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On the photo left you can see a couple of silver surfers. The board to the right is a inflatable ULI board. It is a board for travelling or to use on crowded beaches as it is soft and can damage nobody   

Trying to paddle out through white water is pretty demanding, if not impossible.      ...

It was replaced during the summer 2007 by a 8 feet 4 inch BIC board.

None of the above boards are very good boards for the learner surfer. I have been told. However the BIC is good value for money.

 I am am counting that the new board that you see on photo below is a better choice.  A the time of writing it has not been tested, but it will be during the week.

LATEST: If you are an old man like me you need a board with volume.

 

 

In 2008 I had my 3 rd board. A proper build board to my weight and skills. I heard about Esteban from a fellow surfer, and eventually found his place in a remote countryside on Mallorca ..

The board is 9 feet 8 inch. It is 23 and a half inch wide and 3 inch thick. With my weight of 93 kilo, that should be about right.

On the photo you can se the shaper finishing the board.


 


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The new board had to be tested right away. The next evening I went to the beach. The board is more lively, which surprised me. That is probable due to the slight v/profile. I was falling right and left. It will take some time to get used to. However it paddles like a battleship. It catches the waves with an ease I have not tried before.
Below are photos from the first session. Click on photos to zoom.

2009 May update.

I have now used the board one season, and it has limitations. It is very hard to turn, also I do a lot of pearling ( which is not necessary a fault of the board, but I think it is lacking forward rocker, but later I realized the board calls for a more skilled surfer. On this board you need to move . Forward for speed . Back for turn. I will be back on this board later when I am more experienced. )

At the moment I use more my 8 foot 4 Bic to get the ease of turning

 

In June 2011 I had a new board with the following dimensions 9 feet 2 inch long 23 inch wide and 3 inch thick. It has quite a bit of forward rocker. It is a soft top board. Rail is soft as well. Bottom is hard.

The forward rocker seems to make the board more resistant to pearling.  Also the Eskimo roll is easier. The wave tend to press the board down.

On the other hand the board is not as fast.  Volume is 76 liters. I am 94 KG.

There are a type of soft boards designed for surf schools. They have even more volume. They could be 24 inch wide and up to 4 inch thick   A board like that you will outgrow and it may not be a good investment. ..

LATEST: I have now used this board for about a month. For an surfer my age  ( 63 ) and my experience ( 440 ) days, it is a perfect board.

2017. I am still using this board.

 

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After 3 or 4 seasons I started to use the Panic Point board again, is has a much better glide than the softboard, and as it started to delaminate in 2016 I got a 10 feet by 23 feet by 3 feet with a volume of about 75 liter. The board was made by a local shaper and is  very high quality board.

Very nice board but  heavy to handle in bigger surf and a bit dangerous if many surfers around. So I use this board mainly in swell less than 4 feet.
10 feet long board
 
Then in November 2016 I got a Fatum Duke 7 feet. First time in the water i thought I would never manage to surf this board. Now after 1 week I am actually surfing it. I great board. With a volume of 51 liter it has a weight rating of 85 KG for Intermediate surfer. So it may be a bit on the small side. I will see.

I think this board will be very nice for travelling, as I will be able to open the rear hatch of the car, while the board is on the roof.
Fatum Duke 7 Feet
 
 
 

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