Author Topic: Surftech Laird 10' softtop vs Surf Industries 7S 9'8 Uber Fish  (Read 4832 times)

midwestnowaves

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Hello all. Advice needed please. I am a newbie SUP'er who will be paddling on a calm lake in the Midwest.

I have the option to buy at Surf Industries 7S Uber Fish (9' 8'') for $950 or a Surftech Laird Hamilton Soft Top 10' for $900.
 
Which would you choose, and why? I'm 6'2, 185 and pretty athletic, but as I said, not a surfer.

Also, what's a good beginner paddle?

Any/all input welcome.

Thanks.


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Re: Surftech Laird 10' softtop vs Surf Industries 7S 9'8 Uber Fish
« Reply #1 on: August 04, 2010, 09:03:37 AM »
Man, I'd offer that you'll have a lot more fun on a longer board for flat water. The glide on a 10' is just not gonna be the same.

But to answer your question, I have not ridden the 7S but the Laird 10' is one of my favorite boards out of my recent round of demos.

What says the rest of the clan here?

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Re: Surftech Laird 10' softtop vs Surf Industries 7S 9'8 Uber Fish
« Reply #2 on: August 04, 2010, 09:08:21 AM »
get the laird - its a great board and suited to what you want
and can surf if you ever want to

ive seen the uber fish but not ridden it - all te reviews
i have seen were negative - it was an experiment in the development
of shorter surf style boards which didnt really work - it certainly
was never meant to be a flat water board

if only flat water go longer (and maybe narrower) for glide so maybe
a longer version of the surftech might suit even better
« Last Edit: August 04, 2010, 09:14:19 AM by bigdom »

midwestnowaves

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Re: Surftech Laird 10' softtop vs Surf Industries 7S 9'8 Uber Fish
« Reply #3 on: August 04, 2010, 09:55:32 AM »
Great advice, thank you. So you think that a bigger version of the Laird would be a lot better for flat water? Are there any other boards that I should consider for around a grand?

Also, what's a decent entry-level paddle that won't be completely useless?

Thanks for informing this SUP newbie!


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Re: Surftech Laird 10' softtop vs Surf Industries 7S 9'8 Uber Fish
« Reply #4 on: August 04, 2010, 10:29:43 AM »
Yeah the 12'1 Laird will be a lot easier to learn on than the 10'0 Laird, more to do with the width of the boards.

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Re: Surftech Laird 10' softtop vs Surf Industries 7S 9'8 Uber Fish
« Reply #5 on: August 04, 2010, 11:26:50 AM »
in general

wider boards are more stable but have less glide

longer boards are more stable and have more glide

but thickness outline and rocker etc have a big effect as well

smaller lighter boards are more manoueverable (and easier to carry
and store)