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functional daily driver as a step down from a hullish longboard?
« on: December 16, 2011, 02:27:33 PM »
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  • this (6'8 or 6'10):

    http://woodenshipsbyjcherry.blogspot.com/2009/07/simm-21s-21st-century-simmons.html


    versus this (maybe a bit wider):

    http://www.surfysurfy.net/2011/11/amber.html


    Me:  Old compared to most of you, consistently mediocre ability, want something fun and functional.


    Any thoughts?  I'm pretty captivated by the sim-21.


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    Re: functional daily driver as a step down from a hullish longboard?
    « Reply #1 on: December 16, 2011, 02:39:04 PM »
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  • Whoops, I just realized I put this in the wrong spot, I think.  Sorry.

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    Re: functional daily driver as a step down from a hullish longboard?
    « Reply #2 on: December 16, 2011, 10:29:07 PM »
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  • hard to beat a well shaped fish as a daily driver.... big fish, small fish...size it depending on your needs. its one of the most versatile shapes that exist-- surf it in everything

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    Re: functional daily driver as a step down from a hullish longboard?
    « Reply #3 on: December 18, 2011, 02:46:09 PM »
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  • Hey NM, pm glider on here (or the other message board). He has ridden all types of fish and has gone from a mid length sim21 to a 5'8" tri fin simster.

    Honestly, if you want a daily driver I would go with a long fish quad (with bumps) and or a ghostbuster. My mini simmons rocks on lined up waves but there are plenty of days when I would want to get more turns in. Thus the ghostbuster recommendation.

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    Re: functional daily driver as a step down from a hullish longboard?
    « Reply #4 on: December 18, 2011, 04:26:26 PM »
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  • Yeah man, I looked at the ghostbusters.  In fact, I was considering one of them before I saw the sim-21... maybe I'll revisit them.  Thanks for the heads up, though.  I would love to hear from someone who had a sim-21.

    Maybe I need to get a fat, wide, longish grey ghost quad.  Lots to consider.


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    Re: functional daily driver as a step down from a hullish longboard?
    « Reply #5 on: December 18, 2011, 06:15:38 PM »
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  • I'm a big fan of mid range boards but you may want to go more neutral than a simmons.  They are interesting boards that are surfed well by good surfers in all sizes and conditions and well by novice surfers in much more limited conditions.  It sits at one extreme of surfboard design (planing vs hold) and can put you out into the flats really quickly in the kind of punchy beach break we have. 
    The long fish sounds like a good idea, or maybe a well designed single fin egg (fineline).   Something worth holding on to.  I'd resist the pressure to get down to a 6' board.  Probably be too frustrating of a jump.  Personally when i'm stuck having to surf high tide before work I'm pretty stoked to ride my 7'1 single fin. 

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    Re: functional daily driver as a step down from a hullish longboard?
    « Reply #6 on: December 18, 2011, 07:18:34 PM »
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  • Yes, let me clarify: Glider's move to a smaller board and passing on the sim21 was my point, not a recommendation to go from 8 to sub 6 in one fell swoop. Just PM glider and he will likely tell you of his journey and reasons for change. He was a big hull head and LB'e and you two will likely be able to enjoy swapping stories.

    I'm not a big mid-length fan. I plan on making one that will hopefully solve all the issues I find with midlengths in our waves but I digress...

    BUT I will always be a fan of a long fish by Clams....

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    Re: functional daily driver as a step down from a hullish longboard?
    « Reply #7 on: December 18, 2011, 07:19:18 PM »
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  • PM Cesar. He has a longfish quad that Clams shaped and he loves it.

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    Re: functional daily driver as a step down from a hullish longboard?
    « Reply #8 on: December 18, 2011, 07:27:04 PM »
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  • Or maybe a Andreini Bullet.

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    Re: functional daily driver as a step down from a hullish longboard?
    « Reply #9 on: December 18, 2011, 11:53:47 PM »
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  • Or maybe a bigger Mandala arc/swallowtail quad. His rails and foils are nice. Or a Stubbie quad?

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    Re: functional daily driver as a step down from a hullish longboard?
    « Reply #10 on: December 19, 2011, 08:17:02 AM »
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  • Or maybe a Andreini Bullet.


    I was looking at these, too, but the only ones I've seen in person have been between 6'2 and 6'6.  While they looked like I could probably ride one maybe get on one and be able to paddle out, the length difference was daunting.  I had a 6'6 Fineline MP for about a month, and that thing was not easy to pick up and shred.


    I'm going to starting PMing and see what's what.  Thanks for the advice.




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    Re: functional daily driver as a step down from a hullish longboard?
    « Reply #11 on: December 19, 2011, 09:28:58 AM »
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  • Just get a fun shape. Nothing wrong with that. I've had tons of fun on them. Many are quite versatile.

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    Re: functional daily driver as a step down from a hullish longboard?
    « Reply #12 on: December 19, 2011, 10:10:07 AM »
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  • Just get a fun shape. Nothing wrong with that. I've had tons of fun on them. Many are quite versatile.

    If you mean the 7'ish, round nose, "mini-mal", single or trifins type boards, then i couldn't agree more.   I pretty much adopted my wife's fun shape as my own.   Call it an "egg" if you're worried about the stigma.

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    Re: functional daily driver as a step down from a hullish longboard?
    « Reply #13 on: December 19, 2011, 10:18:26 AM »
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  • Just get a fun shape. Nothing wrong with that. I've had tons of fun on them. Many are quite versatile.

    If you mean the 7'ish, round nose, "mini-mal", single or trifins type boards, then i couldn't agree more.   I pretty much adopted my wife's fun shape as my own.   Call it an "egg" if you're worried about the stigma.

    I have a pop out funshape that is a blast. can ride it many conditions. Though to be honest I mostly ride it when it's shin high.

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    Re: functional daily driver as a step down from a hullish longboard?
    « Reply #14 on: December 19, 2011, 10:41:40 AM »
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  • Just get a fun shape. Nothing wrong with that. I've had tons of fun on them. Many are quite versatile.


    Hahaa I'm old enough to not be too concerned about appearance or stigma.  I'd get a funshape in a second if I thought it would fit the bill... just need to make sure it's not too close to my 8'4 to overlap.  Maybe a 7'2 would be good.  I like the Hanel or Fineline eggs a lot.