I rode the Infinity this morning. High tide was smack center of my session and with the swell on the decline, I figured it was the call. It was, but the waves weren’t great. Smaller inconsistent surf, with a big crowd really takes down the fun factor for me on a standup. It’s ironic, because those are the exact conditions that a bigger sup excels in, but with the crowd I feel bad utilizing the benefits. Even though nobody is catching most of the smaller waves rolling through the lineup, you just know that if you get aggressive and catch them, you’ll attract a bunch of attention and create some ill will. So, I played the other game, the wait way outside for the every 15 minute bomb and hope that I could see it in time and sprint to the spot game. It worked a few times and I got a couple.
As requested in the comments of this post, here are a couple videos showing the boards in action. (video of the Infinity is a few weeks ago but Starboard video is 5 months ago… I understand the board better now.)
A few notes on the difference between boards. Side note… it might seem strange that I love to switch up boards all the time, just when I’m getting used to one, bouncing to a different board, but there’s method to the madness. You see, when I ride a board for a few days I notice one, two or a few things. Maybe its the way a board glides in a section, or comes off the bottom… And those little differences make your mind work and process. Once you fully internalize a board, you’re not learning as much. That’s on the progress side — on the surfing side, when you can grab a new feeling, it’s fun to see if you can replicate it on a different board. Was it the board or was it something you did? Can you bring it out on different equipment?
What I noticed today, riding the larger (7.9×27 at 88L) Infinity vs. the 7.4×25.5 at 83L starboard was the difference in effort. Both paddling, I swear they’re almost the exact same float, but the difference in surface area makes the Infinity feel very stable and it has WAY more glide. That glide also translates into a very easy entrance to waves. While the starboard can definitely surf more radical, gliding into a wave with incredible stability allows you to start mentally processing the surfing part earlier. I draw better lines, albeit with less radical turns, on the Infinity.
I was surprised that the Infinity felt loose on bottom turns. Specifically because that’s something I’ve always tagged on the starboard as an issue… I’m guessing I wasn’t 100% in the right spot.
Some fun things coming up on the blog… Tyler Callaway, the head of FCS, who was on the podcast (you can check out that episode here), is going to partake in a project with us. He’s sending a few sets of fins — backstory, I hit him up asking what I should do regarding the starboard being a bit slippery on bottom turns. I can move the fin back but then I hate the way it surfs off the lip. He had the idea of sending a few sets of fins and talking me through them… Then we decided to put it up on the blog so you guys can learn from it too! That will be happening at the end of the month.
I would love to test different boards, paddles, whatever… And I think it would have real value anyone reading.
If you liked hearing about my surf this morning, come down and surf with me in Costa Rica! It’s always warm and we always have waves. Check out our setup here.