What ya surfing

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keegs started the topic in Tuesday, 14 May 2013 at 5:45pm

I know there's tons of boards for every condition, but what is your go to board?

I'm personally enjoying my lost sub driver on the surf coast, vicco.

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stunet Friday, 23 Jan 2015 at 12:56pm

Still got your Outer Island Blowin?

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udo Friday, 23 Jan 2015 at 1:07pm

That's another Kerry1 bait.
Where are you basenji boy are you out rubbing shoulders with Robert Redford and Cate Blanchet again ?

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Blowin Friday, 23 Jan 2015 at 7:32pm

stunet wrote:

Still got your Outer Island Blowin?

Yeah , still got it. The Thing of Beauty. It's on ice till the right situation comes around again. The only board I've ridden as a quad.

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udo Friday, 23 Jan 2015 at 8:37pm

Whats the dimensions Blowin ?

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Blowin Friday, 23 Jan 2015 at 9:13pm

Im pretty sure it's 6'5" + 18 3/4 + 2 3/8. Voluminous for easy entry with those hot knife rails you want when shit gets steep. - the Outer Island that is.

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wellymon Saturday, 24 Jan 2015 at 2:47pm

Loving this puppy at the mo. "Atomic Sushi" Dave Mannion Designs
Shortest brd ever ridden, 5'10" x 21" x 2 and1/2
So quick and tweaky ;)

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chook Friday, 6 Feb 2015 at 10:39am

flashpoint rounded pin, single flyer, thruster. 5'10", 23.5", 2.75"

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udo Friday, 6 Feb 2015 at 11:02am

Chooky is that width correct ...23.5'..... surfboard or kneeboard ?

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chook Saturday, 7 Feb 2015 at 3:20pm

yep, that's the correct width. kneeboard.

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Rabbits68 Saturday, 7 Feb 2015 at 12:19am

Yahoo Captain Morgan 6'2" quad. So much fun & really versatile....

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Coops70 Saturday, 7 Feb 2015 at 8:27am

6-4 bunny chow al merrick goes great, anyone try a lost v3 model?

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brutus Saturday, 7 Feb 2015 at 10:17am

Coops70 wrote: 6-4 bunny chow al merrick goes great, anyone try a lost v3 model?

coops its a Channel Islands...not an Al merrick...as Al has not shaped in 10 years..........

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Blowin Saturday, 7 Feb 2015 at 10:38am

Does Merrick still design or is he completely removed from the process now ?

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brutus Saturday, 7 Feb 2015 at 2:42pm

since he sold C I ...8 years ago......he has not designed any new bds in fact he has retired to his fishing and grand parenting.....

CI have used his older designs......for nearly a decade now....there is no new designer shaper....but great marketing and of course the Kelly factor..........there has been a lot of talk about whether or not C I are using false and misleading advertising....would you buy a C I without reference to AM???

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wellymon Saturday, 7 Feb 2015 at 3:20pm

Nah

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wellymon Saturday, 7 Feb 2015 at 3:32pm

no
IMO its important to keep with design and progress with anything, with the people that use the products not just the designer.....!

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wellymon Saturday, 7 Feb 2015 at 3:35pm

The user is the most important key, especially with awesome feedback to the designer, which helps evolution develop in an advance way.

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wellymon Saturday, 7 Feb 2015 at 3:40pm

Sure as hell wouldn't use Sir Edmond Hillary's ice when climbing K2 next week.........

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Coops70 Saturday, 7 Feb 2015 at 9:50pm

Thanks Brutus for the heads up obviously did not know that! So who is shaping at CI eg Kelly and Dane jordies boards? Guess I got hood winked by thinking Al Merrick was still designing I feel a little ripped off!

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brutus Sunday, 8 Feb 2015 at 8:31am

coops..you and the rest of the world......no-one knows who actually comes up with the new models and names.......

Dane and Kellys bds are shaped by one of the "ghost shapers",supposedly using Al's programs........I think this is one of the reasons Kelly left CI.....

the pros and sponsored C I Surfers actually order their bds from a catalogue not a shaper...so there is no chance of the designs/models evolving with a Shaper/designer, surfer relation like Al had with Curren/slater/machado/knox when Al was at his peak.......and now C I is just a big bubble ready to burst......

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udo Sunday, 13 Sep 2015 at 8:41pm

Craig, ride report and full dimensions of the 'Donny'
Dimensions by the way could be read from the moon ? Christ big writing.

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Smurfburger Sunday, 13 Sep 2015 at 9:50pm

9'6" bic big boy - i'm a kook and a bit of a cat funt but both things will / are changing...

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Blowin Sunday, 13 Sep 2015 at 10:25pm

Rode a Hayden Shapes shred sled this arvo in a failed attempt to persevere with it till I enjoyed the experience .

I find it skims like a stone across the top of the water. As long as setting a rail is not required then it was fine.

Turning it ? No chance.

Just the fact of the epoxy / dense foam / whatever it's got going on - I'll stick to regular foam and fibreglass thanks.

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Craig Monday, 14 Sep 2015 at 10:24am

Got the 6'1 version 19' 2'3/8.

Got it as a bit of a step-up, hence touch more size than what I normally ride and the surf I rode it on the weekend was as probably small as you'd go. Was 2-3ft and I'm thinking this board is better from 4-5ft upwards.

It felt very solid underfoot and once I started to dial it in, could carve it and snap it real nicely on these fatter bowly lefts, as I said wouldn't want to be trying to throw it around in anything smaller. Just surfed it to get a feel for it.

When bigger I think it will excel, especially with how good and solid it fells under foot. In powerful overhead point/reefbreak surf it'll come into its own.

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stunet Monday, 14 Sep 2015 at 10:42am

Blowin wrote: Rode a Hayden Shapes shred sled this arvo in a failed attempt to persevere with it till I enjoyed the experience . I find it skims like a stone across the top of the water. As long as setting a rail is not required then it was fine. Turning it ? No chance. Just the fact of the epoxy / dense foam / whatever it's got going on - I'll stick to regular foam and fibreglass thanks.

What size Blowin? I've got a HS Psychedelic Germ that's 6'0" and it feels similar. Just too much foam for the feeling epoxy/EPS boards illicit. I really like that construction in small boards meant for equally small, pockety waves. Anything over 3-4 foot - so, say, a 5'9" or 5'10" for me - and I want some weight for momentum and bite.

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Blowin Monday, 14 Sep 2015 at 2:18pm

6'0 Stu. Not my cup of tea at all.

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udo Monday, 14 Sep 2015 at 4:06pm

Anyone else prefer there surfboard dimensions to be only written on the stringer ..nice and small ?

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stunet Monday, 14 Sep 2015 at 4:08pm

Hadn't really thought about it. I once spent over $1,000 on a custom Hawaiian gun and the shaper spelt my name wrong.

So I guess I don't care where the dims are as long as my name is spelt correctly.

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Craig Monday, 14 Sep 2015 at 4:10pm

Haha Udo, it's actually not that big, just the angle.

Here's another photo, with my new Westman Surfboards 6'8' waiting to be christened.

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barley Monday, 14 Sep 2015 at 4:30pm

where's that left Craigo ?

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Craig Monday, 14 Sep 2015 at 4:42pm

A beachy you'd know well Barley.

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barley Monday, 14 Sep 2015 at 4:46pm

Looks good blown up ..you take it?

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Craig Monday, 14 Sep 2015 at 4:49pm

Yeah, from a few years ago.

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Cylinders85 Monday, 14 Sep 2015 at 7:23pm

Just brought a t low 6'1 Channel island got a good price on it. So how it goes in Bali soon.

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Craig Monday, 5 Oct 2015 at 12:54pm

Just an update on the JR.

Took it out in powerful clean Southern Ocean reef/pointbreak surf between 4-6ft a couple of weeks ago and it came into its own.

Fast down the line and then reacts instantly when put on rail. Caught me a little by surprise first few turns but it loves to hold a line. Great stepup addition to the quiver!

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zenagain Monday, 5 Oct 2015 at 4:21pm

Did you see any Biteys on your trip Craig?

Get some good waves?

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Craig Monday, 5 Oct 2015 at 4:43pm

No and yes :)

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ThazL Monday, 5 Oct 2015 at 9:04pm

As a broke 13y.o whose parents don't surf , I have only one board, and it's a bit of a boat. It's a 6'4 surf series fish made from epoxy and stringer less with plastic rails. It doesn't have the dims written on the board but some googling revealed it has 48L of volume...

I'm 5'3 and 45 kg so you can imagine me manoeuvring it. I can't duck dive it, which makes getting caught inside or paddling out an unpleasant experience. It's loads of fun in 1-2.5ft though.

I've all but fixed my paddling In mentality problem if anyone remembers my last post.

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blindboy Monday, 5 Oct 2015 at 9:15pm

Good work ThazL. Don't stress about your board there is plenty of time and many of us had similar experiences at your age. I surfed borrowed boards for a year before I actually got one of my own........an 8'10" single fin that I reckon had way more than 48L!

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zenagain Tuesday, 6 Oct 2015 at 12:06am

Also better having a board with a bit more buoyancy than something that is too small and thin for you.

Plus a board like that will help you get the basics down in terms of catching and riding waves easier.

Then, once you can competently ride waves and get on to something a bit more suited to your size and weight it will be like stepping out of a Landcruiser into a Ferrari. You'll love it.

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sharkman Tuesday, 6 Oct 2015 at 1:49am

Hey Zen , what are you riding , sounds a bit thicker and wider , a Ferrari , sounds a bit far fetched?

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soggydog Tuesday, 6 Oct 2015 at 2:14am

My go to groveller is a 6'4" x 20.5"x 2 5/8" Simon Anderson 5 spark. When it gets good I've got a 6'6" Simon XFC. These boards are that good I'm on my third one just reducing the width by little increments on each one, the latest being 6'6" x 19 3/8" x 2 5/8".
I'm 6'3" (191 cm) and weigh about 90kg. The 5 spark is a great board in small waves. 37 litres so easy to catch waves, low wide nose entry still with a bit of rocker in the tail so it can still be whipped around. Good board for home and a staple for the last couple of Maldives trips. The XFC is a high performance short board that does exactly what it's supposed to holds a rail, fast easy to paddle and predictable. I wish I could surf this board to its full potential.
There a few other step ups and bigger boards in the 7'+'range in the shed but what I'm looking forward to getting is a Tomo Vanguard, or Vader. Had a go on a mates 5'9" vanguard at Jails this year and wow, easy to paddle, stable fast and manourverable like nothing else. Never thought I would ride anything that short. Don't know how it would go around home, but those long perfect reef waves...... Awesome

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zenagain Tuesday, 6 Oct 2015 at 6:57pm

Sharkman, ok maybe a Ferrari was a bit of a stretch:)

I've got quite a few boards here. I'm late 40's, 6ft, 92kegs but still manage to surf several times a week when there's waves. For small surf currently Channel Is. Biscuit 5'11" epoxy and when it's overhead 6'5" rounded pin custom shaped by somebody that has sadly gone MIA here on Swellnet. 6oz all round but you don't notice it when surfing it. This bloke is a fucking wizard.

Got a 5'8" twin keel fish which is a bit of fun and a really big old heavy mal for when it's tiny but just want to get out there.

Basically those but I have a few others lying around here and a couple stored at my bro's house back in Oz.

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sharkman Tuesday, 6 Oct 2015 at 3:54pm

So whats the MIA Zen, bit confused , what are your widths and thickness's, thinking of upgrading my quiver and you seem very similar in size to me!

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zenagain Tuesday, 6 Oct 2015 at 7:05pm

Sorry, dims, should have been more specific.

5'11" x 21" x 2 3/4"

6'5" x 21" x 3" - sounds hefty but most of that thickness is through the chest area for paddling and bear in mind I wear 5mm gear for a good part of the year which adds a few kegs to my already ample frame.

MIA, missing in action. top Aussie shaper, top surfer and top bloke that used to comment here on SN especially in regards to design. He doesn't want me to advertise him and I'm happy to show him that courtesy.

By the way, what are you riding atm?

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keegz Tuesday, 6 Oct 2015 at 7:27pm

I've been looking at stacey boards.. dont know too much about them but the Stacey 6505 and Grizzly caught my attention.

Anybody have any reviews or know abit about it? Even just the quality of finish?

Edit: anyone tried a pyzel slab 2.0??

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Craig Tuesday, 6 Oct 2015 at 9:10pm

Keegz, have a Pyzel slab (not sure if 2.0) and it's a great board!

Basically a high performance shorty with a touch more width adding that extra volume making it easier to catch waves and also more workable on less critical sections.

Leave it back in Adelaide for trips back there, but wish I had it here in Sydney.

Super responsive and great in the pocket, but also out on the face with that touch more width.

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sharkman Tuesday, 6 Oct 2015 at 10:44pm

zenagain wrote: Sorry, dims, should have been more specific.

5'11" x 21" x 2 3/4"

6'5" x 21" x 3" - sounds hefty but most of that thickness is through the chest area for paddling and bear in mind I wear 5mm gear for a good part of the year which adds a few kegs to my already ample frame.

MIA, missing in action. top Aussie shaper, top surfer and top bloke that used to comment here on SN especially in regards to design. He doesn't want me to advertise him and I'm happy to show him that courtesy.

By the way, what are you riding atm?

Zen I'm a bit older and heavier than you and ride , 5 8 x 221/2 x 3 fish type bd , have a 6 3 x 21 x 3 , a 6 9 x 22 1/2 x 3 fungrovellor, have 9 6 x 22 x 3 3/4 gun.

I find it a bit weird that the guy who shaped them also doesn't want to publish his name , has enough work , and is a bit of an anti-establishment personage.