New Board- Mistake or not?

Discussion in 'Mid Atlantic' started by MDSurfer, Jun 16, 2010.

  1. MDSurfer

    MDSurfer Well-Known Member

    Dec 30, 2006
    7'4" Tufflite Channin Thruster- Not yet ridden (no waves to speak of) If it were you, would you have bought it? All feedback (negative, positive, or indifferent) welcome.
  2. aka pumpmaster

    aka pumpmaster Well-Known Member

    Apr 30, 2008
    I personally wouldn't have bought since I'm 100 percent shortboards but it does look like a nice board. as a plus, the tuflite will make it durable.

  3. MDSurfer

    MDSurfer Well-Known Member

    Dec 30, 2006

    Point well taken- but after riding an 8'0" mini longboard for the past four years, this is a short board for me. My 17 year old son has absconded with my 6'0" single fin Eaton because he likes the way it paddles and catches waves. It's too much like a skateboard to me, so it's no big deal that he wants to use it instead of his 6'4" Ezera performance board that's like a potato chip.
  4. GoodVibes

    GoodVibes Well-Known Member

    Jun 29, 2008
    Its a nice looking board.I would throw a traction pad on it even thou its 7'4.I just got 2 more boards in the last few months.I feel by switching up boards it helps your surfing.
  5. aka pumpmaster

    aka pumpmaster Well-Known Member

    Apr 30, 2008
    If he likes skatey feeling boards, you should get with jon ashton and check out his round nose fish! very fun in small waves.
  6. wallysurfr

    wallysurfr Well-Known Member

    Oct 23, 2007
    who is calling this a thruster? you or is that what the company named it?
  7. Zippy

    Zippy Well-Known Member

    Nov 16, 2007
    I wouldn't have bought it since I'm into short funky shapes. But like everyone is saying it's nice looking for sure and probably rides great for the shape. I love the blue fade color and the big Channin logo. Whats the rocker like, is it really flat or a standard fun shape curve?
  8. wallysurfr

    wallysurfr Well-Known Member

    Oct 23, 2007
    it also depends how much you spent on it.
  9. MDSurfer

    MDSurfer Well-Known Member

    Dec 30, 2006

    <<(surfing) A surfboard (usually a shortboard) with three fins of approximately equal size, one centred at the back, one on each side about 25cm forward and out near the rails.
    Etymology: The surfboard sense was coined by w:Simon Anderson, Simon Anderson, who created the design in 1980. The name was almost immediately applied generically to any surfboard with that fin design, not just boards made by him. (He never patented the design or trademarked the name.) >>

    Price: well. . . if you don't count my unemployment leftovers, and my judging fee from the last contest. . . it was around 350. Not cheap, but way cheaper than my last board.

    And traction pads, never used or needed one because I'm not really into major air, but please fill me in on what their point is beyond protecting the tail area from pressure delamination.

    The rocker is pretty much a muddy cuttle fish design somewhat like the old Weber Ski, hard down edges in the tail area transitioning into a neutral rail to a moderately beefy chined nose. Generally a fun-shape I would guesstimate. Anxious for some waves to actually see how this very light board works. FYI- the bottom is plain white with a black pinline where a stringer should be.
    Last edited: Jun 16, 2010
  10. SI_Admin

    SI_Admin Guest

    i think only you can be the judge of it it a mistake or not! got to ride her first, and see how she feels relative to your style!
  11. wallysurfr

    wallysurfr Well-Known Member

    Oct 23, 2007
    Thanks for the info on thrusters. I thought it was pretty well known (at least around monmouth county) that thrusters are thin short boards with a good amount of rocker and a narrower deck that incorporated the 3 fins? Not sure, I just have never heard anyone call a funshape a thruster around here.

    Nice board though, looks nice and glossy.
  12. LBCrew

    LBCrew Well-Known Member

    Aug 12, 2009
    I'm not into midlengths... but it's not a mistake to buy it if you like it. The price was certainly affordable enough.
  13. beachbreak

    beachbreak Well-Known Member

    Apr 7, 2008
    if you have to ask,you should not have bought it.
    buy a board you really love and won't question
  14. Ray F.

    Ray F. Well-Known Member

    Sep 13, 2009
    Exactly! I've bought quite a few boards in my day and I can count plenty of times I thought a popular board was a dog and an unlikely board was magic. This just recently happened to me again.

    Give it a whirl & be honest with yourself. If you don't like it, get rid of it. Life's too short for a mismatched board.
  15. eshore

    eshore Well-Known Member

    Jul 22, 2008
    It looks like a pretty fun board and im sure that if you dont like it you can sell it for $250 or $200 at the end of the summer. I personally wouldn't buy it but the longest board ill ride is a 7'0"
  16. njsurfer42

    njsurfer42 Well-Known Member

    Nov 9, 2009
    a common misconception. a thruster is any board w/ 3 fins of roughly equal size. "thruster" is the fin set up, not the shape of the board (like "egg" or "fish" would be).

    aside from that, i would have chimed in that this board was a mistake. i have no use for the tuflite/pop-out garbage. IMO, you basically dropped $350 on a pool toy. those things don't handle waves w/ any kind of texture well at all. they get that weird "chatter" going when there's chop.
    a guy w/ a mid-length pop-out screams KOOK! to me.
  17. MDSurfer

    MDSurfer Well-Known Member

    Dec 30, 2006

    Well, my first pop-out was a 9'0" Royal Hawaiian by Dextra back in 1964 that I bought from Turco's Surf and Sport in Wildwood, so I guess I've come full circle. That board was a real dog, but it taught me to surf, so it's all good.

    In the interim, I was a part of the short board revolution in the late sixties to early seventies moving from a 9'4" Weber Performer, to an 8'6" Weber Mini (their term, not mine), to a 7' Weber Ski, to a Weber 6'0 PIG (a shorter version of this board's outline), to a series of 6' boards from Weber, Nectar, Plastic Fantastic, a Nomad 7'3" Mini Gun tailor made for El Salvador and an Eaton that my son has taken over. When Jon Ashton had his shop in West OC I made the move longer, and I haven't been disappointed as far as scoring my share of waves. After I broke that Ashton in half and put it back together three times I had Jon make me a new one, but Jon told me, "I don't make boards like that anymore." My loss. The new 9' board he made me was a nice cruiser, but it didn't handle like his first single fin show board.

    Now I'm inclined to explore shorter, hence this new board. My 7'3" Channin thruster is getting kind of spongy and it's wafer thin, but since I've added a few lbs. in the last 46 years, along with subsequent loss of flexibility, I think I'm destined to stay somewhat longer. Besides, 9 times out of 10, it's not the board that counts as much as the rider. And that's 46 years of surfing experience.

    I'm not worried about my selection in the least or I wouldn't have plopped down the cash, but I was just curious to see what others might think of it. What are other 60 year olds out there surfing in your area? Some of my friends are still in the 6' -7' zone, but fewer of them every year. Thanks for all the feedback by the way. It's fascinating.
  18. njsurfer42

    njsurfer42 Well-Known Member

    Nov 9, 2009

    glad you're still at it. & hey, if you're happy w/ your choice, then what does the opinion of some guy in nj matter? & that's 20+ years of surfing/ocean experience age 29.
    my father just turned 64 last month & still rides locally hand-shaped shortboards (larger than they used to be, granted. they're in the 6'6"-7'0" range now), either from brian wynn or scott busby, as he splits time between nj & buxton. having grown up surfing oc, nj during the mid-late 60's, attending grad school in hawaii in the 70's, & judging asp & nssa contests in the 80's, he passed on a deep & abiding appreciation of the history of the sport & that is not something i can easily discard. my view of the matter, regardless of the evolution of the shape in question, is that cheap, poorly made pop-outs tear away some small portion of the soul of surfing & what the "culture" of surfing is/has been all about.
    & as i understand it, channin isn't even really a board company anymore. they went out of business, then the logo/label was bought & the brand resurrected w/ overseas production. essentially, whoever owns the channin logo is cashing in on the nostalgia & past reputation of the brand. same w/ canyon. it's bs to me.
  19. GoodVibes

    GoodVibes Well-Known Member

    Jun 29, 2008
    The dudes 60 and hes still surfing.Rock on brother.
  20. spongedude

    spongedude Well-Known Member

    Feb 28, 2010
    a lot of the older guys out here ride the bigger boards (7+) esp since the surf in this area tends to be smallish (2-5ft) (and the guys tend to be biggish) more often than not. brands range among the usual suspects, but bruce jones has a shop here a mile up the road in sunset beach and he's there to make sure one gets the right fit.

    is the "popout" likely to be durable or is it a throwaway?
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