Surfed for about 6 years now and have always rode a fish/retro fish...ive always wanted a board that was a lot looser and smaller than the one boards i have. Right now im on a G&S 6'2 magic fish..I'm going to buy a shortboard with a thruster setup this week to have all winter. Any recommendations on board size or on a board in general...I'm 5'8 150lbs.. I was thinking about something like a 5'8-5'10 thruster..maybe smaller..thanks
I just got a 5'10" FireWire Spitfire. I've been surfing for a long time. I'm 5'7" weigh 170ish. I love it. All the float and speed of a dominator but step down rail in the tail gives you the option of making sharp more performance type turns. Go check them out.
i have a 5'9 fire wire el fuego i ride it as a thrust but you can also turn it into a quad ... from what you wrote sounds like you would love the board... ( anyone would !) this board made my surfing improve so much
Just be careful going too short. Coming off a thick, wide, flat rockered fish and jumping onto a 5'8 is going to be a huge change. A performance shortboard that small is also going to be foiled much thinner throughout, much narrower (almost 3 inches!), have a lot more rocker, and won't have the easy wave catching and flat out speed your fishes have had. Plus, you're buying it going into winter, when a little extra float can help. I'd recommend no shorter than 5'10 if you've all you've ever ridden are retro fish. I'd feel even more comfortable recommending a 6'0. For an average surfer, looking at a typical performance SB, something like 2-4" taller than you is about right. Above average surfers can go shorter, and many of the specialty shortboards that are popular now are also exceptions to this rule. So if you're looking at something more stubby, you can certainly go shorter. Just pay attention to what you're looking at when you go shopping.
I am same exact size basically 5-7 150. I ride a 5'-5" Tommy Moore Round Nose Fish (like the lost round nose fish, performcae fish, not a retro) and 5-9 Tommy Morre Tweaker this board is similar to a dumpster diver. I would consider one of the newr boards which have the 80s shortboard outline which is typically a floatter deck with more volume but have modern bottom contours. Roberts WHite Diamond, Dumpster Diver, TOmmy Morre Tweaker etc.. It really depnds on your surf ability too, I mean 6 years is vague, you paddle out / surf 10 times a year and surf for 10 years and its not alot of experience.
What ability do you have, are you able to judge waves well, get into them then drive down the line or is the retro fish doning most the work getting you down the line with speed, reason i ask is beacuse its a differnt world on a shortboard. I would recommend a TOmmy Moore tweaker with a diamond tail 5-10 x 19-1/4 x 2 1/4. THe tail is really wide and the board will have alot of volume so it will float you well enough, not like a retro fish but much better than a standard shortboard. WHere do you live?
i live in south jersey, 20 min from lbi. I'm currently in virginia beach till november but i usually surf atleast 2 times a week and a lot of the time during the summer/fall im in the water almost everyday. I can definitely judge the waves well, can bottom turn and carve a good wave..i just feel like i could use a board thats a lot smaller and looser because i really have to put a lottt weight into my turns to get my board to move.