I just got a new Mike Stewart MS5 44". It is sweeet! Your height and weight play a big part. I read Dow cores are better in cold water. Definitely get at least one stringer. I think crescent tails are good for prone and DK.
well im 5 10 and 150 lbs, so would a 44" be to big for me?
I'm 6'2, and I ride a 42.5. I think you should stay around a 42.
The tails make a big difference. A crescent tail makes it easier to lock into the barrel, where the bat tail gives you board area to work with. It comes down to personal preference, and will be hard to tell for a beginner. I have ridden both, and have liked different tails on different boards.
A stringer will make your board more durable, and less flexible. A lot of boards now a days will come with stringers to make them more durable. This can be good in the summer, when the water temps are warm, but also not so great in the winter when temps get cold and the boards get stiffer.
Finding that right board might take a little while, but will also become clearer as your riding improves as you get more experience.
Last edited by Swellinfo; Dec 5, 2009 at 10:28 PM.
Thanks for the help guys, just one last question...how easy is it for a board with a stringer to break, over the summer all i ride is shorebreaks.
It must be pretty hard to break a board with a stringer. I was riding the shorebreak with the DH last spring and we both took off on the same wave, me right on top of him. I backed off, the tail of my board dropped out from under me and planted itself in the sand. Then a wave slammed me down on top of the board's nose. One of my ribs cracked, but the board was fine.