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  1. #11
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    al merrick shapes longboards like duke kahanamoku shapes high performance thrusters.
    walden and 7s are lame popouts.
    i always heard a true longboard must be at least 9'0"

  2. #12
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    yeah it's all I ride
    I tried short boarding and just couldn't get into it. Even retro fishes just didn't work out for me anyhow

    here they are longest to shortest
    10.4 Austin Blunt - amazing it's a floating sidewalk I can catch an ankle high ripple on it.

    9.9 Austin Custom 4+1 diamond tail – its kind based on his Signature line, but has different rails. tail, glassing, and a little bit of a belly. It’s slick; turns great, can walk it and ride the nose. Its really becoming my got to board

    9. Cooperfish The Device – just got it, but it’s a nose riding machine.

    9.8 Tyler Wingnose – Speed and power WOW

    9.6 Matador El Gato – Because I wont ever own a “Da Cat”

    9.0 Hatteras Glass custom – good HP board for powerful surf

    8.0 Austin Bandit – my step up, This board needs at least waste high with power to work, and chest high mush.
    Last edited by SJ_Hodad; Oct 27, 2010 at 12:12 PM.

  3. #13
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    Quote Originally Posted by yankee View Post
    Interesting set of 'surfboard rules' you've concocted there.

    Why do you believe that the CI sticker is verboten on a longboard...? Or are you saying that a CI sticker transplanted to a popout is verboten? Clarification would be interesting.
    Although made in America, most Channel Island boards are mass-produced in a factory. I think they are great boards but I wouldnt buy one, especially a longboard. But if someone can tear it up and is cool to people in the water I dont care if they ride a flippin BIC.

    http://www.surfingmagazine.com/news/...108/index.html

  4. #14
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    Quote Originally Posted by Gulfcoast7 View Post
    Although made in America, most Channel Island boards are mass-produced in a factory. I think they are great boards but I wouldnt buy one, especially a longboard. But if someone can tear it up and is cool to people in the water I dont care if they ride a flippin BIC.

    http://www.surfingmagazine.com/news/...108/index.html
    Hmmmm. OK, I hear ya, and Bbreak, too. I bot the CI several years ago from Whalebone in NC 2 days after Clark Foam locked the gates. It's a Clark blank, I don't think it's shaped in Asia or a factory, but who the hell knows these days.

    All I know is that I have caught some great waves with it, incl several memorable rides in Hawaii off Diamond Head that have always remained in my mind. Ya know, those rides that keep you coming back for more...

  5. #15
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    8'6 is the starting size for longboards.

    Or thats what I have always been told

  6. #16
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    yes,put it this way...
    i would not buy a donald takayama 6'2" thruster,and i wouldn't buy anything but that from al merrick

  7. #17
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    Quote Originally Posted by SJ_Hodad View Post
    yeah it's all I ride
    I tried short boarding and just couldn't get into it. Even retro fishes just didn't work out for me anyhow

    here they are longest to shortest
    10.4 Austin Blunt - amazing it's a floating sidewalk I can catch an ankle high ripple on it.

    9.9 Austin Custom 4+1 diamond tail its kind based on his Signature line, but has different rails. tail, glassing, and a little bit of a belly. Its slick; turns great, can walk it and ride the nose. Its really becoming my got to board

    9. Cooperfish The Device just got it, but its a nose riding machine.

    9.8 Tyler Wingnose Speed and power WOW

    9.6 Matador El Gato Because I wont ever own a Da Cat

    9.0 Hatteras Glass custom good HP board for powerful surf

    8.0 Austin Bandit my step up, This board needs at least waste high with power to work, and chest high mush.
    Nice collection let me know how you like The Device been toying with getting one and would like some feedback

  8. #18
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    Austin

    So, several guys here have boards shaped by Austin Saunders.

    Austin's a cool guy, good man. I've enjoyed hanging around his shaping & store locations, talking boards & stuff. I've been debating getting one of Austin's boards. The big fella knows how to make boards for guys who don't look like jockeys.

    Someone posted / mentioned Austin's Soulglide model. Someone else has another of Austin's shapes.

    Are his boards great wave catchers? Or what do you find very appealing about his shapes? I really would like to know.

    Next purchase is coming up. I'd like to keep my dinero with local shapers, but only if the stick rocks.

  9. #19
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    i just started using a longboard this season. Its like cheating, and I love it !!! I already have 2 longboards.

    Local Motion Ricky Carrol EPS (shaped) 9'0 HP w/ 2+1 setup
    Al Merrick Channel Islands 9'2 2+1 Poly

    The local motion absolutley rocks. Turning is much better thatn the Merrick becuase its so light.

  10. #20
    Wow you guys have a nice collection. i been googling alot latly to find boards and reviews ect but its super hard bc if u like the board, wont mean i will like the board.
    I see alot of people on the waves now has epoxy boards. what is your take on them?