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    Long Fish...should I pull the trigger?

    A number of years ago I had a 6'10" keel fish...loved the board when knee high and under. The glide was comparable to a LB but I could also still pump if necessary as well as it was way more maneuverable. Thinking about pulling the trigger on another one...

    Anyone riding a long fish over 8' on here...trying to get some perspective prior to going for it. Here's a take on what I'm looking to get...josh hall 7'10" fish Simmons.

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    Never ridin one but it looks awesome for small summer days

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    Whoa, I'm sure that's fun just like every board is capable of being fun but I don't understand the purpose of it. You could just ride a mini mal for the same ride? Maybe I'm not getting it, what would that do that a short long board wouldn't?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Zippy View Post
    Whoa, I'm sure that's fun just like every board is capable of being fun but I don't understand the purpose of it. You could just ride a mini mal for the same ride? Maybe I'm not getting it, what would that do that a short long board wouldn't?
    You're getting it, brother... there's really no need to have a "fish" that long. It un-does everything a fish is supposed to do. It's long... it's a thruster... it's got a hip... it's got a bonzer type bottom. Take the fish tail off it and you've got a beautifully resin tinted version of a funboard.

    Nothing wrong with it... if you're into funboards.
    Last edited by LBCrew; Mar 5, 2014 at 01:36 AM.

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    A good fish should ride like a skateboard, real loose. That board does not look like it will do that - too narrow. A big fish IMO is 6' to 6"8 and real wide, with a swallow tail of course. Maybe 2.6" to 3" thick with tail rocker and a big flat spot for speed on mushy waves. Give it more tail rocker and nose rocker and you get a rocket fish, good for steeper bowly sections as well as mushburgers. The best shape for typical east coast random beachbreak.

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    Looks cool, probably a fun ride, but like others have said, it kinda has too much going on to have much of an identity. I would take it for a spin for sure though.

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    I hear ya zippy/LB...perspective is fair and understandable. Just to give myself some credibility...not so much into funboards...my current small wave ride is a Simmons-esque 5'6."

    At this point, I'm Thinking about summer and just looking for something a bit different then some of the tradition small wave boards. Had plenty of LBs biggest being a 10' hobie (hatchet fin, 50/50s, etc.), but my poor technique and chicken legs never were able to really able to move that thing around except for cheater 5s.

    Here's my general perspective on the up scaled fish...nothing new or unknown...compared to the mal it has a different overall fool, rocker, planing surface--if we're talking about similarities in length them I would agree very similar. Fishes wider tail block just glides into pretty much everything...Halls take has a few extremes in my opinion, but toning done his concaves removing the hip...more potential...but again I have in mind a shorter model that Wynn shaped me years ago--call it nostalgia but I'm still jones isn't a bit for that type of ride.

    I'll look for a pic of what I had before...

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    But you could still catch every wave if you cut 2 feet off and it would be way more maneuverable wouldn't it? Just don't get the length and that stretched out profile for small waves. If you had said, "I want this board for those days in late august when the groundswells start coming" I might understand it a little more. Either way, a board and the fun you will have on it is as much up to the rider as it is to the equipment. I'm sure if your head is there you will enjoy it.
    Last edited by Zippy; Mar 5, 2014 at 02:39 AM.

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    Quote Originally Posted by LBCrew View Post
    You're getting it, brother... there's really no need to have a "fish" that long. It un-does everything a fish is supposed to do. It's long... it's a thruster... it's got a hip... it's got a bonzer type bottom. Take the fish tail off it and you've got a beautifully resin tinted version of a funboard.

    Nothing wrong with it... if you're into funboards.
    That is a very nice shape, no doubt about it...but I'm with LBCrew on this one. A *real* fish should be ridden shorter (under 6 feet) or it loses the distinctly "fishy" characteristics. 5'6" to 5'10" is a more typical fish dimension.

    That being said, some of the best fish shapers in the world like Pavel, Lis and Frye are making the same shapes like the Josh Hall pictured above. If guys like that are making fishes that large, who the fark am I to say what is "best"?

    Personally, I don't care if you ride a LB, short board, kneeboard or a sponge. If you ride it well and it brings a smile to your face, then just ride it. The best surfer in the water is the guy having the most fun.

    P.S.---that glassed-on leash holder is "soul".
    Last edited by kidrock; Mar 5, 2014 at 04:53 AM.

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    You must be an enormous dude to even think about riding that monster fish. You would have to be real heavy and have to stand directly over the inside rail to hold it down on a hard bottom turn. Why the thruster set up on a big trim style board? Highly doubt that it will be ridden hard top to bottom off the tail like a thruster. If you are a 280lb. guy and you have to have a godzilla fish I would suggest getting glassed on twin keels aimed real close to parallel and lose the hip in the outline to benefit trim speed. I can't help but think where that beast wants to be is high trim on clean surf with drawn out turns, very limited to down the line soft carves. IMHO. Why don't you post pictures of the side view? Concrete floors with swallow tail surfboards perched on them make my butt pucker. Please be nice to that girl, get her a soft place to rest.