Over the years, the Florida boy has collected more than a handful of Duct Tape titles riding classic logs, while amassing a museum’s worth of boards built by a who’s-who of master craftsman, making him the ideal tipster to impart the wisdom necessary to pick out your first longboard.
If you have too much belly, or it’s too flat underneath the nose, you’ll tend to get sucked out of the back of the waves when you’re noseriding.
There are lot of little tricks or novelty design elements with longboards – from deep concave under the nose to concave on top of the tail to let water push it down when you’re noseriding.
If you’re going for a full noserider, I’d recommend a pivot fin – one that’s more upright with a lot of surface area – pushed all the way back in the fin box.
So, when you’re looking at dimensions for your first longboard, 23” is a really good width to start with.
I tell people if you’re going to go with a longboard, just get an actual longboard.
If you’re a beginning longboarder, a board with the wide-point in the middle is going to be easier to ride.
If you’re on a 9’0 or 9’1 or 9’2, it’ll feel like a lot more foam than you’re shortboard, but you aren’t really tapping into that longboard feel.
That’s going to make for a more stable platform when you’re learning to cross-step and noseride.
But if you go too light, again, you’re kind of defeating the purpose of having a longboard to begin with.
I really like the bigger boards because that’s when you get that glide factor where you’re covering a lot of water without a lot of effort.
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