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  1. #31
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    You don't "need" a longboard. For 99% of the days around on the east coast you could ride a Simmons style board with no problem. I had 5'6" Bing Dharma and could ride that thing in anything above knee high, I'm 6'1" and 190 pounds. There are always gonna be those days that are either so damn small or weak that the only way to surf them would be on a longboard. For me those are the days I get something done other than surfing.

  2. Quote Originally Posted by zach619 View Post
    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...

    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...

    I think you make a good point here, weighing the factors of both the surfer and the location. In the end it's all about enjoyment, and yes **** everyone else.

    I am giving myself the present of relocating to san clemente this christmas. After moving from Rhode Island in 2012, ive been landlocked for the past year in the high desert of utah.... its good to know of the consistency, its gonna be a good change.

  3. #33
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    Quote Originally Posted by beachbreak View Post
    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.
    Are you saying you can't rip on a longboard or am I misreading what your saying? Sure a longboard is diffrent then a shortboard but you most deffinitly can rip on a longboard. That's not really my style but if you want to rip on a longboard you sure as hell can

  4. #34
    Quote Originally Posted by BassMon View Post
    Are you saying you can't rip on a longboard or am I misreading what your saying? Sure a longboard is diffrent then a shortboard but you most deffinitly can rip on a longboard. That's not really my style but if you want to rip on a longboard you sure as hell can
    Any considerations when using a 7'6 mid-length in lieu of a gun or semigun for OH and up? It's got good entry rocker and moderate tail rocker. Looking to see if there are any changes in approach for takeoff and other aspects compared to something closer to an SB. Angling in as much, being able to take the high line, better or not for a longer sweeping bottom turn, how early or late to take off, etc. If we get the love that some models are showing now for midweek, I may bust the bigger boy out for recess.

  5. #35
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    Quote Originally Posted by EmassSpicoli View Post
    Any considerations when using a 7'6 mid-length in lieu of a gun or semigun for OH and up? It's got good entry rocker and moderate tail rocker. Looking to see if there are any changes in approach for takeoff and other aspects compared to something closer to an SB. Angling in as much, being able to take the high line, better or not for a longer sweeping bottom turn, how early or late to take off, etc. If we get the love that some models are showing now for midweek, I may bust the bigger boy out for recess.
    I love watching classic clips of Mctavish, Nat Young, and Gerry Lopez surf those lengths. The way you shift your feet up and down the board is unique to mid lengths, and similar to a longboard. In the modern era, I enjoy Alex Knost's mid-length surfing:


  6. #36
    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...
    well put, but I would revise this to: 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 - and thruster in hand.

    right equipment for right conditions. especially summer when its hot and you want to get wet. i would rather catch 25+ knee-thigh high peelers on my log then battle for a handful of waves on a shorter board. or as aforementioned, wait on beach with your thumb in bum. but thats just preference..to each their own..

    c'mon thanksgiving swell!!

  7. #37
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    I got into longboarding a little over a year ago. Totally different style but it's nice to slow your surfing down and focus on walking the board. No need to pump when you can trim. Plus noseriding is such a sick feeling. Now I go back and forth between my log and shortboards regularly. Change is good.

  8. #38
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    If you have all day access 24/7 to the ocean and can be there at every tide etc then you can do without a longboard. If your time in the water is Moore limited it would be a nice addition to avoid being skunked on that one day or two a week that you can go. I forget that most don't have the freedom that I have and aren't always able to get those small swells that jump a little on the incoming tide, mid day mid week. I'll have to admit if my surf time was more limited I might break down and get a longboard as insurance.

  9. #39
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    Don't get rid of your log dude, or if you do, get a 9'er instead, you'll miss having one around

  10. #40
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    i really think that, esp. on the east coast, a log is a necessity. at least for those small, gutless days where it's too small or weak to ride a short, stubby board like a simmons unless it's seriously over-sized (which defeats the purpose of such a board, IMO). it's also nice for a change of pace...my 9'6" doesn't see a lot of action anymore, but the few times a year i do ride it i have a **** load of fun. if the wave has any kind of push or steepness to it, i prefer to ride a smaller board. just b/c it fits the curve of the wave better.