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Old     (CobraRob)      Join Date: Aug 2010       07-11-2011, 11:28 AM Reply   
We have been borrowing an older probably ~08 Liquid Force Venture 5'6" Everyone is easily capable of getting up no problems. Almost everyone can ride ropeless and the 1 or 2 who can't can get slack about 90% of the time the board just seems too slow for them to stay in the sweet spot.

Right now we are just using stock ballist on an 07 X-45 with thoughts of getting either a 750 or 1100 sac to add on.

What's a good board to look at that would still be easy enough for the semi-beginner to get to ropeless yet good enough that the guys advancing quicker can start thinking about some fancier riding?

After reading a ton it looks like the Inland Surfer Swallow V2 Quad Fin might be a good fit?
Old     (vman)      Join Date: Jun 2010       07-11-2011, 11:45 AM Reply   
You definitely want to get at least the FH 750 for the locker. I would also get a couple of 400's since you will be adding weight later as you progress. As far as the boards...You will want to post your weights and abilities as this will help the members give you good advice on selection. I would strongly recommend spending the time to go to a demo and riding a few boards before making the investment.
Old     (TheSqueakyWheel)      Join Date: Oct 2010       07-11-2011, 12:44 PM Reply   
+1 on the v2 Swallow
Wicked fast down the line. 4 fins make it track great, which is important for beginners.
It's my primary board and I weigh 165 lbs. I have friends over 200 lbs (novices) who have ridden it as well.
Old     (CobraRob)      Join Date: Aug 2010       07-11-2011, 12:51 PM Reply   
Thanks for info.

I think we will get the locker sac before the end of the summer for sure. We usually have at least 5-6 people in the boat to help with weight.

Weights 165-230. Most on the lighter side of that though I think only 1 over 200
Old     (TheSqueakyWheel)      Join Date: Oct 2010       07-11-2011, 3:49 PM Reply   
my two bigger friends (each over 220 lbs) can surf just "pinching" the rope on the Swallow, but both struggle to drop the rope.
Everyone under 210 who tried my Swallow loves it.

My boat is a 2009 supra 21v with a custom 1400 lb sac, plus the stock bow sac and some human ballast. I'd categorize the wave as "medium".

One of my big friends just ordered an Inland Red Rocket - he's 235 lbs with size 15 feet and is 6'9" and he just needs a bigger platform. My other friend is just, ahem, "large bellied"


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