Looking to step down and up from 6'10"addvance
I am from southern North Carolina and have been riding a 6' 10 addvance for a couple weeks and love it. that board just goes unreal. have surfed it up to 1-2 foot overhead and it was insane. I am 6-4, 41, and weigh between 215-225 and in great shape. I have been surfing for 30 years. Needless to say at my size I have always struggled with board design. Started out with short boards 6"6 to 7'2" went to longboards for a short period and have been experimenting the past couple years with differences backyard shapes. My home made boards were 7'11" and around 23 wide and 3 thick and a 6'7" around 24wide and 3inches thick. the 7'11" was a one board quiver that was designed for the small waves here instead of a long board but would also work in quite larger surf. The 6"7 was a fish design that worked in bigger surf but had no drive in small gutless surf. I surfed both boards in Rincon PR for two week this winter. the 7'11 I surfed up to double overhead but had a time duck diving it. The 6'7 was good up to double overhead but to loose on the big drops. For some reason in small surf the 6'7" just would not have any drive.
Needles to say something was lacking in these boards. Enter the addvance. It has drive but is loose, goes vertical and I have not surfed so well in years.
Here is my questions:
1. I am looking for a board for small gutless eastcoast groveling wave.. is that a Sweet potato at 6, 6-2 or 6-4. I have always felt that foam was your friend in small stuff but reading about the potato it seams like that guys really like them small. or would a 7-2, 7-6 addvance more fit the bill. or is the potatonator the board?
2. I am going to Nicaragua for two week in late July and also to El Salvador in Oct. Looking for board advice for those trips. Not so much for El Sal as it is mostly points and the 6'10' will work well but Nic will be quite hollow and fast and could get quite big in late summer. I spent a month in Mainland mex in my early 20 so I know what a pumping south swell is like . Back then I rode a 7'7 by 19"3/4 by 3inch Ken Bradshaw mini gun. I still have this board but feel its just too narrow for me now. Have not given it a spin in 15 years. It has glassed on fins so it would not travel real well. What would you guy recommend as a second board for that trip. Bigger addvance? Or the Activator like 7"1. or something totally different.
I have read all the post about the addvance and most of the ones about the sweet potatao and have learned a bunch. You guys really seam to provide some great feedback on these board and I thank you in addvance for any advice.
Last edited by Joyeride; 05-01-2012 at 05:32 AM.
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