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Created by LukeT32 Two weeks ago, 20 May 2020
LukeT32
2 posts
20 May 2020 4:54PM
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Hi,

Looking for some board advice (primarily for surfing). I am 40 years old & 80KG. I have been riding a 11ft SUP (11' x 30.5" @ 160L), my wave count is massive but i wanted to progress to a shorter board. I ended up buying a Loco El Dibalo (8'2" x 28 @ 110L) but i am finding it virtually impossible to even stand up on the thing - i am guessing i went too short too soon. So i am looking for a board inbetween those 2 - i like the look of the Starboard Hyper Nut Starlite (8.4' x 31.5" @ 140L) - will this board be stable enough or should i go longer?

I surf on the east coast of the UK, mainly beach breaks - 2-4 ft.

Any help appreciated.

Cheers

Souwester
WA, 1048 posts
20 May 2020 5:13PM
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Hypernut would be a good move IMO, plenty of width but shorter, have not ridden one but dims sound about right.

I wouldn't go any wider or shorter, if anything you could go high 8' range and drop to about 30 inches - approx 120-130 litres?

MickMc
VIC, 378 posts
20 May 2020 10:35PM
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8'4 hypernut great choice. Most stable board I have ridden in that size range and yet still heaps of fun on a wave. The other thing with the hypernuts is they are really quick. A lot of wider boards are too slow and frustrating but the hypernut's parallel rails, flat rocker and quad set up makes them fly.

LukeT32
2 posts
20 May 2020 10:53PM
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Thanks for the feedback both. I'm gonna go with the Hypernut! Its difficult to know how a board will be without demoing it but from what i have read online & your comments i think its the right 1 :D

Cheers

benjl
386 posts
21 May 2020 11:07AM
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I'd also concur with the hypernut. A 160 to 110kg board is massive on all fronts! ive got a 7'2 x 28 hypernut @105l. I normally surf a 8'4 x 28.5 x105l board and thought it might be too small but they are a really stable design. Fast and short.

shoukd be good for you to progress on

stehar
NSW, 317 posts
21 May 2020 3:03PM
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Why not a 9'2" board at 31" wide. Then you will have a 3 board quiver for practically all surfs - 11 footer and 9'2" and the 8'2" ! Do not know the surf characteristics of your Dibalo, but looking it up on net ,it is a true advanced surf sup like the hypernut in a lot of respects, or the 11 footer, but 11 foot seems like a cruiser, WHY not go for something different - you have a cruiser and a short sup capable of surfing steep hollow waves -- time to get a groveller - surf in 2-3 ft messy conditions ( bit of chop ) or windy - a go to board at 9'2" which will also transition you from 11 to 8 feet. Regards Steve

BigZ
59 posts
21 May 2020 1:33PM
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LukeT32 said..
Hi,

Looking for some board advice (primarily for surfing). I am 40 years old & 80KG. I have been riding a 11ft SUP (11' x 30.5" @ 160L), my wave count is massive but i wanted to progress to a shorter board. I ended up buying a Loco El Dibalo (8'2" x 28 @ 110L) but i am finding it virtually impossible to even stand up on the thing - i am guessing i went too short too soon. So i am looking for a board inbetween those 2 - i like the look of the Starboard Hyper Nut Starlite (8.4' x 31.5" @ 140L) - will this board be stable enough or should i go longer?

I surf on the east coast of the UK, mainly beach breaks - 2-4 ft.

Any help appreciated.

Cheers



At 80kg you will not go back to your 160l boards for surfing. There is no point. Your 8'2 seems to be a good board for you. You just need to practice more. Eventually you will become really comfortable with it. If I was you, I would not waste money on getting a 140l or so transition board as an intermediate step. After a few sessions it will join your 160l. Get a board that will help you now and will. continue to be fun later. I would look at at a high performance longboard in 110-120l range. It will be much more stable than your 8'2 and continue to be fun in small conditions even when you become really comfortable on your 8'2.

My 2 cents

Tardy
3508 posts
21 May 2020 3:41PM
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Hi luke ,that was a massive drop ,and not surprised you are having trouble with it ,but in time yes you will get to surf it .
I would suggest a 8,7 -9 foot board ,with 125 -130 litres for you .i have had a few short boards 7,0 ,i don't like them .but i like at least 8,5 long boards
its just easier to catch waves ..but you now need a in between board for sure ,if you can get hold of a 9,1 sunova acid or 8,10 creek or something similar you would be doing yourself a favour ,You are lighter than me ,but you need that stepping stone to be able to ride your short board .
tardy



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