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  1. #11
    I think you have two questions to answer:

    1) Do you want a shoertboard or a fish style board. Fish and shortboard two different animals.
    2) How small do you want to go.

    I like the fish style boards. I like a skatey feel. I have friends that don't. Personal preference.

    I ride boards of all different sizes, but being heavy with shorter legs I always wanted a board that would let me pretty much plant my feet and go, without much worry about moving fwd, backward.

    On a traditional shortboard, if I want my feet in the ideal position to generate speed, my rear foot is too far forward to be in the ideal position to lay down a hard turn. I have to move around. On my fish style boards, I can pump and lay down hard turns without moving my feet around. It's a nice change of pace. And as I said, I like a skatey feel, not for everyone.

    For reference, I'm about 6', inseam only 30", arm length 37", weight between 210-20lbs, so yes I really am built like an ape. My shortboard (fish inspired) is 6'5". My fish style board is 5'11", and carries 15% more volume than the shortboard. Both custom made by a shaper for me taking my size/input into consideration.

    I also ride bigger boards up and over 9', but not as frequently. One of my favorites of all time is approxametely 8' long, shaped in a fish style, and it's so wide even I have trouble carrying it under my arm, so I'm not afraid of foam at all, but I prefer the responsiveness of a properly sized shortboard or fish.

    Since you dimensions are what would be considered average in the surfboard shaping world, off the rack would fit you easy 9doesn't fit me well). If I were you, I would test the waters with used boards to find out what you like out of a smaller sized board before buying new. Definitely try to ride a fish first before committing to that style...not for everyone.

    I have no idea what Dame Reynolds, or any other pro rides these days...I'm old, and ride what i like, but I still like shorter chunkier boards. When the potato chip craze was in vogue, I was riding old school fatty 80's shortboards, then a flyer, then tried out a rocket fish, spent some time on a CI Flyer, then moved to a true fish, then variations on a fish that suit me (round tails, weird for a fish I know).

    I always gravitated to a less than typical shortboard, regardless of what Dame or anyone else is into (yes I'm old). My long winded point is, just try stuff and decide what you like. It's fun surfing all kinds of boards. For a while I searched classifieds and garage sales and bought all kinds of weird boards. Was awesome back when I had the time to experiment and try different designs. I found no matter how many cool looking old single fin boards I bought, I didn't mesh with them, but then I would love a weird fat hot pink thruster from the 80's, go figure.

    off my soapbox now :-)

    One last thing, your dad is probably just trying to prevent you from going to lean. There's nothing worse than riding a board that makes it really difficult to catch waves. You can't fault him for that. Err on the side of too much foam rather than too little while you're figuring things out, but if you can eventually get the size dialed just right, it will propel your surfing abilities.

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    When the potato chip craze was in vogue, I was riding old school fatty 80's shortboards, then a flyer, then tried out a rocket fish,
    same here.

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    first grovelers, then the beater, and now this hand plane craze? WHERE WILL IT END?

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    Quote Originally Posted by pkovo View Post
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    I like the fish style boards. I like a skatey feel. I have friends that don't. Personal preference.

    I ride boards of all different sizes, but being heavy with shorter legs I always wanted a board that would let me pretty much plant my feet and go, without much worry about moving fwd, backward.

    On a traditional shortboard, if I want my feet in the ideal position to generate speed, my rear foot is too far forward to be in the ideal position to lay down a hard turn. I have to move around. On my fish style boards, I can pump and lay down hard turns without moving my feet around. It's a nice change of pace. And as I said, I like a skatey feel, not for everyone.

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    excellent point. Yes, having your feet plunk down in the perfect spot every time is a big plus and can get you in one extra maneuver, rather than having to change foot placement right when you pop up. Booties make shifting foot placement even worse.

    personally, I would base my daily driver board buying decision on what type of waves my home break usually has...not what it gets on the biggest/best swells of the year or how cold the water is going to get.
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    Quote Originally Posted by waterbaby View Post
    excellent point. Yes, having your feet plunk down in the perfect spot every time is a big plus and can get you in one extra maneuver, rather than having to change foot placement right when you pop up. Booties make shifting foot placement even worse.

    personally, I would base my daily driver board buying decision on what type of waves my home break usually has...not what it gets on the biggest/best swells of the year or how cold the water is going to get.
    Being in SE NC, I'm gravitating towards a fishier board for the mushburgers we get, and I'm kinda of in agreeance with pops. I'd rather have a board with some extra foam and go short later rather than go to short now.

    But another problem, how do I, the young surfer, tell the old wise man hes wrong and I'm right? Could just go out and buy it, it's my damn money...
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    Quote Originally Posted by banman View Post
    Being in SE NC, I'm gravitating towards a fishier board for the mushburgers we get, and I'm kinda of in agreeance with pops. I'd rather have a board with some extra foam and go short later rather than go to short now.

    But another problem, how do I, the young surfer, tell the old wise man hes wrong and I'm right? Could just go out and buy it, it's my damn money...
    if pops has been out for that long he has no frame of reference. if its your money then do it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by banman View Post
    But another problem, how do I, the young surfer, tell the old wise man hes wrong and I'm right? Could just go out and buy it, it's my damn money...
    definitely give pops credit. I know the water dips down to the low 40s in NC...but how long are you wearing that 5/4? Tell him that foam has changed

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    It's all personal preference. But your pop is right- in the winter you will notice a huge difference riding a 6'8 vs 6'2 of the same shape. Personally if it was me and I had to pick one board- I would go bigger. You will have more fun- catch way more waves and not get tired from the rubber. You can surf big waves and small waves. Now lets say you get a 6'2 fish - sure it would be fun in a majority of waves- but it it's a few ft overhead and barreling - I wouldn't want to ride it... But like I said- it's all personal preference - the next guy might love it...

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    Quote Originally Posted by waterbaby View Post
    definitely give pops credit. I know the water dips down to the low 40s in NC...but how long are you wearing that 5/4? Tell him that foam has changed
    5/4? I wish, I wear a 4/3 and booties, no gloves or hood. It's stupid, but I almost kinda like loosing the ability to use my hands for several hours. Makes opening opening doors interesting.

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    Quote Originally Posted by walkingonh2o View Post
    It's all personal preference. But your pop is right- in the winter you will notice a huge difference riding a 6'8 vs 6'2 of the same shape. Personally if it was me and I had to pick one board- I would go bigger. You will have more fun- catch way more waves and not get tired from the rubber. You can surf big waves and small waves. Now lets say you get a 6'2 fish - sure it would be fun in a majority of waves- but it it's a few ft overhead and barreling - I wouldn't want to ride it... But like I said- it's all personal preference - the next guy might love it...
    True, I've ridden my 8'6" thruster in overhead barrels (Thanks Sandy) but it's not optimal when its big and mushy. The bigger board would would give me more waves in the long haul...