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Popularity of 10ft boards

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Created by bramber A week ago, 12 Mar 2019
bramber
VIC, 62 posts
12 Mar 2019 3:58PM
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Pardon my ignorance, but what's the great attraction for 10ft sup boards? Why are they riding in popularity in Australia?

JEG
VIC, 1028 posts
12 Mar 2019 4:12PM
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2 things that I know are if you want to compete in straya 10ft surf category and if you like me want to have fun walking or cross step or hop forward and back on a 10ft long board

Sandsy1
NSW, 789 posts
12 Mar 2019 4:20PM
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What JPEG said.

colas
3009 posts
12 Mar 2019 2:02PM
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Also, you have room in Australia and can have big cars :-)

Gboots
NSW, 606 posts
12 Mar 2019 6:12PM
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I assume they're more popular on "non" beach breaks ?

Hoppo3228
VIC, 283 posts
12 Mar 2019 6:18PM
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I'd say competition has a bit to do with it.

I'd also say, most getting into the sport are on the older side (over 40) and if they were prone surfers, they were riding longboards previously.

I also think most that get into stand up in the first place do it because of the ease of catching waves and enjoying the glide - something that doesn't happen on a board at the same litres as your weight...

riverider
TAS, 910 posts
12 Mar 2019 6:53PM
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The glide

Gboots
NSW, 606 posts
12 Mar 2019 7:01PM
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I am at around 60kg and my smallest board is a 109L 7'6 ECS Slab. I don't think that has any glide but plenty of volume for my weight . I guess a 112L 9'6 Style would provide more glide and still have way too much volume

donut4u
35 posts
12 Mar 2019 4:53PM
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Hoppo3228 said..
I'd also say, most getting into the sport are on the older side (over 40) and if they were prone surfers, they were riding longboards previously.

I also think most that get into stand up in the first place do it because of the ease of catching waves and enjoying the glide - something that doesn't happen on a board at the same litres as your weight...


This for me.

Plus finding an 'ideal' volume is less relevant anyway for traditional longboarding - i.e. noseriding, trim, drop-knee turns (e.g. google 'Harrison Roach' vids). In longboarding (prone) we have 45kg girls riding the same size boards 9'1-6 23x3 as the 100 kg 60yo blokes. There's no race to the bottom volume wise because it's about maneuvering and walking around your fridge door with 'grace' (the girls, not so much the old blokes), rather than trying to do shortboard maneuvers from the rear and fling a 9'1 triple stage rockered tuflite 'progressive' longboard around a wave. I guess it also depends how they are scoring the 10 foot sup comps though for those that way inclined.

If your volume is too low on your longsup, and/or the rail shape is the wrong way round, you'll miss out on the opportunity to try noseriding or at least some joyful trimming, which would be sad imo. Look at the sheer joy Rick gets (Supthecreek) noseriding his sunova style in his vids. Awesome!

515
103 posts
12 Mar 2019 5:52PM
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I started doing more noseriding since seeing a longboarder styling.
My local spot doesn't get great waves often so when its small started trying it. Years ago I started getting getting a foot on the nose of windsurf waveboard while riding whitewater in so as not to hit fin on rocks.
Of course I love to time and crank a bottom turn and link turns then hit the lip.
Longer board easier to paddle onto wave catch small waves or get onto the set waves first.
Long term is to get smaller sup wave board and travel further to get bigger waves - "horses for courses "

Area10
1389 posts
13 Mar 2019 4:41AM
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bramber said..
Pardon my ignorance, but what's the great attraction for 10ft sup boards? Why are they riding in popularity in Australia?


They are fun in a wider range of conditions, and you can do a greater variety of moves with them.

Slatz
NSW, 150 posts
13 Mar 2019 1:08PM
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10ft boards are just so much fun.
It makes me slow down and enjoy the glide, makes me trim and take different lines than I usually would, & it can make a 1-2ft onshore dribble surf a hell of a lot of fun

On a short SUP I am basically trying to shortboard surf with a paddle, but on a 10ft noserider my approach is so much different and my expectations are also lower, so I end up enjoying myself more.

Brenno
QLD, 656 posts
13 Mar 2019 3:01PM
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Ease of catching waves (especially the uncatchable), the glide, the stability, trimming, time on the nose, big arcing turns, flapping around in the breeze on the face of a big bomb, making a drop you shouldn't have, scaring shortboarders that have been snaking you for hours, annoying your prone surfing son who couldn't make the last one you caught........did I miss anything?

Zeusman
NSW, 1223 posts
13 Mar 2019 9:30PM
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Accessibility in competition is a major factor. Anyone can ride a 10' board and can therefore compete in a 10' plus contest. Shortboard sup contests are pretty much limited to little guys that can stand on tiny boards. 10 foot class has opened the sport up to everyone

supthecreek
1682 posts
14 Mar 2019 4:06AM
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bramber said..
Pardon my ignorance, but what's the great attraction for 10ft sup boards? Why are they riding in popularity in Australia?


Surfing started on longboards.
They have always had a place in the heart of many surfers.
SUP is just carrying on the love affair.
They are easy to love for SUPsters, because of the ease of use and sheer joy of riding them.

Add in what everyone else said and you have your answer....
but not everyone has a desire to ride a big board, so they may not see the appeal.

Not SUP.... but I like it just for the old school dude with style




Slab
898 posts
Friday , 15 Mar 2019 1:51PM
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Longboard SUPs should be banned









waaaay too much fun ...

Tasilee
TAS, 10 posts
Yesterday , 22 Mar 2019 3:35PM
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Easy one. I have 5 boards and the 10'er easily gets the most use because it's the board that best suits the majority of conditions. I live on a beach and get out as often as conditions permit.



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