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  1. #1
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    buying a longboard..

    just looking for a little info from the longboard crowd..

    i've been riding a shortboard for about 5 yrs - never even picked up a longboard until 2 weekends ago in some small surf. i had an absolute blast just walking the board and noseriding, even doing some small turns.

    i can't always get it when it's big and perfect, but i do whenever possible. riding a shortboard in knee-waist high surf gets pretty boring and short lived, that's why i think a longboard will let me have more fun on smaller days.

    i'm 5'9 155lbs. not looking for some huge 10' tanker. i'd rather something in the 8' range and more performance based, but still can catch the small stuff and not **** out.

    anyone have any advice on what to look for?

    one board that caught me was the walden magic model 8'..

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    First off, 8' is not a longboard. There is no such thing as a mini-longboard, no matter what Steve Walden says.

    If you're going to get a longboard, go b***s out. I'm even smaller than you, and I absolutely LOVE my 9'4" and 9'6" logs.

    I would avoid Walden in general. If you really want to get into longboarding, get yourself a handshaped, poly, glassed log. There really is no "all around" longboard, but things like noseriding, etc. are more about the user than the board - though some boards are better-designed for noseriding.

    I'd suggest something in the 9'2" to 9'6" range with a single fin - nice and big. Don't bother with 2+1 - performance longboarding is like having sex with a condom, you can do it, but something just doesn't feel right.

    Now if all you want is something to tool around on in summer crowds and have no ambitions to be CJ Nelson, Dane Peterson or Al Knost, get a pop-out. That way if you give a kook a haircut and ding your board in the process, you won't be too bummed!

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    Quote Originally Posted by tbeaver View Post

    Now if all you want is something to tool around on in summer crowds and have no ambitions to be CJ Nelson, Dane Peterson or Al Knost, get a pop-out. That way if you give a kook a haircut and ding your board in the process, you won't be too bummed!
    not sure if i want something that big - i'll have to try one that size first. going back and forth w/ a 9'6 and a 6'1 will be tough..

    also, i'll use it all year. probably would come in handy when offshore winds blow down a s swell all night..

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    Wink

    Got my first longboard this year.picked up a 8'6 Channel Island waterhog.Im having a blast with this puppy.

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    I agree with tbeaver. Longboarding a state of mind. Get a true longboard(9' +) and just roll with it. Get wet when it's only knee high and still have some fun. It eliminates some of the *****in' I read on these sites when we go weeks with no waves in the summer. I'm from VA Beach and until I retire down to Nicaragua in about 7 years, I'm gonna be strictly a longboarder. I would suggest a local shaper who can evaluate your abilities and needs and build you what you want. Good luck!

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    Quote Originally Posted by mOtion732 View Post
    not sure if i want something that big - i'll have to try one that size first. going back and forth w/ a 9'6 and a 6'1 will be tough..

    also, i'll use it all year. probably would come in handy when offshore winds blow down a s swell all night..
    dude, im 5'7 and im riding a 9'2, i love it, the thing just catches anything from 1ft! And im still having fun, just playing around doing cross steps, and nose rides.
    trust me, you'll want a log, youll catch EVERY wave

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    Agree with most all said. I'd go no shorter than 9.0 and I think Poly is the way to go. The weight alone helps with the glide and momentum which is what longboarding is all about. Lots of nice LB's will start popping up for sale soon. That being said I gotta say the Walden Magic model 9.0 and up is not a bad choice. I don't have one but I've ridden them and I have a lot of friends who have them - no beefs with that board. I also agree a single fin is the way to go. If it turns out you by a 2 + 1 - you can ride it as a single fin but those side bites come in handy on steeper bigger days.

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    Quote Originally Posted by mOtion732 View Post
    not sure if i want something that big - i'll have to try one that size first. going back and forth w/ a 9'6 and a 6'1 will be tough.
    To piggyback on what beaver said, you really aren't "longboarding" until you get into the 9ft range. Believe it or not, it is a completely different mindset and can jack up your short board skills if you aren't careful. You paddle early to get your log up to speed which is a learning experience in timing. No late take offs (not what you call a late take off on a shortboard, anyway). Your speed comes from the wave, not shifting rail to rail, so, unless you're on a narrow-tailed longboard with some "v", thrusters and quads are useless drag. Then there's the ease of paddling that will make you lazy, if you're not careful.

    I also agree with beaver's take on 2+1 on a true long board. Soft rails provide more hold than an sidebites could ever provide. Personally, I feel it's a marketing scheme to make people feel like they aren't prematurely old....sort of like station wagons vs SUVs.

    Your above statement has me thinking you're looking for the longboard float with shortboard physics. Have you considered an egg or a pig?
    Last edited by Ray F.; Aug 13, 2010 at 03:08 AM.

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    I would get something in the 9'2 to 9'6 range 16.25 tail 18.5 nose and 3 1/8 thick . Make I single fin with and nice 50/50 rail and very little belly rocker and nice tail rocker. This will make it perform in most surf we get arounf here. Get yourself a nice pivot fin or a flex drive fin no less than 10 inches . this will give you good forward drive but yet still have enough fin to ride the nose and still turn good .

  10. #10
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    I've got a 9-foot single fin Stewart Hydroglide and absolutely love it. Easy to paddle, fast as anything you can imagine, and allows me to do crazy long drawn out turns smooth as anything. Not to mention the noseriding ability, etc. I've used it in everything from 1-foot up to about two or three feet overhead. Riding a longboard is great, however, be forwarned that it is very addictive, will mess with your shortboard skills (esp timing of takeoffs), and paddle outs can be hairy when it gets big...there is no such thing as duck-diving when you're on a log.