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Re: Midlengths

Posted: Tue Aug 08, 2017 7:47 am
by Davros
JET01 wrote:
Mon Aug 07, 2017 3:00 pm
Davros wrote:
Mon Aug 07, 2017 2:21 pm
JET01 wrote:
Mon Aug 07, 2017 1:14 pm
Massive fan of Devon Howard, ever since I came across the clip of him on that right hander on the orange 7'2 egg.
I like him too but it's not remarkable surfing. Do you think?
That's why I like it.

From my perspective, he has a graceful smooth style that is achievable to almost any punter that can put the time in.

I'd love to see more promotion of performance midlength surfing. particularly in the 6'6-7'6 range.

I mean, it's all well and good the big brands pushing their high performance shapes onto up and coming groms that want to surf the same shapes as the pro's, but what about the late bloomer that will never have the time to develop the skill to get the most out of a hpsb?

Many of us carry injuries that preclude us for venturing above the lip. Even a lot of moves that are on the face are inaccessible to those of us that have taken up surfing later in life.

What I like about Devon's surfing is the simplicity. Beautiful, flowing, powerful turns on big boards in bigger waves.

I flirt with high performance boards (a la my tomo EVO tangent i'm currently on), but I know that eventually when my back deteriorates and my priorities change, I'll spend more and more time on the midlengths just enjoying the glide, easy paddling and simplicity.

I've been surprised at the lack of online content available from companies like Firewire around their Seaxe model for example. I fondled a 7'2 in Bondi the other day, and in my opinion it's a weapon. But when you look online for footage of people surfing them... nada. It was good to see some good footage in the Deus movies (South to Sian etc) recently, but still, young rippers on alternative boards. The average guy will just look at this and see through it for what it is, an advertisement.

Now that we live in times where it's generally acceptable to surf any size/shape board you want. I'm surprised there isn't more of a focus on these boards and style of surfing.
I agree 100%. I got turned onto midlengths about 15 years ago watching this old digger riding a 7'6 DVS up the coast one year. He was drawing these beautiful lines and performing effortless figure 8''s. I pondered for years what he was riding. It was yellow with a winged emblem, that's all I remembered.

Fifthteen years later I have a DVS All Rounder, the vision of the clean lines never left me, so I took a punt and bought one. Without a doubt he was riding this model.

Point is you don't see a lot of good mid length surfing, well not in Sydney anyway. I was lucky enough to stumble upon the greying stranger with the yellow board and fking glad I did!!

Re: Midlengths

Posted: Tue Aug 08, 2017 4:10 pm
by JaM71
Jet has hit the nail on the head, Devon Howard's beautiful carving surfing on good waves feels attainable. It makes you feel "yeah I can do that" (whether we do or not is highly debatable, subjective and irrelevant).

I have been surfing my midlength all winter because I surf less, harder to get out before work, damn south swells passing by out to sea etc but on my midlength my wave count is still high when I get out there. The length of ride is also good.

Re: the C bucket, I looked at them & the flat tracker and they look nice. But I found them a bit chunky in the 7" plus sizes....so I got a Gato Jungle Acid and it's amazing. Super refined and fun to ride.

Re: Midlengths

Posted: Tue Aug 08, 2017 5:18 pm
by Davros
How's the turning circle on the Gato?

I got a nice long clean ride on the DVS today. I squealed quietly like a little bitch at the end of it.

Re: Midlengths

Posted: Tue Aug 08, 2017 5:21 pm
by Cranked
JaM71 wrote:
Tue Aug 08, 2017 4:10 pm
Jet has hit the nail on the head, Devon Howard's beautiful carving surfing on good waves feels attainable. It makes you feel "yeah I can do that" (whether we do or not is highly debatable, subjective and irrelevant).
Its mainly the hull I reckon, that's what they do easily on waves like that.

Re: Midlengths

Posted: Tue Aug 08, 2017 5:53 pm
by JaM71
Davros wrote:
Tue Aug 08, 2017 5:18 pm
How's the turning circle on the Gato?

I got a nice long clean ride on the DVS today. I squealed quietly like a little bitch at the end of it.
Beautiful Davros, at night before bed I gently caress the rails and run my hands over the beautifully pulled in tail.

I went to Byron and checked out the Howard mini and christenson s, I quite like the Mctavish Rincon but the Gato just felt amazing.

Only had it a month and have been quite surprised how well it goes in smaller waves. Just a beautiful hully ride, nice and loose off the tail, good trim spot & it's pretty quick

Re: Midlengths

Posted: Tue Aug 08, 2017 6:02 pm
by steve shearer
Davros wrote:
Tue Aug 08, 2017 7:47 am

I agree 100%. I got turned onto midlengths about 15 years ago watching this old digger riding a 7'6 DVS up the coast one year. He was drawing these beautiful lines and performing effortless figure 8''s.
Whereabouts Dav.....sounds like my old boss and genuine aus surfing legend Lester Brien.

Re: Midlengths

Posted: Tue Aug 08, 2017 7:03 pm
by Davros
Boomerang beach. Thin muscular guy. Like a cattle dog, all rib and dick. Very good surfer. Just wonderful to watch.

Re: Midlengths

Posted: Fri Aug 11, 2017 11:14 pm
by Davros
JaM71 wrote:
Tue Aug 08, 2017 5:53 pm
Davros wrote:
Tue Aug 08, 2017 5:18 pm
How's the turning circle on the Gato?

I got a nice long clean ride on the DVS today. I squealed quietly like a little bitch at the end of it.
Beautiful Davros, at night before bed I gently caress the rails and run my hands over the beautifully pulled in tail.

I went to Byron and checked out the Howard mini and christenson s, I quite like the Mctavish Rincon but the Gato just felt amazing.

Only had it a month and have been quite surprised how well it goes in smaller waves. Just a beautiful hully ride, nice and loose off the tail, good trim spot & it's pretty quick
That is some serious board poontang you were caressing. Gato must be a diamond.

Re: Midlengths

Posted: Sat Aug 12, 2017 9:13 am
by batoes
I really like having a mid length in the quiver - especially in summer. The first one i got was a vbowls a few years back and it really changed my line of thinking. It was stringerless so i could foresee a disaster in anything over a few feet - i got rid of it. Most recently i was riding a hull. Certainly a unique ride, but definitely limited to specific conditions. I currently have a 7'6 gato heroi space pig. I haven't ridden it enough to know whether it is a keeper or not. I find they are my 'sometimes' board and mainly in summer. If i lived on good points and lined up waves, i'd ride it a lot more, but just don't have the wave opportunities. I much prefer them to logs.

Re: Midlengths

Posted: Sat Aug 12, 2017 11:07 am
by Yuke Hunt
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Re: Midlengths

Posted: Sat Aug 12, 2017 4:21 pm
by Beanpole
Noice

Re: Midlengths

Posted: Sat Aug 12, 2017 6:23 pm
by JET01
They're pretty bloody good value for money those AQSS boards.

Had a chat with a bloke down the beach the other week who was on one of the Takayama scorpion copies. He was stoked with all aspects. Not bad for $399 new.

Re: Midlengths

Posted: Sun Aug 27, 2017 8:12 pm
by batoes
What a difference a fin makes. I got a new midlength back in April - a gato heroi space pig 7'6 with a narrowed down tail. It has super thin rails and a big rolled v underneath. First few surfs, was not feeling it. Felt like it was dragging an anchor and board just didn't turn. Shelved it most of winter but last week pulled it out for some smaller runners and threw in a True Ames Liddle fin. Holy cow - board just lit up. Speed runs, trim, hullish bottom turns. Completely different board. And looking at the fin, i thought it wouldn't have enough base to get the board moving but i was wrong. After spending most of autumn and winter on a thruster, it was a really welcome change to just point and shoot. Simple surfing, probably not appeasing to the eye, but felt unreal.

Re: Midlengths

Posted: Tue Aug 29, 2017 10:33 pm
by JET01
JET01 wrote:
Thu Jun 22, 2017 6:01 pm
batoes wrote:
Tue Jun 20, 2017 2:42 pm
i thought the fish thing had been back in vogue for a year, hence the firewire go fish?
Too slow if you ask me. But they'll still sell a few.
They aren't stupid. They put Rob on a fkn 5'2, he goes and shreds on it. Then average c&$ts try a size up from what robs on, find out its too small then get the size they actually need.
Buy two boards in the process.
Found my first Gofish on the gumtree and surprise surprise its too small for the owner.

Re: Midlengths

Posted: Wed Aug 30, 2017 7:53 am
by Beerfan
Yeah, the horror of riding a board that's got a little bit more volume than you need makes people do stuff like that lol. Ego is a powerful drug! Saw one up close, those thinned out tail rails would be a bit of a challenge but would also make for some sweet turns

Re: Midlengths

Posted: Wed Aug 30, 2017 7:55 am
by Beerfan
batoes wrote:
Sun Aug 27, 2017 8:12 pm
What a difference a fin makes. I got a new midlength back in April - a gato heroi space pig 7'6 with a narrowed down tail. It has super thin rails and a big rolled v underneath. First few surfs, was not feeling it. Felt like it was dragging an anchor and board just didn't turn. Shelved it most of winter but last week pulled it out for some smaller runners and threw in a True Ames Liddle fin. Holy cow - board just lit up. Speed runs, trim, hullish bottom turns. Completely different board. And looking at the fin, i thought it wouldn't have enough base to get the board moving but i was wrong. After spending most of autumn and winter on a thruster, it was a really welcome change to just point and shoot. Simple surfing, probably not appeasing to the eye, but felt unreal.
Just bought a 10.5" rudder fin for my log, its faaarken huge compared to my 10" dolphin fin haha. It could keep a yacht in a straight line!

Re: Midlengths

Posted: Wed Aug 30, 2017 8:26 am
by tootr
Got a nice tax refund coming and I haven't bought a brand new board in 2 years.

Reccomend me a versatile not too retro middy. (Already got a 7.2 bonzer egg.)

Re: Midlengths

Posted: Wed Aug 30, 2017 8:42 am
by Davros
Jay Byrnes Crossbreeds look good.Of course a DVS cut down All Rounder will do the job and then some. Heavy board though but I love it.