being in VB i'm with DPSup. get the log
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Oct 4, 2013, 05:09 PM #11
Oct 4, 2013, 05:32 PM #12
LBing is graceful and all that jazz. And it allows you to surf MORE.
Oct 4, 2013, 06:12 PM #13
Oct 4, 2013, 06:27 PM #14
Oct 4, 2013, 06:33 PM #15
Seems I'm in the minority here but not many brahs on here own a Carver. I own 3 and ride them for 2-4 hours a day. Yes, a longboard will get you more rides but on the real small days those are complete schitt rides that are barely worth anything and very hard to argue that they are facilitating your progress on shortboard maneuvers. Meanwhile, with the Carver, pavement waves break day and night every day. No, it won't help you with wave positioning, etc. Then again no one is going to ride their Carver on a day there's good swell. Plus, wave positioning skills are fairly independent of what board you're on.
You mention wanting to choreograph your maneuvers down to the biomechanics of those movements. That exactly what I do each day on the Carver. And not just some of the sesh, I work shortboard technique every second I'm on the thing. Snaps, cutbacks, roundhouses, pumping uphill, pumping downhill, long carves, you name it. On even the raddest of days on the water, how much time on a wave face are you experiencing in total? Maybe 4 or 5 minutes and that's for the very, very stoked days you're out for hours in good waves. On the Carver, you're in the equivalent of a wave face nearly the whole time. Reps are key to mechanical progression and how many reps do you get during a surf sesh - it's out of your hands. Reps on the Carver are exponentially more and you get as many as you want in a day.
Not to mention the unreal workout you get on this thing. I climb hills with a fairly steep incline for reps in my sessions. I don't kick once for speed throughout the whole sesh and I stay moving and rather quickly for hours. Legs and core beyond belief and tons of back. Not exactly all the paddle muscles but more than you think. It's been bone dry here and even though I'll charge just about anything, there have been many days lately I've not been able to get out on the water with any purpose. Those are the days I double my time on the Carver. I don't lose any paddling strength going nearly a week without ability to surf but still getting daily Carver work in and my SoCal trip proved that to me.
This isn't an attack on LB's, it's a more than enthusiastic endorsement of what a Carver can do to your SB maneuvering. I can't even do it justice to explain its value to technique. Based on what you said you're looking for, the Carver is completely the way to go. You said you were looking to shred a SB, not catch no-turn rides in ankle mush.
Oct 4, 2013, 06:39 PM #16
Oct 4, 2013, 06:40 PM #17
But yeah, everybody and their sister loves my mid length and it is a great board. May bring it to SoCal when I go back next month just to mix it up between SB riding.
Oct 4, 2013, 06:45 PM #18
Another thing about wave positioning is that it's a hell of a lot more critical to be able to do that on a SB than a LB. so on the reps you're easing into a successful takeoff far out on the shoulder on a LB, that's helping reinforce your proper SB wave positioning? Na brah. Law of Specificity. You want to get better on hunting waves on a shortboard, then hunt waves on a shortboard. This guy doesn't seem to be asking how to cross-step or nose ride better. He wants to throw bucket and smack lips and hack like Mick Fanning.
Does that mean mid lengths weren't my gateway to progressing at the onset of my surfing? Schitt they were. But this guy isn't a complete beginner and he seems to be doing alright on a non-LB. Just wants to do better.
Oct 4, 2013, 07:07 PM #19
I may be a little biased, but I would definitely choose a log over a Carver any day of the week. As others have said, you will at least be in the water with a log. You can never get enough water time. Your wave count will multiply, mostly due to the ease of catching waves on a longer board. Don't let this fool you - masteringlongboard tricks and techniques is a major challenge in itself. It takes a lot of patience and time to walk the nose or land a reverse take-off; but, if you're on the East Coast, you'll have plenty of days to practice.
Just like a weights on a baseball bat - when you pick up the shortboard again, it will be a totally different riding experience. It may take a few waves to get back to speed, but once you do, you'll understand. It takes a lot of finesse and wave planning to move a big board around...just wait until you go back to a shorter board. It will be like weights on a baseball bat, my friend. Enjoy.
Oct 4, 2013, 07:10 PM #20Senior Member
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