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need advice on my first longboard #2994520
08/09/19 07:22 AM
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the time has finally come, i'm going to purchase a longboard.

i'm overseas so my choices are limited and there are no local shapers, but i can choose from this catalog.

i've surfed longboards here and there, but don't really know how to judge them. from my experience, i THINK i like a bit longer board, such as a 9'1" or 9'2". i was absolutely worthless on a huge 9'6" noseriding log. i've never been able to successfully hang 5 before but it would be cool as an option. i think i would like some maneuverability. not sure whether to go PU or epoxy, round or square tail...

any ideas? thanks!

ps I'm 6'1", 170lbs


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Re: need advice on my first longboard [Re: middleWave] #2994792
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What sort of wave are you looking to ride with it?

Re: need advice on my first longboard [Re: middleWave] #2994793
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I would say noseriders are suboptimal unless you have a very good peeling wave and you really want to commit to longboard most of the time

Re: need advice on my first longboard [Re: middleWave] #2994794
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I will also throw this out there

If you don’t want to noseride, you may be better off with a good mid length

Easier to maneuver and transport but can still get your cruise on

Re: need advice on my first longboard [Re: middleWave] #2994795
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General advice, get a classic shape but don't go too classic on the glassing and fin so it's super heavy and hard to turn.

I think longboards should be single fins without sidebites but that's me. I also like round pins. My happy place is a 9'4-9'6 rounded pin, with a single box, not overly thick with light-ish glassing but a gloss coat.

All depends on you and the waves you want to ride. I have friends who have more "performance" longboards and I don't really like the feel of them to ride. To me a longboard should have glide and the turns should be a little more deliberate. But I also don't like a giant, heavy log with a big fin that's a pain to drag to the beach or ride.

Since I got my 7'0 copy of a Takayama Howard Mini, I hardly longboard at all. Egg is more suited to the type of beach break I ride but on a small clean day with long lines and not a lot of push, I'll drag out the longboard. It I surfed a small, mushy reef or point, I'd probably longboard more.

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Originally Posted by nightfly


I think longboards should be single fins without sidebites but that's me.


Me too.

Re: need advice on my first longboard [Re: middleWave] #2994830
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Much depends on what you're trying to do with the board and the conditions you're intend to surf the board in. If you're trying to run down a slow breaking wave and you need the longboard for paddling speed then that's where a longboard shines. If you're trying to surf dumpy little beachbreak then longboards suck in those conditions because the length actually works against you. Those conditions require fast reactions and the additional length only gets in your way.


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Re: need advice on my first longboard [Re: Havoc4k] #2995494
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Yeah, something like that.


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Re: need advice on my first longboard [Re: GDaddy] #2995614
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Originally Posted by GDaddy
Much depends on what you're trying to do with the board and the conditions you're intend to surf the board in. If you're trying to run down a slow breaking wave and you need the longboard for paddling speed then that's where a longboard shines. If you're trying to surf dumpy little beachbreak then longboards suck in those conditions because the length actually works against you. Those conditions require fast reactions and the additional length only gets in your way.

Disagree if you know how to trim you can outrun sections and last year I got a custom MC 8' ewing pintail 5 fin excels in trim never beat out sections like this before. And my Scott Anderson 9' single pin did a great job on trim wave2
I think only one thing to decide with log. Do you you want to shortboard a longboard (hp foiled out thruster or 2+1) or classic trim nose ride proper way to log.


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Total Involvement / Hot Generation style longboarding is neither.


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Originally Posted by GDaddy
Total Involvement / Hot Generation style longboarding is neither.

Shortboarding or aleast during that period late 60z took ole logs cut into two. Mid length MP displacement hull and eggs is other but not a log style or a least in my book shrug By the way cutback is classic log move specially surf pointbreaks cheers


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