In search of the ultimate cruiser

merrija

New Member
Aug 9, 2021
12
7
Los Angeles
I'm looking for the best wave catching machine under 8' that I can just cruise on. I'm not interested in nose riding....I just want something that paddles/catches waves really easy that I can cruise, high-line, do some nice trimming/carving turns, etc.

I'm 5'7 and 155pounds, surfing 5-6 days per week (mostly fish and mini simmons), intermediate with about 20 years experience. Not interested in a 'good wave only' board...I would take this board out grovel up to about shoulder high beach break and the occasional point/reef on days where I don't feel like riding my sub-six foot boards.

I went looking for this board at my local surf shop and the guy sold me on a howard mini, which clearly was the wrong board, so I'm trying again hoping for some better guidance from this wonderful community!
 
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mightyrime

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Nov 10, 2020
211
302
oceanside ca
i really like the roy sanchez boards. I have an 8' x 22" x 2 7/8" pintail single fin called the dreadnought glider. It works in 2 foot mush up to overhead. It paddles fast, catches waves easily, turns well, and is fast down the line. It would be my 1 board quiver if i had to choose from what i own. They are also affordable.

I am 5'10" 170lb, 45 years old surf 5 days a week usually.. i would call myself experienced, but not an expert by no means.

here is a link to it.

I will say i went through a few midlengths that were real duds. And were sluggish and hard to catch waves on... below are 3 more i have ridden a good amount and i can recommend...

all good wave catchers / paddlers / performance oriented
Stewart 949 7'6" ( ride as a quad)
Roy sanchez dreadwinner ( same as my board but thumb tail and a bit more tail rocker. )
EC Eric Christenson Freeride ( mine is 7'8" x 21.25 x 3"... 2+1 fin setup.. this is the fastest board i think i have ever ridden.. very foiled rails and tail... needs a bit more wave push than the sanchez, but is faster and more high performance)
 

merrija

New Member
Aug 9, 2021
12
7
Los Angeles
hey thanks! really appreciate the recommendations. Do you care to share which of your mid-lengths were total duds?

In addition to actual board recs, what should I be looking for in terms of shape for this board? low entry/exit rocker, full nose, etc.?
 

glider_boy

Active Member
Apr 14, 2011
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219
SD
If you are frequently riding steep/fast/junky beach break, I’d probably go with a 2+1 egg or similar. If we’re talking softer beachbreak + reef / point waves, an 8-ish fish Simmons.
 

mightyrime

Well-Known Member
Nov 10, 2020
211
302
oceanside ca
hey thanks! really appreciate the recommendations. Do you care to share which of your mid-lengths were total duds?

In addition to actual board recs, what should I be looking for in terms of shape for this board? low entry/exit rocker, full nose, etc.

The Torq funboard total dud in all ways. I thought hey its cheap and good to throw in the car on a beach day with kids...opposite of fun

The others i should not actually call duds, but like your howard mini were designed ( intentional or maybe unintentional ) for bigger better waves... the 3 i had were:

Lost Smooth operator 7'4"
DANC Dan cobley 7'6" quad egg
7'2" bonzer

all 3 were very nice boards, but i found all 3 very hard to surf in normal conditions. All 3 were slower to paddle, harder to catch waves on, less glide, harder to keep speed on.. basically i just could not get them to work. They felt more like elongated high performance short boards.

All 3 had in common more rocker and more extreme bottom contours / concaves.

I will say if i was going to somewhere with clean 6'-8' barrels the lost smooth operator as a quad would be amazing.

As per shape, the boards i listed originally are the exact opposite.

They are flat rocker, and almost flat bottom contours. My 2 favorites are slight vee in nose to flat center to slight vee in tail.

One last thing

For my size i find...
7'-7'8" needs to be surfed a bit more actively to keep speed.
7'8"-8'6" can just stand there and keep your speed down the line.

basically if you want down the line speed and glide on the waves you mention i would say closer to 8'. if you want to do some more active shredding closer to 7'...

good luck!
 




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