Fantastic input fellas, really appreciate it. Some context - I’ve relocated overseas and sold my boards in the process as transporting them was proving to be a considerable headache. My go to has been a 9’4 Thomas Keeper, which I absolutely loved and the Playboy appears similar, so by default the Play Date not too far removed. There is a 9’6 for sale at the moment, so good to get some input on what people think.
Ditto on this had one 9'3" PLayboy for 6 years but not the best paddler as pretty thin and blade and getting a bit long in the tooth so sold it.Best longboard I’ve ever ridden is the Playboy. Wish I could own one but they are extremely difficult to find nowadays. Post above is very accurate. Super responsive, deep pocket noserider that turns/pivots on a dime.
Totally agree I found the 10"T fin best for Playboy and they recommend a P fin for the Playdate.I have a Gato Playboy that I love - my understanding is the playdate is a “toned down” version of the playboy.
My playboy is 9’2 and goes great in reef and beach breaks - goes better with a little push. Very responsive, knifey rails, very good feedback and subtle ankle movements get the best out of it. Turns are definitely a strong point especially being a magic Sam style involvement board it needs to be deep in the pocket for getting up to the nose. The board is fast and the knife rails and wide point back outline make it a joy to put on rail. Love the feeling of a nice faded takeoff with this board.
I’m currently using the gato p fin which is similar looking to the Thomas bexon fin and suits my surfing and I like best so far. Have used a 9.5 PHD which is also really fun and gives a very ball bearing and loose turning feel - really fun especially in beach breaks where it’s not too lined up and clean. The 9.5 and 10” gato T fin which is almost a phd and Greenough 4A hybrid I have also used a lot and is the recommended fin. The T is good also but a little more rake.
Hope this helps - let me know if you have any other questions