Submitted by Mat6920 on Wed, 04/12/2017 - 11:11
I am looking to get a fish, short with high volume for small mushy days, something that flies over flat section. Anyone would know what shaper does great job for this type of design. Looking at this type of board (American shaper so too expensive too import)https://albumsurf.com/collections/UTF
My 2nd question is would you recommend a twin fish set up for beginner/intermediaire or a quad ? I tried the DHD mini twin fin this morning as a trial in 5'7 30l, sooooo drifty straight away after take off, impossible to control. I saw a lot of positive feedback on Gary McNeill RTT, anyone had tried this model ?
I currently ride Lost Rocket v3 6'1, i m 188cm 83kg lean fit, this board is great but needs a bit of size to perform.
I've got an Anchovy Fish made by Jye Byrnes, with quads. Its a fantastic board, Fast, loose with good drive and holds in bigger waves too. It looks old skool but is actually very refined. I prefer quads as they are a bit more versatile than twins, but they are all fun in the right waves.
I have quads and keels in this shape and many AU shapers will shape them, depends on where you live, see your local shaper. Personally I prefer the keel fish, so much fun and so fast.
the mick mackie fish look very good.
i recently had a keel fish (with two nurse fins) shaped by neil luke. by far the best board i've ridden. it's a kneeboard, but then the fish is a kneeboard design. not sure if he shapes for stand-ups. it has chine rails and a very complex bottom.
Thanks guys, Morg, I was really hesitating to get this board as well, looked really good ! someone else advised me this shaper but I ended up ordering one from Dick Van Straalen (classicwaterman), gonna get a quad fish, had a nice conversation over the phone with him, and out of the blue a friend got this model from him a few weeks ago and loves it, destiny ! Will get a 5'10 / 21 1/2 / 2 3/4 according to his recommendations.
he has some nice boards on his website.
what fin set up? keels? i love the drive of the keels after riding thrusters for years.
Couple of Second hand ones out there for sale.
@Mat, Dick will shape you a beauty, have surfed his fishes for years, absolutely love them. On his quads Dick has his own fins that work a cracker. You definitely will not be disappointed.
@Turks, how big is that Desert Storm but perhaps more pertinent how big are the waves you ride it in?
Funny, rode the 6'0 Leroy Stacey on Monday this week, and the 9'0 coulda been the go the next day. The big fella has had a run a coupla times recently during the Drug Aware period. All waves within easy sight of shore. Don't wanna get too mental at my age.
Stay tuned for a pic of another board of mine, Smiley (when quads, even 5 finners, just aren't enough!) Jordy knows the score!
That's a lot of posca TT. Nice board but. Real nice...
Haven't ridden a fish in ages and I often wonder when the urge will gonna come around again. I like the feeling but find it's an all or nothing approach with fish: you either ride them exclusively or not at all. Jumping around doesn't do any design justice.
That said, my office is upstairs from a surf shop and they stock immaculate Mackie fish. Despite the roots of the design his versions always appear more futuristic then even the most hi-fi computer-shaped, pro-model popout. Can fondle those things for hours and days.
it's hard to walk out of that store without a mackie fish under the arm.
...and it'll have my greasy fingerprints all over it.
all that surf shop has to do is order a Mackie in a nice RED and Stu will be putty in the hands of the shop staff ....
That would be a divine sign that couldn't be ignored.
Not really a 'classic' but great grovelers. Lost puddle fish, jumper or Mt woodgee aardvark
Fins, comes down to personal preference.
Dick Van Straalen
does great classic fish out lines with modern refinement, true craftsman
Dick Van Straalen makes nice boards. I'd love to ride one of his Fish with the concave inverted v channel thing running through it (it would have a cool name but that's how they look)