Rode a LB for the first time last weekend

Discussion in 'All Discussions' started by EmassSpicoli, Apr 17, 2015.

  1. EmassSpicoli

    EmassSpicoli Well-Known Member

    Apr 16, 2013
    Scooped a 9' in a trade several months back. Hadn't put it in the water yet because, well, I didn't get in the water out east in Jan/Feb/Mar. Finally did and glad I did.


    - I 100% agree it will help my shortboarding and in big ways.
    - It's very different from SB'ing.
    - At least on stomach-high waves, it feels like you have significantly more time to do everything while getting to feet and will therefore allow me to fine-tune things I didn't know were even lacking in technique.
    - It feels a lot faster on takeoff but that doesn't unsettle you due to increased stability and extra reaction time.
    - It's harder to take the high line on a drop. Then again, I may have been looking down at the flats on takeoff rather than down the line.
    - The extra paddles required while the wave is picking you up is a good habit to have when back on a smaller board.
    - It's a cigarette boat for paddling.
    - Walking the board will be unavoidable most sessions, and I'm willing to learn. Did a bit of it already.
    - I can still whip that nose on turns from the tail at times, at least on that 9' with tail taken in and thin center fin only.
    - Learning to roll instead of duck dive will be interesting.
    - It's fun as hell and thanks to all Swellers who championed the riding of LB's.
  2. Hawky

    Hawky Well-Known Member

    May 9, 2014

  3. Scobeyville

    Scobeyville Well-Known Member

    May 11, 2009
    Mid-life crisis? Whats next? a SUP... a Boogie...
  4. bagus

    bagus Well-Known Member

    Jul 13, 2014

  5. Moon dog

    Moon dog Well-Known Member

    Dec 21, 2013
    congratulations. Now you know the truth logging can be fun. Soon you'll be taking both board's to the beach.
  6. Agabinet

    Agabinet Well-Known Member

    May 3, 2012
    Emass, for the high line on a log I need to consciously set the rail. On backside waves (why is it that all the waves in RI seem to be rights?) I set it by hand right before, or as, I am popping up. Frontside it seems easier to set the rail with my toes . . .

    Glad it helps you refine technique. I still suck on short boards despite riding a lot of long boards, but I was thinking exactly the same thing -- I have been trying to go shorter, down to a 6'6", but I could use some focused time on the LB to work on some technical things that I am f'ing up on the shorter board.

    But, then, I'm old.
  7. Hawky

    Hawky Well-Known Member

    May 9, 2014
  8. worsey

    worsey Well-Known Member

    Oct 13, 2013

    where does it end?
  9. bagus

    bagus Well-Known Member

    Jul 13, 2014

    o hawky
  10. metard

    metard Well-Known Member

    Mar 11, 2014
    logging is awesome when the conditions are right

    happy to hear that emass
  11. NICAfiend

    NICAfiend Well-Known Member

    May 12, 2012
    I hear ya. I've been surfing for a little less than 20 yrs and I've only longboarded twice. A friend of mine had a place in Emerald Isle and one time while crashing at his house I took his brand new Action out for a couple sessions and had a blast. The waves were waist high and really lined up which helped. I found it hard jumping back on a shortboard after riding that thing! In my opinion it's much easier to start small and go big than vice versa. I'll have to buy one one day but that day will probably be when I turn 50. Riding all types of boards has got to improve your surfing though....hang ten bro!
  12. DawnPatrol321

    DawnPatrol321 Well-Known Member

    Mar 6, 2012
    Good for you man. I know i was one that was trying to get you to see the light. Glad you came around dude. Your progression is about to go to a new level. Be stoked!
  13. Mr.Belmar

    Mr.Belmar Well-Known Member

    Aug 19, 2010
    Great to hear!! I love longboarding.... There is just something about it specially when your in the right mood and the waves are right!

    Btw- I have found that it works better to just take a wave head on vs turning turtle. It kinda wastes a lot of time. Best to time out the sets on bigger days and use the paddle speed to your advantage and get out between sets. Longboarding can be a blast when it gets big too!
  14. DawnPatrol321

    DawnPatrol321 Well-Known Member

    Mar 6, 2012
    Couldn't agree more, i dont mess with the turtle, i slide to the nose and put all my weight into it and duck dive it, takes practice
  15. sisurfdogg

    sisurfdogg Well-Known Member

    Jun 17, 2013
    It's like the tango v. the pongo. More hips and soul instead of thrash and bash. I hated the LB due to the GP of my punk upbringing, but I am glad I embraced the glide. Still rather shred the sb, but bro, I have never gone so fast as on a LB in overhead surf. An old buddy taught me a great skill for bigger drops. The drop knee bottom turn. It works best on your backside. Drop your back knee. You hips will turn, but your head stays on axis and you don't have to lean so you stay centered. The faster you bend your knee, the sharper the radius, so bend it slow to draw out the bottom turn. Then shuffle up the board to gain speed. Don't walk, shuffle, like doing a side kick. Point your back heel at the target, and move the other foot forward. Watch Tudor videos.
  16. daeggman

    daeggman Well-Known Member

    Sep 18, 2014
    idk why, because I'm still a young buck, but I seriously find logging funner then a SB when conditions are right, nothing like walking a board then backing off and flicking it against a section
  17. xJohnnyUtahX

    xJohnnyUtahX Well-Known Member

    May 30, 2010
    Fat chicks

    Next thread is gonna be about bangin fat chicks

    Or it should be, cuz long boarding is like bangin fat chicks. You should only be doin it if you're wasted.

    Fat chicks can be fun when there's no skinny chicks, but theyre not really worth talkin about

    Like longboarding
  18. natkitchen

    natkitchen Well-Known Member

    Mar 29, 2011
    I have had good times on my 9' single fin. Its very wide. It is nice to have when the conditions are smaller, which is quite a bit down here.
  19. The Incorrigible Steel Burrito VII

    The Incorrigible Steel Burrito VII Well-Known Member

    Oct 19, 2014
    when the stoke dies...

    picked up a lb this year. already needs a major surgery ding repair due to massive wind gusts taking it off the care and slomo mctwisting in the air before hitting the concrete. got on it twice this year for the first time in two years. logged a ton in that flat summer two years ago in the ne. its amazing how much i forgot! it was not as easy as i thought it would be, having been on sb and fishy things only since.

    get it going! I have plenty to chime in with.
  20. HaydukeLives!

    HaydukeLives! Well-Known Member

    Mar 24, 2015
    I couldnt fathom trying to only stick to a shortboard in the early days. My first board was like a 6' by 18 1/2" felt like 6 litres. I caught almost 0 waves that first year. Save my money all year and bought a funshape, which was promptly stolen outta my gradmothers back yard in ocean city.

    frustrations were high that year.

    I borrowed a 8ft single fin vhull off my uncle that same year and remember that first day of riding like it was yesterday. I eventually bought another, and it still hangs in my rack, and I still take it out occasionally, hasnt let me down in 16 years

    way to give something else a shot. having a quiver of different shapes can only broaden your horizons. I encouage you to watch A Ryan Burch interview, and without getting hung up on asym's, listen to what he has to say about riding standard thrusters
    Last edited: Apr 18, 2015