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Old 04-19-2017, 05:49 PM
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Skim-style surfboard suggestions: let's have 'em

Time for a new surf board. After 2 seasons using a CWB Ride, I am looking to spend some more time surfing relative to wakeboard and slalom, and am compelled to upgrade surfboards. I want your advice on what board to buy.

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Boat: 2015 X-30, Gen 2, ~2,000 lb ballast, nice tall / long / forgiving wave

Current capability status: Very comfortable on the board, occasionally capable of completing a 360, feel limited by the equipment (ability to get speed down the wake, tough to turn the board, tough to get it off the water at the top of the wave)

Desired state: Looking for a skim-style board; my aim is to dramatically improve the 360's, get a bit of air, and advance my skills without fighting the board

Me: Age 42; 6 ft tall; 190lbs

Budget: Willing to invest in a quality board as long as I won't outgrow it in the next several seasons

So educate me - what brand, board, style and size would you recommend?

Thanks!
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Old 04-19-2017, 06:09 PM
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Old 04-19-2017, 06:18 PM
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I picked up a Phase 5 Hammerhead 53" at the end of last season. I've only rode it once but it was a lot fun, similar to a diamond danielo. This board will spin on a dime!
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Old 04-19-2017, 09:42 PM
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I picked up a Phase 5 Hammerhead 53" at the end of last season. I've only rode it once but it was a lot fun, similar to a diamond danielo. This board will spin on a dime!
I picked a hammerhead up after riding a friends just once. Didn't seem nearly as comically slippery as the one other skim I've ridden (black pearl). It was fast and I could easily pump it from quite far back and it would turn and hold but was obviously a skim.
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Old 04-19-2017, 10:20 PM
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Old 04-19-2017, 10:42 PM
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This will be my next board as well
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Old 04-19-2017, 11:19 PM
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For an affordablely priced board I Love the Slingshot Butter Bar and highly recommend it.

I have been riding surf style board's but wanted to try something different. Needed a skim style board for a big guy so I picked up a Butter last fall and it is the funnest board I have been on.

Have been totally impressed with how fast it is and that I'm able to ride such a short board compared to my others ( big guy, 6'4" 250 lbs). The board is quite flat (very little rocker) so it's fast downline yet the turned up nose keeps it from pearling under. It has 3 fins that can totally change how it rides based on which fin configuration you use. With all three fins it is locked in nicely and has a surf style feel to it that would be great for beginners to advanced riders. Doesn't float much so getting up is also much easier for new riders than my boyant surf style boards.

With just the center fin it is quite loose, likes to spin and has a true skim style feel to it. There is a sharp narrow concave at the outer edges (along the side rail) that helps it grip into the wave even when only running the center fin so a great board for someone transitioning from surf to skim style. The board rides well both backwards and forwards.

It's going to be a great boat board also as it's very durable, has a great traction pad and fits in any board rack being so thin compaired to typical surf style boards.

Having said that I liked the skim style so much I just picked up a new Phase Five Hammerhead for 2017 that I have yet to try but all the reviews are positive about this board. However it is nearly twice the cost of the Butter Bar.
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Old 04-20-2017, 07:11 AM
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I've ordered a new 2017 Soulcraft skim board but as I've watched all the pro riders both men and women none of them ride skim boards so not sure how long I'll keep it. If I don't like it I plan to let the kids use it since it should be easier to get up.
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Old 04-20-2017, 12:43 PM
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We picked up a Victoria Agent last summer and love it. We also got a surf style Doomswell Neo but spend most of our time on the Victoria fwiw.
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Old 04-20-2017, 01:19 PM
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Thanks, everyone. Appreciate the suggestions!
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