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    Alright Fellows. Currently we have a connely Ride we let anyone who hasn't Surfed ride. I am looking at getting me a board (still in beginner stages of surfing) I am 5'-11 200 Lbs. Not into Tricks (at the moment)


    There is so many options its just hard to make a choice.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Pnut80 View Post
    Alright Fellows. Currently we have a connely Ride we let anyone who hasn't Surfed ride. I am looking at getting me a board (still in beginner stages of surfing) I am 5'-11 200 Lbs. Not into Tricks (at the moment)


    There is so many options its just hard to make a choice.
    I am in the same boat as you only a little heavier.
    My wife is using the same board I am at 5'-6" (not putting her weight on blast).

    We have a Liquid Force Rocket 5'-4" length. It is super easy to get up and ride. Starts are easy. It is a beast to turn so I removed the center fin and made it a little slippery for some handling. I assume it will become the "learning" board once we get better and invest in something else.
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    Hard to answer. Do you want a surf style board where you can carve and flow and get a little air with the occasional 360 or a skin style board where you can slash and spin and also get the occasional air? Each style has a lot more to offer, buts that’s my simplified approach. I’m a surf style guy. I’m 5’11 190 my wife 5’5 110. We own a doomswell nubstep 4’6, slingshot gnarlwhal 4’10, ronix koal 4’10. We love all of them. The nubstep is a little short for me so we just bought a 4’8. His and hers I guess. I don’t own any skim style but have ridden a phase 5 board and it’s not my jam. I ocean surf and like that feeling.

    My advice is find some friendly folks at the lake or visit your local shop and try as many boards as you can. Most will loan them out so you can find what you like. Surf you heart out make a decision mid summer or after you’ve got some time with each style.
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    Hyperlite Landlock is a good starter board and has a 3 fin set-up that you can configure your fins to match your style of ride. It’s a big board and can get most people up, but it has a narrow skills envelope. I used it one season before I transitioned to other surf and hybrid board styles.

    This tutorial article has some good info for determining boards and configurations to riding style.

    https://www.wakemakers.com/resources...akesurf-board/

    As someone said before, try demo’ing several boards. Often you can get a discount on demo boards mid-late season.


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    How do you like that Connelly Ride? I JUST bought one today and have not put it on the water yet. Got it for myself, because I am 6'2" and weigh about 240. It was also only 299 with a rope, so I figured if it doesn't carry me well, not too much lost. No shops around here to borrow any boards. My kids are riding a Hyperlite Shim. They are 180, 140,130 and ride it fine.

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    X2 on the Hyperlite Landlock suggestion. It's the go to board for every new person on my boat. I've had 4 year old's to 60 years old's get up with ease on that board. It's also pretty inexpensive. Also big enough that I can ride doubles with little kids between my legs if they struggle to get up on their own. I'm 250#.
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    x3 on the Hyperlite Landlock suggestion. I'm 6ft and err..250lb and getting up is pretty easy. It's the go to board for all new comers and they all get the chance to get up and enjoy the ride. I've also a Ronix pot belly and while it's slippery and turns/carves easy it burns my calves and thighs in no time, a slippery little sucker. It's fun tho and should get better with it. For stooging about and cruising around the Landlock has faired well, will experiment with removing a fin or two next season to see just because you can.
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    We also have a Landlock as our learner board, but I'm not really suggesting it for your need. I think it fills the same place as the Connely Ride you already have, maybe a bit better/faster, but not by a lot.

    I love the Hyperlite Shim as something to grow into quickly. I've had mine since '15 and still love to hop on it, even though there is a Doomswell and Phase 5 in the rack next to it! I'm over 250 and ride the longer Shim no problem. I'd stick with the longer one @ 200lbs, but just barely. If you have smaller people that would enjoy it, you might consider the smaller (not grom sized, but mid sized) option. Sorry i don't remember lengths off the top of my head. Lots of great things to say about that board: its tough so you don't have to worry about it in the racks and sun, you can swap the fins around and completely change it, it's easy to learn but gives you really unlimited growth (this was Brian Grubbs pro model when it came out). This would be considered more of a Skim style board, but locks in very well with just thw two outer fins, I've never ridden mine with the center fin, I think I lost it...
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    The Shim we have is 4'6". My kids ride it well, but are now riding the Ride. Probably because it's just different. I still haven't had a chance to try it yet. We may not get any good chances this weekend the way the wind is turning out. Beautiful temperature and sunshine, but crazy wind. Making whitecaps on the water and blowing boat all around when idling.

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    I started with a Hyperlite Landlock 5'11" when I had my Centurion direct Drive boat to try and make up for the tiny wake. As others have said, very easy to ride and forgiving board, but you will quickly outgrow it. It rides straight ahead well, but that's about all it does and you will outgrow it quickly. I'm 6'1 and 210lbs, but even my son was able to use it at 4'8" and 70lbs.

    I've transitioned to the Hyperlite Broadcast now as it is also quite easy to ride, big enough for me to easily surf within about a 10-15' pocket behind my '04 LSV, and allows me a bit more agility and fun to play around. The Broadcast is maybe slightly less easy to learn on, but I think gives you substantially more room for growth once you master the basic mechanics of getting up and riding a wave.
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