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Anyone use a longboard shape smaller than 9 foot?

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Created by Nugdam Two weeks ago, 28 Apr 2021
Nugdam
QLD, 579 posts
28 Apr 2021 7:25AM
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Hey Team,


I know the tried and tested longboard seem to be 10 foot and mini longboard 9 foot. Howcome we don't see any 'micro' longboard 8'5 foot etc.


I feel like they'd still maintain a lot of the longboard characteristics. Stability, easy paddling, less swing weight and would still have more glide than a pulled in board of a similar size. I feel like boards under 9 foot are so much easier to handle in crowds or when the waves have have bit more juice.

I know sunova do the steeze which has a model under 9 foot but I think that's the only one I've seen.

justaddwater
NSW, 287 posts
28 Apr 2021 8:01AM
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Jimmy Lewis 8.5 striker 30 wide:116 litres.,I pretty much only surf longboard sups, this board is amazing,but I have gotten into the habit of not nose riding it because it goes so well of the tail,that's more about my state of mind than the design!

Hoppo3228
VIC, 452 posts
28 Apr 2021 8:57AM
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Take a look at a Infinity New Deal - Down to 8' x 28"... Or even a Jimmy Lewis Destroyer 7'7".

slsurf
57 posts
28 Apr 2021 9:14AM
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I ride my 8'5 speed as a longboard, not sure its really intended for that but with its wide nose, parallel rails it glides easily even on the smallest bumps. The nose flip and tail rocker still allow for steep drops and bigger waves. At my size it feels plenty big. My only complaint is its too corky to get the forward rail in on waves with push, I'm hoping to get a 9x26 infinity new deal for more range.

Nugdam
QLD, 579 posts
28 Apr 2021 1:39PM
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slsurf said..
I ride my 8'5 speed as a longboard, not sure its really intended for that but with its wide nose, parallel rails it glides easily even on the smallest bumps. The nose flip and tail rocker still allow for steep drops and bigger waves. At my size it feels plenty big. My only complaint is its too corky to get the forward rail in on waves with push, I'm hoping to get a 9x26 infinity new deal for more range.


I've ridden a speed in very very small surf. I couldn't get the hang of it. But the surf was pretty small so that would not of helped.

I've always like the look of them and the 8'5 was so stable for its width.

TheCroz
WA, 1 posts
28 Apr 2021 1:26PM
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Another one here that uses a Sunova Speed 8'5" as a long board (72kgs, 176 cms, 55 yrs old). It is a custom with an extra inch of width (29") and a couple of extra litres of volume (114) over the standard version but I find I can use it in knee high dribblers up to overhead conditions and remain standing when it is super choppy. I could easily get away with it as my only board. I did have a 9' Smik Style Lord mini briefly but it was very tippy and I found my Speed covered very similar ground, especially as I'm not a traditional long boarder.
I would love to try a small Infinity New Deal though!
I have a blurr2 when in the short board mood.

Gboots
NSW, 1149 posts
28 Apr 2021 4:28PM
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The Speeed has too much nose kick and doesn't really hold the face with its sharp rail edge to be a longboard ..but yeah my 88 Speeed has become my defacto "longboard ". Obviously i ain't nose riding it , but the the straight rails , length and narrow width make it feel longboard"ish" in very small waves . The 711 version is my performance board of preference . Such a fantastic design . The Speeeds are awesome

colas
4188 posts
28 Apr 2021 6:02PM
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Gong has always had longboard SUP shapes in the 7' to 9' range.
For instance, currently the 8'5" Zero (performance longboard shape, 100 liters, very low rocker) has a lot of fans.
A 75kg friend is now nearly only using it.
I bough a 8'0" NFA (performance longboard with a more relaxed rocker) for my daughter.

in 2012 I had a 6'9" 117l Gong Mutant, a hyper fun micro noserider with an ultra flat rocker and thin 50/50 rails:

More pics in imgur.com/a/DWrQS

Not me, but some videos of this 6'9" jewel:



colas
4188 posts
29 Apr 2021 4:46PM
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colas said..
For instance, currently the 8'5" Zero (performance longboard shape, 100 liters, very low rocker) has a lot of fans.
A 75kg friend is now nearly only using it.


This friend just published a video of his last 3 sessions:
at 0s session on the Gong inflatable CM 10' in micro waves in Britanny.
at 1'50" session at "peak du jour" in Seignosse (just north of Hossegor) with the Zero 8'5" (I was the other SUP on my Fatal 7'3")
at 4'00" session with the zero 8'5" alone with me (on my Alley 8'1") on a peak further north.

www.facebook.com/1048934276/videos/10221759154021942/

Nugdam
QLD, 579 posts
30 Apr 2021 7:39PM
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Definitely interested in getting something mocked up. A little custom deep or something could be interesting.

Supnorte
237 posts
30 Apr 2021 7:23PM
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Infinity has the New Deal high performance longboard for a few years, and last year they added mid-lenght sizes: 8'0 x 28" (101 L) and 8'6 x 29" (114 L) and these things are getting real popular! Dave Boehne himself has been mostly riding the 8'0 New Deal instead of a more surf shape SUP.

slsurf
57 posts
1 May 2021 1:29AM
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Back in the real world a bumpy day that I couldn't motivate to use the small board so went with the speed. That 8' new deal might have been good also. Inside bump and current....


Wonky outside....

Actually better than some of the junk I've been riding lately and why SUP is so awesome for expanding range of conditions you can have fun in.

Nugdam
QLD, 579 posts
1 May 2021 12:12PM
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That new deal at 8'6 x 29 would be perfect. Shame about the price on them.



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