A quick bit of advice please

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A quick bit of advice please

Postby john383 » Tue Mar 19, 2013 8:28 pm

Hi all,

I'm after a bit of advice about my first board if someone could spare 5 mins. I've spent a lot of time looking and am posting with a specific question after some research.

Here's the key facts;

- I surf about 10 days a year
- Still class myself as a beginner although I can get up and get a decentish ride on a friends Cortez 8'4 board I've been borrowing
- I mainly surf Saunton/Putsborough area and it's often fairly small and messy
- I'm 6'1 and weigh 85kgs

I'm after something I can progress on, but am not too fussed about achieving much more than some nice long rides. I just want to get up regularly and enjoy it in most conditions.

I'm thinking of a Circle One board and looking at either the 8'2 or the 8'6, my key questions are;


- Are these a decent boards for my requirements?
- Is the 2.5 inch thickness enough volume on the 8'2?
- Will I struggle with a roundpin tail in smaller surf?
- Which might suit me best? I was erring toward the 8'6 due to width and volume, but having read some stuff on round pin tails I'm not sure it'll be the best choice for the fairly tame surf I'll be going in.
- Any alternative suggestions in this price bracket?

Any help/advice massively appreciated!

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Re: A quick bit of advice please

Postby Craivold » Tue Mar 26, 2013 10:54 am

Hey mate,

I'll slide in with my 2 penneth here, sounds like you are working along the right lines and I enjoy the fact your ambition at this stage is to achieve some longer rides - exactly what you need to be thinking really - more time riding the wave and less time paddling = :-D

I think a board 7'8 - 8'6 is what you need to be looking at and something like a magic carpet or egg type shape would be ideal as even when you improve it will be a nice shape to have in your quiver for those sunny cruisey days (they hopefully will happen again one day). I wouldn't get too hung up on actual measurements like thickness at this stage unless you know the shape of the board as some boards may say 3" thick but only hold that thickness in the dead centre of the board and be very foiled/lack foam towards the nose and rails.

I'd also say - buy second hand. I've had about 7 boards over the past few years and only one has been new. Reason is most of the time you can grab an absolute bargain on places like eBay or the For Sale forum on here (viewforum.php?f=7) where the board is almost as good as new but at a used price, you can buy it, have fun on it, if you don't like it, flog it for near what you paid and pick something else up.... easy peasy :D. Also go for something made by a UK shaper someone like Gulfstream, Diplock, Fluid Juice, Blacker, Celtic Connection, Glide, Seed, Black & White etc... as you know it will be made to last.

Here's a few recommendations for you, although maybe a bit smaller than you want (I still reckon you'd be alright on something like this);

http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/Surfboard-7-1 ... 257c136f65

http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/nine-plus-mag ... 3a7fb715f6


Happy board hunting

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