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  1. #31
    mini simm style is the way to go... at your size 5'2 or under, at least 22 wide and at least 2 3/8 thick throughout with a nice wide tail. twin or quad. i rarely ride my lb these days preferring a sweet potato or mini simm for the small days.

  2. #32
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    Mitch that thing is sick.

    I take my old man's early 60's 8'4 Coco Beach Custom out on days when its small or mushy. Single glassed on fin, no leash plug, paisley deck print. If its remotely shortboard ridable but weak/small, The AM Pod gets it done.

  3. #33
    flat bottom is the fastest? wrong. maybe on dead flat water - a lake- but not on a wave.
    Last edited by AtanticO; Jun 28, 2013 at 03:57 PM.

  4. #34
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    The Great Debate! i am 53 and grew up riding single fin shortboards int he 70s, then twin fin fishes late 70s , then thrusters from early 80s till now. I hated the longboarders. About 10 years ago I got one to ride small surf and began to love the glide. IMHO if the wave is peeling and small, go with a longboard. If its small and chopped up, go with a fish/pod shape.

    Its like jazz v. rock n roll - both are awesome, just different styles and feel. I have made a 7'6" fun shape I call the Wave Hog, and a 6'4" fish that is epoxy and fat and thick for the mushy 1-3' waves we typically get in S. Fla. The fish is great and turns great, but I have had epic days on the longboard from thigh to waist high.

    The fastest I've ever gone on a wave was when I took my longboard out one day at the Juno Pier thinking it was chest high, only to find out once I paddled out that there were well overhead sets coming in. What a blast! The truth is some days are more fun on a longboard and some days are more fun on a stub fish. Once it starts pumping there is no debate, break out the high performance fiberglass shortboard.

    My point is you should try a high performance longboard in small surf, just to see if you like. It will take a bit to learn to turn it and find the sweet spots, and how to shuffle up and down the board, but that is half the fun, and you become an better all around waterman. Let us know how it goes.

  5. #35
    Quote Originally Posted by Bill Cosby's nephew View Post
    I ride a 7'6 fish here in VB and I feel like it's an almost perfect board for small, mushy waves. It was hand shaped by Austin who is one of the premiere shapers in the mid atlantic and he knows what it takes to have fun on these "waves". Your board just needs some volume and a wide tail design
    No offense, but a 7'6" is not a fish. They might market it as a fish and it might have a similar outline, but it is a funboard through and through. You are not turning that big of a board in the manner you would turn a true "fish". The longest a fish would run might be in the mid sixes for a bigger surfer. After that, you're just adding float to the boat.

    Edit: Not to say you shouldn't ride it. If you like how it rides, by all means. Really just a question of semantics.
    Last edited by Losttsol; Jun 28, 2013 at 06:49 PM.

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    Quote Originally Posted by es-dot View Post
    i have no problem making turns on my bottom feeder .check out the vid of mason on his.

    http://youtu.be/RDhSJSbdRgU
    Yeah the board mason is riding in that vid is a 5'0" if I recall correctly, so its obviously going to turn. That said, I surf my bottom feeder from knee high to head high and it turns on a dime, but it did take some getting used to. You really have to surf it off your back foot or it can be sluggish.

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    Quote Originally Posted by sisurfdogg View Post
    try a high performance longboard in small surf, just to see if you like. It will take a bit to learn to turn it and find the sweet spots, and how to shuffle up and down the board, but that is half the fun, and you become an better all around waterman.
    I like a hplb in GOOD surf way more than small surf. I prefer a log in the little peelers. If we get a swell that's in the chest high range for a few days, and I'm satisfied with the shortboard and need to change it up, a hplb is sweet... put that thing on a rail and use the full rocker. Nice change of pace...

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    Quote Originally Posted by newenglandflatness View Post
    Yeah the board mason is riding in that vid is a 5'0" if I recall correctly, so its obviously going to turn. That said, I surf my bottom feeder from knee high to head high and it turns on a dime, but it did take some getting used to. You really have to surf it off your back foot or it can be sluggish.
    Man...SO true. I took out a used bottom feeder last summer for a three session test drive from a local shop that is cool enough to go for that (they all should!)

    I personally like my grovel boards to ride off the front foot, and the bottom feeder wasn't what I was looking for for that exact reason. Definitely need back foot input to get/keep that thing moving on a soft wave.
    Last edited by mitchell; Jun 29, 2013 at 11:53 PM.

  9. #39
    Quote Originally Posted by mitchell View Post
    I made this board about a year ago, and rode it a bunch of times last summer and liked it. Put it away for the winter, and then rode it a bunch of times the last couple of months during all of these clean little days we've been having.

    Finally decided this is the best small wave board I've had yet. Grovels in tiny waves better than a round nose fish, but with the quad setup you can do some real turns when the waves permit. Loving it on small days!

    Dims are 5'7" x 22" x 2 3/8"



    Beautiful board, mitchell. Excellent Craftmanship.

    i ride quad with the same dims, and similar template and i agree, works in what we get.
    Last edited by Koki Barrels; Jun 30, 2013 at 12:32 AM.

  10. #40
    Mitchell that board looks sweet!

    A guy at my local shop recommended a 7' Ricky Carroll Mini Me. He said it paddles like a long board, but turns like a short board. It looks pretty sweet, and would probably be good in small surf. Has anyone had any experience with one of these??

    Also, another local guy recommended a Mini Simmons by the shaper out of Myrtle Beach, Gary Wislon. This little board looks pretty sweet but I'm not sure if someone of my skill can ride it?

    Heres some links to the Mini Simmons, and Ricky Carroll board. Lemme know what you guys think.

    http://www.surfbuys.com/proddetail.a...odorizer143960

    http://www.rickycarrollsurfboards.com/longboard.htm (Look at the Mini Me)