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  1. #11
    Quote Originally Posted by BassMon2 View Post
    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.
    Exactly.. volume means nothing if its not functional... I am 175 and my go to is a 5'2"x20.5x2.38..at 30L..It works for mush we get around here. But when waves get steep, more length with equal volume and more rocker factor into the equation. good tread.

  2. #12
    dont know your ability but at 174 lbs a 28L board is pretty low volume. You better be a above average surfer. Plus winter rubber wet adds about 10 lbs of weight so you are now at 185 lbs in the water. I don't care what anyone says more length and volume is better in bigger winter waves for most surfers unless you are pro level and slipping into barrels below the lip.

  3. #13
    the advent of the "hybrid" has really confused a lot of people, as much shorter, thicker and wider board that still performs real well. These board can be ridden quite small and work in both good waves and as grovelors. For the average surfer they are great but for heavy winter east coast conditions a standard modern HP shortboard (at your height or slightly bigger) or step up 2-4 inches bigger than your standard shortboard) is what you need.
    As popular as hybrids are you are going to have problems paddling and catching fast moving waves of consequence as we have in winter here.
    So look at what you need for winter- a rounded tail, decent tail rocker, added volume and length for paddling in current and winter rubber- a stubby hybrid design won't cut it.

  4. Coming of age in the 80s and 90s I've never been able to like the shorter shortboards. Never could get used to not seeing the nose of the board out in front of me. I've always ridden boards 4 to 6" taller than my height and I always will. Or till I'm 50.

  5. #15
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    I appreciate all the thoughtful replies.

    I've been surfing about 25 years. I consider myself a solidly intermediate surfer. It's been a long time, about 10 years, since I've surfed regularly on the east coast, though. When I lived in central California, my shortboard was a 6'6 CI MBB, which has a bit more foam in it, and seemed to work well with 3-4 mil of wetsuit on.

    When that got stolen I picked up the 6'6 Byrne and a 6'10 Rawson, but then I was in Hawaii and the wave does half the work for you.

    Now here on the east coast I'm finding I want something that has a bit more go because under head high those boards really struggle to move. So I go online to start shopping around it everybody is riding a 5'9. It's like the surf world moved on while I wasn't looking.

    Anyway, I guess what I'm saying is that in taking a look at some of the more popular board websites it seems like a guy like me has been left behind. Maybe I'm just getting old.

    Well, while I could probably surf something under 6' long, I just know that I'd be pearling that thing all day long at this point. I've always been a fan of Merricks, but that ...Lost Quiver Killer looks like it might fit the bill for what I find myself surfing most days. I just can't imagine going shorter than 6'3 regardless of what the website says. And damn but those boards are expensive. I guess that's a whole other topic.

  6. #16
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    I'm 57 years old and tired of getting worked in good waves. I'm ordering a 7'1" blank, having it shaped by a local shaper down to 6'10" x 2.75" thick so it has beef. Round tail instead of my standard 6'6" swallow tail (2.66" thick) that is too lose under foot in bouncy drops. With a nice foiled rail, maybe around 20" wide?, no epoxy, old skool. Can't wait to drop it in the parking lot.

    My point is don't be unda gunned in challenging conditions. It sucks having to struggle when if you had the right step up you can cut through it like buttah. Save the potato chips for summah.
    Last edited by sisurfdogg; Nov 22, 2016 at 03:00 AM.

  7. #17
    Are you holding on to your older boards? Just looking for somthing for under HH? Get a egg shape or somthing in the mid 6' range shaped by a local

  8. #18
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    Quote Originally Posted by sisurfdogg View Post
    I'm ordering a 7'1" blank, having it shaped by a local shaper down to 6'10" x 2.75" thick so it has beef.
    Talk to your shaper about how he's going to get the desired length. Is he taking it off the nose, tail, or both? I like to take it off the tail, then re-rocker the tail. This will naturally shift the wide point/thick point of the blank behind center. But your shaper may have other ideas. Still... this is something to talk about, and something you can learn from.

  9. #19
    Quote Originally Posted by sisurfdogg View Post
    I'm 57 years old and tired of getting worked in good waves. I'm ordering a 7'1" blank, having it shaped by a local shaper down to 6'10" x 2.75" thick so it has beef. Round tail instead of my standard 6'6" swallow tail (2.66" thick) that is too lose under foot in bouncy drops. With a nice foiled rail, maybe around 20" wide?, no epoxy, old skool. Can't wait to drop it in the parking lot.

    My point is don't be unda gunned in challenging conditions. It sucks having to struggle when if you had the right step up you can cut through it like buttah. Save the potato chips for summah.
    This^. I always go with a little more length and beef in my boards especially as I get older. Boards are so light now, you can add a few inches in length and still shred with the same fervor but have a much easier time catching a wave and paddling. Every time I try and drop below about 6'4" I regret it. My current board is 6'6" a bit wide a bit fat, and I ride it in a lot of conditions from chest to well OH days. There is *nothing* worse than having a ****ty session on a solid day because your board is too short, trying to catch those growler sets late is no fun unless you're a pro or love getting pitched.

  10. #20
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    Quote Originally Posted by sigmund View Post
    This^. I always go with a little more length and beef in my boards especially as I get older. Boards are so light now, you can add a few inches in length and still shred with the same fervor but have a much easier time catching a wave and paddling.
    ^^^When I made the switch over from riding all PU/PE to EPS/Epoxy I found this to be especially true. It took me a few "generations" of boards to dial it in, but in the end I ended up going thinner and longer in general, without compromising the ability to whip the board around. It wasn't my goal to increase volume, but to keep it the same, while maintaining the kind of flex I was after AND increasing the durability and life of the board. The added side benefit was the ability to elongate the rocker slightly, and improve wave catching ability.
    Last edited by LBCrew; Nov 22, 2016 at 01:51 PM.