(Aug. 9, 2019) It’s important to have equipment that will work properly.
In the case of our local area, small waves will dictate certain criteria in this equipment. Thus a small wave board makes a lot of sense in order to surf around here, but that small wave board can take many forms.
Short, long and in between, there are other parameters and measurements that a small wave board will adhere to.
Specifics notwithstanding, these parameters and measurements can vary greatly.
The objective, of course, is for these boards to work in small waves.
Utilizing a mid-range or a longboard is more or less a given. Either of these generally have enough float, paddle and wave-catching characteristics by virtue of their length to get going in smaller surf.
By my estimation, a mid-range will be roughly seven to eight feet and a longboard about eight feet and up with a fairly wide nose.
But how about a “short” board? The variations can become very interesting!
Different tail shapes can be used but paramount in the mix will be width and thickness, especially width.
Through the years I’ve made quite a few small wave boards with the ideas and characteristics working their way into stock boards for the store.
The latest has been a “short” board, though at 6 feet 10 inches more on the longer side of the short spectrum.
A traditional twin fin fish, it’s exceptionally wide and thick, so much so that maybe another term should be used such as “grouper” or “whale fish!”
I actually had the notion that it over-floated me which is something that never, ever would have crossed my mind prior to riding it.
It’s almost corky in a sense but a characteristic that could work to advantage if given enough chance and time.
At present, in the life of this board, it has gone to another rider – Matt McCallister.
We’ve been friends for years, finally convinced me to give it up. Giving in to his enthusiasm the logic was that it could hopefully improve his surfing and if it came to it, another one could be made.
It was sort of like the Doritos commercial with Jay Leno where he says, “Eat all you want, we’ll make more!”
So far it seems to be going well for Matt and certainly gives me incentive and ideas for future boards going forward.
The key, once again, is to have equipment that works in local conditions, namely here on our Delmarva Peninsula and specifically in the summer months.
Truth is, that a board or boards like this can be utilized year-round and can certainly be put to good use as a dependable tool in the quiver of any surfer.
– Dave Dalkiewicz is the owner of Ocean Atlantic Surf Shop in Ocean City.