else in the world will you need a quiver like
you do in Hawaii, especially the North Shore.
If you want to ride the waves here properly, you
need the right equipment.
it's 6 foot, double overhead and perfect, you
don't want to be caught out there with a little
6'2". When it gets over 4-6 foot, the main
thing just CATCHING THE WAVE. Trust me, doing
a big off the lip is not as important out there,
you want enough board to paddle into the wave
with ease, and get away from the sets with. It
is actually easier to duckdive bigger waves with
a bigger board, there is more to hold onto.
would be amazed at the size waves you can ride
with relative ease with the right sized board.
Board (this does depends on your weight)
foot - all shores
shortboard or longboard will do, even a fish.
foot South, East or West Shore
smallest shortboard is fine, and any longboard.
foot North Shore
will want a little bigger shortboard - your
town or Cali model will be sliding out. Longboard
will be good still.
- 6'10" - or a Longboard
- 7'2" - You start to see less longboards
at this size.
- 8'0" - Semi-guns needed.
- 8'6" - Full guns needed.
- 9'0" - Rhino Chaser time.
- 10'0' - You're a big wave charger - you
dont need this chart.
- 10'6" Big wave guns
or Sell your used board online in Hawaii only:
Of Custom Surfbaords and Shapers: Custom Surfboards.net
can be critical: make sure you are wearing a strong
leash if you don't want to swim in. The rule is
that you should never surf a spot you cannot swim
in from. Get a leash at least 6" longer than
your board. When you get caught inside by that
first 10 foot set you will wish you has something
different than that rubber-band comp leash from
warm in Hawaii right? Well, depends on your body
type. If you don't have a lot of body fat, the
trades water temperature can make lose all your
heat after a two hour session. A lycra top for
the summer, to prevent rash and sunburn is good.
In the winter and fall, a springsuit or wetsuit
top will keep you warm for those windy afternoons
or chilly mornings.