I ride a Mark Richards Flyin' Fish at 7'6". Its a beast and can glide on those summer ankle biters. I kind of wish it were one of the 6'6" but it was my first board so I went bigger to make it a little easier on me.
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Mar 5, 2014, 01:54 PM #11Junior Member
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Mar 5, 2014, 02:03 PM #12
I got stuck renting a 7s superfish xl in la jolla once, I think it was a 7'4 or something. Surprisingly fun on lined up chest high surf, but, what isn't?
Mar 5, 2014, 02:33 PM #13Senior Member
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try before buy.
go ahead smear it w/wax...
Why are people calling $hit like this "simmons" does anyone even know what's up with the og simmons model? They're short (5'-6') twin fins. NOT thrusters, and definitely NOT greater than 6'. if you're going to ride a fish that tall, it oughta be a twinnie to still kick the tail when desired. that board could be fun but you've got all the wrong titles on it. I think the one dude nailed it in calling it a very nicely glassed fun board. and nothing more. It's cool . . . if you're into fun boards.
Mar 5, 2014, 04:24 PM #15Member
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The original simmons were 9'6" to 10ft + & made in the 50's by Bob Simmons. Everything now of days using the name simmons refers to boards that have design traits that can be traced back to Bob's original board. The Mini Simmons of today take the design pricinples of bob's work & apply it to a smaller version. The first mini shaped by Joe Bauguss for Richard Kenvin is a true mini simmons taking most of its elements from Bob's early boards. You can have a simmons influenced board of any length does have to be short.
This board was designed to trim & be turned off the tail. Ideal conditions for a board like this to excel would be stomach high & above and on a nice point break where it could be ridden off the tail. Riding it in 2ft surf wouldn't do this board any justice. Guys like Joel Tudor or Devon Howard have plenty of midlengths in their quiver & they are designed to be ridden in certain conditions only, similar to this board. If that what you are looking for then go for it.
This would be a do not buy in my opinion. There are way too many other crafts that would be just as much or more fun on the type of days you are planning to use this. It looks a little gimmicky for my taste. But if you were drawing some nice long lines on a 8-10 foot face, this might be the magic stick. You would need some weight to get the nice fishy leaned back turns on this bad boy. Plus I'm not too into resin tints, they look weird and heavier(though they are not heavier) to me.
The only comparable features this board has to a Simmons is the full concave.
Mar 5, 2014, 04:48 PM #18
Josh Hall's blog .
As for why...I have loved surfing "fishes" of all sizes since I jumped off mid-lengths as a kid. Everything from twins, quads, etc. I have kept a custom Wynn 5'11" on ice for about the last 5 years just because of how incredible it was...only ride it when necessary. Consequently, I'm interested in a lot of different boards--I like the idea of the "ride anything" movement--within reason. However, I always go back to a fish at any point--however, surfing the jetty at a full tide in the summer with a weak wind swell...well...I'll go for the glide rather then the incessant pumping and struggling of a smaller fish.
Consequently, I see this design as something that I would be familiar with--that is, ride similar to other fish...work in the smaller surf. However, such is the reason I ask...if we had a few points around here I would even consider one of those huge frye eagle...or something similar.
The idea behind the larger fishes is they are taking the proportions of the smaller fishes and applying them to the larger models with the appropriate adjustments.