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    "Standard shortboard height"

    Whenever I look at boards online I seem to always come across something in the description along the lines of "Surf this board 4-6 inches than your standard shortboard." This isn't really a problem right now because I have a perfectly fine board, but I figured I would ask the question while it's still in my head. I'm about 5'7" and 130-140 pounds. What would be my standard shortboard height?

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    Check the the firewire or Al Merrick website. They have a program which helps you pick a board according to your height, weight and level of fitness.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Hash Slinging Slasher View Post
    Whenever I look at boards online I seem to always come across something in the description along the lines of "Surf this board 4-6 inches than your standard shortboard." This isn't really a problem right now because I have a perfectly fine board, but I figured I would ask the question while it's still in my head. I'm about 5'7" and 130-140 pounds. What would be my standard shortboard height?
    what most people would consider a "standard" shortboard is usually about the same height as the rider, give or take a few inches unless there is a large weight difference. for you i'd say about 5'8"

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    Cool. And thanks to both of you. I figured it would be important to know that sooner or later.

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    5 9 DFR according to CI

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    Quote Originally Posted by ND081 View Post
    what most people would consider a "standard" shortboard is usually about the same height as the rider, give or take a few inches unless there is a large weight difference. for you i'd say about 5'8"
    No "standard shortboard" is generally the same height as the rider. Grovelers/performance hybrids have dropped the height and added volume in other ways. But a true thin and narrow outlined board is usually at least a couple inches longer than your height.

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    Quote Originally Posted by frontsidecrotchgrab View Post
    ...a true thin and narrow outlined board is usually at least a couple inches longer than your height.
    Yup... Today, "your standard shortboard" is exactly that... YOUR standard shortboard. IOW, whatever performance shortboard you ride in decent surf. It used to be that the most popular length was 6'2... and the average American male is 5'10. Now that boards are becoming generally shorter, wider, and less rockered (and for good reason), that standard length has dropped a couple inches... like 5'10 to 6'1, for most experienced surfers, in chest to head high surf. Once it starts getting overhead, most guys like the more traditional "shortboard" that's got more rocker, less width, and touch more length.