I'm hoping that a few other users on this forum are still using McCoy's Nugget style boards and looking for some advice...
A couple of years ago, I had a Nugget Potbelly, 5'10" x 21" x 2 3/4" PU construction with a thruster set-up. I can't recall the nose and tail dims, but it's fair to say it had a wide planshape! It was off-the-rack rather than a custom from Geoff.
Unfortunately, I sold it as I bought it with intention of using it purely as a small-wave weapon and I found it seemed to like slightly bigger stuff and felt a touch unwieldy in tiny mush, maybe because of the weight.
I say 'Unfortunately' as with hindsight, I bought it with what I think was the wrong expectation and maybe didn't spend enough time to find out it's merits. I can remember getting a little perplexed on occasion when it didn't quite respond how I anticipated, but I also remember thinking that I would have loved to try it as a single, rather than a thruster, as the weight may have suited a smooth, drag-free flowing experience...
Anyway, the reason for my post is that I am considering trying another nugget as more of an all-rounder and would like to get some feedback from guys/girls who are riding the shorter-style nuggets such as the Stumpy or maybe even the Lazor Zaps.
I have searched through the 'locks archives and while there is some interesting stuff from guys riding them in bigger sizes, some 'coming down' from longboards and some using them as they have not been happy with low-volume boards, there is scant info from people surfing the 'micro' size boards.
I have emailed Geoff, who was very helpful and suggested that I could surf a Zap/Stumpy/Potbelly from 5'10" upwards if I wanted to stay short. I have taken his good advice on board, but I just wanted to get a few more points of view from anyone out there riding small nuggets.
I'm 34yrs, 80kgs, 6'1" with 23yrs+ surfing experience. I have competed as a grom and through my 20s, but not now. I love my regular 6'1" x 19" thruster, but just want a different experience. Average surf in my neck of the woods is waist-to-head beachbreak in the summer, normally with some wind on it and bigger, cleaner beachbreak in the winter with the odd sheltered pointbreak working in bigger winter swells.
A few questions:
1) Single or thruster? Any limitations in context of type/size of surf for each?
2) Nose vs tail area? I noticed the Potbelly in thruster form liked to draw turns out a little. Not always the best thing for sucky beachbreak for me....
3) How do you deal with some of the idiosyncrasies of that wide tail? I found the Potbelly hard to control in some top turns on occasion, particularly if the fins were free. Will a singlefin setup be beneficial in this context?
I understand (and hope!) that any board from Geoff will not ride like a 'regular' thruster shortboard, so I guess I'm also looking for tips on how to get the most out of any nuggetty design.
Thanks in advance for your help. :-)