Whats up guys,
Long time question that has been on my mind is what is the best type of "barrel riding board". Do you want more rocker so that it is easier to drop down the steep faces, do you want more length and volume for easier paddle power, a combination of both? I have a 5'8 fish, 6'4 sashimi, and 6'6 sharp eye. All good boards, but it's hard to judge which is best to take out when. I usually take out the 5'8 because it is a ton of fun but when it gets big and hollow it is tough to ride.
Also, I've just assumed but never really asked anyone, do you usually use a bigger board in the winter because you're wearing all the rubber? This winter was the first winter I tried riding the same board I do all summer, and I didn't have the best results. I usually use a 6'4 with a ton of volume, but this winter I tried riding like a 5'8 fish and I felt I wasn't getting the same results. Does it really matter that much?
Rambling a little bit, but overall, what makes a good barrel riding board, and what makes a good winter board?
Hey 34th personally I like my hollow wave boards to be diamond tail quads for the hold and speed, the amount of rocker you want if somewhat personal preference but to a certain point the more rocker the easier it is to make the drop. And in the winter the weight of a suit can make a difference so I usually ride a slightly larger board which for me i going from a 5'5" to a 5'7".
need a little more info on the dimensions and shapes of each board. but best barrel riding boards are typically pin/rounded pin tails, an inch or two longer than your normal SB, a little more foam under your chest to get you in early, and a little more rocker.
If you need speed, and its truly a "straight line" type of wave, go with a quad. if not, go one size up in the fins you are using, and upgrade if you are using stock fiberglass fins.
oh, and this is all highly technical advice. no offense, but if you don't already know this, your skills aren't of the level where it will matter.
95% of the surfers, in 95% of the waves, don't need the board i just described.