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Old    elliott dye (habcaw_creek)      Join Date: Mar 2005       07-23-2005, 8:14 AM Reply   
i have tried wakesurfing with a 5'5" surfboard and a 40 inch skim board but it seemed like the skim board was closer to riding the wake. I think it is b/c of the hard rails.i would like some input.
Old    Ryan Shimabukuro (ryan_shima1)      Join Date: Sep 2002       07-23-2005, 11:36 AM Reply   
I personally like a real surfboard better. I use a 6'7" and I feel like I get more out of it then a wake surfer. I notice when I'm carving, it's easier to push a wakesurfer under water which can make the board drown. Normal surfboards have thicker rails and are more buoyant so you can put more pressure into your feet when carving and not bury the board underwater. This just means I feel like I can be more aggressive with it.

Also, some of the new short boards take a lot of energy (pumping) to keep going. I personally don't like that. I don't do any tricks so a smaller board doesn't suit me as much. I just like to carve and ride the wake like I was actually surfing.

Just my .02, take it for what it's worth.
Old    Jeff Walker (surfdad)      Join Date: Sep 2004       07-24-2005, 6:07 AM Reply   
I had the same delima when we got beyond the inital stages of riding. So when I shaped my own, I took the best of both...I think. The rails are sharp as a razor and my current board is 4'2" long and about 2.5" thick. At almost 50, I'll never do pop shuvit's or the like. Although my son James can and is working on body varials with his. I prefer the sensation of surfing and really like the way a surfboard carves. I too had the same expeeriences as Ryan with the broadcast and some skimboards...it was TOO MUCH WORK! :-) I also found that you don't need a 6'7" board for wakesurfing...that extra length is required when paddling into a wave, but not needed in this sport.

I'm sure you remember the thread where we talked about those prototypes Elliott. If you get a chance, scan the pictures post thread, you can see James catching air or doing a cut back on his board.
Old    Larry Mann (niap101)      Join Date: Jul 2004       07-25-2005, 5:52 PM Reply   
I ride the 42" Surf Skate (I also manufacture them so I am biased). Because of the concave cross section, there is more rail in the water so carving is easy, even finless (with practice). This board requires no pumping; I can simply stand and cruise. Because of the unique shape of our boards, buoyancy or rail thickness is not a consideration. These boards can be surfed underwater and still recover. When I ride aggressive, I frequently push the nose underwater and continue surfing. I too am almost 50 (the day after tomorrow) yet hope to nail 360s, 540s and shuv-its before the end of the year (maybe).

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