Surfboard Question? Ask Al.
Due to the enormous influx of questions Al will personally pick one question every week and will answer it on the CI Blog
Email us at: [email protected] with Subject Header, ASK Al.
Im trying to figure out what to get: Id really like to get a board that I can grow into. Also, I just feel like I am heading towards short boards one day (I hope)- and so Id like to get some kind of transition board–rather than a long board.
A guy at the surf shop told me that there is a 6′ 4” CI fish that I should consider–he showed me, and it looked great, but I cant remember the name. Do you think this is a good board for me? If not–what other boards should I consider. I like the CI boards.
Al Merrick, “I recommend the 7’0 M-13. It will allow you to catch waves easily and forgiving enough to improve quickly on.”
Al Merrick, “Volume is just as important a measurement as length, width, and thickness in my opinion. If you know the volume of your existing board, you can use that number to base your next board purchase on. Every surfboard manufacturer uses different sets of standard dimensions for their stock boards. Some are longer, narrower and thinner. Some are shorter, wider and thicker. If the volume of the board is available, it takes a lot of the guesswork out the equation as to whether or not the board will float you.”
Al Merrick, “We shape boards from raw blanks when there isn’t anything in our existing database that we can start from. When we shape boards from raw blanks for our team riders, each one of them rides completely different from the last, so when we are looking for consistency, the only way to really achieve it is to start with a CNC milled blank. We don’t see any downside to using the CNC milling machines.”