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Re: Surfboards (Longboards)
« Reply #45 on: May 20, 2020, 09:00:27 PM »
Night Wing:

More to add to your information pile....Here are pictures of my 9'6" Stewart 808 (Basically same model line as 949) that I purchased last year from the used rack at Stewart's surf shop in San Clemente, CA for $400 if I remember correctly--maybe $450.  I run the five fin setup, as Bill Stewart recommends, but probably wouldn't know any better to change it anyhow.  I consider this my "go to" board for most conditions here in SoCal.  (I added the tail handle and carrying handle; spillover from my SUP protocol).

I'm 52, 5'9" 190#, an intermediate level long boarder at best, but have caught more than the share of waves I deserve.  I have found this particular model to be good for glide in, fast down the line, and fairly snappy on turns.  Pretty much wherever I look, the board goes, just like a motorcycle.  First time I ever rode one from this model line was in overhead conditions at Churches and I LOVED how it would lock into the wave, so I guess I am a guy who loves his performance longboard. 

Using a car analogy, I'd consider the Stewart 808/949 a Chevy Impala SS.  For more of a "limousine" feel, I borrow my neighbor's 10' Midget Smith (three fin boxes, but theirs is set up with only large single fin).  That board is longer, thicker, and heavier, but it catches EVERYTHING, and I mean EVERYTHING.  It makes one feel like they have superpowers.  It is also super stable, and still turns very well if desired--just not as snappy as the 808.  The Midget Smith has acquired almost legendary status in our neighborhood and if I was smart I'd probably get one for myself--used because Midget no longer around.  If I keep piling weight on, I may have no choice! 

For now, the 808/949 does the job VERY well.





 
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Re: Surfboards (Longboards)
« Reply #46 on: May 21, 2020, 06:44:39 AM »
@ The Kernel

With the waves which are "normally" found on the upper Texas coast in the summertime; "beach break wash, mushy, tiny, small and medium", I would like to have a surfboard which would catch EVERYTHING.

And high volume boards are the way to go. Just like my sups (11'1" @ 173 liters and 10'5" @ 190 liters) are high volume when compared to my weight, they do catch EVERYTHING. When I'm down at Surfside and the waves are tiny, I'm the only one surfing because of the high volume of my two long sups.

The regular surfers with their shortboards are no where to be found. And I have the beach surf......all to myself. This is why when I got the idea of maybe getting a longboard, I started with a 9 footer because this is what I learned on to surf when I was 15 years old.

I have come across the 808 in comments. And thanks for the photos of your 808 with it's 5 fin boxes and those Future Vector 2 Quad Scimitar fins. It is a pity the 949 tops out at 9' in length. For me, the glide is the ride. Let me catch a wave that allows me to "glide" 100 yards to the beach and I'm in "Seventh Heaven".

In my last post, the woman in the video surfing the those small waves on her Walden 9'6" Magic, you can see the sheer delight in her smile as she's just enjoying the ride those small waves give her. That is EXACTLY how I feel when I'm sup surfing no matter the size of the waves.

BTW; thanks for seeing this topic thread and contributing your comments. You and I are alike with respect to the high volume boards we both like.

And I would like to publicly thank the other members on the Zone who have contributed to this topic thread as well.
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Re: Surfboards (Longboards)
« Reply #47 on: May 22, 2020, 11:30:54 AM »
Sorry.....I couldn't resist posting this shot of my friend's kid pulling into a great one in Tofino on his 8'0 Walden Magic a few years ago.  This day was the best day I've ever surfed this spot (SC).  I joined him in the water on my SUP just after this picture was taken.  Me, him and one other local spent 45 minutes trading off waves while the conditions (swell, tide, wind) lasted.



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« Reply #48 on: May 23, 2020, 10:40:54 AM »
Night Wing

had the Modern double wide out for the first time today in Knee to thigh high waves.  Probably a little bigger than the intended use for the board of shin to knee waves.

I was impressed.  Got into waves noticably sooner than my 9'3 longboard, but it was chunkier to turn from the middle than my longboard just based on it being thinnner . The real thing it did- which I had hoped; was keep or exceed the paddle power of a longboard in an 8'4 package that I could swing into position for short period waves easier- which i think was a big need for you in Texas short period windswell


I think my traditional longbaord is going to see alot of rack time with this in the quiver this summer.

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Re: Surfboards (Longboards)
« Reply #49 on: May 26, 2020, 04:24:31 PM »
I thought I would give a little update.

Over the last few days, I made a few phone calls to some surf shops down at Galveston, Texas and they put me in touch with some local shapers. I talked with two shapers and they told me the waves on the upper Texas coast are usually tiny to small waves most of the time with the exception being at Surfside.

They also told me a longboard between 9'-9'6" would be their recommendation. Back on the subject of tiny to small waves, a single fin nose rider would be a good choice. They also became aware I am a fan of five fin boxes. They told me a five box surfboard with the proper rocker and liters of volume for our tiny to small waves, can be ridden with one large single fin of at least 9" in length.

One of the shapers told me there is a woman in Australia name Tia Deighton who is an excellent surfer and nose rider. He told me one of her favorite surfboards is a nose rider made by Steve O'Donnell. He said her nose rider is 9'5" in length, but he didn't know the width, thickness or liters of volume of her board. He said her nose rider would be perfect for the waves found on the upper Texas coast.

Tia's nose rider can handle head high waves as well as calf high waves. The shaper sent me a link to one of Tia's videos and it shows her surfing her nose rider in the same type of waves I would encounter on the upper Texas coast. The link to the video is below.

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Re: Surfboards (Longboards)
« Reply #51 on: May 27, 2020, 05:12:25 AM »
@ Dusk Patrol

That was a nice video. I loved the slow motion action of it. That is my kind of surfing. Just gliding along. That is how I surf my sups.  Both Tia and Nini are excellent examples of how I like to surf.

Thanks for posting the video.
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« Reply #52 on: May 27, 2020, 11:50:16 AM »
I love that you are talking with a local shaper.  For me, riding a custom board that you discussed with a shaper and watched as it went from a blank to a glassed board actually adds to the experience and joy surfing it. 
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« Reply #53 on: May 27, 2020, 08:38:50 PM »
I love that you are talking with a local shaper.  For me, riding a custom board that you discussed with a shaper and watched as it went from a blank to a glassed board actually adds to the experience and joy surfing it.

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