close ad [x]

Page 1 of 14 12311 ... LastLast
Results 1 to 10 of 132
  1. #1
    Join Date
    Apr 2016
    Location
    Rhode Island
    Posts
    395

    Surfboard design has left me behind

    I've been looking around for a new surfboard for the first time in a long time. I can't believe how short shortboards have become.

    I'm 5'4, 175 pounds. My everyday boards are 6'0 - 6'6 and around 33L. Looking at the Merrick website, I'd be riding something about 5'0 and 28L. The idea of paddling something sub-6'0 through any kind of whitewater in December in a 5 mil is just ludicrous.

    I'm finding it impossible to have any realistic expectation of what size board to get looking at the new models and recommended sizes. It's like I'm stuck in 1984 or something with board design.

  2. #2
    Join Date
    Sep 2010
    Location
    Old Jersey
    Posts
    2,478
    Just open your mind. Find a shape and size you like and surf it. You know what will work. People who get too involved with dimensions and shapes and "pro"models are kooks.

    Find it and surf it.

  3. #3
    Join Date
    Sep 2010
    Location
    Old Jersey
    Posts
    2,478
    Look in used board rooms. Look on craigs. Look in rooms. Eventually it will find you. And don't listen to ANYONE else.

  4. #4
    Join Date
    Sep 2009
    Location
    NH
    Posts
    8,320

    Cool

    Quote Originally Posted by Toonces View Post
    I've been looking around for a new surfboard for the first time in a long time. I can't believe how short shortboards have become.

    I'm 5'4, 175 pounds. My everyday boards are 6'0 - 6'6 and around 33L. Looking at the Merrick website, I'd be riding something about 5'0 and 28L. The idea of paddling something sub-6'0 through any kind of whitewater in December in a 5 mil is just ludicrous.

    I'm finding it impossible to have any realistic expectation of what size board to get looking at the new models and recommended sizes. It's like I'm stuck in 1984 or something with board design.
    Welcome to Barry World!!!!
    But there is a solution--ignore the "recommendation". And here is why--they are full of sh1t. That's why. The "liter" thing is very sheik, trendy, and kind catchy. They almost sound as if they know what they are talking about!! "Oh, you should be on a 32L, not a 33 Liter. That is just way too big for you!!" Assholes. Then you get, "We are so cool we don't make boards longer than 6ft; there is no need for them". More assholeness.

    Find a shaper that will make you what you want and like!! There are many of them. You are in RI? Find Roger Beal on Cape Cod. Or David Levy near you.
    Last edited by Barry Cuda; Nov 21, 2016 at 06:12 PM.

  5. #5
    Join Date
    Jan 2009
    Location
    milton delaware
    Posts
    2,774
    Images
    272
    Quote Originally Posted by Toonces View Post
    I'm 5'4, 175 pounds. My everyday boards are 6'0 - 6'6 and around 33L. Looking at the Merrick website, I'd be riding something about 5'0 and 28L. The idea of paddling something sub-6'0 through any kind of whitewater in December in a 5 mil is just ludicrous.
    First - NONE of those websites are accounting for surfing in 5 mil rubber in frigid east coast type conditions. They are geared towards surfers who surf nearly daily in 2-3 mil rubber at most in clean west coast conditions.
    You're at an advantage actually knowing what volume come of your current boards are. Use that as a starting point. How do they work for you in 5 mil winter conditions?

    By the way, boards have gotten shorter in the past 15 years because they are packing a whole lot more foam in various places (under the chest, in the rails, in tail width) than in the 1990s. So don't let board length distract you from considering the overall package.

  6. #6
    Join Date
    Aug 2009
    Location
    Monmouth Beach, NJ
    Posts
    4,634
    You can go shorter than what your current boards are if the new shapes you're looking at have a wider planshape overall, and a thicker, beefier foil. But I highly doubt you'll be happy with anything shorter than you are tall... 5'0 sounds absurd to me.

    If you know how your board feels under your arm, and how the rails feel in your hands, and what the foil looks like when you hold it at arms length in one hand at your side...and you should... then you can do the same thing in the shop and calibrate what you're looking at when compared to what you currently ride. Everyone should spend some time examining their boards, and thinking hard about design. It sort of logs information in your head you can refer to when you look at boards on the rack.

    Then... once you have all that information in your head, and that feel in your hands, all of it logged and filed away for reference, do what Barry said and go talk to a reputable local shaper.

  7. #7
    Join Date
    Jun 2009
    Location
    Delaware
    Posts
    7,021
    Quote Originally Posted by Toonces View Post
    I'm 5'4, 175 pounds. My everyday boards are 6'0 - 6'6 and around 33L. Looking at the Merrick website, I'd be riding something about 5'0 and 28L. The idea of paddling something sub-6'0 through any kind of whitewater in December in a 5 mil is just ludicrous.
    I am 5'11, 190 ish and I ride a 5'10", 33L even through the winter in full rubber, just my preference. Do you have any friends with smaller boards that you could maybe try?

  8. #8
    Join Date
    Sep 2009
    Location
    NH
    Posts
    8,320
    Quote Originally Posted by LBCrew View Post
    You can go shorter than what your current boards are if the new shapes you're looking at have a wider planshape overall, and a thicker, beefier foil.
    None of the short fat boards are a "foil" anymore. That is a marketing term for suckers. Call them a "tubby" instead and you are right on. Maybe "lardo" is even better, but foil is an insult to intelligence. Oh, wait....surfers are morons.....no wonder!!

  9. #9
    Quote Originally Posted by Barry Cuda View Post
    Welcome to Barry World!!!!
    You are in RI? Find Roger Beal on Cape Cod. Or David Levy near you.
    Check out Levy, he knows the waters

  10. #10
    Knowing your volume is a good starting point, but it's not the magical answer. How the volume is distributed through out a board is important. Like others have said, this is why boards have gotten shorter.

    I'm only about 5'8 so for me a 5'8 sb works...but i do think boards under that are petty absurd unless your talking somthing like a mini simmons or odd ball shape like that.

    Find a local shaper. Or if you really want to go with merrick....I'm pretty sure you can customize your own dimensions. Pick a shape and elongate it and take some width out. Not the best option but it is an option if you know what you like.