Apologies if this if this question has been asked before, but i'll go ahead again ask again. Any feedback would be really appreciated
Just some background info quickly. I'm a South African guy, living and working in the middle east. Dubai to be exact. We have a small skim scene here, but its growing rapidly. Here's our facebook group link, check it out: http://www.facebook.com/group.php?gid=15835172257
The waves we get in Dubai are smaller and weaker than most other places in the world. It makes skimming a challenge as the waves are often a bit far from shore and usually too weak to skim directly towards. For this reason, we skim more at a side angle. To summarize, the further one can skim, the better the session. Check this out: http://www.vimeo.com/18425599
I recently got my hands on a brand-spanking-new victoria poly carbon XL, which should be more than sufficient for my weight (88 kgs) but i'm really struggling to get distance on it. My mate got a Tex Haines L at the same time, and when ridden side-by-side, it performs better than the carbon. The carbon is a high performance board, but would i be correct in saying that it isn't ideal for these conditions? The board i was riding before the carbon is slightly smaller, but has less rocker - and actually gets more drift?
And then the real question is: What would be the ideal core / rails / rocker / material and size combination for having a board that prioritizes drift and distance (rather than wave riding) to reach waves which are further, and once caught, to have more float when riding them? In my opinion, i would say the Tex Haines has got the ideal shape and technical specification for this situation - but for my weight i would need to custom make an XL as it currently only comes in large.
Any feedback welcome??