I would rather be someone's shot of whiskey, than everyone's cup of tea.
I like "P" for maximizing volume, while keeping a fairly decent rail thickness. I use it on my mid-size floaters and my belly boards. I used it inadvertently on a longboard about 10 yrs ago, now that I think about it. I hadn't quite mastered blending my rail bands and was shooting for a pinched rail on a 9-6 Phil Edwards template I got from Kawika. Ended up with more of a sloped rail design. That board was one of my all-time favorites and really liked to take a high line on the wave.
The wing squad is a blend of the bottom half of M and the top half of J
I'll jump in
Check the US Blanks 7-4SP
A natural rocker stock blank
take 2" off the ends and it comes out
N 3" T 2"
And it is thick enough to get her done.
Good basic mini longboard blank.
here is the 8-4 Golden Standard in action. Was my go-to, but fast being replaced by the Wing Squad, hope to get some shots of the that one too, maybe.
Really love your expressions of stoke and concern!
One more thing....
yeah, two broken fingers on right hand, I can really tell, wondered if anyone else would notice
LiveTheMoment wrote: Really enjoying this thread, although I have just been lurking in the sidelines. Interesting because none of us will stay 'young'forever. It makes me think about what Mr Slater and friends might be riding when they are past 70. Can they stay short?
Past 70? Really? I doubt it. But past 60, yes, there are a lot of surfers past 60 who still ride shortboards. I think a lot of them would do better with a bit more volume, but a lot of guys seem to stick with what has worked for them in the past, and don't question what might work better for them as they age.
There are a lot of surfers older than 60, very few at age 70, so the decade between 60-70 is the decade, for most of us, we will have to give up surfing. I say don't get depressed about it, instead, why not squeeze every last drop of fun and stoke out of it!