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    When purchasing a new board

    When purchasing a new board, to be used mainly in jersey, what are some of the critical items I should be looking at? I'm mainly concerned with catching as many waves, and chilling on the ride. I want to make sure the board is fairly versatile, my prior boards consisted of a 6'8 shortboard, and a 9'1 longboard - both got stolen - with the longboard receiving the majority of usage as I like to cruise down the waves. Most comfortable with 3-4+ surf, if any bigger than I take out the shortboard.

    I'm a 6'3 and full of muscle, or weight in at 220LBS. My ability level is intermediate, certainly no air judo's or supermans or 360's. Given my proportions, what is the best board to get which would allow a person of my stature and ability to maximize each surf session in terms of rides, technique and stoke.

    All help is appreciated.

    Bottles in da club

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    Try something that is around 6'2, 2 1/4 thick, > 21 wide with the greatest width towards the nose. plenty of rocker and a rounded tail.

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    look at the Lost Domesticated series- and @ 220 go with the 6'2 or 6'4 sizes.

    I had a board custom made based on a variant of those dims (Im 215) and i love it. Catches everything, very forgiving- surfs up to head high and still turns well for all the volume they carry

  4. #4
    Join Date
    Jul 2009
    Shoting Piers in Honeyton
    If you are gonna be in Jersey then it must have fold out legs so it doubles as a weight bench for impromtu bench off's.

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    Foam is your friend but too much is a pain in the arse to duck dive. Find your volume you like and go for it.

    +1 on the lost domesticated series for short boards

  6. #6
    Join Date
    Dec 2013
    Ocean City
    Find a custom and talk to him, too. Unless you see something that really suits you off the rack, get a custom. At least talk to somebody at a surf shop or whatever tho.

  7. #7
    Join Date
    Oct 2012
    ...lost Lazyboy sounds about right or maybe the RV. If you buy a Lost, be sure to dial in the right volume for your weight on their "Guild Factor" page...don't go over the maximum number or you'll get an over-bouyant/boaty board.

    Channel Islands just came out with the Average Joe model...might work well for you. Once again, check their "board selector" (CI's specific volume calculator) for your weight/skill level...I suggest go with the uppermost volume they suggest, but don't go over.

    If you buy a local brand, off the rack, volume will probably not be given...or it'll be wrong (handshapes frequently have exaggerated dims written on them), so you'll have to guess or take the "advice" of a salesperson and will most likely end up on the boaty side.

    If you go full custom, don't give the shaper too much info...just your size, skill level, and maybe where you surf should be enough (for instance, a convo with a local shaper somehow turned to eps/epoxy and I mentioned I thought it was too, without telling me, he put extra glass on my poly board, making it way too heavy). Start with a model he already makes - don't bring in your own dims. The time to start tweaking dims is when, or if, you develop a relationship with the shaper/already have had a bunch of customs made by him.
    Last edited by waterbaby; Aug 12, 2014 at 07:25 PM.

  8. #8
    Join Date
    Oct 2013
    Atlantic City
    the firewire addvance is what you're asking for.
    go for either the 7/2 or 6/10. i bet you'll be happy you did.

  9. #9
    Join Date
    Apr 2012
    volume is key to catching small waves in jersey.also id go with a wide board if I was ur size

  10. #10
    Join Date
    Mar 2014
    Monmouth County
    Quote Originally Posted by baddy trailerpark View Post
    the firewire addvance is what you're asking for.
    go for either the 7/2 or 6/10. i bet you'll be happy you did.
    this is good advice. Great shape.