For those types of waves- it's all about getting in early- which you could probably do with you fun shape compared to that 6'4 your eyeing up... If you really want speed and a board with shaped for the ability to make a wave like that you really need more of a full on gun shape- super tight pin tail and super thin in the width- but then again you gotta know how to surf it- totally different game. It's really not nessisary for jersey.
It really comes down to your personal ability and the waves. You gotta choose the right wave. Watch the other guys- if they are not getting long rides and getting closed out on- you will too... Hey man it's jersey- that's what we get from time to time. But if your having trouble making the drop- it's not the board- it's your ability and practice. I have been out on days when it's over head and closing out and steep- on a 9'6 single fin longboard - and can make the drop and get better rides then the guys on short boards - cause I'm getting in early. A more high performance board might make it harder for you...
Thanks for the info guys. Too much stuff to know about board shapes. I've been surfing a decent amount but haven't been very consistent until recently. Once waves start getting steeper is when i start having problems. Felt like it was my board(7s 6'8'' fish) Was actually thinking about trying to use a longboard (9'2'') so i can get into the waves earlier. So a 6'4'' al merrick k-step up board wouldnt be a good idea?
I just saw your reply here - your right with your thinking with getting in earlier- BUT your not going to get in any earlier with the k-step. I had one- a 6'3. It was a tuflite- which had a little more float- but I think it would be easier on your 7s and personally think you would struggle on the k-step. I personally never really liked the k-step- it didn't really feel like a good jersey board- you really need juice for that board- but more so in a large period swell- which we hardly get... Stick with the 7s and longboard - keep your eyes open for a nice standard thruster. I got an AJW that I really like- perfect all around jersey board- and the thing just slips into the waves like nothing...
I have a 5 7 mini driver and I think it's great when the waves are small as well as over heard. It's gots lots of speed and you get into the wave fairly early. I'm 5 8 150 and it floats me nice even with all my rubber on boii. Check it out
Get a board closer to your height. Nothing over 5'10"!
Volume is good.
Flat is fast!
Quads hold like a mother f~cker on steep face/angle take-offs, or bigger fins (but not the same).
Paddle hard, always!
Pop the nose or ollie right before you get to the bottom, if you want to do a bottom turn.
If you pearl or get tossed, refurr to the previous 2 tips and keep trying until you figure it out.
Eating sh!t is okay as long as you think about why it happened and correct it.
Steep, boarder line close-outs take a certain amount of wherewithal and aren't the easiest waves to ride, so you need to work for them and pay your dues.
If you ever watched pros at Pipe or a comparable break, they all pay to play and biff a couple waves while making their best effort not to. It's all good! They don't quit, they paddle back out and get pitted, soooo pitted.
Ps I'm 6'2" and ride a 6'0" mostly or my 6'2", 6'4" when it's big.