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    Do you really need a longboard?

    With all the advances in surfboard design, especially in small wave boards, does anyone really need a longboard anymore? I used to use my log was for the really small and mushy stuff, but now it collects dust while I turn to my fish, Simmons, or small wave shortboards instead. Other than a change of pace, what's the utility of a log in light of this?

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    Nah those small wave boards are great but you still can't use them to ride a knee high gutless peeling wave. Put a log on that wave and you are having a blast. Also, it's a completely different style of surfing. Why just surf one way?

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    **** yeah we need em

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    Quote Originally Posted by Kahuna Kai View Post
    With all the advances in surfboard design, especially in small wave boards, does anyone really need a longboard anymore? I used to use my log was for the really small and mushy stuff, but now it collects dust while I turn to my fish, Simmons, or small wave shortboards instead. Other than a change of pace, what's the utility of a log in light of this?
    I really enjoy longboarding for a change of pace, mostly in really fast breaking waves where getting in early makes it easier to set it up and beat the first section.

    For small slow mushy stuff, I find the mini simmons a lot more fun than my log, with all of the turns you can do without losing any momentum. Plus the Simmons makes speed more easily in tiny waves with some subtle pumps off the face going down the line.
    Last edited by mitchell; Nov 24, 2013 at 01:36 PM.

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    **** yeah we need em, i understand what your saying with but small and big wave are made for longs. i love my fish and am guilty of takin it on lb days. but i love hagning five and 10, launching off of closeouts on a 9,6 board is way more fun and challenging. maybe throw out some spinners i dont see many people around here doing them.. surfin big waves with out a leash and making huge steep drop diggin in with you heal so hard or you get smashed lol. and when you do do all of this on a knee high wave what will you do with a fish hit the lip and be done depending on the conditions.

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    There was a time in my life when even on a knee to waist high day, I would be out there pumping down the line on my small wave board looking for a section to "kill". Nowadays, I bring two boards to the beach every time I surf, because on even on waist to chest days, sometimes you get there and the swell period is too low and since I don't have as much time to surf as I used to, and there are not many waves that come around, I have just accepted the fact that you get way more for your money on all those small days on the long board. In an hour session on Hilton Head, if I ride my Sharpeye Disco or my fish in waist high surf, I may get 6-8 decent waves with enough action to get a turn in or a snap, but in that same hour on my longboard, I would easily get 20-25 waves. You get more out of that mushy crap, you dont have to pump and pray through sections, you just chill and do your thing, and at the end of the day, you got a lot more out of the ocean and our of your session on a longboard.

    Sometimes you have to put pride aside and just do whats fun. Longboard is a nice change of pace. On nights before swell or surf, I usually fall asleep to my favorite surf videos, watching shortboarding mayhem and dreaming of all the air sections that are going to present themselves during the morning session, then you get to the beach and see 1-3 foot jumble and you just have to lay your pride down and use the right board...

    The most common mistake in all of surfing, whether its really small waves, or really huge waves, is the equipment. You bring the wrong stick, your in for a long, bitter day....

    On the other side of the spectrum, I have attempted to ride 15-18 foot waves on a 6'2, and while I did pick off a few, it was a terrible decision. All huge sessions following that were surfed on a board no smaller than my 7'2 pintail gun thing that I used to break out a few days of the year...

    You gotta have the right board. And shortboards are not an "Every down back" (NFL reference)

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    shortboard,longboard,fish and the one most often forgotten midlength.give me a 7'6" sometimes.

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    Solid replies. Couldn't agree more that it's all about the right board. I find myself getting hyper focused on one way of surfing and I'm not sure if that helps or hurts. I've been shortboard focused for a few years now and only longboard a few times a year. For many years prior I primarily surfed longboards. I was more in to the soul surfing thing. Do you think it really helps ones surfing to be well versed in both styles?
    Does this require surfing both regularly?

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    Yeah I tend to go to my fish or simmons style board for small days now way more than my LB but I do like LB's for that style of surfing but lean more towards riding them on waist high peeling days rather than small knee high crap like I used to. The small boards just fit in sections better.

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    Quote Originally Posted by zach619 View Post
    In an hour session on Hilton Head, if I ride my Sharpeye Disco or my fish in waist high surf, I may get 6-8 decent waves with enough action to get a turn in or a snap, but in that same hour on my longboard, I would easily get 20-25 waves.
    Zach,
    There is a guy somewhere down near you named Greg Eavey that makes amazing boards for that softness you're dealing with. I'll bet if you get him to make you something about 5'2" it will pretty much blow your mind.