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    Longboard advice

    I am about 6' and 180 lbs, and looking to get a longboard with a more classic shape that lends itself to trimming and nose-riding (not that I can do that now, but that is the goal....). BUT - here's the catch - I want something shorter than 8'6" so that it fits more easily in my car.

    Is this possible for my size? Anyone have experience with such a shape?

    Thanks in advance.

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    Wavestorme

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    I can fit my 9ft LB inside my wife's Corolla, go with a 9ft, which is where true LB's start.

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    Not sure if the wavestorm suggestion was serious, but I want something higher performance, particularly for the winter when I have 10 extra lbs of rubber weight on and I want to up the wave count.

    I may end up with something in the 9' range, but I figured I would ask to see if anyone has experience with something shorter but with extra volume in the right places. Do i just need to shrink and lose weight?

    also, for clarification, im sure i will still end up shortboarding in anything over waist high, so this is meant as a way to get in the water more when New England is only serving up waist high cold mush but im still starving....

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    Quote Originally Posted by TubeDoc View Post
    Not sure if the wavestorm suggestion was serious, but I want something higher performance, particularly for the winter when I have 10 extra lbs of rubber weight on and I want to up the wave count.

    I may end up with something in the 9' range, but I figured I would ask to see if anyone has experience with something shorter but with extra volume in the right places. Do i just need to shrink and lose weight?
    My first "LB" was an 8'1" McTavish (which I still have), came as a 2+1, switched it to a single fin, that led me to getting a real LB. It's a great board and has decent maneuverability but you'll wish it was a tad longer to get that glide.

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    An 8'6 with the right shape can start to suggest what a longboard feels like. But like DP said... you don't really get a true longboard, with all the benefits, until you get to 9'0+. If stuffing your board into your car is the limiting factor, give up on the idea. Get lockable racks.

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    Quote Originally Posted by TubeDoc View Post
    Not sure if the wavestorm suggestion was serious, but I want something higher performance, particularly for the winter when I have 10 extra lbs of rubber weight on and I want to up the wave count.

    I may end up with something in the 9' range, but I figured I would ask to see if anyone has experience with something shorter but with extra volume in the right places. Do i just need to shrink and lose weight?

    also, for clarification, im sure i will still end up shortboarding in anything over waist high, so this is meant as a way to get in the water more when New England is only serving up waist high cold mush but im still starving....
    http://jblairsurf.com/surfboards/longboards

    I was "board" at work so I did a little research. Joe Blair is the shaper. Seems legit and relatively inexpensive. Anybody have any real life experience with these boarts?

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    I am your size. I had a Robt August made for me 8'8" and is perfect for small day and large days if I decide to use a LB. Model is "What I Ride".
    Fits inside my Subaru Outback easily or on roof of car.
    Three fins 2+ 1 works well.

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    Quote Originally Posted by TubeDoc View Post
    Not sure if the wavestorm suggestion was serious, but I want something higher performance, particularly for the winter when I have 10 extra lbs of rubber weight on and I want to up the wave count.
    Wavestorm IS serious wave surf riding gear:


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    Get another car. 1974 Coupe de Ville is a good starting point