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  1. #21
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    Quote Originally Posted by DaMook View Post
    Longboard, fish, thruster. If you plan on surfing as much as you can in your short life time then you need at least these three shapes. There are countless days I couldn't ride anything but a longboard. Meanwhile, guys are on the beach, thumbs in ass. Life is away to short to wait on the beach, especially in nj-with your thumb in your ass...
    x2 ..........

  2. #22
    Quote Originally Posted by DaMook View Post
    Life is away to short to wait on the beach, especially in nj-with your thumb in your ass...
    That is funny. Let me just point out that this thread has made it 3 pages without all the useless irrelevant banter that almost every SI thread goes into . It's really cool when an actual discussion of surfing happens on here instead of some wankers mouth vomiting on about Deal or whatever other stupid topic. I hate that stuff. Yeah, I have had the same log for 7 years. It is so beat and I think over 50 people have ridden it but I reckon I get 50+ extra days of surf in a year using that board. and its fun

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    Quote Originally Posted by ukelelesurf View Post
    That is funny. Let me just point out that this thread has made it 3 pages without all the useless irrelevant banter that almost every SI thread goes into . It's really cool when an actual discussion of surfing happens on here instead of some wankers mouth vomiting on about Deal or whatever other stupid topic. I hate that stuff. Yeah, I have had the same log for 7 years. It is so beat and I think over 50 people have ridden it but I reckon I get 50+ extra days of surf in a year using that board. and its fun
    Ya brah, that's good. Go ahead and jinx the sanctity and preservation of a good thread by talking about how it hadn't been hijacked. It's a lot like the NoThanksgiving Swell of 2013.

    Great thread though. zach619, you're making good on your pledge to keep posting more. Thanks braddah. There are great points by most all here and it's pushing me to ride the 7'6 I have if there's ever again any waves even mediocre enough to charge. Which won't happen if they are talked about. This thread is well-timed because I've been thinking about riding that board more and more lately as the waves have been less and less.

    Question for those riding mid-lengths, what menu of maneuvers do you regularly pull off on those? I know that's relative to the rider but I'm talking about the performance limits of a board that size. I like the notation that a mid-length sits on top of the water instead of slicing in the wave. Good thread braddahs.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ukelelesurf View Post
    That is funny. Let me just point out that this thread has made it 3 pages without all the useless irrelevant banter that almost every SI thread goes into . It's really cool when an actual discussion of surfing happens on here instead of some wankers mouth vomiting on about Deal or whatever other stupid topic. I hate that stuff. Yeah, I have had the same log for 7 years. It is so beat and I think over 50 people have ridden it but I reckon I get 50+ extra days of surf in a year using that board. and its fun
    ........kook

  5. Quote Originally Posted by zach619 View Post
    Because there are certain conditions that eliminate shortboards from the equation. I have surfed litterally ankle high days down here on a long board. It is physically impossible on a shortboard of even fish to drop in and ride an actual line when surf is that small. And there are days that are sooooo small on the east coast, no one else is willing to even paddle out, but sometimes, its my day off or some of the only time I would have to get out that week or that day, so I will paddle out in lake atlantic and ride little 10 yards lines of shorebreak for an hour or so and go home... I have actually longboarded down here a couple of times where tourists were taking pictures because they said they had never seen anyone ride a wave that small... it was funny...

    But sometimes, even when its flat, you want to paddle out and ride even the smallest of waves...

    Thats where the discussion is for me... If you dont have a long board collecting dust in your quiver, you will miss out on certain days that a shortboard is just simply out of the question.

    I appreciate you clearing up where the discussion comes in for you; however, I still don't think your opinion on enjoying surfing tiny surf clarifies the need for a longboard. Going back to if you enjoy longboarding, you should have a longboard. There are people out there that hate long boarding, therefore if you dont enjoy it you don't need it. I would happily miss out on ankle high days and let my quiver collect dust therefore, I don't "need" a longboard. I do enjoy all aspects of surfing, and a longboard is in my quiver.... but, I dont need it there.

    So once again how can "needing" a certain shape be discussed?

    And here I am discussing needs?

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    I've surfed micro-waves to total stokedness on longboards when others watched. midlength is actually a 7'6" 1967 wayne lynch shortboard. there is video, plus kooks like knost and this total squid Robbie kegel. there is video. they rip. watch and see.
    oh, and yeah I wrote it incorrectly. longboards are different/suck because they aren't really in the waves like my 7'6" single fin midlength I thought up based on wayne lynch 1967.longboards sit on top of the water and it's weird to me/I wanna carve. unless it's flat!i looked it up,and eventually they were all on a 7'6".for small mush nj the fish can't rip these midlengths are fun. longboards were temporarily virtually extinct for 20 years for a reason. they suck in comparison,like an sup or sponge but not that bad.you can't jam it into the face and rip.unless you're talking like bonga,which is just really weird.

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    Quote Originally Posted by surfingwasteland View Post
    I appreciate you clearing up where the discussion comes in for you; however, I still don't think your opinion on enjoying surfing tiny surf clarifies the need for a longboard. Going back to if you enjoy longboarding, you should have a longboard. There are people out there that hate long boarding, therefore if you dont enjoy it you don't need it. I would happily miss out on ankle high days and let my quiver collect dust therefore, I don't "need" a longboard. I do enjoy all aspects of surfing, and a longboard is in my quiver.... but, I dont need it there.

    So once again how can "needing" a certain shape be discussed?

    And here I am discussing needs?
    I feel ya. I guess the reason I feel differently is that I moved here a year ago from San Diego, where I would NEVER long board. Simply because if it was ever waist high, at the right tide etc, there were always shortboardable waves, so I never really go into it. Even in the summer, there are 4-5 days per week that are at least 2-3 feet. So I was lucky enough to not have any small wave issues...

    Being back east, especially in SC is a horse of a different color. My decision is no longer: "Its waist to chest, do I just not surf today... tomorrow looks way better". Now my decisions is: Its 1-2 feet today and looking to be completely flat for 10 days following, so I must decide if I want to get wet and get a few waves at all, which requires a long board."

    I'm not a long board hater. I have a lot more fun on them in the small stuff. I just have a lot more small stuff than I am used to so my paradigm has shifted somewhat... Surfers are always hungry for waves, so even if its just 1-2 foot table scraps, a brother has to eat....

    I guess if you surf your whole life and intend to always do so, you will go through "waves" (no pun intended) of feelings on certain boards, on certain spots... I mean, there are plenty of days as I get older that I have to motivate myself to go out when its cold, and small. I don't think any surfer should define their surfing or themselves by the shortboard/longboard thing. It should be a question of what you will have the most fun on on any given day. &^%$ what anyone else thinks about it...

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    Quote Originally Posted by EmassSpicoli View Post
    Ya brah, that's good. Go ahead and jinx the sanctity and preservation of a good thread by talking about how it hadn't been hijacked. It's a lot like the NoThanksgiving Swell of 2013.

    Great thread though. zach619, you're making good on your pledge to keep posting more. Thanks braddah. There are great points by most all here and it's pushing me to ride the 7'6 I have if there's ever again any waves even mediocre enough to charge. Which won't happen if they are talked about. This thread is well-timed because I've been thinking about riding that board more and more lately as the waves have been less and less.

    Question for those riding mid-lengths, what menu of maneuvers do you regularly pull off on those? I know that's relative to the rider but I'm talking about the performance limits of a board that size. I like the notation that a mid-length sits on top of the water instead of slicing in the wave. Good thread braddahs.
    I have a 7'6 "Fun shape" that is beaten to hell and was passed on to me in CA by a traveler. Its actually a sick a$$ board. It has so much volume, it floats like a long board. On a solid wave, I can even hang 5.... Not really 10 anymore, but it takes off and rides like a long board, but with my thruster setup, you can still throw pretty sick cutbacks, backside and frontside... It turns well and pivots on the face, and obviously floaters basically land themselves.... So to me, its a hybrid kind of performance. You aint gonna get the thing airborn, but its far more responsive than the 9'0 planks, especially the single fins... So, Fun-Shape really fall in no-mans land, but they are litterally, very "Fun"

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    Just speaking for myself, but none of my boards are really specialized for a specific condition, they can all pretty much be surfed in the small variety of conditions here in FL. The one that gets the most use is the newest board.

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    We need them all..... get the right board for the day. Try bodyboarding was well. only fun