FIneline ANT or SOS???

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  1. espi

    espi New Member

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    Hi, I've been researching the Fineline ANT and SOS. I'm looking for a board with great turning, good speed, all without sacrificing paddling power.

    I'm leaning toward a 9'8" as I'm in my mid-50's and 220.

    Can you provide me suggestions and comments with these boards and their preference between the models from your experience? Also, does the board length sound right and does that affect my choice between the ANT and SOS?

    Many thanks!
     
  2. SeniorGrom

    SeniorGrom Well-Known Member

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    Shadydave will probably weigh in at some point. He rides both and likes them. I’ve ridden his PHD Sam and it’s a unique special shape. I feel the Sam shape in general should be a shorter length than whatever traditional noseriders you might ride. Since in a way the original was the first ‘high perfomance’ longboard ridden by Nat Young.


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  3. espi

    espi New Member

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    Thanks for the reply.
     
  4. shadydave

    shadydave Well-Known Member

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    Hi espi, as SG stated I do have both. These are my go to boards without a doubt. 9’-1” and 9’-9” ant and a 9’-3” Sam. I’m a little older and 25 pounds lighter and here is my take. If your not familiar with Hilbers boards they tend to be more foiled and have more pinched rails with the majority of the foam along the stringer not the rails. My Sam I will not take out if it’s smaller than waist and it can handle OH waves. Late drops and very responsive as the tail is a bit narrower than typical sams. My 9’-9” ant can be surfed in knee high to OH and for me excels in larger surf. At 9’-9” it comes around very nicely and does not feel like a 9’-9”. I will leave the 9’-1” ant out as it’s not what you are looking for. I’m not sure what type of wave you surf and what conditions you would ride it in but I’m thinking an ant may be what you are after. Just one persons opinion. Surf photo credit forum member cpg.
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  5. espi

    espi New Member

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    Thanks for the detailed response and pics. When I longboard, I surf Oldmans and Point at San O. My current longboard is a Bing Bueno Life and I have Bing PTLW mini for a mid-length. The Bing Bueno Life is great for chest and below. I like the idea that the ANT can be used in varied conditions per your post. Nice wave.
     
  6. sightpoint

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    Love that Hilbers uses earthlink. Seems about right somehow. I love BJ's boards and I agree that an Ant would be great, but at the risk of making this more complicated and broken record-y, have you considered a longer Vaquero?
     
  7. cuda

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    wait, you lost me, are you saying i don't marry the stripper gf?
     
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  8. shadydave

    shadydave Well-Known Member

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    And I can have 2 without my wife batting an eyelash:cool:
     
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    cuda Well-Known Member

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    im so glad you didnt say Stoker V
     
  10. sightpoint

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    Heh. I think the wifey Vaquero might be a good call if you want more ease of use.
     

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