Just wondering if anyone out there has input on either the Walden mini magic or the Mccoy nuggett. I am thinking about getting either one as a "funboard" for my quiver. I am looking for something with good paddling(rotator cuff injury...right now need all the help I can get) but also a decent turning board. Currently my go to longboard is an 9'0 Infinity cluster. I am not yet sold on either board and any recommendations are appreciated.
Hey guys maybe I can shed some light on the subject. I have a 7'0 Walden Mini magic which I bought 3 years ago on the eastern end of LI. At that time I was looking for a more funshaped board that wouldn't sacrifice performance. Originally it was the choice between the Channel Islands Waterhog or the Mini Magic. Honestly I couldn't be more stoked.
The MM has a fully rounded nose, with concave up front so you may even be able to sneak a couple toes over the front on occasion. It has a little bit of rocker up front for the bigger days and handles well because of its kinda squared off rails on those bigger days. Paddles well and really does take off on anything from ankle high to head or so. Nice and thick but fast. Some people will say you can surf it like a real longboard, but its not something you can walk without being really light and quick. However you can sit out there with the other longboards and get the same waves with a little push. It has the adjustable fin box soo if you through a bigger single fin in, it can add to an already sweet stick.
Mine has seen the west coast and basically all of LI, shes a little banged up, which is the one down side of having a glossy finish, but if you can look past the aesthetics to see the performance, I would say good on ya.
Thanks Bo-Bo! I have heard you can take this board into basically any conditions according to Walden. Do you find that to be true? Yes, I have a few boards but tend to gravitate to one "go to" board. Could this be the new go to.... sort of one board quiver? Also, I am around 155 lbs would you go with the 7 or the 7'6" for my size? BTW I was just down in Montauk and caught a nice swell.
Honestly nhsurfer, I feel like a 7'0 would even be a little big for you. I'm around 200 lbs and 5'11'' and my Mini Magic works for me because I don't surf it like a longboard, but really not like a short board either. More a retro feeling board. Walden does make the MM in a 6'8'' or you could look into the Superwide Mini Magic that you can grab in a length that suits you anywhere from 6 foot and up. However, if you go that short I would suggest a fish, which is another suggestion to check out. It depends on what you are looking to do on the wave.
Hope this helps a little bit.
If you do end up looking into a shorter, fat board, the fish is the way to go. A little more manageable in big waves, but it doesn't sacrifice the buoyancy aspect. I am currently surfing my 9 Fish Seared Ahi in New Zealand and I am loving it.
Where are you normally surfing is the question, and what type of surfing are looking to do with the board. I'm 5'11' and 7'0 works great for me. Is there any particular reason why you were thinking about the 7'4''? 4 inches really won't make much difference on that board. If I was looking into a Superwide MM I would say go smaller because you not sacrificing buoyancy.....that thing has more float than the standard MM. 7'0'' is a good size too, its not too big if you want to travel anywhere and fly with it.