The Bare Minimum

Discussion in 'Surfboards and Surfboard Design' started by zagaff3r, Mar 6, 2017.

  1. zagaff3r

    zagaff3r Well-Known Member

    Dec 30, 2016
    I could get by with 2 boards. A longboard made by either Chris Ruddy or Robin Prodanivich; either a drifter or a CR3. Best all around longboards I've ever ridden, both are almost most the same design with just a little shaper's personal flavor thrown in. And a shortboard in kind of a classic Merrick Flyer template.

    For years that's all I ever had and all I needed, a beat up longboard (Prodanovich) and an old, 4th hand Michael Baron. Kept fixing that LB until it was all patches.
  2. zagaff3r

    zagaff3r Well-Known Member

    Dec 30, 2016
    another take on the minimalist approach

  3. DawnPatrol321

    DawnPatrol321 Well-Known Member

    Mar 6, 2012
    Makes sense, especially the 2nd one.
  4. ChavezyChavez

    ChavezyChavez Well-Known Member

    Jun 20, 2011
    I think on the East Coast you need a fish or groveler as the old forum sage LB Crew has pointed out in the other tread. 3 Boards. LB, HPSB, some type of fish/hybrid
  5. Zeroevol

    Zeroevol Well-Known Member

    Jun 22, 2009
    I have 7. I like the second
  6. UnfurleD

    UnfurleD Well-Known Member

    Jul 13, 2016
    i'd only need one. like a 7' fish. driving down on surf trips w/ several fellas, there were plenty of times where i'd have to decide on 1. i have two boards now that literally handle any waves on the EC. the roughest time is when waves are chop, then it can be very difficult w/ above mentioned board. not that i'm a fan of the minimalist approach
  7. Speed Bump

    Speed Bump Well-Known Member

    Jun 3, 2014
    I can get by with what's in the back of my car: A thriftstore $20 quicksilver 4/3, my 8-year-old kicks, my creased Mike Stewart Science 11, a $5 yard-sale O'niell hood, and some ancient shredded fin socks. Plus a beach towl for changing and drying during my lunch sessions.

    I've got a couple of other boards around the houses, I've got a literal pile of thriftstore/yard sale wetsuits waiting to be ebayed or replace the quicksilver when the seals finally let go. But what is in my car is all I really need. That's why it's in my car. Always ready.

    I'm buying new Dafins when I find the time to hit a shop. Probably get another MS board soon, because I'm really feeling the flex from that crease on big days, and none of my other boards can hold a candle to the MS's speed and grip. But do I need it? Nah. I'd surf even without a board. Dunno if I could do it without fins, though.
  8. LBCrew

    LBCrew Well-Known Member

    Aug 12, 2009
    Travel... there's another tread topic. What do you take where?

    For the Caribbean (or anywhere else on the EC), you can pretty much tell what your gonna get looking at the forecast.

    If it looks like good waves, a 6'4 hybrid shortboard, and a 6'6 round tail.

    If it looks small... the same 6'4, and a 6'0 fish.

    If it looks like it's gonna be mackin'... that 6'6 I mentioned, and a 7'0 rounded pin. You never want to be undergunned at the big wave spots.

    CBSCREWBY Well-Known Member

    Feb 21, 2012
  10. BassMon2

    BassMon2 Well-Known Member

    Jan 27, 2015
    The better question is who can really be happy with a minimalist quiver approach?

    Everyone of us can name 1 or 2 boards that'll work in all conditions. But working and excelling are two very different things. Not only that, but as a surfer trying different shapes and styles is a big part of the whole package. At least for me it is. I'm sure others feel the same way. Variety in board style/approach is a key in my quiver. Got somthing modern and "radical" and something more mellow for every set of conditions.

    So how many of you guys could honestly only surf two boards without feeling the need to mix it up? I definitely could not
  11. HelpHelpLetMeOut

    HelpHelpLetMeOut Well-Known Member

    Mar 2, 2017
    despite my jab on the other thread, this is fkn core
  12. HelpHelpLetMeOut

    HelpHelpLetMeOut Well-Known Member

    Mar 2, 2017
    more is obviously better, imo you're right

    but what if you were on stuck on a deserted island that had chest to 2xoh waves everyday? what two boards would you want? (Shortbort and a sweet beefy 6'8 for me)

    what if it was only knee to max shoulder hi? longboard and fish

    What if it was 3-5 x oh every day? 7'6 and 10'0
  13. BassMon2

    BassMon2 Well-Known Member

    Jan 27, 2015
    Given a scenario like that. Stuck on an island that has a certain set of conditions regularly. I'd rather have two boards that are the same board wise. One as a 5 fin setup so the option for a thruster/quad is there. The second would be the same outline as a single or a bonzer.
  14. DosXX

    DosXX Well-Known Member

    Mar 2, 2013
    An old surf mat
  15. 252surfer

    252surfer Well-Known Member

    Dec 1, 2010
    ive only rode two boards this entire winter. 5'6 Superbrand Fling for anything under chest high and my 5'11 WRV wombat for anything bigger. havent surfed my log or my 6'8 in almost 4 months because there has always been a wave to shortboard unless it was unrideable.
  16. kidde rocque

    kidde rocque Well-Known Member

    Mar 6, 2016
    A long couch and a cold beer. I'd be watching.
  17. HelpHelpLetMeOut

    HelpHelpLetMeOut Well-Known Member

    Mar 2, 2017
    surfmats and fins, you can take a carry-on on a surf trip. very good call DosXX
  18. HelpHelpLetMeOut

    HelpHelpLetMeOut Well-Known Member

    Mar 2, 2017
    big channel, trunks, you'd give it a whirl.
    this is a desert island, nothing else to do

    and if youre bored, its better than Kevorkian for an exit :)
  19. kidde rocque

    kidde rocque Well-Known Member

    Mar 6, 2016
    gotta admit, that 4th Gear Flyer mat could be pretty fun
  20. Barry Cuda

    Barry Cuda Guest

    My "bare" minimum would be a thong speedo.