So, a philosophical question: at what length does a board become a midlength? The one above is a 6'8 double ender. But what if it was 6'8 JS thruster?
its excused when its a double ender thing because there's some sort of cool guy flow thing involved. why....i have no damn clue....but yeah.
I would never consider a bonzer of any shape or size to be a mid length.It's been a while - 15 years at least - but yes I have. A bonzer by Mike Eaton.
It was made for a friend of my dad's, we considered it a funshape. Today would be marketed as a midlength.
Anyone calling the water hog a mid is a tool.I agree 100%
I just think it's funny how a lot of people would be repulsed at riding a funshape but now froth at the idea of a midlength.
I must confess I'm not psyched on the thought of more of these appearing in the water under the feet of people who will hog,
The CI/Surftech version is in fact called "The Water Hog"
Kinda setting some black and white rules there for everyone. So the 140lb midget and the guy that is 6'4" 225 is limited to 6'8"? My short board (Lost Driver) is 6'6". I midlength an 8'1" (3.125 thick). I can duck dive it no problem and it works in a wide variety of waves.If you're planning on actively surfing a midlength in other that double overhead, then those actually become a PITA at lengths above 7-4 or do. At the longer lengths you can't really duckdive them to get through a good sized set. And if its got enough rocker for larger conditions then it won't fit the small/weak conditions all that well.
If you don't mind switching your style around to ride a midlength more passively then a flatter rocker and a 7 or 8 ft mini longboard will actually fit the curves of small junky waves better than a longboard. But those aren't very versatile. They usually max out at head high. Both of the vids are the top are examples of that type of board. That 6-8 would be tough for a lot of people to surf in bigger conditions. It's a good length for people who can surf but don't want to work real hard.
Noobs need length in order to get their waves because they don't have an eye for where they need to be. Aside from those people, you can pretty much do anything on a 7-4 that you can do on an 8-0 length. So you're really not giving anything up by keeping the midlenths between 6-8 and 7-4 or so. A 7-6 thruster is just a dog. It won't do anything well as far as how you would surf a thruster.
What about the long-fish craze? Are they a sub-genre of the midlength?I would never consider a bonzer of any shape or size to be a mid length.
Im not even really willing to accept anything with side bites to be a mid.
In my mind mid length is a shape, round nose, thick, flat/very slight bottom contours (usually a belly), soft rails, single fin.
the size of it is less important.
Fun shape is a 7 to 8 1/2 foot round nose multi fin board.
That’s a “big guy shortboard”So, a philosophical question: at what length does a board become a midlength? The one above is a 6'8 double ender. But what if it was 6'8 JS thruster?
Big short boards are something that absolutely 100% should be custom made by a shaper who knows how to make them, for skilled surfers. What I have seen made by GG is good example of this.That’s a “big guy shortboard”
Seriously though I see some great surfing from some of the older crew on bigger shortboards, just stylish power surfing that’s very pleasing to the eye in my opinion. Wayne Deane (RIP) was a master on big shorties.