Gap in my quiver....shopping for mid-length

Jellz

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Avoiding starting new thread, given similar question.

I have a gap between (200#, 34, Norcal)
- 8’4 McVee (love it for small peelers)
- 7’4 Haley Pin (versatile/gets down the line, better wave board)

- 5’10 Mini Simmons (fun in small junk. Also amazing at the hook at higher tide)

Curious for advice on something between mini simmons and Haley that can be surfed more aggressively while still being solid wave catcher/easy over flats given the reality of our waves. Thank you!
 

skurp

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Feb 11, 2021
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San Diego
Avoiding starting new thread, given similar question.

I have a gap between (200#, 34, Norcal)
- 8’4 McVee (love it for small peelers)
- 7’4 Haley Pin (versatile/gets down the line, better wave board)

- 5’10 Mini Simmons (fun in small junk. Also amazing at the hook at higher tide)

Curious for advice on something between mini simmons and Haley that can be surfed more aggressively while still being solid wave catcher/easy over flats given the reality of our waves. Thank you
6’10” x 21.25 x 3 Rotten Fish from Micah Beutz fits that exact spot in my quiver. Good amount of foam for high tide, pulled in tail for low tide, upright twins for more aggressive surfing, flat entry to really mellow single concave for the flats. Rarely wish I had a different board out there when I’m on this one. I’m ten pounds heavier and ten years older than you, FWIW. Good luck in your search!!
 

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skurp

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6’10” x 21.25 x 3 Rotten Fish from Micah Beutz fits that exact spot in my quiver. Good amount of foam for high tide, pulled in tail for low tide, upright twins for more aggressive surfing, flat entry to really mellow single concave for the flats. Rarely wish I had a different board out there when I’m on this one. I’m ten pounds heavier and ten years older than you, FWIW. Good luck in your search!!
Also… one of our fellow jammers does this review series. Might find some good insights in there: https://www.surfcraftunion.com/3-for-30
 

michael

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Apr 19, 2017
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Avoiding starting new thread, given similar question.

I have a gap between (200#, 34, Norcal)
- 8’4 McVee (love it for small peelers)
- 7’4 Haley Pin (versatile/gets down the line, better wave board)

- 5’10 Mini Simmons (fun in small junk. Also amazing at the hook at higher tide)

Curious for advice on something between mini simmons and Haley that can be surfed more aggressively while still being solid wave catcher/easy over flats given the reality of our waves. Thank you!
I wouldn’t get caught up in fitting something length wise between 7-4 and 5-10

Your answer may be at any size. So many flavors out there. You’re describing a vaquero to me, but I’m biased and have Andreini colored goggles on. My 7-2 vaquero w the fin up front is a slippery mess and catches waves very easily. I bring it back an inch or two for normal affairs.
 

jory

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Dec 25, 2005
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I wouldn’t get caught up in fitting something length wise between 7-4 and 5-10

Your answer may be at any size. So many flavors out there. You’re describing a vaquero to me, but I’m biased and have Andreini colored goggles on. My 7-2 vaquero w the fin up front is a slippery mess and catches waves very easily. I bring it back an inch or two for normal affairs.
So many threads, so many answers…….

can you really surf a vaquero more aggressively than a Haley pin? My experience of the vaquero is that it’s too hully to really push in turns.

I’d say something 6’’10-7 x 21.25-22 x 2.75 flattish with concaves in the bottom, rounded pin, 2+1 or twin /quad. That length you can pump for speed in fat spots and turn in a shorter radius than the hayley pin but with more control than the mini sim.

tonnes of options, experience has shown the Ci mid and the takayama Howard need good shoulder high waves to wake up so maybe not them.

i have a soft spot for almond in Newport. Their pleasant pheasant always looks like it would be fun

this one is 6’4 but you get the idea…..


im Currently loving this ( shaped in Cornwall ) ( not the orange one - that’s a takayama which is fun but needs decent waves as noted above )

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Jellz

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Jul 2, 2021
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Bay area
Update
Avoiding starting new thread, given similar question.

I have a gap between (200#, 34, Norcal)
- 8’4 McVee (love it for small peelers)
- 7’4 Haley Pin (versatile/gets down the line, better wave board)

- 5’10 Mini Simmons (fun in small junk. Also amazing at the hook at higher tide)

Curious for advice on something between mini simmons and Haley that can be surfed more aggressively while still being solid wave catcher/easy over flats given the reality of our waves. Thank you!
6’11 Stu Kenson Twinzer Egg
6’9 LM FM
6’6 Mitsven Twinzer fish

Found out that twinzer was the trip I was missing. That said, on an open face, the 7’4 HP with a true 2+1 setup feels the best off the bottom. More people should try it as a 2+1.
 

applebutter

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I have a 7’2 bing collector that is a very versatile board. Grovels and surfs head high comfortably. Would consider selling if interested!
 




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