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Thread: Help me decide on a board.
04-24-2011, 02:43 PM #1
Help me decide on a board.
I want to pick up a new board this spring, but I am having troubles deciding on which board I want. I am 6'1" and 200 lbs, a little winter weight yet, but hope to be back to 185-190 this summer. Currently I have a hyperlite broadcast 4'9", which is my first board. I can free surf fairly well and ride up the wave a little. I feel like I am a little heavy for the board, it rides low in the water and I can lose the wave if I get too aggressive. I want a board that is faster, rides more on top of the wave, and something I can learn to do airs on. Sure doing spins sounds fun and is something I will play around with a little, but I like carving up and down the wave more. I'd like to be able to fall back on the wave more and then be able to catch back up, I think a faster board with more float would allow me to do this. I would like to stay under $500.
Here are some of the boards I have been looking at:
Grind Water Shapiro Ginsu
-At first I thought this was exactly what I wanted, it has all the main attributes that I am looking for. However, recently I have been finding that most people think the board is really fragile? I don't want to have to worry about dinging the board/cracking the epoxy/glass. I understand that I can't be slamming the board into the back of the boat, but I don't want the board to messed up if it were to get bumped into a pole or something.
-Again seems like a great board, but I hear it is fragile as well.
-I have been considering these, I don't know too much about them. The surf style boards seem to be what I am looking for. I like the price of the skim boards better, and they have a quite a few of them on sale right now. I have read good reviews on these boards, and I haven't heard that they are really fragile?
-I have read great things about these boards, but I don't even know where to purchase one? I also believe they are out of my budget.
-Sweet Spot, http://www.inlandsurfer.com/shop/Det...116&category=5 sounds like an awesome board, solid construction and fast. A bit out of my price point, but a possibility. I think I would have to ride one before I'd bit this bullet.
-Swallow Quad, http://www.boardco.com/shopexd.asp?id=17774 seems even better than the sweet spot, but again pricey. The full carbon model is a winner, but that is just a dream for me.
I am open to any suggestions/recommendations? Thanks in advance.
04-24-2011, 06:35 PM #2Senior Member
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- Jun 2009
- Middleburg, FL
I would say that if you are looking for carving and air board, I would go with a surf style board. The skim style doesn't grab real well at the bottom to gain speed for airs and slashing. I live about 15 min from XXX. I went to their shop on Collins Rd. in Jacksonville to look around and their surf style boards are nice and economical. I don't have one yet (have the IS Black Pearl Skim and Phase5 Oogle) but I think I am going to ask for a XXX surf style for Father's Day. I am hoping I can get a demo to try it out.'09 OBV
04-24-2011, 09:48 PM #3Senior Member
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- Sep 2010
- Lighthouse Point, FL
Inland surfer has the Mucus listed for 349. It is a B grade which means it has a cosmetic flaw but everything else is the same ie warranty and construction quality.REALLY????
04-24-2011, 10:12 PM #4
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04-24-2011, 11:14 PM #6
try out a Lakewakes board. each one is hand made here in the USA, strong/durable, light and fun! Call Mark and tell him your from the Moomba board for the best price.
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04-24-2011, 11:57 PM #7
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04-25-2011, 05:37 PM #10
Anyone have any opinions, additional info on some of the boards I listed above?