I've read a lot of this forum, but this is my Inaugural post. I'm a moderately experienced weekend warrior, but my little brother (now deceased, in an untimely manner) was a sponsored NJ surf fanatic. He had some board shaping equipment, and my 5 year old has taken an interest (just got his first stand up when I pushed him into a wave on a beater board). I will be shaping us each (his mom too) a board, but here is his design (first hour I spent using Akushaper).
It is a 5'0" minimal with a 13.5 inch width and 2.25" thickness. I am thinking a thruster setup. I know this is retardedly small, but so is my son. I figured this would be a mini-mal sized board that would fit him for 2-3 years. Next summer when this thing gets wet, he will probably only be 42" tall, 40 lbs, with only 11" shoulder span. For him, riding the beater was like riding a wood door, and he couldn't even pick it up.
I'm thinking Futures Fins, 2+1, EPS with 6 oz bottom and 6 plus 6 on top. It's gonna be a captain america board. Any comments? i'd love your input - keep in mind i think the primary constraint is width. As it stands now, he can only get a 12" board under his arm to carry.
Thanks for the help y'all - he is really stoked to be helping me shape this.