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Thread: Do you really need a longboard?
Nov 24, 2013, 04:00 PM #21
Nov 24, 2013, 04:16 PM #22
Nov 24, 2013, 04:29 PM #23
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.
Nov 24, 2013, 04:50 PM #25Senior Member
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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?
Nov 24, 2013, 05:20 PM #26Senior Member
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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.
Nov 24, 2013, 06:27 PM #27
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...
Nov 24, 2013, 06:30 PM #28
Nov 24, 2013, 06:45 PM #29Senior Member
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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.
Nov 24, 2013, 06:55 PM #30Junior Member
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We need them all..... get the right board for the day. Try bodyboarding was well. only fun