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Offline damian

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fish recommendations
« on: July 08, 2014, 11:30:56 AM »
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  • I've really wanted a wide swallow tail- and I've narrowed it down to two boards.  And I'm wondering about peoples past experienced with either shape:
    1. Griffin 5 fin fish (not the modish)
    2. Larry Mabile twinzer.   


    Also open to other recommendations with a few conditions:  Hand shaped epoxy only, and I'm usually surfing backside so no twin keels. 
    I know a good surfer can kill it backside on a keel fish- but I'm not a good surfer. 
    Also nothing costing $1000+ off the rack. 
    Thanks much!






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    Re: fish recommendations
    « Reply #1 on: July 08, 2014, 11:50:29 AM »
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  • Not to be absolutely certain is, I think, one of the essential things in rationality. - Bertrand Russell

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    Re: fish recommendations
    « Reply #2 on: July 08, 2014, 11:58:17 AM »
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  • I had a LM Twinzer for a long time. Beat to brown trout and still rode it for a while. Seemed to get me motivated on a lot of mediocre days. It rode high in the water, fast, easy to ride without a lot of input. Mine was big, and I couldn't really snap it around or anything, but I had fun on it. My friends might say it was a blocky crutch board that made me surf straight, but hey, it's about fun.


    In fact, just bought another Twinzer fish after a few years without one because I missed the glide so much, and that front foot pump. 

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    Re: fish recommendations
    « Reply #3 on: July 08, 2014, 04:15:17 PM »
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  • Thanks Badfish.  I hadn't fully ruled out onefish bluefish but its really hard to communicate the idea given autocorrect likes to change onefish to bonefish. 


    And thanks very much LS.  How would you describe the rails? Fat retro keel or more foiled- like a pavel quad- or somewhere in the middle.
    They might be two very different boards.  I've heard the griffin described as back foot driven.   

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    Re: fish recommendations
    « Reply #4 on: July 08, 2014, 04:40:32 PM »
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  • definitely on the fat side.

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    Re: fish recommendations
    « Reply #5 on: July 09, 2014, 06:38:52 PM »
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  • Never complained once about my walker twin keel. I believe he does a twinzer version as well.
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    Re: fish recommendations
    « Reply #6 on: July 09, 2014, 08:31:38 PM »
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  • I thought walker is no longer. I had a 5'7 twin of his with glass on keels that was magic at one point.


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    Re: fish recommendations
    « Reply #7 on: July 09, 2014, 09:50:16 PM »
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  • what are your dims? that mandala ASQ  for sale on this board is a steal...

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    Re: fish recommendations
    « Reply #8 on: July 09, 2014, 09:56:46 PM »
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  • Yeah Mike is still doing surfboards however I'd say a large portion of his work is in the wake surf department. I still have my 5'6 with glass on keels (had it for quite a bit) still is in sick shape and works soo well

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    Re: fish recommendations
    « Reply #9 on: July 10, 2014, 12:56:56 PM »
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  • The mandala is definitely to small for me, but I've been following what Manny has been doing for years.  I'm going to copy his quad fish down to the 1/32" one day. 
    I had contacted Larry about a twin being he is solidly routed in the so-cal fish lineage (and its easy to get a board from him).  Going with a twinzer was his idea.
    Griffin designs off of a whole different set of concepts that I find intriguing. 

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    Re: fish recommendations
    « Reply #10 on: July 10, 2014, 01:24:32 PM »
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  • Why did he recommend a twinzer?

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    Re: fish recommendations
    « Reply #11 on: July 10, 2014, 02:07:09 PM »
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  • Nothing specific.  He just said they work better backside.  My only keel fin I've surfed is the first board I shaped.  I had good days and bad days on it but its hard to isolate what did and didn't work for me there considering every aspect of it was just plain weird. 

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    Re: fish recommendations
    « Reply #12 on: July 10, 2014, 02:59:39 PM »
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  • ok you know what the inside of my shed looks like..theres a lot of boards in there..
    I think I have gone through 8 fishes of various quality...
    Walkers
    Pavels
    Coda
    ect...


    But my favorite fish is actually built by Bob Patigonio of Exotic surfboards in Babylon.
    Really..It rocks.


    Why? because its simple and floaty.
    It will also not cost a lot.
    ..Whore it to death then sell the corpse on Craigslist... (used to be Ebay but eff Ebay and Paypal)

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    Re: fish recommendations
    « Reply #13 on: July 10, 2014, 03:08:19 PM »
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    Re: fish recommendations
    « Reply #14 on: July 10, 2014, 04:09:49 PM »
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  • ^Now that complicates things.  I remember reading that he built his own cnc.