paul m wrote:Hey all, i dont get waves as constant as most of you, so i travel to score. I find i am riding alot of lefts, and since i am left foot foward i end up back side. Anyone working with any shapes that the rail is thinner and you get a more agressive rip off the lip and then drop back in. been thinking more of a smaller board like 5'7 some rocker.....just looking for feed back as i bet j have rode 20 boards in so many condtions inthe last few months, but i am searching for something that fits my style.......i want more rail grip
If you are open to something not purist surfboard design you should try the Spleene Zone. It's a thin board, but has many surf style ride characteristics. I've been riding the 07 model (5-2 tri) for a couple of years, the new 09 model is 5'-8 quad. These boards have lots of flex, super forgiving, very durable...and a sweet ride. I am also now riding a 5-8 round nose fish surfboard (Aviso Lost) strapless on the cleaner days, but the strapped Zone is more fun when it's choppy/sloppy and you want to ride lit and boost airs. Obviously 2 completely different rides, but both fun in their own right. You're welcom to try mine if you can come to St. Pete before May1, or OBX early May.
I'm goofy so obviously my problem is mirrored to yours. I think it is more of a body "english" thing than the board...the geometry/ergonometry of spanking a wave on backside just doesnt seem to work as well as frontside...but it can be done with some extra effort. e.g. I think that for a regular footed rider your body is already pre-wound to smack the lip and turn left off the top of the wave (and vice versa for goofy) so it's hard to get that twisting rotation to be as pronounced going backside unless you really exaggerate body motion?
You may be on to something with the thought that a thin rail will help, since that will keep the board locked in a little more???
just some thoughts...interested in other ideas on this as well.
PS...you can ride the Zone strapless as well