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    Board rec for larger east coast surf

    Being on the east coast (northeast, beach break -usually) I've got boards for when its small and choppy up to shoulder high and clean, but none of what I own really works (well) in over shoulder high surf that needs enough float & paddle speed to get into larger waves, especially when there's offshore winds like over Thanksgiving. I can make the boards I have work, but its clear they're not designed for larger, chunky surf.

    What board do you prefer when we've either got a hurricane rolling through, or just a larger east coast day that may involve a winter suit and lots of wind? I'm trying to decide on what to buy to fill the void.

    FYI, Current boards are: a 5'8" fish, 5'6" groveler (CI Motorboat), & 6'0 very traditional short board without much volume (Simon Anderson interceptor - rides well but lacks paddle speed). I'm 5'9", 155lbs.

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    Something with a bit of volume that will get you in earlier. I used a hayden hypto krypto on thanksgiving and it worked great, even with the offshores.

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    probably something like the roberts black thumb at 5'10"-5'11" would do the trick. depends on your paddling skill & surfing ability, obviously. the ...lost mini-driver would fit the bill as well. you'd be able to unload that '90s potato chip.

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    Depends on how big of a wave you're looking for. That said, the Hypto ronmexico mentioned is a pretty good board for some sizable surf - easy to paddle, nice rounded pin, low rails, they all work for surf into the DH size.

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    Thanks for the food for thought. My surfing is average... I can catch oh waves and ride them but I'm not pulling airs or extreme cutbacks. Generally I surf well enough to not embarrass myself (usually...). The waves near my breaks usually close out around 10 feet, so that's about the top of my range, maybe doh as an extreme max, though I'm not sure I'd paddle out for that, depending on the conditions. Really would like something I can make work in chest high and up, and a little extra volume doesn't worry me if it means I can get into the harrier stuff

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    Quote Originally Posted by RPC3 View Post
    Thanks for the food for thought. My surfing is average... I can catch oh waves and ride them but I'm not pulling airs or extreme cutbacks. Generally I surf well enough to not embarrass myself (usually...). The waves near my breaks usually close out around 10 feet, so that's about the top of my range, maybe doh as an extreme max, though I'm not sure I'd paddle out for that, depending on the conditions. Really would like something I can make work in chest high and up, and a little extra volume doesn't worry me if it means I can get into the harrier stuff
    You need a step-up. You want something around 2-4 inches longer than you're regular surfboard. My step-up is a Lost Rockup and it is 1.5 inches longer but the overall shape and float of it makes it perfect for MY personal needs. Rounded tail is preferred for the hollow days. Not as wide as you're shortboard, but a little thicker than it. This way it's easier to paddle on the big days, still duck-able and has the volume to get you into the waves on the heavy offshore wind day. Just got my step up after breaking my shortboard on wednesday to surf the next day and it felt so much better the next morning when it was still 5 foot and a little hollower. Wish I had it wednesday but more storms to come. Good luck!

    Oh, and my usual board is a 6'0x20"x2" shortboard.
    My step up dimensions are 6'1.5x19.5"x2.44" for a general idea
    Last edited by LeastCoast; Dec 1, 2013 at 04:59 AM.

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    You definitely don't need a gun. Really for the size surf you are talking about you can just add a little volume to your board and go a little wider. You don't necessarily have to go with a longer board.

    If you're not doing airs, hotdogging, or basically shredding then maybe a fish or smaller funshape would work best for you. From the description of your surfing abilities something along those lines would probably work best for you.

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    I have found boards with pulled in tails work for me when it gets bigger. I've tried 3 and 4 fin configs and both work. Go see a shaper for size recos. I'm a bit larger than you, not much help there

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    image.jpgTo be more specific rounded pintails are my favorite in big stuff. The board on the bottom is my go to when it's size able.
    Last edited by Kahuna Kai; Dec 2, 2013 at 04:19 PM.

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    If you're not taking it out in surf "as big as it gets," and you don't plan on traveling to spots that easily hit DOH, you don't need anything gunny... meaning long and narrow, relatively speaking. But if you're saying you want something that will work WELL in surf well overhead, and your local spots closes out when it starts to get that size, you want something that you can paddle easily and goes fast down the line... your main goal is to catch and make waves (and hopefully pull into AND MAKE a few big barrels). Combine that with the fact that you're an average ability surfer willing to take on some size, and I'd suggest that you go with something much longer than what's been suggested... 6'2, minimum. Why mess around? You'll get the added float and paddle power, a higher top end speed (if you don't go crazy with the bottom contours), and with a rounded or rounded pin tail you'll have control and easy rail-to-rail transitions at speed. Shallow single to long double concave with a touch of vee out the back. Medium thin rails... slightly domed deck under the chest. Normal rocker for the length.