After some opinions, i have just sold my blue planet wave guru that i surfed twice a week for three years, 198 ltrs, i am wanting to progress and get a little fitter etc, i am 6'3 and 122 kg but very active and surfed all my life, have demo the shroom 8'11 and was quite fun and i was surprised it floated well, i really like the shape of the allwave and the 9'4 x 33 x 173 ltd is still quite good volume. happy for any other suggestions, gerroa is my local so quite a chilled wave
Haven't tried the Shroom JDM, but I do ride an 8'5 (136ltr) Allwave. The wider nose adds to the stability and it floats me fine at 100kg. I am riding it as a quad and rate the shape for overall speed, manoverability and stability. This was quite a big step down for me from a 9'6 board but had the hang of it on the second or third session.
Hey JDM - see if you can demo some boards before you buy. Buoyancy and stability and surfability are tricky with SUPs. You can "surf" on almost any SUP, but getting the right combo of stability and the rails, width & length so that you enjoy the wave is worth a bit of experimentation.
My main point is that you have to try and figure out what you didn't like in the board you sold. Was it too long, and that made it hard to turn? Was the board thick and that made it corky? Were the rails too thick or rounded?
I have no experience with those two boards, but in my early days I rode a Starboard "Widepoint" which I thought had a good combination of length, width, tail, rail thickness, and stability. I was on a 9'5 x 32" but I was 95 kg.
I am 6'2 and 110L and own the 9'4 and have demoed the 8'11 Shroom. The Shroom is very condition specific to the wave you describe. The Shroom is tons of fun and very stable but I would opt for the Allwave. It is super stable (I find it more stable then the Shroom particularly front and back stability), can be surfed in a variety of conditions, and comes in at a better price point. I agree with Emeboy, if you can get one with a five fin option, I find the board runs better as a quad.
Every time I see someone who has a widepoint they are always satisfied. It's a keeper from what I can tell.
if I was heavier I probably would have one.