It’s taken the use of my 3 boards to make me realise what I want to do on a wave. Got to say now, thruster slashing-vertical surfing with no glide whatsoever, doesn’t appeal to me at all. Trad longboarding doesn’t. prog longboarding doesn’t really inspire me anymore. To me, the most beautiful, inspiring surfing comes from the likes of rastovich on 'the free way' or the surfing here:http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3kIM0mXgzps
(video called ‘fish surfing’ on youtube, if above doesn’t load) . flowing, fast surfing, with loads of speed down the line, still retaining some glide.
Log – I love the early wave entry, the wavecount, the glide. But ive discovered surprisingly over time, that ive no interest in nose riding and walking. Whenever im on it, im trying to throw it around and pump. Its just too sluggish and unwieldy for the turns im (trying) to do and the feeling of responsiveness I want.
Carpet (single fin) – still earlyish wave entry, manage to get plenty of waves, fair bit of glide, have been using it as a training tool for working on turns. I like it…it’s a great all rounder, but it’s still rather boatish, not duck divable and not as responsive as id like. Currently out of action needing repair.
Quad fish 6'1" – love the manoeuvrability. Its so tactile. But at my current standard I really struggle to get onto waves and have any sort of length in the ride and it doesn’t have quite enough glide that I currently like. And it just feels a bit cramped. And it’s SO responsive, beyond what I really want or need (currently).
So my thoughts are, sell my current fish, get another quad fish, but an oversized one of say, 6’6” or 6’8”, which would still offer loads of manoeuvrability, but more forgiving wave entry, more glide and crucially, more fun/progression. Then down the line, if I get on well, perhaps downsize to smaller fish.
My only reservation is that people always say fishes should be short, or theyre kind pointless for their intended purpose. Any thoughts on this? And any recommendations of specific shapers for this - GS, B&W again, FJ?