if you really want to move to a board that is better fitted for your size, you will go through a frustrating adjustment period. Your Gravy is just under 34 liters, per the CI website. You are 125 pounds. You should be riding boards at least 10 liters smaller.
I'm 5'10 180 pounds and in my thirties and all my boards, grovelers through step ups, are between 28 and 32 liters. I'd think a kid your age and at your weight should be riding smaller boards than an older guy that has 50 pounds on you.
I'd recommend playing around with the board selector function on the CI website, just so you can get an idea of what size/volume of board to ride. Take that information to your local shop and get their feedback, and go from there.
Since you will hopefully be making a pretty drastic jump in board volume, i would recommend a board that is a little forgiving. the flyer is a great model for that, and the remix has a little extra width in the tail and nose, but is still very performance oriented. of course other brands and/or a local shaper can offer many different boards that will help.
Good luck. So far you've probably felt pretty good, your riding a shortboard, getting better. Now comes the realization that you've been massively helped by a huge board. size that thing down, and once you get used to it, you'll see your surfing improve drastically. You'll realize the other board helped you in some areas, but held you back in so many other areas.
Keep the current board for the winter, you'll appreciate the volume then...
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Mar 30, 2014, 05:06 AM #11
Mar 30, 2014, 09:44 AM #12Senior Member
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- Oct 2013
- Atlantic City
maybe find a company or shaper who has multiple models on offer. then buy one, work through it, ask
yourself what you do/don't like, go for what you do and lose what you don't. stick with the company or
shaper, get another one of their models, repeat. i call this fine tuning…like tuning in an fm station well.
(anybody remember fm?)…..also, for those who suggest constant down-sizing of volume, be careful with
this cause (wet) wetsuits, wave period, playing field and competing for waves are relevant factors especially
in new jersey where i surf……less so on west coast but STILL relevant….
^^thanks for all the help guys^^
Mar 30, 2014, 12:49 PM #15
A little advice from yer ol' unka Cheech.
My first brand new board was done on the side by Mike Doyle. I went to WRV in the 80's and they sent me to their shop to talk to a shaper. Being a big guy I was assigned Doyle. Lucky for me he said he'd do in his own work shop. I got it for 1/3 of the price.
Go and ask to talk to a shaper for a custom, and do some wheeling and dealing. Only give him blank money. tell him he'll get more after it's shaped and the rest after it's in your hands
Mar 30, 2014, 01:41 PM #16Junior Member
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- Jul 2013
Check out the boards they suggest, get an idea of the dimensions that will fit you better, then look for a used board with similar dimensions. You should get a better idea before buying new.
Mar 30, 2014, 02:12 PM #17Senior Member
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- Ocean City
Mar 30, 2014, 02:24 PM #18
I've ridden a lot of CI's, and there's definitely nothing wrong with them, I just don't get the hype. Well, I do, bigger company=more advertising=better sales. Living in Rockaway, especially in the summer time, the question isn't 'what kind of board do you ride?" its 'which Merrick do you ride?'. Also, most decent surf shops will have demos, if you're in NY, Breakwater Surf on Rockaway Beach Blvd will let you play with a demo of just about anything they sell. Find that magic board. If its the first one you ride, it probably wasn't the right one.
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