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I think a 5'10 would be ideal but then again maybe a 6'0 to have a little more foam??
In the fall, I picked up a 5'10" Reviver, a groveler style shortboard from a local shaper, Davey Skye. Very similar shape to a FireWire Sweet Potato. For a 5'10", this board has lots of foam, approx 45 l. The transition challenge for me, coming from a longboard back ground, is the pop up. Popping up on a longboard is as easy as popping up on your hardwood floor at home, your legs glide along the board. On a short board that does not happen, so that's an aspect you need to factor in.BTW, at age 55 with problematic shoulders, I can empathize a little with you PB. My return to shortboard surfing might be short lived. Oh well, at least it doesn't take much garage space.
For versatility, I'd get a high performance fish from Griffin, Pavel, or DK.
Hi,Here is my 2 cents, I hope it helps.I have been barreled on 9-6 longboards, and on wide thick fishes. Prone boards are so relatively narrow compared to a sup that it changes everything and makes pulling in and making it out much easier. Why not go with more volume? It's hard to get barreled if you are not catching waves or doing headers over the falls.Any shaper can blow up a performance board to give more paddling power.
Quote from: SaltH2Opaddler on March 16, 2017, 05:46:00 PMI think a 5'10 would be ideal but then again maybe a 6'0 to have a little more foam?? For a prone Hypto I'd go with the 6'0" for a little extra foam.I'd also recommend you take a look having a custom 85-90L Hypto SUP built. If you are an experienced surfer and paddler you'll be amazed at how it surfs while still being quite stable. Dimensions would be around 6-8 x 27 x 4 at 85L.
Start on your sup laying down getting used to popping up and turning without a paddle. Then some cheap wavestorm and if that's working move on to a shortboard. If you get there you will love the newfound intimacy with the wave. You're sunk down in the water waiting for the wave. You wait way inside which is fine because you can accomplish the joyous duck dive to get under what you need to. And on takeoff you are seeing the changing face of the wave from close up. These are all the things I miss on my sup. And as far as aggressive ripping goes, Mo Freitas shows what's possible to strive for with a sup.