View Full Version : Fl Gulf Coast boards
03-28-2012, 11:54 AM
So I recently dug out my old board, that I haven't rode in over 10 years, and quickly realized it was too small for me now. It's a 44" wood board. I guess I am an "old school rider" and learned to skim from boards that me and my cousin and friends built from plywood. We then went to Western Flyers which were great concidering what we were used to. Then I got the 44" Meyer board which at the time seemed a little big. I was 125 lbs then and basically did sand skating. I still love the board,but I am 170 lbs. and "old". I can't run as fast as I used to and I wanted to learn "new style" skimming hitting waves and getting out farther and all. So, a new board was in order. I read around quite a bit and looked at used boards to pick one up to try. I found an Exile double carbon,hybrid rocker in 5/8", medium size which they say is ideal for 145-190. Very sweet board and I am sure there are guys that can really get great rides from it, I for some reason can not. It does not seem to want to stay on top in the deeper stuff,almost like I weigh too much for it. So,my question is, is this the right set up for me and the smaller, closer sets that we have here on the Gulf Coast or would I be better off with a 3/4" or possibly a larger board? Or, am I just too damn old and not getting enough speed?
What set up are you 165-175lb GC Fl riders using?
03-28-2012, 03:29 PM
There are numerous reason why you can't get out to the deep water. Your board sounds fine for you , you said bought it used so many it is water logged which I highly doubt. Any way It could be the way your are dropping the board, Which more times than not it is. You need a smooth transition. Maybe your timing is off. I skim in the gulf alot IRB area and I found that the gulf is very chopping which makes it difficult to get out to the father waves But unless we actually see you skim we cannot give you a for sure answer.
03-28-2012, 04:25 PM
Honestly it could be a lot of things, but I feel like the board should be fine for you... If you post a video of you skimming on here we could definitely help you out a lot more, cause it's hard to tell what exactly is going wrong without seeing it. Good luck!
03-28-2012, 11:54 PM
Thanks for the input guys. I will try to get some video next time I go and post something. The board is in excellent condition and very light. Very well could be my entry/transition because I sometimes realize it took too long to get on the board.
03-29-2012, 07:15 AM
I'm from PC also.
03-29-2012, 10:40 AM
Call me sometime when you go. I will go if I can.
03-29-2012, 06:22 PM
I'm off every Saturday(except this one), and Monday. Go everytime.
Which beach do you usually go to, and how old are you? Don't want to skim with some little kid haha.
03-31-2012, 08:44 AM
HaHa, If you want to call me a little kid go ahead. I will take it as a compliment. I started skimming in 1981, I am 39 now. This Monday looks too small/calm. I go off Thomas drive somewhere or just past the end of Middle Beach, between Bahama Pawn and the Fuontain Bleu. Doesn't matter where to me though,as long as I can park less than a quarter mile away.
03-31-2012, 09:23 PM
ah It's just that I'm 20 and would rather not skim with anyone under 18 haha.
I live in Callaway so I usually go to Tyndall, but I'll go to PCB.
Is it your cell phone? Cause I'd rather text haha.
04-01-2012, 10:40 AM
Yeah,it's my cell. Where are you finding waves at Tyndall? All I know is bays,unless you are going almost to Mexico Beach at the end of Tyndall's land.
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