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definitely needed a bigger board today
« on: November 27, 2013, 09:37:43 PM »
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  • there was some nice size in jersey.  my 6'2" didnt cut the mustard.  it felt a bit squrly.  i'm thinking i should look into a step up board for larger days.

    what do you guys recommend?  i'm 6'1 about 175lbs. i think a 6'6" might be a good choice but i see a decent deal on CL for a 6'8"

    any recommendations and perhaps what some of you surfing in nj used today?

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    Re: definitely needed a bigger board today
    « Reply #1 on: November 27, 2013, 10:01:31 PM »
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  • I'm 6'1 175 and my go to in serious waves is a 6'6x19x2.4 natures shapes rounded pin eps with resinX.

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    Re: definitely needed a bigger board today
    « Reply #2 on: November 27, 2013, 10:56:35 PM »
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  • 6'2 should be plenty for days like today in my opinion. It was definitely on the bigger side, but I still used my main board which is only a 5'4 and surfed well (I weigh about 160lbs.)

    Maybe you just need a shape with more rocker? Or a different type of tail? Or even a different set of fins to switch to for bigger days?

    It's all about individual preference though. Personally, I feel less comfortable switching to a dramatically different sized surfboard than using a smaller trusty craft.
    « Last Edit: November 27, 2013, 10:58:45 PM by thanks_table »

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    Re: definitely needed a bigger board today
    « Reply #3 on: November 28, 2013, 08:15:22 AM »
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  • It's all about individual preference though. Personally, I feel less comfortable switching to a dramatically different sized surfboard than using a smaller trusty craft.


    true. the worst thing is not being used to duck diving said bigger board and the ensuing thrashings on big days. i stick to my 5'11 rounded pin when it's bigger. what it lacks in paddle speed it makes up for in duckdivabilty so i can sit further inside.

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    Re: definitely needed a bigger board today
    « Reply #4 on: November 28, 2013, 08:26:30 AM »
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  • If you are capable of taking off under the lip on big days like yesterday you can ride a tiny board.  If you were hoping to get in early yesterday you would definitely need a bigger board and that may not have helped much as I watched many people being blown off the face by the howling winds.

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    Re: definitely needed a bigger board today
    « Reply #5 on: November 28, 2013, 10:47:00 PM »
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  • I'll be riding my new 6'6 x 19.25 x 2.5 step up tomorrow here in SD. I usually ride a 6'0 shortboard. I'll let you know how it feels to handle a much larger board, if I make it out alive. Im 6'1" @ 185lbs, btw.






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    Re: definitely needed a bigger board today
    « Reply #6 on: November 30, 2013, 08:49:41 AM »
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  • I'll be riding my new 6'6 x 19.25 x 2.5 step up tomorrow here in SD. I usually ride a 6'0 shortboard. I'll let you know how it feels to handle a much larger board, if I make it out alive. Im 6'1" @ 185lbs, btw.





    Its funny to read guys today calling a 6'6 a step up board.  I'm also 6'1 and in my 20s I was also 185 and back then in the late 80s and early 90s a 6'4 or 6'6 was the standard board for guys our size.  I'm now in my mid 40s and still riding the same length or shorter boards than I was 25 years ago. 


    The Natural Art in the picture below is my all time magic board.  It's 6'6 x 19.75 and 2.5 thick.  This thing worked in anything from waist high junk to double overhead.  I still drag it out from time to time and have made 3 copies of it over the years.  Back then most of us had very small quivers so you really needed a board that could do it all.