at 8' the thing will certainly paddle really nicely! My big board is 7'6", bit of a monster for the sizable beach break days and trips to Central Cal but I've ridden it in everything from chest high on up and it's been a blast although damn near impossible to duck dive. They are a board designed to go down the line fast so at that size you'd want a wave that stays open, but it'd be a really functional board. The Fluid Juice shapes that I've seen on here look really nice, he knows what he's doing with the shape so I don't think you could go much wrong.
Kirk3 wrote:Hey Skimmer,
personally if I'm surfing dumpier beach break waves I tend to want something smaller and more geared towards being turned hard, but as there's guys out in those same waves on longboards a lot of the time so obviously it has more to do with what you're comfortable riding lengthwise. The widowmakers are geared more for bigger surf, but as I say I've ridden mine in all sorts of stuff- it's really just a big guy shortboard I suppose and I enjoy that. One of the best sessions I've had on the 7'6" was in barely chest high and soft waves- all that board under me meant paddling into waves was easy, I was getting in early and had room to move, and usually could set up to end with a little throttle open run as the wave hit an inside sandbar and sped up as well as hollowing out. Only issue was the last section was an inescapable closeout, and it felt like that was a lot of board to be rolling around in a shallow closeout with! Great design, I honestly don't think you can go wrong with at least a 2+1 setup if not a full widowmaker.
Archy_is_God wrote:you may miss out on that slight forward foil thing which adds to the flow and 'pull' you get into waves
Archy_is_God wrote:That all looks like new - is it? If so, where did you find and what kind of price?
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