Surfboard Riding & Equipment Tips : Choose a Surfing Longboard


Hi, my name is Mike Sanders and I’m going
to talk to you a little about how to buy a long board, what you’re looking for, what
you want to see. The thing about long boards is they’re not really meant for thrashing
left and right like you see in the you know, the pro circuit. They’re more for cruising,
more for style, more for hot dogging like they used to be in the old days. So right
here what I got is a nine foot two inch single fin. This is my baby, I love it. It cruises
nice, it can cut back, it can hold a rail. It’s a good board overall. If you’re looking
for something that can keep you cruising and keep you having fun, it’ll be something like
this. What you see in this long board is there’s not too much bend in the whole thing. What
you can see in some rocker as we call it, is the bend of the board in the nose and a
little bit in the tail. That helps for turning off the tail when you’re up on the nose. It
helps you hold in your whole rail to the side of the wave. For long boards you really, depending
on the kind of long boarding you want to do, there’s high performance long boarding where
they have, you know three fins, two small ones, one big one, what we call a thruster
set up. And that will really hold you in to the wave and if you want to, you know long
board big waves like they do in Hawaii, that’s something you’re going to want to say on it.
It’ll hold you in to the waves real good. But for something like this, if you want to
cruise you gotta get nice round rails or you know, half round, half down, and more what
you’re really looking for is rounder rails in the front, which keeps you smooth and it
suctions in to the wave as you’re riding it, when you’re up there, when you’re weights
up there. And you want more down rails in the rear right here. You can feel they’re
a little more knifey. They drop down a little bit more from the top. When your weights back
here it helps you push off of the wave and helps your board turn around to control it
where you want it. For me, I’m about five eleven, one sixty, nine foot two is really
good for me. Some people like longer boards just because they’re so much easier to get
in to. But you really want to look for is does the board keep you above the water and
is it enough for you to keep in control. If I were to go out in the surf with a twelve
foot board I’d have a hard time you know, running back to the tail and leaning the whole
thing to turn it. So you really don’t want to you know, put too much work in to it. This
is you know, this is a good length for me but it really depends on your height and your
weight; keeps you afloat, what you feel comfortable with surfing on. And that’s pretty much how
to choose a long board.

10 thoughts on “Surfboard Riding & Equipment Tips : Choose a Surfing Longboard

  1. its not bad, but after you get the feel for it, try going smaller..you'll feel better control as you go shorter..

  2. hi i got an old and heavy 9'0 but i love it, i want to try with a new one, what do you think about a steward hidrohull 9'6. thanks. sorry about my english is not mi lenguage

  3. You want the opposite rocker for nose riding, you said a lot of nose rocker and a little tail rocker, what you really want is the exact opposite which is a little nose rocker and a lot more tail rocker. This helps lock the tail in better and allows you to walk the nose easier, and the type of single fin has a lot to do with nose riding too

  4. You want the opposite rocker for nose riding, you said a lot of nose rocker and a little tail rocker, what you really want is the exact opposite which is a little nose rocker and a lot more tail rocker. This helps lock the tail in better and allows you to walk the nose easier, and the type of single fin has a lot to do with nose riding too

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