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Oversized hydronaut or Padillac? #2989951
07/31/19 04:54 PM
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Hey all, Ive been thinking about getting a proper board for bigger days. I have some $ in the board fund after selling a few and am pretty happy with everything I have from ankle high to OH. I feel like I have the smaller wave boards dialed in as far as what works for me. Unfortunately I have no idea what will work and what will not in a bigger board.
About me: 6'4 210lbs. Like about 36L. Have a 6'3 Monsta box for HH days and a 6'5 Ghost for HH+.

Was thinking about a board for DOH days at Sunset Cliffs, a certain Mexican point break that needs a big board, or some of the other reefs around me that would help me get in early.

Hydronaut is intriguing, mostly because it is a shorter package - that might be easier to get in my car or pack in a board bag. I think I'd need to go to the biggest possible size at 6'8 to get more foam in it. I am a bit concerned by reading Casa's impressions: that it was not a great paddler. The board gets pretty wide in the larger models. Anyone had this board a few sizes bigger ?

Padillac seems to pack the foam and seems to be meant for what I am looking for. But how big do I go? At a certain point I wont be able to get the board in my car, or I wont have a board bag to travel with it.

Any thoughts? Im kind of lost trying to size this. Any rules of thumb to share? What has worked for you?

Re: Oversized hydronaut or Padillac? [Re: cdes] #2989968
07/31/19 05:09 PM
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I'm 6'2 and between 210 to 215. My big wave board is a 6'8 x 20.75 x 2 7/8 Channel Islands Proton. Honestly, it is more personal preference once the waves get to DOH size at places like Sunset Cliffs. I've never felt undersized on my 6'8 in the big stuff, but I haven't surfed Sunset Cliffs or point breaks with it. I mostly surf reef breaks or beach breaks.

Re: Oversized hydronaut or Padillac? [Re: cdes] #2989971
07/31/19 05:10 PM
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FWIW, I have a hydronaut and don't think it's a bad paddler. I love it for the conditions it's intended for.

Don't have any experience with the padillac, so I can't compare the two.


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Re: Oversized hydronaut or Padillac? [Re: cdes] #2990043
07/31/19 06:21 PM
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Padillac is also on my radar. Seems like good double stap for the cliffs which has a lot of paddling when big


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Re: Oversized hydronaut or Padillac? [Re: cdes] #2990060
07/31/19 06:39 PM
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My Hydronaut was a 5'10 (I'm 5'8/150) 26 something L and while I always felt confident paddling into waves it was all the other time spent paddling that it felt like a shit paddler. i.e. left me shitting me pants due to lack of paddleability a few times. That nose rocker seems to just pushes water sometimes. After the second time thinking to myself "I had the Slayer 2 in the van, I should've ridden that" as I was scratching for the horizon feeling like I was going nowhere I had pretty much had enough. I'm talking about really juicy, hollow, not California beachbreaks in the 10 ft range.

For comparison Slayer 2 is 5'8 26 something L , a much better paddler and way more versatile. Pretty amazing board IMO - really does feel like a stepup. It does feel like a stepup under arm but I still was pretty skeptical when Clint gave me the selling points.

Maybe go see Clint @ Rusty and see what he recommends.



Re: Oversized hydronaut or Padillac? [Re: cdes] #2990105
07/31/19 07:30 PM
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Would definitely recommend a padillac or lost retro gun.

Size should be determined by the size of waves you want to ride.

How big of waves do you want to ride? DOH? TOH?

Re: Oversized hydronaut or Padillac? [Re: cdes] #2990111
07/31/19 07:35 PM
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7'6 Padillac.

You're covered for good waves with your Ghost. Get a proper length and start chasing.

Re: Oversized hydronaut or Padillac? [Re: cdes] #2990127
07/31/19 08:03 PM
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https://www.pyzelsurfboards.com/?page=surfboard-details&id=187
Padillac : $1195.00 USD

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There are tons of guys in SD who have logged hours upon hours at the exact spots you're talking about or are at least familiar with those waves and will make you a board that suits your needs for much less.

Re: Oversized hydronaut or Padillac? [Re: cdes] #2990150
07/31/19 08:22 PM
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Wow, surely that's for a massive one?

Yep, go with a local guy. Maybe Rusty? He makes some beautiful guns.

Re: Oversized hydronaut or Padillac? [Re: cdes] #2990151
07/31/19 08:24 PM
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My blackbird is flippin awesome.


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Re: Oversized hydronaut or Padillac? [Re: silentbutdeadly] #2990172
07/31/19 08:44 PM
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Re: Oversized hydronaut or Padillac? [Re: cdes] #2990417
08/01/19 01:27 PM
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Padillac all the way. In early, solid feel, confidence inducing.

The boards in the 7-8 foot rage run around $900 retail.

I have an 8’6 and am looking to get another one (7’0-7’4).


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Re: Oversized hydronaut or Padillac? [Re: cdes] #2990419
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Re: Oversized hydronaut or Padillac? [Re: cdes] #2990443
08/01/19 02:41 PM
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Two thumbs down to the idea of ordering an oversized Tomo as a step up or mini gun. I would get a board that’s intended to be ridden at that length, like the Pyzel. I have an epic 6’11 Stamps. Pm me if you want the serial number for an order. That GG looks amazing too.

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Re: Oversized hydronaut or Padillac? [Re: cdes] #2990450
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6'8" Rusty Blackbird is a perfect stepup for SD/Mex. Paddles great. I got mine last winter after being way-undergunned during that massive DOH December swell at Garbage in The Cliffs. Got tossed around and had one of those panicked moments where I truly regretted being out there on a 5'11", and said never again.
If you keep your eye out, you can usually find one on CL in good condition.
If you want something in a smaller package, could try the Slayer. But I appreciate the reassuring length/paddling power of the Blackbird when there is a lot of water moving around.

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