Swiss Army Knife Board Advice

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Island Bay started the topic in Sunday, 13 Jun 2021 at 3:31pm

Some ideas, please.

Ms Island Bay and I are moving north, but keeping a small apartment in Wellington. Can't keep many boards in that place, and don't really want to, as we won't spend that much time here. I figure two boards, but they'd have to cover a big variety of size and conditions.

1. Board for 'good' waves. 6'4 Webster Desert Storm should cover OH to solid OH reefs, i.e. our local good spots when they're on.

2. This where the Swiss Army Knife comes in. Something that'll glide in small piddly surf, but also be fun in OH waves, so a bit of length and volume required. My idea is a 7'8 or 7'10 Gentleman's Gun/sleek mid length, maybe with a quad + single fin setup. 7'8 x 21 1/2 x 2 7/8 or so.

This should cover some ground, but I'd be shit out of luck if one of the serious spots decides to pump and it's 12ft+

Thanks in advance.

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Island Bay Sunday, 13 Jun 2021 at 5:19pm

Bump!

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Fliplid Sunday, 13 Jun 2021 at 5:32pm
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udo Sunday, 13 Jun 2021 at 6:21pm

Gentlemans Gun you say....not really what your chasing...but faark what a Gem
https://www.gumtree.com.au/s-ad/mona-vale/surfing/surfboard-dylan-chumbo...

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groundswell Sunday, 13 Jun 2021 at 6:21pm

That looks like a good choice fliplid

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groundswell Sunday, 13 Jun 2021 at 6:22pm

Jeez Udo one hour in the water, i wonder what he paid for it

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lostdoggy Sunday, 13 Jun 2021 at 6:33pm

I’d take your idea and get Ray Finlay to make something up for you that suits.

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Island Bay Sunday, 13 Jun 2021 at 6:47pm

Udo, that thing looks lethal!

Thanks for the good ideas; keep em coming.

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udo Sunday, 13 Jun 2021 at 6:48pm

Groundy - $1500

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freeride76 Sunday, 13 Jun 2021 at 6:50pm

I've got the exact board IB.

Dave Parmenter shaped Vector Cuda.

Mine's 7'3", diamond tail, 2+1 fin set-up.

can ride it in anything.

Gentlemans Gun, with a Hawaiian pedigree.

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udo Sunday, 13 Jun 2021 at 7:05pm
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Island Bay Sunday, 13 Jun 2021 at 7:06pm

freeride76 wrote: I've got the exact board IB.

Dave Parmenter shaped Vector Cuda.

Mine's 7'3", diamond tail, 2+1 fin set-up.

can ride it in anything.

Gentlemans Gun, with a Hawaiian pedigree.

Sweet!
That does sound exactly right. Can I take some photos and measurements when we come over? Buy you a beer or two and some prawn chilli pies.

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lostdoggy Sunday, 13 Jun 2021 at 7:08pm

Get the guy who glassed freerides board to make you one if you’re coming over.
Bryan Bates.

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Island Bay Sunday, 13 Jun 2021 at 7:12pm

Good idea, but no time. Only a month away.

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seaslug Sunday, 13 Jun 2021 at 7:38pm

Moving to North Island IB?

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lostdoggy Sunday, 13 Jun 2021 at 7:45pm

Wellington is the north island

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birdfood Sunday, 13 Jun 2021 at 8:04pm

Shayma Buttonshaw has been taking these long gliders out in well overhead Vic waves. I imagine they'd work in knee high stuff too.



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troppo dichotomy Sunday, 13 Jun 2021 at 8:47pm

I'd like to go to Wellington!

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halleys-comet Sunday, 13 Jun 2021 at 9:18pm

IB, I recently bought a Firewire Dominator 2, reckon it would suit your needs; 6'10" but almost 55 ltrs. 5 fin options. Loving mine, it goes ok in small slop, and handles some size. And I love the durability of the Helium construction

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lostdoggy Sunday, 13 Jun 2021 at 10:48pm

John john's 6'1 seems to go pretty good in 2ft waves and 10ft Margs.

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freeride76 Monday, 14 Jun 2021 at 10:01am

I think a Firewire, especially Helium, would be horrible in the windy conditions of Wellington.

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udo Monday, 14 Jun 2021 at 10:08am

Gary Mcneill 'Entity ' Twin 7'2 x 21 x 3 with Ryan Lovelace Keels on Byron Facey marketplace
$600

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groundswell Monday, 14 Jun 2021 at 12:16pm

Sorry swellnet for my oxford st story last night was a bit loose i guess.

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seaslug Monday, 14 Jun 2021 at 12:27pm

Back to school Grade 1 for me lostdoggy, haha

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seaslug Monday, 14 Jun 2021 at 12:55pm

I'd like to go to NZ one day

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AndyM Monday, 14 Jun 2021 at 1:08pm

I.B., I've got an 8'6", 22 1/2, 3 1/4 Webster.
Not a gun but can surf bigger waves no probs, though I'm not sure about big barrels.
Goes sick in 2-4ft, bit of width and rocker in the tail is nice.


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Also got a 7'6", 21 1/4, 3 1/4 modified Outlaw, second on the left in the photo below. A joy to surf in 6ft+, the thing hammers and isn't so gunny that it loses versatility.

I reckon a 7'2" version of that Outlaw would be my "desert island" board.


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lostdoggy Monday, 14 Jun 2021 at 1:26pm

groundswell wrote: Sorry swellnet for my oxford st story last night was a bit loose i guess.

I screen shot it for posterity
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Island Bay Monday, 14 Jun 2021 at 1:57pm

AndyM, I'm picking up an 8'6 from Webby when we come over. 22 1/4 x 3". A lot like yours, and meant to be my Raglan cruiser (won't need a longboard there, so just sold mine).

I like the sound of that bigger Outlaw too.

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seaslug Monday, 14 Jun 2021 at 2:15pm

I missed your oxford street story GS

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groundswell Monday, 14 Jun 2021 at 3:32pm

Short version got dleleted again..oops

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troppo dichotomy Monday, 14 Jun 2021 at 4:39pm

Groundswell that was the best story!i didnt screen shot it but didnt need to as it left quite a vivid vision locked into the memory vault.thnx

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groundswell Monday, 14 Jun 2021 at 4:47pm

haha thanks..one of the best weekends of my life besides indonesian adventures.

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indo-dreaming Monday, 14 Jun 2021 at 4:48pm

groundswell wrote: Sorry swellnet for my oxford st story last night was a bit loose i guess.

Damn i missed it, i love a story especially a no holds back one, must have been petty loose is admins deleted it though.

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Supafreak Monday, 14 Jun 2021 at 4:50pm

Hahaha, @ groundswell , I read your penthouse forum story last night , I did have a laugh especially picturing you wearing a clown mask . Best leave those stories on the pages of penthouse maybe mate .

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udo Monday, 14 Jun 2021 at 6:15pm

Groundy I reckon you used to write for Truth 'Heartbalm'

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zenagain Monday, 14 Jun 2021 at 6:27pm

Ha ha! I read it and was gobsmacked.

I kinda felt sorry for the donkey.

ps- and lovers of bottled spaghetti sauce.

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seaslug Monday, 14 Jun 2021 at 9:39pm

I'm gutted, stories involving donkeys and bottled spaghetti sauce are my fetish and I missed it, damm the world is going to shit

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etarip Monday, 14 Jun 2021 at 11:40pm

I read it GS. Classic. Epic tale of debauchery. Can see why it got deleted tho. Not exactly family friendly!
No judgement.

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stunet Tuesday, 15 Jun 2021 at 8:42am

Yeah, I reckon we've got a loose moderation philosophy, partly 'cos of four ree speech policy, partly 'cos the forums are busy and we cant police every post, therefore there's an onus on commenters to apply some prudence on what they post. Keeping in mind their comment will most likely spend some time on the homepage, and even when it's moved off the front page it remains searchable and discovereable forever more.

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Island Bay Tuesday, 15 Jun 2021 at 3:47pm

lostdoggy wrote: I’d take your idea and get Ray Finlay to make something up for you that suits.

Not a bad idea. Checked his Insta, and he does make a lot of boards that look like they'd match the criteria.

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lostdoggy Tuesday, 15 Jun 2021 at 7:42pm

Island Bay wrote:
lostdoggy wrote: I’d take your idea and get Ray Finlay to make something up for you that suits.

Not a bad idea. Checked his Insta, and he does make a lot of boards that look like they'd match the criteria.

He did the byrning spears boards for NZ.
Master.

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groundswell Tuesday, 15 Jun 2021 at 8:21pm

Haha Zen the donkey bit had me pissing myself you're a funny bastard.

PS surf was pumping today at a couple of breaks around here today best surf ive seen in 10 months.
Craig anderson is in town too, might be some footage of him on instagram or somewhere.