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#1763627 - 07/11/11 10:42 AM What makes a board good for beach breaks?
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What do you guys think makes a good beach break board and how do the design characteristics enable it?
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#1763628 - 07/11/11 11:35 AM Re: What makes a board good for beach breaks? [Re: OBkook]
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I think the more "shortboardy" a board is the better it will work at a beach break.

Fin setup is whatever you personally prefer
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#1763629 - 07/11/11 11:37 AM Re: What makes a board good for beach breaks? [Re: OBkook]
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depends on the beachie. some are peaky, some or more down the line broken up walls. less rakey fins and curvier template for the rounder beachies. the opposite for the more down the line ones.
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#1763630 - 07/11/11 12:42 PM Re: What makes a board good for beach breaks? [Re: Havoc]
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I surf beachbreaks almost all the time here.
My favorite HPSB is a Xanadu Xianz, I also like the DHD Mick Fanning Pro model. Both shapes have a low entry rocker and more tail rocker. The Xanadu has a single concave with last 3 inches being flat and a bit more nose rocker than the DHD. Bottom on the DHD is single to double.
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#1763631 - 07/11/11 01:03 PM Re: What makes a board good for beach breaks? [Re: OBkook]
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Depends on beachbreak and size of course.

Average SD beachbreaks:

Board that does everything reasonably well. You want something to not bog in flat sections but also make direction changes quickly and surf well in the pocket.

But again, so many variables with type of beach break and how you want to surf.
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#1763632 - 07/11/11 01:30 PM Re: What makes a board good for beach breaks? [Re: silentbutdeadly]
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Quote:

Depends on beachbreak and size of course.

Average SD beachbreaks:

Board that does everything reasonably well. You want something to not bog in flat sections but also make direction changes quickly and surf well in the pocket.

But again, so many variables with type of beach break and how you want to surf.




I agree
Also has a lot to do with your personal preferences

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#1763633 - 07/11/11 02:16 PM Re: What makes a board good for beach breaks? [Re: OBkook]
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we have a few good points around but im surfing beach breaks with changing banks most of the year. for me the board should:
- paddel easy
- accelerate fast, have reasonable good end speed
- turn quick
- make flat but also have control in sucky/steep sections

ups a fast board that turns good...isnt that what we all want?

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#1763634 - 07/11/11 03:07 PM Re: What makes a board good for beach breaks? [Re: OBkook]
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#1763635 - 07/11/11 03:55 PM Re: What makes a board good for beach breaks? [Re: fishtank]
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#1763636 - 07/11/11 08:22 PM Re: What makes a board good for beach breaks? [Re: OBkook]
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flat - single - flat
round tail
tri fin
plenty of rocker
thin tail with blocky edges
about one-two inches taller than the rider

this recipe works well for me

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#1763637 - 07/11/11 08:42 PM Re: What makes a board good for beach breaks? [Re: retodd]
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flat - single - flat
round tail
tri fin
plenty of rocker
thin tail with blocky edges
about one-two inches taller than the rider

this recipe works well for me




also decent flex in the board to handle late suckout drops...
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#1763638 - 07/11/11 09:18 PM Re: What makes a board good for beach breaks? [Re: Havoc]
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depends on the beachie. some are peaky, some or more down the line broken up walls. less rakey fins and curvier template for the rounder beachies. the opposite for the more down the line ones.




Loaded question, Havoc is right. Some beachies are radically different. Get the board shaped for your ability, dims, and by a good regional shaper cause theyll know the right rockers...
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#1763639 - 07/11/11 09:41 PM Re: What makes a board good for beach breaks? [Re: donniedarko]
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Loaded question, Havoc is right. Some beachies are radically different. Get the board shaped for your ability, dims, and by a good regional shaper cause theyll know the right rockers...




I was more trying to inspire discussion (a la Havoc) than dial in a board. I just got a Mandala round pin quad that 'allegedly' isn't ideal for beachies, but I've had it out at a pier all through this southie and it's been killing. So like the answer to everything else on the erbb, it just depends.
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#1763640 - 07/11/11 11:23 PM Re: What makes a board good for beach breaks? [Re: OBkook]
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When I think of beach breaks I think of waves that are usually pretty powerful for their size. Steep drops and short rides. Barrels. This is just what comes to mind since this is what the beach breaks are like where I live when they are good. Beach breaks can be the exact opposite as well but assuming they're as I described I like to ride a fairly short board with a narrow tail and pretty foiled rails. Something that can turn and hold in the pocket. Low entry rocker can be good to help catch the waves a little earlier but I like a little more tail rocker for the steep drops and pocket turns. Fins are important too and I almost always throw in something more upright like the k2.1's when I'm surfing beachies. Helps with those sharp pocket turns.

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#1763641 - 07/12/11 05:46 AM Re: What makes a board good for beach breaks? [Re: Aruka]
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for a beachbreak like newport or hatteras
I like:
Low volume, high rocker deep concave superlight boards for response, since paddling is pretty much a non issue and sensitivity and reactiveness become priority
I have a xanadu 5'11" x 18 3/8 x 2 1/4 for this
for a flatter wave, likesay huntington, I like shorter wider but still deep concave and superlight, maybe a slightly thicker rail and fuller more upright fins like the K2.1 Nose closer to 12", tail 1/4" wider, rocker slightly lower in the front, more relaxed but ramped in the back
I have a 5'7" x 19" x 2 3/16 squash for this, weigh 170
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