royal wrote:as a devotee of the fish platform, i have to say that length has more to do with a person's ability than anything else. Sometimes longer is actually harder to ride, in a certain way.
Big nod in agreement with this statement, and with the rest of the post, actually....
The biggest 'true' fish I have ridden was 6'6" and it was a relentless juggernaut of forward momentum. I felt like I was surfing the board rather than the wave. I can't help but think that the amount of large fish shapes under the arms of beginners would be better replaced by eggy type shapes with more curve and a centre fin, especially in bumpy, onshore, sucky beachbreak (which is often on the menu at the local)
Saying that, I would love to try a 'longfish' on a nice clean, peeling wall....
Here's that freak, Kenvin, putting a bigger fish on a rail:http://hydrodynamica.blogspot.com/2010/ ... gfish.html
...and some film of an older board:http://hydrodynamica.blogspot.com/2010/ ... -2004.html
In the film clip, you can see the different lines he takes; a lot more lateral, bar the last few seconds from 2.24 onwards, where manages to go vert on a few turns. However, I would say he has managed this in spite
of the board, not because it particularly lent itself to this sort of surfing. You can see how all that float is 'chattering' out of the lip on re-entry in a couple of turns. This may be because the length has exaggerated the bounce, but my feeling is that extra float may be the main culprit... Not knocking the surfing though - he's ripping!
There's always a trade-off, eh? That extra glide and planing results in a lot of outright speed, but like Rob said, you lose that deftness of touch and sensitivity I think. Smaller fish feel more, well, 'fishy' to me - short, skatey, fast and quick to accelerate through rider input. Depends what you like, I guess.