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Re: Midlengths

Posted: Thu Oct 10, 2019 7:04 am
by Beanpole
I have tended to agree about trad mal riding but agree with Thudster.....Harley carves. I've been riding an old Tolhurst Fish for a while that is pretty insanely good. Jumping on the equivalent old mal at Hanalei created a similar response. Incredibly fast and super responsive. I would argue a board like that is better suited to Sydney conditions than a trad heavy mal.

I think I may get my hand on an old one because an old mate who has one was talking about getting rid of it. Apart from performance I've been wanting a lightweight mal I can chuck in the car for a while.

Re: Midlengths

Posted: Thu Oct 10, 2019 7:26 am
by Cuttlefish
Drailed wrote:
Wed Oct 09, 2019 1:13 pm
High performance longboarding... no just no.
Show me a competent surfer on a hp longboard and I'll show you a crutch riding wave hog.
:-o

Re: Midlengths

Posted: Thu Oct 10, 2019 7:40 am
by Beanpole
Yeah, I was thinking the same thing.
I've also been thinking of getting a Walden Mini Magic if I can get one cheap. 68 litres at 7'6".
Why?
Because I've been riding a softie.....like half the Fcuking surfing population at Bondi and a lot of popular places. May as well have the advantages plus some performance.

Re: Midlengths

Posted: Thu Oct 10, 2019 8:57 am
by Cuttlefish
I like the Walden mini magic 7'2". There's a local guy who rides one as an equalizer for the wave hogging longboard crew. He loves it...excellent wave catcher apparently.

Re: Midlengths

Posted: Thu Oct 10, 2019 8:59 am
by Cuttlefish
FYI have a look at the new Ocean and earth 7'6" softie they just made. Really flat rocker and feels almost like a normal board under the arm. no bloated rails on it. I ride it finless for shits and giggles.
The MR twinnies they have just made are the same...for a softie they are a real eye opener.
Crowded zoos like Noosa and the Pass would be fun on them. No dings to worry about.

Re: Midlengths

Posted: Thu Oct 10, 2019 11:50 am
by JaM71
Cuttlefish wrote:
Thu Oct 10, 2019 8:59 am
FYI have a look at the new Ocean and earth 7'6" softie they just made. Really flat rocker and feels almost like a normal board under the arm. no bloated rails on it. I ride it finless for shits and giggles.
The MR twinnies they have just made are the same...for a softie they are a real eye opener.
Crowded zoos like Noosa and the Pass would be fun on them. No dings to worry about.
Trust you to bring the conversation from boutique resin tinted hipster cool down to Thai pop outs, get back to the FW forum!

Re: Midlengths

Posted: Thu Oct 10, 2019 12:10 pm
by Beanpole
Got one as well. Great rocker.

Re: Midlengths

Posted: Thu Oct 10, 2019 12:54 pm
by Cranked
Thai popouts!

Go take a look at these in the flesh:
https://www.thesurfboardwarehouse.com.a ... eau-young/
I have not seen a better built and crafted board at any price, and these are $649.

Re: Midlengths

Posted: Thu Oct 10, 2019 1:59 pm
by Beanpole
Yeah, I've checked their range out a few times. The thing is it's still a gamble. 99% sure they would work dependably however I know the Tolhurst Boards are a bit more refined. Experimentation is what it's all about as you know, Cranky.

Also you tend to explore what one shaper is doing if it works for you in one instance.
So I rode this Tolhurst on Kauai and then rode a pretty big and clunky Hobie 8'6" at Ala Moana. I wanted something with heaps of volume and that board worked well for that. Would have stuck a bigger fin in it if it was mine and ditched the side bites but it nose rode well and you could whip it around from the tail most of the time. Plenty of trimming speed.

Compared to the other board it was night and day though.

Re: Midlengths

Posted: Thu Oct 10, 2019 2:51 pm
by JaM71
Sorry cranky, just lamenting How an enjoyable read about hand made Parmenter widow makers etc descended into plastic Waikiki mini mals

Re: Midlengths

Posted: Thu Oct 10, 2019 3:08 pm
by Beanpole
Well how long can you talk about Parmenter widow makers for though.

Re: Midlengths

Posted: Thu Oct 10, 2019 3:15 pm
by Cranked
I know JaM, the trope of the dedicated journeyman shaper, endlessly refining his craft and producing objects of great beauty and practicality, is a wondrous thing.

But once its done its available to any two bit entrepreneur with some contacts in asia.

Re: Midlengths

Posted: Thu Oct 10, 2019 3:35 pm
by Drailed
Yeah fcck off beanpole and cranked this is the midlength thread.

Re: Midlengths

Posted: Thu Oct 10, 2019 3:46 pm
by JaM71
Cranked wrote:
Thu Oct 10, 2019 3:15 pm
I know JaM, the trope of the dedicated journeyman shaper, endlessly refining his craft and producing objects of great beauty and practicality, is a wondrous thing.

But once its done its available to any two bit entrepreneur with some contacts in asia.
Ain't that the truth!

Beanie, I can talk about handmade midlengths with hand foiled fins for hours. Maybe we need a separate thread so boutique hipsters like myself with sensitivity to the artisans don't have to read about such atrocities

Re: Midlengths

Posted: Thu Oct 10, 2019 5:55 pm
by Beanpole
Well this is of course because “midlengths” and minimals are interchangeable. A lot of good shapers have been punching out quality boards in that range for thirty years now.

Re: Midlengths

Posted: Thu Oct 10, 2019 8:27 pm
by Cuttlefish
JaM71 wrote:
Thu Oct 10, 2019 3:46 pm
Cranked wrote:
Thu Oct 10, 2019 3:15 pm
I know JaM, the trope of the dedicated journeyman shaper, endlessly refining his craft and producing objects of great beauty and practicality, is a wondrous thing.

But once its done its available to any two bit entrepreneur with some contacts in asia.
Ain't that the truth!

Beanie, I can talk about handmade midlengths with hand foiled fins for hours. Maybe we need a separate thread so boutique hipsters like myself with sensitivity to the artisans don't have to read about such atrocities
:-o So who enlightened you to the whole midlength board arena any who? Seem to recall a certain ripper who wouldn't touch a board over 6'2 or 6'3" not so long ago with a quiver entirely consisting of midget boards. :wink:

Re: Midlengths

Posted: Thu Oct 10, 2019 9:25 pm
by JaM71
Ha ha ha! True Cuttles but it's not all about me!!!

Good to see you today and love the new van, very flash

Re: Midlengths

Posted: Sat Oct 12, 2019 7:33 pm
by Cranked
Neal Purchase Duo at Racetrack
https://vimeo.com/230854812