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does a board exist that...

Postby kangaroo » Sun Jun 15, 2008 8:52 am

my dilemma

i ride a nobile skim and converse surfboard

does a board exist where i can enjoy good surf potential with the ability and loose feel of the skim to allow for shovit type tricks - good light wind ability and improved performance in over waist height onshore mush

i have ridden the skimboard in chest height surf and if only it could do what the converse can do when riding a face...........

so can i compromise a little and find a hybrid board giving me the best of both boards qualities ?


im thinking fin configuration also may give me a more lively feel

sorry no technical knowledge

ciao

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Re: does a board exist that...

Postby FredMurphy » Sun Jun 15, 2008 9:28 am

Probably not. I've got a Liquid Force skimskate wakesurfer and that looks like what you're after but probably isn't up to it. It's sort of a 150cm surfboard-construction wakeskate if that makes any sense. I use that for shuv-its. You could add a surf fin at the rear but would probably kill the skimboard feel. Fairly cheap. May be worth a try.

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Re: does a board exist that...

Postby Toby » Sun Jun 15, 2008 9:40 am

maybe something like Shinn Wave?

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Re: does a board exist that...

Postby pebbles » Sun Jun 15, 2008 11:27 am

Rousch Creations 53" Megaloaf. Skimboard with volume and removable fins. Me likey!

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Re: does a board exist that...

Postby BullsShit.com » Sun Jun 15, 2008 12:59 pm

do you ride exclusively strapless. or?
If not, try a 39+ wide TT with no fins.
It's just to goof around more or less, but something to do.
You need to be powered up to make it work.
It's actually stupid, but if you like that feel, why not.

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Re: does a board exist that...

Postby bill_kelso » Sun Jun 15, 2008 1:08 pm

If you can, try a quad fin surf board with short nose. These are small and lively surf boards, give it a go. Not a skim, but the feeling is very skate like.

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Re: does a board exist that...

Postby bill_kelso » Sun Jun 15, 2008 11:15 pm

Actually the one I tried was custom built and yes, it was the same type of North FreeStyle Fish.

I was amazed at how free the board felt, if you're really into that. For now, still exploring surfing with more grip and carving turns.

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Re: does a board exist that...

Postby FredBGG » Mon Jun 16, 2008 5:23 am

Try putting some small fins on one of these....

It already has pretty small fins.

I will sometimes lift the back foot to free up the fins and do a sort of spinout.
Quite easy to do as it has a long front end.

The fins have the standard kiteboard screws... three screws so it shout be easy to
put on some low profile fins.

The board has no volume so it edges really well.

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Re: does a board exist that...

Postby surfingwithkites » Mon Jun 16, 2008 6:23 am

Kangaroo, one thing you should try is riding the 6'0" Converse with no back fin. If the waves are head high or less it really allows for a bit more skate style pop shovit type stuff but retains enough drive to smack the lip once you get tuned into the skatey feel. One of the un-advertised changes to the 08 and 09 6'0" Converse is better performance in this small wave twinny configuration. We have been riding and testing all the Airush Converse 6'0" productions and the prototype ones in this configuration in small surf for a while now to get it dialed. You don't really need all the drive and fin area of a thruster (much less a quad) to kite small stuff. It's a super fun option especially for strapless riding. Kind of like having the looseness of a quad with even less drag and no weird quadness off the top. And then when the waves get good, you just drop in the back fin and it's back to solid thruster drive on a board you will have even more wired due to practice in super sensitive twinny mode. Give it a try.
p.s. the best side fins I have found for this set up are platic G5s or YUs


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