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Re: Step up boards

Post by steve shearer » Thu Mar 12, 2015 11:56 am

yes.

Do the math and downsize accordingly.

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Re: Step up boards

Post by tonks » Thu Mar 12, 2015 12:32 pm

steve shearer wrote:To my way of thinking I reckon guys are riding boards way too short when the waves get sizey.

Read Simon Andersons thoughts on it.

http://simonandersonsurfboards.com/au/2 ... i-reprise/

For a WA step-up I'd be looking at least at a 6'9". First things first you need the paddle power to catch the wave. Extra rail length feels damm good too unless your Kelly Slater.
No offence Steve, but I find this response more predictable than helpful.

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Re: Step up boards

Post by steve shearer » Thu Mar 12, 2015 12:38 pm

OK, try a few boards out. A good paddling 6'6" or 6'9" and your 6'2".
Ride it at the Ox or some other open ocean type wave and compare and contrast your ability to move around the line-up, be in position for set waves, outpaddle other people and avoid getting caught inside.
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Re: Step up boards

Post by steve shearer » Thu Mar 12, 2015 12:39 pm

After that you might decide a 6'2" is fine or that you need the extra length or even more.

If youre catching waves, having fun and avoiding getting clobbered then the board is working.

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Re: Step up boards

Post by tonks » Thu Mar 12, 2015 12:46 pm

I'd like to think I'm fairly honest about my ability. To a significant extent, I was relying on Muzz's thoughts (again, I'm not incredibly experienced in bigger surf). I guess we'll have to wait and see how suitable the board is. My other boards from Muzz have been great.

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Re: Step up boards

Post by Drailed » Thu Mar 12, 2015 12:54 pm

Once you get over the psychological block of surfing bigger boards (Tonks this is no way a comment or suggestion on your surfing/ability or how you should go about it - purely my own experience and observations of a couple of other people I know) it changes your life for the better.
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Re: Step up boards

Post by el rancho » Thu Mar 12, 2015 2:00 pm

Lennox point is a spot where a bigger board is very helpful, I'll ride a 5'9 in 4-6 foot snapper/greenmount but sure as shit that same board will be underdone at Lennox.

Tonks, Murray will be going off what you're telling him, and if you told him this:
tonks wrote:riding bigger waves is not something I have a great deal of experience with
tonks wrote:(again, I'm not incredibly experienced in bigger surf). I guess we'll have to wait and see how suitable the board is.
it's a little odd he handed you a 6'1". I would take something much bigger as a back-up at least.

Frankly if you don't know almost exactly how the board will handle 6-8 foot anywhere, you're leaving yourself open for a real potential horrorshow.

8 foot is near triple overhead by the way

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Re: Step up boards

Post by steve shearer » Thu Mar 12, 2015 2:05 pm

The Ox is a much more open ocean wave than the QLD points.

Alot depends on swell direction there.

If it's E swell and not much current I'll ride a 6'3" or a 6'9" when it's 6-8ft.

If there's S in the swell and it's current and heaps of water I'll ride a 7'0".
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Re: Step up boards

Post by steve shearer » Thu Mar 12, 2015 2:06 pm

Some of those WA reefs are super ledgey and you can't ride a bigger board, others are open ocean and you need heaps of foam.

I'm trying to figure out a Cloudbreak quiver for later in the year......anyone got any suggestions. Keen to ride it up to 10ft. Maybe bigger if it's perfect.
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Re: Step up boards

Post by Drailed » Thu Mar 12, 2015 2:17 pm

Have you surfed cloudbrrak before Steve?
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Re: Step up boards

Post by el rancho » Thu Mar 12, 2015 2:19 pm

i picked up and had a geez at a board made for ross williams by greg webber this week. similar to the one made for kelly.
looked about 6'4 by 19, super tail rocker with a deep single concave, diamond tail with a single flyer. had a 5 fin option which I don't see the point in frankly.

i think that's what kelly would ride at 10 foot cloudy this year, that's where it would work as a four fin.

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Re: Step up boards

Post by steve shearer » Thu Mar 12, 2015 2:27 pm

Drailed wrote:Have you surfed cloudbrrak before Steve?
yeah long time ago.

I'm thinking a 7'6" or 8'0", 6'9" and a 6'3".
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Re: Step up boards

Post by Beerfan » Thu Mar 12, 2015 2:42 pm

Buying one steve? Outerislands coral reefer?

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Re: Step up boards

Post by cedric » Thu Mar 12, 2015 2:44 pm

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Re: Step up boards

Post by tonks » Thu Mar 12, 2015 2:59 pm

Oh well, I've got the board now and am not about to buy another. If nothing else, it will complement my 5'10 nicely.

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Re: Step up boards

Post by Drailed » Thu Mar 12, 2015 3:15 pm

steve shearer wrote:
Drailed wrote:Have you surfed cloudbrrak before Steve?
yeah long time ago.

I'm thinking a 7'6" or 8'0", 6'9" and a 6'3".

Mindblowing isnt it. I had it 4-6ft and perfect for about 5 days and then it increased to 8ft plus which was out of my depth so went and surfed that fat wave by the other resort.

Your quiver with the 7'6 sounds pretty spot on to me, but hey, we all know I am probably not qualified to give advice on this.
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Re: Step up boards

Post by Davros » Thu Mar 12, 2015 4:05 pm

The advantage of a smaller board of course is nice and easy to handle in the water, but for chunky fast surf it may snap easier. At the end of the day it's about being able to get into these things without to much panic, from there I guess it's how who want to ride it, with a bit of style and control or unless your pretty good in soild stuff, hanging on for a white knuckle ride.

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Re: Step up boards

Post by Hatchnam » Thu Mar 12, 2015 4:37 pm

Scout around for a decent sized step up or mini gun on gumtree. There's always plenty in there going cheap, as people tend not to ride them that often. I'd mirror what steve and ER said. If you're surfing at size, and in shifting open water, you need a bigger board .
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