Good wave board for SD

Sparky

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Oct 9, 2019
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San Diego
I recently relocated from the greatest state in the union to California and I am still working on rebuilding my quiver. Except for Blacks and a few other spots there is a big difference in shape when the waves get big here compared to New Jersey. What's your go-to "good wave" board for big days in southern California? I have been leaning towards a 7-2 Modern Machine or Magic from G&S but I would love to hear what anyone thinks.
 

floated

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May 17, 2019
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Santa Barbara
It’s from Griffin Stepanek out of San Francisco, with inspiration from Parmenter/Kidman
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skurp

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Feb 11, 2021
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San Diego
I recently picked up a 7'6" egg from Gary Hanel - for bigger/winter stuff (+dropping tide Oceanside haha). Got it as a tri-fin not a bonzer. Only had it out like 4 times... but so far surfs great in shoulder high - good amount of rocker, really intuitive to ride. Feels like it could easily handle bigger. 2nd board i've had from Gary. Reasonably priced - 8 week turnaround for a custom. He's been shaping boards for San Diego waves and surfers for like 40 yrs, FWIW. Based in Leucadia.

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kclibman

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May 23, 2018
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L.A. County
A Bonzer egg shape. Gary Handel makes some really nice Bonzers.

Love Gary's shapes; his bonzers would be a good good-wave board as the three I've had all had some significant flip in the nose. Made groveling kind of a bear but when it turned on, it was great. Had a magic 7'6" I sold to @Bryce whose father enjoyed it for a long while after me.

Slingerland might also be a good resource as well, reasonable last I checked and his shapes are excellent, foiled, can't-go-wrong kind of boards. Not sure how to contact him now because of the Surfy Surfy closure but I'm sure JP St. Pierre could help connect you, or Jon Peck at Christenson/Moonlight since most of Mike's boards were going through Moonlight or Global Glassing.
 

Jrwagoner

New Member
Feb 13, 2021
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Oceanside
I take this 7’4 Wing Pin quad out when the surf starts to get overhead. I usually surf a beach break so I may even ride this when it’s a little smaller depending on the tides, especially offs a really hollow day. If I’m surfing a big crumbly North County wave I’ll just bring my daily driver long board.
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