there’s so much BS about these things you have to be careful.
For close to a decade I’ve seen Lance Hookano and Dino Miranda ride theirs in waves most here wouldn’t have the guts to paddle out on. And I’ve surfed alot with Rodney Nakasato who is a regular at Haubush and is more of a classic style rider who usually places in most of the longboard contests in his age group on them. Mostly because of Rodney and Kym McKeague(another classic stylist) alot of folks where I surf ride Surftech long boards. Our waves mostly resemble mainland beach breaks than other reef breaks here in Hawaii so it’s a good fit. Most of these types of boards are performance oriented boards because of their weight and the weight of the riders especially the Hobie PSD, Patterson, Mctavish, Yater and Hakman designs. The real big boys 300lb+ love the Infinity Rad Clusters and the older guys like Uncle Grant who’s in his 70s+ like their Munoz’s. Rodney as a team rider gets to try and ride them all so I always ask him what’s his favorite and he always says the same thing, his mctavish.
If I was getting something 10’ and over I’d get a Rad Cluster or Munoz as they are very easy handling for their size. Personally I think the Munoz is the most underated shape in the entire line…
Between 9 and 10 foot the choices are endless but the newer Takayama’s and designs made especially for the materials like the Hobie PSD, Patterson and Byrne stand out. When they are a direct copy of their poly design they don’t work as well as a lighter composite but the designers have learned to use the materials over time and are thinning out favorite shapes to compensate for the effect of the light EPS core.
Bottomline though is that they will never ride like a good poly or a heavy volan glassed poly big board so there maybe some technique adjustment especially adjusting to swing weight and glide (unless you get a woodie). But compared to what you might typically get from a board maker with out paying extra they will hold up much better over the shorter run of 6 months than the typical pressures you might get from knee paddling or heels…
I going on 52 been surfing almost twice as long as you.
my very first shortboard as I migrated from a woolworth double stringered coolie was a Dextra
so popouts are no stranger to me…
And yes we used to stand up on our skin removing coolies till they snapped and became paipos with wooden lances
cause when you’re poor and there’s surfshop around
well, you make do…
those damn Dextras were almost indestructable compared to Surftech,
weighed twice as much though…
Hope this helps
I’m not advocating them
I’m just reporting what I see in the lineups here.
Personally I’d prefer a custom Parmenter, Griffin, or BK 9’2" as my all around long board