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Discussion in 'Surfing' started by WhiteRussian, Apr 14, 2019.
Good point NJ especially if the swell frequency is less than say 22 seconds.
Tom, i can't remember...did you ride the 11' shark camo eps or the 10' hippy pin eps?
Tom Wegener at Noosa is amazing to watch. True class..
The 11' shark camo John. Marc's rehab board. Magic!
There’s a thread where Bruce Fowler was commenting on the benefits of wide pintails when it comes to gliders. My Martin has a custom 16.5” tail and extra kick and that definitely helps. The GP is only about 15 1/4” and the difference is obvious, but I can still turn it. If I ever get another custom glider made, I’d probably go 17” or frankly, as wide the blank will allow.
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Take what SenoirGrom and NJ Longboarder have to say on conditions, and what Jim says about weight. Wise words!
My 10'6" ChrisCraft is narrow at 22" and a bit and is thinned out at the tail. As a result it's relatively light and surfs like a much shorter board, fast and maneuverable, in the right conditions. In the wrong conditions, ie steep drop, you know you've got 10'6" of plank under you!
Get in earlier on a fat one and enjoy the ride.
Lots of video of Skip riding one of his Eagle gliders on the Internet.
I like to think of it as Quiet Surfing, I have a 11’ Josh Hall Le Sliviar and 8’7” Michael Miller eagle a mini glider both are best surfed in a minimal style all about trim and taking energy from the wave one or half step cross steps to gain speed and momentum subtle ankle inputs from mid board relaxed style. If you ever get to watch Skip surf them at San O you will get it no wasted movement or lost energy surfing. I think that’s what I like best about surfing them no flash look at me just timeless surfing in trim,maybe Glider Boy or some others can chime in on why they like riding them.
when it comes right down to it a glider is just a long board. So dont over think it.
They turn fine - if you can turn a longboard you can turn a glider. If it initially feels stiff move the fin forward in the box some.
So If you check out your set up on a given day and go "yeah, longboard conditions" then a glider is equally appropriate.
Not all gliders are >11'
For the waves I'm riding I like them at 10' and slightly under. My 9'9s get the most love. I have an 11'2 for "special" days. it's a blast in medium size clean and fairly lined up waves. The longer gliders need a bit of a wall.
I agree with Jim weight is a critical factor but not too light, momentum is equally critical and weight is a integral feature. I like my gliders ~ 18-20lbs. It generally just ends up that way with dbl 6oz deck and single 6oz bottom with a 1/2" to 3/4" stringer.
I like to ride mine on strong offshore days because they paddle so well. I find that the weight is helpful staying connected.
Lastly, I think most people riding noserider longboards for the crutch factor(e.g. not for noseriding) would be having way more fun on a long egg or glider style board.
I really like the fish Simmons set up too. they turn amazingly well