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  1. #1
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    Getting back into surfing after 15 years and have ? about new boards

    I'll be surfing in NH mostly and was looking to get a longboard. I can get get a good deal on a used Robert August "What I ride" 10 foot. I just want to know if this is too much board for me. Is a 10 board more difficult to ride than a 9'6"? I think I can get into an Epoxy board that is 9'6" for about the same price that is also new.

    I can't really pick and choose when I go out due to my Job and family restrictions (3 kids under 6 years old), so I want a board that I can take out in Knee high days, as well as, bigger days. Also for the record, I have a 7'10" Channin too. So I can take that out on bigger days.

    Just looking for some northeast advice so I can have fun getting back into my teenage state of mind. Thanks for the help.

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    I have a 9'6 Brian Wynn and I think its one for the best Longboards I have ever owned. Its a single fin and has a really oldschool shape with very little rocker in it. The last board I had was a 10'0 cooperfish melo yellow and comparing them both I would have to say that I didnt notice that much difference in turning or how the board rode. they both had the same Dims exept the lengh.

    I personaly like my board with some weight and and not to keen on epoxy boards. That just my preference. I would go with the Robert August . He make awsome stuff and your wont be disapointed. I like the retro stuff so most might disagree with me .

  3. #3
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    I've been out of the game for some time. Would I notice the difference between a 9'6" and a 10' board in terms of ease in paddling into the wave or turning? Some of the shops around say the 10' board is a bit more difficult catching waves and a bit more difficult on bigger waves.

    In reality, I'm only going to use my longboard for up to chest high, or head high. Anything bigger, I'll use my 7'10" Channin. I don't want to get caught up in 6" worth of board that may not make a difference at all.

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    10'0 would be easier to paddle and on days when there is a current 10'0 would be less of a work out that the 9'6. The Robert August would eaiser to catch waves with as far as turning do you mean to paddle for a wave or to turn while riding. If turning while riding a wave is your concern you can play with fins and fin placement.

    If you mean to turn the board around to paddle for a wave the 9'6 or the 10'0 are equal . It just depends where you are sitting on the board when you swing it around

    I have take the my 10'0 Cooperfish and my new Brian Wynn 9'6 out in all wave sizes from knee hight to over head. I never had a issue with it being to much board .
    Last edited by MATT JOHNSON; Nov 29, 2009 at 09:02 PM.

  5. #5
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    Thanks for the feedback. It's nice to know I'm overthinking things, and just need to get out there and have fun. I think I'll go for the Robert August. The prior owner only took ito out like 4 times. He wants $700 and it also comes with a bag too. I can probably get it for $650. I guess it has Volan glassing . Not sure what that means. Any idea how I can tell if it is a China cutout or a US made?

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    Volan Glassing it the type of fiberglass cloth used . Volan is thicker. You can usually tell by the shaper signanture on the bottom. I never heard for Robert August boards coming from China so i wouldnt worry about it too much

    Here's his website it might have some more info for you

    http://www.robertaugust.com/

  7. #7
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    Rober August board are really good. my dad has a 9'6. he loves it. and for $650 and a bag thats a good deal. I'm pretty sure they are made in Cali. Really good boards

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    . 10 to 9'6".. not much to go by! What about thickness, concaves, width, fins setup and rails.