Just picked up a new 7'6" Addvance in White RapidFire Construction. If not for appliance white finish, the beveled rails and modest swallow tail, the board would be totally unassuming to the human eye. Stuck on a Kick tailpad, scraped a bar of Sticky Bumps on the deck, screwed on a set of Future Stretch Quads and headed for the ocean. My favorite reefbreak was only knee high, weak and inconsistent. Once on the water, buoyancy felt good, but still had the sensation of paddling a shortboard with a good glide. The length of the board felt really good and the nose was about a foot in front of me and never gave the sensation of shortness or pearling. Going for waves was definitely not longboardish, but with a little meat on the wave it was pretty easy to get on. The waves were mostly a short pocket with slow,down the line dribbler. The board projected nicely and cutbacks was butter smooth. Looking forward to anything more significant than today, and the fun begins. I'm really pleased, (really!) that I went with the 7'6 rather than the shorter options as the overall buoyancy and length feels super comfortable and confidence inspiring, from stepping down from my everyday 10 footer.
Age 64, height 5'10" weight 196 lbs
10' Longboard or SUP 2-3 times a week
reef breaks to waist to head high