Looking to make that move from a longboard to something shorter? (2nd edition)

So you've come to a point in your surfing where you're ready for a little more maneuverability but not ready to make the jump to a shortboard (by the way, that's the vast majority of you that have never surfed anything other than a longboard). But what do you switch to?

We would recommend you switch to an in between step before jumping to a fish or shortboard and typically a funboard or hybrid is going to be the ticket. A funboard/hybrid is more of a board philosophy than it is a board shape. The philosophy behind the funboard/hybrid is, "I want to have a significant amount of maneuverability but I don't want to paddle like hell to get the job done." A funboard/hybrid can have a number of different shapes and sizes but typically you will see funboard/hybrids in the 6'8" - 8'0" range, with fuller dimension throughout.

Below you will find 2 different shapes and we will separate them by the style of surfer you are and the type of turning you are looking to achieve.

The Jack Hybrid Shortboard


Looking for something a little more aggressive in the water? The Jack is what your adrenaline fueled shortboarder heart needs.

Fast, maneuverable, versatile—the Jack features a single to double concave to keep you truckin down the line, a mini swallowtail to keep a high level of hold, and a 2-stage winged rail that provides pivot points for those raging turns that’ll make short work of almost any wave you encounter.

The fuller bodied shortboard template gives you a big boost in float and paddle power, while the tri-quad fin setup allows you to surf this board as a thruster or a quad allowing you to take this board out in just about any conditions and rip like you’re riding a performance shortboard.

Our best selling funboard/hybrid, we have to fight to keep this one in stock.

Here’s what one of our STOKED customers had to say about the Jack:

Let me just say I am very happy with this board!! I have renamed it Jack The Ripper. I have ridden this board pretty much everyday since I got it and it has handled every possible condition I have encountered. I have ridden it as a quad the whole time in everything from knee high to a little overhead and it just rips. Very fast and turns on a dime. I could not have asked for a better board. I have been surfing for 30 years and am totally stoked and love this board!! -Ray Kunz Oceanside, CA

So how short should you go? Take a look at the sizing chart below to get started in the right direction. Naturally, the more aggressively you plan on surfing, the shorter you'll want to take it (translation = if you plan on surfing it like a hybrid and not a funboard then go a size below these recommendations):

5'0" - 5'6" 5'6" - 6'0" 6'0" - 6'4" 6'5"+
100 - 140 lbs 6' or 6'4" 6' or 6'4" 6'4" or 6'8" 6'4" or 6'8" or 7'
140 - 170 lbs 6' or 6'4" or 6'8" 6'4" or 6'8" 6'8" or 7' 6'8" or 7'
170 - 200 lbs 6'8" or 7' 6'8" or 7' or 7'6" 7' or 7'6" 7' or 7'6"

Click here and learn more about the Jack Hybrid/Funboard.

 

The Poacher Funboard

The Poacher has a swagger all its own. This little egg comes way outta left field and delivers the most unique ride you'll probably ever experience. Light and nimble for its length, paddle it like a mini longboard and crank off the rounded pin tail like you would a shortboard. The Poacher is the all-rounder.

The classic thruster design, 60/40 rails, and egg shape let you charge anything from knee high waves to overhead and stay locked in and in control. Great speed down the line and snappy rail to rail—this board is ridiculously fun to ride.

The Poacher has a pretty complex concave system under the hood. Single to V to Double. The single concave gives you greater drive and speed down the line, making your paddling that much easier, the V compounds that effect, pulling water away from the rails and towards the tail, where the double channel takes over and pushes water towards the tail so your turns will be that much more responsive and cut clean.

Perfect for those of you out there who don’t take yourselves too seriously and get the urge to take a day to goof off at the beach. Sounds like you? This is the board you want.

“Hey Luc and Holly, Just got the board delivered 2day via UPS. Fins are on and cant wait till early Sat morning to begin my trek to the NJ shore, 80 miles southwest. I can’t believe how light it is, it makes my longboard feel like I'm carrying a semi truck. Thanks again, you guys are great. I will TELL EVERYONE i know out here about you two and your boards. I wish you could see the giant smile on my face, my wife, not as much, UGH! Keep smiling Stokes family.”

-Sean New Jersey

“This is a really loose and fun board. Feels like I am on a skateboard, and it catches everything. Thanks guys.”

-Greg Stanza Wilmington, NC

  The Poacher isn't for everyone. You taller, more built surfers will probably wanna go with a larger, more stable shape---the Poacher is a little like trying to surf a bottle rocket. Everyone else, if you've got a range of sizes, go with the smaller if you're either looking to transition to a smaller board eventually or just like the added challenge/maneuverability. The bigger size will better suit surfers who wanna take it a little easier in the water--easier paddling and smoother turning. You know what you like.

 

5'0" - 5'6" 5'6" - 6'0" 6'0" - 6'4" 6'5"+
100 - 140 lbs 6'6" 6'6" 6'6" 6'6", 6'10", 7'2"
140 - 170 lbs 6'6" 6'6" 6'6", 6'10" 6'6", 6'10", 7'2"
170 - 200 lbs 6'6", 6'10" 6'6", 6'10" 6'6", 6'10", 7'2" 6'10", 7'2"

If you’re looking for a board with personality then look no further. The Poacher - Funboard.

Regardless of which funboard/hybrid you pick, these board are fun. They float great, paddle awesome, and will definitely become a staple in your quivers.
Garek Hurt
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21 Comments

Jeremy
Jeremy

December 14, 2015

im a 6’3 250LB guy and im not loosing any weight (im a weight lifter). Im on a 9’10 longboard right now but am about ready to switch to something shorter and more aggressive. Im surfing in the St. Augustine, FL area so need it to fit that. What would yall suggest?

Luc Stokes
Luc Stokes

May 07, 2014

You bet. Let us know if we can help in any other way.

Bill Hazlett
Bill Hazlett

May 07, 2014

Thanks for all the info you all sent me I am now convinced on what board I am going with. It may take me month or two but I am, going to going with the Tuning Point Next Gen 7’ I have never had someone spent so much time with me an being patient. Thanks again Luc and Holly.
Regards,
Bill

Luc Stokes
Luc Stokes

May 07, 2014

@Brian- Like I started in the article it all depends on your expectations of what you want the board to do and what conditions you want the board to surf the best in. The TP is probably the most versatile boards we have. Cheers.

BRIAN FLETHER
BRIAN FLETHER

May 07, 2014

I think your wwbsite is outstanding. Makes me wish I lived in the San Diego area. I think the Turning Point would be the board for me. I used to surf a long time ago and I’m trying to get back into it. Your prices are great too. I would like to tell you all my facts.

I am 5-8, about 175lbs and a intermediate surfer. So would you think the Turning Point would be the board for me?

Thank you.

Brian

James Francis
James Francis

May 07, 2014

Can you duck dive fairly easy w 7’ turning pt.?

Luc Stokes
Luc Stokes

May 07, 2014

I think the 7’ Turning point would be great for you. It is a little on the thick side for your size but that will just help you float better and get in to waves a little easier… not a bad consequence. :)

James Francis
James Francis

May 07, 2014

thanks for all the info, I’m 58 in good health, I’ve been back into surfing the last couple years after not for 20 yrs , I used to live in San Diego & surfed Ralph’s point loma on a 6’ board my brother maid. I have a 6’4" &6’ 8" older boards 2 1/2 thick , I can tear it up behind aski boat , but getting into waves with them is a little difficult , I was thinking a newer board that floated me better , I’m 150 lbs & 5’ 7" , I’m leaning toward the 7’ turning point, what do you think? Also do you think 3" thick is too thick? what is turning point thickness?

Luc Stokes
Luc Stokes

May 07, 2014

I think the Turning Point is going to be your best bet. Look at the 7’6". Let me know if you have any questions.

http://www.degree33surfboards.com/surf-gear/surfboards-by-shape/funboard-surfboards/turning-point.html

Scott Memmer
Scott Memmer

May 07, 2014

I am moving down from a longboard. I am 57 and grew into surfing as a short boarder. I stand 6’1" and weigh 205. I am looking for something with great float but also good responsiveness once I’m up. I want to to Epoxy, I think, but with a stringer for added strength and flex. Your thoughts?

Ted Ferguson
Ted Ferguson

May 07, 2014

I am 65 years old been surfing off and on since 1961, I surf 37th st. Santa Cruz, because I will be a little out of shape I’m going to need something that paddles pretty easy, I have an O’neal 8’2" I like but want to get a new board What do you suggest? Would the turning point be right for me or something a bit longer? Thanks Ted

Luc Stokes
Luc Stokes

May 07, 2014

Hey Frank. If you’re wanting to stay in the 7’6" range we’ll definitely need to build you a custom. Give us a ring at the warehouse. Here’s an overview or our custom surfboards.

Frank Henry
Frank Henry

May 07, 2014

Have not surfed in years, Stepping Stone isshape I’ve used in past. What dimensions would float me? I am 225 lbs and surf Fla East Coast. Prefer around 7 to 7’-6". Can board thickness be increased for lotation without losing performance. Floatation is paramount I am 60 yrs old. Thanks frank

Luc Stokes
Luc Stokes

May 07, 2014

Thanks so much Ross. Love to hear that you’re stoked on it!

Ross
Ross

May 07, 2014

Just wanted to let you know I was a skeptic at first when I ordered my 6’4 retro. All I have to say is I just got out of the water and could not wait to write a response from down here in south florida. Amazing!!!!! fast down the line, smooth from section to section, extremely manuverable. I’ve been surfing up and down the east coast for about 20 years and out of all the boards Ive ever ridden, this board is at the top of my list. I have seen ridiculous negative reviews around the web about you guys, but the people who write all that crap have dreams of going pro, but they are to busy jerking off on the internet writing stupid comments that make absolutely no sense. I had a blast and cant wait until tomorrow to surf.
Peace out.

Luc Stokes
Luc Stokes

May 07, 2014

That’ll really depend on your weight and your technique. I see you about 150lbs. That’s really a light weight to be able to duck dive that board. Your technique could compensate for it though.

Luc Stokes
Luc Stokes

May 07, 2014

No longboard huh… We’ll if you want the most versatile board we have then one of our funboards is probably the ticket. I think the Turning Point in the 7’ or 7’6".

Luc Stokes
Luc Stokes

May 07, 2014

Sorry it took so long to respond. What are you wanting your new board to do that your 8’2" doesn’t?

Robert M Easton Jr OD FAAO
Robert M Easton Jr OD FAAO

May 07, 2014

I am a 57 year old 200 lb 5’7" fit guy that surfed all up and down the East Coast from Fort Lauderdale windchop to summer swells in Cape Hatteras, NC and Ocean City , NJ. I have surfed on a Sunset Custom Swallow tail, a Channin pintail and other no-name boards back in the 70’s. I’m ready to get back to the waves again but I need something that will be fun to ride, easy to catch waves but not a longboard. I’ll continue surfing along the East Coast of Florida in windchop and the occassional north swell during the winter. Any sugestions?

Ted Ferguson
Ted Ferguson

May 07, 2014

I think medium surf is the norm, 3-5’ but also small and big surf Santa Cruz produces some big waves along with the flat days, so I think the medium would be my choice. I like to cruze Not a shredder so what do you think? Thanks Ted

Luc Stokes
Luc Stokes

May 07, 2014

What conditions do you want this board to perform best in? What are you wanting to accomplish?

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