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  1. #11
    Quote Originally Posted by LBCrew View Post
    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.
    thanks dude, i pretty much am looking for a 5'10...2-3 inches bigger than me..if the board has more volume to it then ill go for something around a 5'4-5'8..idk if people know the g&s specs..its 2.5 in thick and 20 in wide
    Last edited by Noka; Sep 20, 2010 at 04:39 PM.

  2. #12
    You might want to raid the used board racks at some local shops. Your weight is very common, you should be able to find alot of boards that would be suited to your size. Grab some beater boards in the shapes you think you would like to get a feel for them and see if you really do like them. Then sell them again when you know what you like and get a new board. Just a thought.

    Also, if you have friends your size that ride shapes your interested in, switch it up for a session or two.

  3. #13
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    Quote Originally Posted by bushwood View Post
    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.
    Sound like good advice to me...

  4. #14
    7'6" bic soft top. If they don't have pink, at least stay with the pastels.

  5. #15
    I'm the same size as you and i ride 5"8 or 9 for summer and 5"10 for the winter i just put one of my boards up in barewires spring lake because im low on cash it worked great through the winter its a 5"10 18 1/8 2 1/16 Dan Taylor asking $250

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    if you're looking for thickness and flotation along with the short length, go with tuf lite technology. they're super buoyant

  7. #17
    Quote Originally Posted by leethestud View Post
    7'6" bic soft top. If they don't have pink, at least stay with the pastels.
    we have a winner

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    Quote Originally Posted by Noka View Post
    we have a winner
    he said he wanted something short, so i think a 5' purple liquid shredder would be much more ideal

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    Quote Originally Posted by njbeachbumm94 View Post
    I'm the same size as you and i ride 5"8 or 9 for summer and 5"10 for the winter i just put one of my boards up in barewires spring lake because im low on cash it worked great through the winter its a 5"10 18 1/8 2 1/16 Dan Taylor asking $250
    that sounds like a great summer board..

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    Quote Originally Posted by Noka View Post
    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 dont know any people who ride a short board shorter than their fish.

    I definately dont know anyone who goes extra small for a winter board with 4+ mm. rubber. A typical 5'10" thruster is 18 1/2" wide and you will not like it coming from that board and in the winter, is my guess.

    Id say 6'0" - 6'2" range and for winter get a full template shortboard at least 19 1/2"" wide and 2 3/8" thick.

    Better yet, get a custom.