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.)

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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?

Starboard (Left) 7.4x25.5 at 83 L and Infinity Blurr (Right) 7.9x27 at 88L, but they float the same...
Starboard (Left) 7.4×25.5 at 83 L and Infinity Blurr (Right) 7.9×27 at 88L, but they float the same…

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.

Published by Erik Antonson

Erik is the founder and host of the PaddleWoo podcast, 2X Costa Rica National SUP Surf Champion and owner of Blue Zone SUP Camps.

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6 Comments

  1. Hi,
    I really like your comparison between your boards.
    I would really appreciate to watch videos of you surfing the infinity and the starboard.
    Thanks for your blog and podcasts.

      1. Thanks a lot for the videos. Maybe the comparison is not fair and now you can do the same with the starboard but the turns look a lot smoother with the infinity. Awesome rail work and the last turn is a beauty! I’m in love with slingshot roundhouse cut back but I definitely have to work on this Colin’s cut back that I do more with longboard style SUP than with my shortboard SUP (variety is good for scoring).

        1. Thanks. I agree that the Infinity is a smoother board. The day that video was shot was perfect for it! That said, it is difficult for me to surf it top-to-bottom. The video of the starboard was a long time ago and the fin setup was different. I’m excited to try it with some new fins under the guidance of Tyler from FCS and see what comes out of it. I’ll try to get a newer video of the starboard here soon…

  2. I enjoy your blog & podcasts….keep up the great work. Curious though….wouldnt you create more ill will by sitting outside and catching the 15 min bomb set vs catching the smaller waves on the inside that no one else is catching anyway?

    1. It might sound that way, but not today… The bombs were breaking way outside and cleaning up the lineup, about 50m outside. They were infrequent, I only caught about 5 waves in 1:30. The smaller waves rolling through would look like they were catchable by the lineup even though nobody was catching them. I find that when your wave count is high and other folks can’t catch waves in the same area that breeds animosity.

      Whereas if you just catch a few waves that no one can get to, then it goes ok. It doesn’t showcase the massive advantage in fun of riding a sup that folks don’t want to believe.

      PS. I just checked out your blog. Love the photos of Toilet Seat Creek. We hung a seat back in 2009. Doubt it’s still there, but we’ve got some great pics of it.

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