I've been riding McCoy Nuggets exclusively for the last 15 years or so, (I have 7 and I'm never selling any of them), they just never say die and I love that about them! Anyway I developed the itch to buy a "normal" board after surfing mates boards and enjoying the fin drifting/tail high style that you can do on a modern design. So, I went out and bought a 6'4" Alternator and have surfed it fairly regularly for the last year or so. (It looks like I've nearly surfed it to death, defiantly no where near as strong as the McCoy build). But, after all the hours I've spent really trying to get my feet/head around the Alternator I really still feel like I get all wobbly between turns, I can do some really good turns on it but the flow between turns is lacking, it feels all squirt/drag, ie. either its on a rail and powering or it's transitioning between turns or pumping down the line and it just drags in the water, it feels "flowless" compared to what I've been riding for so long.
I want a board that I can feel flow on. I want a board that will turn hard on rail in the pocket of a 6 foot bowl and still blast a fin drift on the close out at the end of the wave. The McCoys do everything really well except drift and release, they just hold on like freaking super glue!
I NEED a board that is more back foot orientated than the Alternator is I think...? Any boards for good bigger waves in the Firewire collection that are more back foot oriented?
Suggestions? The Vanguard is where I'm looking at the moment.
I might be just trippin' and be so far out of touch with modern surfboard design that I'm not going to jump on anything that feels exactly right, but I really do want to try to find that board.
Carving down the path of Life.........