Sunday, December 26, 2010
Belly Slider Update
Got out on Christmas day with my son for a surf. It was sunny and waist to chest high with some bigger sets. I lost one of my vent plugs and ended up taking out the new belly board. I was not sure how the pintail would work on such a small board, but it is really great! Compared to the straight-sided tombstone belly boards, it is very loose and turns early on the face. On bigger waves, I found I could carve up and down, just about hitting the lip. It was very fun, more so than the tombstone types because of the manuverability. The little bonzers do a good job, but really, to hang on in a steep section, I found I needed to really dig the rail into the wave face to keep from skidding off the wave. It is a little slower that the tombstone type, but I got more rides right in the pocket and better barrels, so for my local beach break, it seems better. And it is a little easier getting into waves and catching them earlier, given its wider width. Overall, super fun for a variety of smallish conditions and a great break from conventional standup riding. Definately be making some more!