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Re: XTR or PU/Poly For Simi Step Up?l [Re: trevorbc] #2945406
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Originally Posted by trevorbc
Is the retro ripper really meant to be a step up? I suppose any model can be stretched to be one but that seems like an interesting choice.


I've learned from the erBB that shortboards are now either semi step ups or step up grovelers these days.

Re: XTR or PU/Poly For Simi Step Up?l [Re: brycor564] #2945412
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I can’t keep up. Lol

Re: XTR or PU/Poly For Simi Step Up?l [Re: brycor564] #2945470
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I personally ride a Round tail Sub Uber Driver XL swallow nose its a semi-step up groveler for those days in negative knee high to triple over waist kegs

Re: XTR or PU/Poly For Simi Step Up?l [Re: brycor564] #2945496
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Hey guys, how about you ask Matt Biolas what he considers a the Retro Ripper to be. I've already posted earlier directly from his website. If your not okay with him classifying it as a simi step up. Take it up with him. I'm just going off the description from the website and it fits the bill for what I want.

Re: XTR or PU/Poly For Simi Step Up?l [Re: brycor564] #2945579
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I think a board that is your height, but extra volume under the chest and a pulled in pintail make for a good step up in ledgey waves without a lot of current.

Re: XTR or PU/Poly For Simi Step Up?l [Re: brycor564] #2945583
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I have a Gary Linden step-up XTR 7.0 sanded finish (should have gotten gloss coat). Surfed it in Mexico and PR and SoCal El Nino a couple years ago and bigger PNW each year. So, lots of chatter potential. Board is smooth and sure in chop. It feels livelier than a similar-sized PU I have of a different shaper....FWIW. I'm 170#. I generally prefer epoxies though.

Re: XTR or PU/Poly For Simi Step Up?l [Re: brycor564] #2945812
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Thanks for all the feedback. I'm fixing to place my order for either 8.0 or 8 C with wooden stringer. Sounds like the SL-CK is really nice but I'm going to stick with the wood for now. I talked to Shea and being a first time customer they are giving $50 off on my first order. That's pretty nice...it will cover shipping.

Re: XTR or PU/Poly For Simi Step Up?l [Re: brycor564] #2945940
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Yew!!! Stoked Brycor564. I had a 5'6" Hydronaut with a wooden stringer 8.0 and it felt solid in bigger waves. Enjoy the purchase. XTR is great! shaka


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