I think this kind of photo will always be special to me, as sunset with some waves and some friends is one of the greatest things ever. I just wanted to write this blog, more to myself really to remind me of which boards I surfed this trip. When I started surfing I was always a bit skeptical of trying new boards but with getting slightly better over the years, its been super fun to learn about what different shapes can do for your surfing.
The board above, and in the first shot is what I used for most of the trip, a Lost Puddle Jumper, wit Lib Tech Construction. I had already surfed the Ringer from lib tech but this is a different shape, and so was excited to try it. Its 5’9 and 37.5 liters and really light because of the construction, and of all the boards i’ve surfed, probably one of the most fun. Its got enough foam under the chest to catch most anything, and also still easy to duck dive, and works in good surf, and on the bigger days it was great fun. I’d love to have had a board like this when I was learning. It paddles well, catches everything and is fun.
The next board was Garys Bradley, the “chocolatine”, which was 6’3 and 35 liters, so a bit under what I would normally surf but also way more of a performance board than I would surf normally. I got lucky by taking this out on a very clean and fast day in France, where luckily this board was perfect. One left I got was so fast it was perfect. Someone dropped in on me of course, and I had to jump over the back, but it was one of the most fun dismounts ever.
I surfed it the next morning too, but the swell had dropped, and it was fun, but struggled to catch the small waves. So I looked in Garys stash of boards and found this twin fin from Rupo. I have no idea how many liters this is, i just now its a 5’8, and paddled amazingly, caught even a ripple really well, and turned super easily. I would love to have a board like this in the bag.
If there was a board I’d probably buy for my surfing right now it would be the lib tech puddle jumper. Because of 3 things:
1) great shape and volume for someone who is intermediate.
2) very durable. For someone who travels to surf either in cars, or planes etc this is perfect. Knowing you can travel without it breaking is amazing.
3) Kind of combines my current boards and mixes them together.
Jumping for joy! Actually, running out the surf, because the tide came in whilst the lady and lad where on the beach!
I thought I should also note down, which boards I’ve surfed over the last few years, in chronological order.
Weber (i think) 6’2 mini mal – bought in Bali.
Channel Islands Biscuit 6’2 – bought by Mareike for my 30th – amazing board, learnt so much on that one. Catches everything in its path.
Channel Islands 6’2 Motorboat – got this for the boat trip to the maldives. Super fun board, greats step from the Biscuit, but maybe not enough rocker.
Channel Islands Gravy 6’0 – Mareike had this board, made famous by Machado. Fun.
Lib Tech Ringer – 6’2 35 litres – super fast and good for bigger days.
Channel Island Neck Beard 6’2, 38 liters – Current go to board on bigger days, amazing board.
Firewire Baked Potato 6’2 – 50 LITRES. A monster of a board. Perfect for Oregon crappy surf. Amazing to always have in the car.
Lost Puddle Jumper, 5’9 – 37.5 litres
Bradley shaped for Gary, 6’3 – 35 litres
Rupo fish – 5’8 twin fin.
I think thats it…. Maybe i should dig up a photo from each.