r896neo wrote:I'm 6'5 and 16 1/2st and i too have a 7'2 fatboy flyer type board at 21"x 2 5/8. I also have an 8'6 minmal.
For a while i had a 7'2 nsp funboard type shape and then as i got above very basic beginner stuff i thought I can only afford one board at the minute so i i'll get a board that is middle of the road and will work in most conditions so i sold the nsp and bought the 7'2.
I struggled away on this for about a year only getting up once a month and got my pop-up nailed but still found it really hard to get rides down the line. Then i saw the battered 8'6 on gumtree dead cheap and bought it. My surfing improved so quickly because my wave count was so high. Getting into waves earlier made it easier to get down the line and this all began to score me some great waves. Then my stoke rocketed and i started getting up much more etc etc.
It was literally the first 4/5 sessions riding the 8'6 and getting those first few great rides down the line for something major to click and now another year down the track i can surf the either the 8'6 or 7'2 so much better. I can't say how sorry i am i didn't get the 8'6 first it just sped up my learning so much and whilst i think i would have got there on the 7'2 alone it would have taken so much longer.
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