MemberDecember 29, 2021 at 7:02 pm
I wanted to circle back and share the outcome. I got a one month rental at a place for that allowed me to switch boards as many times as I wanted. I also went to a shaper who had some samples I could try out. Here are my notes (comments welcome, or see image below)
In the end I decided to go with a Papaya from Cheboards. I selected an option which is 7’0 x 22.5 x 2.75 and 52L (doesn’t seem to be listed on the site)
https://cheboards.com/collections/funboards/products/papaya (or see image below)
Why did I decide on a Papaya?
* I found wider boards very helpful, I noticed a big difference in my ability to take off and stay on the top 1/3 of the wave. I was way more stable when turning. I literally had the best day of my life the first time on the board, completing my first ever backside bottom, top turn down the line multiple times.
* The price of the custom board at Che was about the same as a brand new Scorpion II, which I couldn’t find anywhere in stock, and even if I could I would have paid another $150 at least to get it down here on a plane
* At age 49, life is a bit too short and I don’t want to suck for a while, I just want to catch as many waves as possible, have fun and continue to progress. I’m confident that this path will be a faster path to a performance board, if I ever even decide I want to go shorter
I don’t get the new board for another 6 weeks, but I’ve got some more time to practice my longboarding in the meantime : )