a great board. I surf a 9'0" HPLB on most days, but some days I still get out on my 10'0" Walden Magic Model when I want to work on noseriding. I am only 5'7" and 145 pounds, and I can handle the 10'0" just fine. I have ridden a 9'4" longboard in triple overhead - the waves were not very hollow, though. For hollower stuff (I've ridden Playa Hermosa up to 12 ft, Witch's Rock up to 8 ft, and Haleiwa 8 - 10 ft) though, I have ridden my 9'0" - again, no problem! Pura vida!!
    PS - If you want to see some pros riding longboards at Pipe (pretty hollow stuff!) check out the video attached. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ywfuGTXK-KQ
    Last edited by surfer23451; Jun 6, 2013 at 09:55 AM.

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    my locally shaped 9'0 i love, i am a little shorter and lighter than you. but its my go to log. i have a 9'6 as well, and i find i cant turn it as well, not as responsive, but damn it catches anything, and quickly. i think if i was a bigger dude i would appreciated the 9'6 more. both are single fins i should add.

    if the log is in good condition, and you can hold the board under your arm comfortably (a factor often overlooked ha), and the price is right, i say go for it. worst case you are not a fan and you re-sell it. as mentioned earlier there is a good market for used longboards.

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    You and I are the same height/weight. I have a 9'6" x 23 1/2" x 3 1/4" Austin Soul Glide and the dimensions are spot on. The biggest I've been out on it was a shoulder to head high day. I had to go ass over tea kettle a few times before I adapted my technique but after I got the right timing/trim down I had my best day so far on that board. Oh, it kicks ass in the small stuff too.

    If it's a good deal then go for it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ClemsonSurf View Post
    I would buy it. You could probably get some nose time on the right 9'0" at your size but you'll definitely spend some time on the nose on a 9'9". That size will let you get on the wave early and really enjoy the glide.

    Many times I've encouraged people to get out on big days on the longboard. It's a b!tch to paddle out sometimes but a longboard can surprise you with how nimble they can be on a more powerful wave.

    I think longboards hold they're value better too if you want to sell it later.
    Regarding the longboard in bigger waves, was just watching endless summer one and two (again) and it always amazes me how nasty they were on those boards and with those huge fins, just thought I'd throw it out there

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    Quote Originally Posted by DawnPatrolSUP View Post
    Regarding the longboard in bigger waves, was just watching endless summer one and two (again) and it always amazes me how nasty they were on those boards and with those huge fins, just thought I'd throw it out there
    Dude, watch Barefoot Adventures or Hollow Days. Robert August at Barking Sands and Phil Edwards at Pipeline. Good stuff.

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    Thanks for all the input. I ended up picking it up today. Its a used Valaric "narrowed-nose captain's log" 9'9' x 22 5/8" x 2 5/8". It's only 16 1/2" at the but at this point I need to improve my turning before I get to nose riding anyways so I think the narrower nose will be beneficial for. I didn't think I would find a better log for less than the $500 I paid for this one.

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    Quote Originally Posted by DawnPatrolSUP View Post
    Regarding the longboard in bigger waves, was just watching endless summer one and two (again) and it always amazes me how nasty they were on those boards and with those huge fins, just thought I'd throw it out there
    If I end up being half as good as Hynson and August I'll be satisfied