Ultimate east coast longboard

Discussion in 'Mid Atlantic' started by leethestud, Jul 12, 2013.

  1. leethestud

    leethestud Well-Known Member

    Aug 12, 2010
    I have a new log in the works. Right now it's a 9'8Y triple stringer blank. I have some ideas in mind, but to keep things objective...

    What features and design aspects really make a longboard excel in the knee-head high range?

    I like nose riding, I like making turns. I like catching waves and I'm about 6' 190ish lbs. My current log is a 9'6 stewart performance model. I love it in steep waves and in turns but I'm usually on a shortboard when the waves are actually good. It's fine in small crappy surf, but I can't get all the way up to the nose on it.

    Thoughts from experienced longboarders and shapers would be appreciated. Thanks.
  2. MFitz73

    MFitz73 Well-Known Member

    Aug 21, 2010
    I have a log in the making too.... Right now its being made up of a few hot dogs and a bunch of baked beans...

  3. aka pumpmaster

    aka pumpmaster Well-Known Member

    Apr 30, 2008
    hope there aren't GMO or that log may end up talking to you

    stud why not take the stewart as you template and tweak it.
  4. antoine

    antoine Well-Known Member

    Mar 10, 2013
    Lee, check out maybe a mix of the mctavish 9"6 and the strive 10"0 maybe some good ideas but I like both.
    Fitz, uhm not that kinda log but funny as he++
  5. RIer

    RIer Well-Known Member

    Jul 29, 2012
    Pig influenced shapes work well in beach break. Wide point back of center helps you turn. You can skip the D fin and go for a more raked fin which will improve turning even more. Sort of a Magic Sam type shape (see below for example). These are maybe not ideal for noseriding but you can noseride them. My sense is that if you go the true noserider route you are going to sacrifice turn-ability to some degree. I have something similar to this but in a pintail and it turns and trims very well. Not really for hanging ten though. 9-6-Andreini-magic-sam_1024x1024.jpg
  6. yankee

    yankee Well-Known Member

    Sep 26, 2008
    The obvious answer is to pattern it after the gnome's pile of kindling or one of gnomey's aliases, aka huck-a-chuck taylor & steeeve183.

    If the wooden beast doesn't work out for you in terms of catching waves, it's all good, you've got beach bonfire material. And your buoy Fitz has already indicated that he will be pleased to bring the dawgs in one form or another.
  7. nynj

    nynj Well-Known Member

    Jul 27, 2012
    If the wooden beast doesn't work for you it's time to quit. They are the BEST surfing boards for every condition. From ankle high slop to a Code Red swell a RS is the go to stick.

    Lee- You're shaping it? Have you shaped an LB?

  8. AtanticO

    AtanticO Well-Known Member

    Jun 25, 2013
    lol! that is truly an east coast log. im sure even peter pan would agree
  9. leethestud

    leethestud Well-Known Member

    Aug 12, 2010
    that's unfortunately out of my price range, and I'm already stuck with this inferior foam blank.
  10. clintopher

    clintopher Well-Known Member

    Jul 12, 2011
    Go talk to Austin at his surf shop on 19th st. He's there on Fridays and Saturdays and is really easy to get along with.
  11. leethestud

    leethestud Well-Known Member

    Aug 12, 2010
    My old man and I have shaped 10 or 12 shortboards over the years, but no. I'm looking forward to it.
  12. bassplayer

    bassplayer Well-Known Member

    Oct 2, 2012
    I like boards with moderate rocker, flat bottom to vee tail. 50/50 rails to hard rails on the hips to tail. Diamond or squash tail. Scoop under the nose is nice too. Basically a nose rider in front and a hplb in the back. All around.
  13. McLovin

    McLovin Well-Known Member

    Jun 27, 2010
    9-6, same outline and rocker template as a Walden Mega Magic, but not 4" thick, maybe 2-7/8 thick and with a slightly narrower rounded pin tail than the usual. see Chris Birch's Chauffeur model
  14. RIsurfer

    RIsurfer Well-Known Member

    Dec 5, 2012
    Wow, beautiful board!
  15. dlrouen

    dlrouen Well-Known Member

    Jun 6, 2012
    9'6" single fin. At least a 16" tail. 24" wide. Pulled in nose for beach break bottom turns. 2 3/4" thick. Maybe 3". Toss in a step deck for the hell of it. Fin box for diversity. Don't forget your floaties.
  16. jchafard

    jchafard Well-Known Member

    Aug 10, 2011
    Big hip toward the back, scoop some of the nose out. Those combined features will be the best middle ground parking on the nose as well as some kind of turning ability.
  17. LBCrew

    LBCrew Well-Known Member

    Aug 12, 2009
    lee... a lot of guys around here are looking for the same thing... 60% noserider, 40% performance. What I've been doing with good results, and out of the Y series blanks, is a long blended nose concave 1/3 the length of the board, to flat, to rolled vee peaking at the leading edge of the fin, to flat behind the box. Wide point back, NO HARD EDGES. The rail goes from beveled up around the nose, to soft 70/40 through the middle, to thin and 50/50 in the tail. I also shape a little concave in the tail on the deck side... and old school local shaper here taught me that, and I think it works. Combine that with a wide, heavy wood tail block and you got a decent noserider, that can turn and respond in east coast beachies.
  18. sisurfdogg

    sisurfdogg Well-Known Member

    Jun 17, 2013
    I have only shaped a fish and a mini-long board, both epoxy, so I am a total novice. I also plan to shape me a longboard. Please explain how the tail block effects the ride, as well as the little concave in the tail on the deck side. My longboard shaper died, and I have one of his old ones I was going to use as a template. (My wife pounded holes in it - long story short).
  19. LBCrew

    LBCrew Well-Known Member

    Aug 12, 2009
    The tail block can add some weight at the end of a very long lever. I make mine out of darker, heavier wood, accented by thin strips of bright pine of varying widths. The tiny bit of added weight in the tail might only help keep the tail down marginally, but it sure doesn't hurt... it might make the difference between the tail popping out or not, so I'll take any advantage I can get. The little concave on the deck helps hold water over the tail, also helping to keep it down. But in order for it to work, you have to have water flowing over the rails and onto the deck. That means soft rails all the way, with no hard edges that will make water release from the rail, rather than wrap around onto the deck.
  20. sisurfdogg

    sisurfdogg Well-Known Member

    Jun 17, 2013
    "I see" sez the blind man. Thanks bro! How much tail rocker is too much? I like enough so I can turn it and do cutbacks and off the lips, and I prefer to turn than to noseride, but it would be awesome to be able to hang five. It seems to me you can't have both. But after reading your posts, I have been enlightened a bit, and now me thinks I can make a high performance longboard that I can occasionally get to the nose on without the tail popping out. But I always thought you needed hard rails in the back for turns and steep drops. No?