I am about to start shaping a new board (my personal 2nd) and need advice on several things.
I am 195lbs and currently ride a 10'0" with a 21" nose, 3 3/8 thick, 23 Width, 15 3/4 rounded pin tail (2+1 setup) with a US Blanks blue density (plus the nose has a deep teardrop concave). This board was made by my shaper and floats me well. This board works flawlessly on steep waves and allows me to walk around just fine, but when the waves start to slow down and become more rolly I have trouble stalling the board a bit and lose stability up on the nose (it feels shaky...like speed wables on a skateboard) so I was thinking about making a square tail (8" cut), widening to a 16.5" tail, tip to tip at 9'10" or 9'8", likely a 19" nose, and keep the 23 width.
I was thinking about getting the US Blanks 10'2" B and chaging the rocker to be -1"N +1/2"TR18. This would provide me a bit smoother of a rocker with more kick in the tail. With an 8" cut on the square tail I was thinking this would help me lock in a bit more on mushy waves.
I realize I am making a ton of changes to my current board, but excited about seeing how it works out. However, I am not sure what density to use being that I am losing volume because of the reduced length. Should I change to a more/less density foam? Should I adjust a different dimension?
In the end, I am just looking to maximize my tip time in waves that aren't very steep and/or strong.
Any input would be great!