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
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.
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.
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