In search of the ultimate cruiser

shredsickgnar

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I can confirm a Michael Miller Drifter is a fantastic board. If you're looking for pure speed and glide, aka cruising. Go a bit bigger 8-9ft would be pretty sweet. I have a 5'10'' and have ridden a 11'4'' both are amazing boards and something 8-9ft would be really fun.

Other wise a Gary Hanel Red Line Special in the 8-9ft range would be great. Other brands that make a "speed shape" would probably do just fine, like Bing and Takayama. Wayne Rich makes a great glider too.

It really comes down to sizing and how much you want to carve and turn vs point it and go straight and plan your line well in advance. If you still want to be able to carve a bit size down the the mid 7ft range and you can still put it on rail easier. If you want to cross country surf and make micro adjustments early in the wave that effect your line the rest of the wave go bigger 9ft to 10ft+. Both are very fun ways to surf that require different skill sets. Its fun to learn both!
 

jory

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yep, that was me. just sold the howard and looking for its replacement. by your description, sounds exactly what i'm looking for. who makes it?
It’s made by my friend Jools ( who just got a lovely little bit of kudos in the latest surf splendor pod) @gulfstreamsurfboards on Instagram if you want to Drool over some boards.

he’s too far away for you but the actual board is something you could get any number of shapers local to You to shape. It’s just a classic 2+1 egg template with a pretty neutral bottom shape
 

messierishome

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Super helpful....thanks so much!
Weighing in on bonzer comment - I personally would not classify as dud but more of a good wave board. By good I mean punchy with juice - I too just picked up a 7'2 bonzer egg for decent ob sf and it didn't disappoint handled big drops with grace but yea I wouldnt get that as a one board quiver or surf weak not steep waves.
 

Mango Bill

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If you are fit and nimble under 8’ if not over 8’, Miller- 8’7” Eagle, 8’6” drifter i had him foil mine out nose tail, 8’4” x23x31/8 Vaquero my favorite so far in Florida beaches
 

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Nilus

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Based on stated goals, I'd agree with Smukes and say long fish twin. Or something similar to that like a fishsimmons. Think: Wider tail. Lots of planing surface. Fairly parallel outline.
 

michael

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If you are fit and nimble under 8’ if not over 8’, Miller- 8’7” Eagle, 8’6” drifter i had him foil mine out nose tail, 8’4” x23x31/8 Vaquero my favorite so far in Florida beaches
MM shaped vaquero! Tried to get one of those done, couldn't swing it.
 

Krug

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Global Surf Industries-Modern Double Wide 7’4”.
Its pretty thick and has plenty of float.
I have the 8’4” but I weigh 215. I’ve surfed it in a variety of conditions in Tamarindo-plenty of fun, easy to catch waves on, forgiving, not too expensive, etc.

Best of luck.
 

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