dogtowatch wrote:Thanks chap, what length of Zot do you think would suit me [136 pounds] who struggles with most boards paddle wise below a 9'+ log....
As far as I know The Astron Zot comes in lengths up to 7'1''. That's what I have and I weigh about 85kg.
I don't know what was wrong with the longboarder crew at Burleigh Heads this morning. but it seemed like they caught only half as many waves as I did on the Zot. Most of the time (in fat waves), competent longboarders seem to have a small but clear advantage over the Zot. I think it must have been the weekend warrior crew and they were probably all on thruster longboards. It could also be that my fitness and skills are improving rapidly because I surf so much more since I have the Zot.
Anyway, my hypothesis is at this stage that a large Zot paddles and catches waves as well as a thruster longboard.
After a while I got bored with having to restrain myself from hogging all the waves in the main surfer pack, so I paddled further up the point and had a crack at catching more hollow waves very close to the rocks with few other surfers. These surfers were on short boards and they were much more competent than myself. Luckily there were only a few surfers there at times, so I got my chances and I gathered the confidence to drop in later and steeper than I usually do and the Zot worked brilliantly.
It's always surprising how soft and fluffy those rocks at Burleigh are....my feet and bum encountered the rocks a few times today, but I managed to keep the Zot undamaged.
Anyway, unsophistocated as my understanding of surfboard design is, I don't think the Zot is much different from a single fin Nugget.
Geoff also shapes longboards. Just get some advice from him, he knows what he's doing and I doubt you will be disappointed.