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At that weight and for the things you want to do you might try the 11x30 Ultimate Blend. It will feel less stable to you on the initial demo but you won't grow out of it like you might the 12 x 32.
Although - I've noticed that smaller people (<135 lbs), seem to have a lot of trouble keeping the big board going straight. I think it's because the board sits so much higher on the water than intended...so when it's a small first-timer, I put 'em on the big board just for a minute, then go right to the smaller board - which is definitely more tippy, but seems have better tracking for those not fortunate enough to be able to consume half of a cow at dinner.
At a (fairly athletic) 250... - I am thinking of going as far down as 10'6".
2) - The Whopper - 10' x 34" is a great entry board - and surfs smaller waves really well (Ekolu seems to make it handle big ones too).It's only downfall is that it is not very fast - if you want to race / distance paddle.3) The Big Easy - 12' x 32" is "faster" than the Whopper - and will sail better.
Can you put a number or image on the speed diff between 10 x 34 and Big Easy?
Quote from: stoneaxe on August 10, 2009, 06:42:14 PMAt that weight and for the things you want to do you might try the 11x30 Ultimate Blend. It will feel less stable to you on the initial demo but you won't grow out of it like you might the 12 x 32.I just put a hold on the order for the 12 x 30.Got some kind of SUP event coming up next Saturday and also the local dealer says he has a couple of 11'2" x 30's coming in.He expresses doubt about 11'2" being suitable - but then again, he's probably got at least fifty pounds on me... maybe 60 or 70.... so he's a true heavyweight.Why don;t you go up the parkway to exit 63. Island Surf and Sail has the PSH boards you can demo up there. 11' PSH should work fine.OTOH based on my experience with the 10 x 34, I'd expect to prefer the 11'2".... as long as it takes a mast foot and the glide is reasonable.Have you ever put a GPS on one of the long ones vs the 11'2"?