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#829870 - 04/04/06 07:25 PM fish size chart?
nikosurf1 Offline
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Registered: 09/22/05
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Loc: Oceanslide ca.
Im looking to see what size traditional fish I should go with. 5'7 and 185 lbs.

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#829871 - 04/04/06 08:11 PM Re: fish size chart? [Re: nikosurf1]
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I'm 5'8" 165 and I surf a 5'8" Channel Island Fish.

I would not go bigger than 5'8", have a friend w/ a CI Fish 5'10" and it's too big for me.
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#829872 - 04/04/06 08:16 PM Re: fish size chart? [Re: Nico_D]
tenover Offline
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Just remember...If it's over 6', it's NOT a fish...



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#829873 - 04/04/06 08:24 PM Re: fish size chart? [Re: nikosurf1]
Surfjunkie Offline
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I'm 5'10" 163lbs, My Fish is 5'6" x 20" x 2 1/4", I could easily go shorter-

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#829874 - 04/04/06 08:39 PM Re: fish size chart? [Re: Surfjunkie]
LeeD Offline
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Stoopid idea of a fish size chart....
Instead, a surfboard size chart based on dimensions...length, width 12" off nose and tail, overall width, and thickness.....
All fish are NOT the same...
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#829875 - 04/04/06 09:06 PM Re: fish size chart? [Re: LeeD]
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All fish are NOT the same...




That's the truth. I was very surprised when I picked up that HY4 with how much thinner it felt than my KG. VERY different board with exact same length and mid-width.
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#829876 - 04/04/06 11:36 PM Re: fish size chart? [Re: nikosurf1]
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Im looking to see what size traditional fish I should go with. 5'7 and 185 lbs.




5'4 x 21 x 2 1/2 or maybe a little bit thicker
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#829877 - 04/05/06 10:07 AM Re: fish size chart? [Re: Debaser]
LeeD Offline
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Bear in mind, Quicksilver Rep, and for 8 years, a former boatman at Tavarua...and a pretty darn good surfer, at 5'8" and 185 lbs, rides a 5'6" x 22.5 x 2.65" Lis fish for waves up to armsreach overhead.
He goes to a 6'4" Flyer after than, and using the CI less and less.......
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#829878 - 04/05/06 11:23 AM Re: fish size chart? [Re: tenover]
cmods Offline
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Just remember...If it's over 6', it's NOT a fish...







Yeah Totally! So how come no one has told those KOOK shapers over at rainbow surfboards that yet????

http://www.rainbowsurfboards.com/fishes.htm


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#829879 - 04/05/06 12:18 PM Re: fish size chart? [Re: nikosurf1]
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As you can see, lots of different ideas on what is the right size. It really has nothing to due with the length. It has more to due with the volume of foam. LEED just posted the dimensions of a 5'6" Fish. It may only be 5'6", but it's more than an inch wider and 1/4" thicker than my Fish. Thats alot of foam.

Also, surfboard length has alot less to do with how tall you are than how much you weigh. That is key. Alot of taller people are riding pretty short boards, but they don't weigh that much. Your 5'7" and weigh 180. This tells me that your not a string bean. Not sure if it is fat or muscle and it doesn't really matter, it's weight. You need foam to float you.

Next consideration is how well you surf? You have to be honest with yourself. Alot of people buy boards that are too small, when really they could have more fun surfing if they bought a board that helped them catch waves better. These days, especially with Fish, you can have an extremely loose board, that paddles really well.

So, to make a long synopsis longer, you would be better off examining the above issues and experimenting with what size works best for you. Go to the Fish Fry and try out every board you can. Also ask some of your freinds that you surf with alot. If they are good friends they should be able to give you some constructive critisism and some hints on if you should be riding a bigger or smaller board. They should also be able to give you better advice than the people on this BB because they know how you surf.

So here is my comparison. I am 5'7" and have ranged from 160-175 over the last two years. I should weigh 150. I am 37. Have surfed since I was 15. Feel I surf better than average and usually get my share of waves where ever I surf.
I surfed standard thrusters 6'2" up til two years ago when I got my first Fish. It was a 5'10 CI. It took a while to get used to, but I still pretty much ride that same board. I have tried almost every good Fish shapers boards from 5'6" to 5'10" and they all worked. But, I have no problem with my 5'10" CI feeling too big, it surfs great for me. I have a 5'10" Hynson Speedialer that is thinner, narrower, and pulled in alot more. I rode it yesterday in some pretty hollow surf and it worked great. My next boards are coming from Pavel (ordered along time ago) they are a 5'7" Keel and a 5'8" speeddialer. Every fish shaper seems to do different things. I have ridden Pavels that are 5'10" and they definately felt too big. The CI doesn't, but if I were to order another CI, then it would be the 5'8" skinny.

So there you have it, really you need to experiment and figure out what works best for you. Don't let anyone tell you that you should be riding a 5'6" because its what everyone else is doing. It's BS. Find out whats right for you.

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#829880 - 04/05/06 01:06 PM Re: fish size chart? [Re: nikosurf1]
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You asked for it:
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FISH SIZE CHART
YOUR WEIGHT SIZE NOSE WIDTH TAIL THICKNESS
155-160 5-6 17 21 5/8 16 3/4 2 1/2
165-170 5-8 17 21 7/16 16 3/4 2 9/16
170-175 5-10 17 21 1/2 16 3/4 2 5/8
175-180 6-0 17 21 5/8 16 3/4 2 3/4
180-185 6-2 17 21 3/4 16 3/4 2 7/8
185-190 6-4 17 21 7/8 16 3/4 3
190-200 6-6 17 22 16 3/4 3 1/8



Courtesy of Harbor Surfboards.
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#829881 - 04/05/06 01:07 PM disagree completely [Re: BrownFish]
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Also, surfboard length has alot less to do with how tall you are than how much you weigh. That is key. Alot of taller people are riding pretty short boards, but they don't weigh that much.




all other things being equal, length more directly relates to height and stance width, whereas width, thickness, and foil are more related to weight.

tall flyweight stringbeans riding shorter boards tend to have awkwardly compressed stances in order to nail the sweet spots, just like short heavyweights riding too long tend to have the opposite problem with bullrider stances.
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#829882 - 04/05/06 04:22 PM Re: fish size chart? [Re: nikosurf1]
nikosurf1 Offline
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Registered: 09/22/05
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Loc: Oceanslide ca.
Im currently on a 5'9 x20 5/8 x2 3/8 full rails, a tiny more narrow in the tail.I'm 5'7 and 185 lbs.Too small?

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#829883 - 04/05/06 04:34 PM Re: fish size chart? [Re: nikosurf1]
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Im currently on a 5'9 x20 5/8 x2 3/8 full rails, a tiny more narrow in the tail.I'm 5'7 and 185 lbs.Too small?




you need to go SHORTER, WIDER and THICKER
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#829884 - 04/05/06 06:26 PM Re: fish size chart? [Re: Debaser]
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Thank you, Mr Debaser...!!
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