Flyfish wrote:When i started, i mostly road 6'2 because thats what i use to surf. then i droped all the way down to 5'2 for quite sometime. but now I prefer 5'10 range. For me, I enjoyed the 5'2 for awhile but found that when the waves got big, I yearnd for a bigger board to deal with the chop and more drawn out turns. when I went back to the 6'2 range, I felt like it was too much. Thats when I started finding 5'10 ish took all wave sizes well.
all that said, I would love to try a 5'2 Vangard. And no, I don't think a 5'2 vangard is "just a 5'10 with its nose cut off."
Yup there is a bit more to it than the nose being cut off. My point however was that I would not consider a 5'2 vanguard a small board. With a classic fun board type surfboard much if the length of the board is in the tip and out of the water... adds only a little weight.
It is essentially a twin tip with a surf rocker and fin setup.
I doubt it would be nose dive-y in chop or wind swell, but I can see it being nose dive-y in big surf as well as being suddenly thrown back by the lip due to the blunt wide tip rather than the more gradual impact of a far more tapered tip.
Also I remember seeing a local surfboard in grinch Portugal about 20 years ago that looked just like the vanguard. There was also an Italian Windsurfer with a very similar outline made in Como specifically for the walled off Lake Areas with that nasty reflected wave chop.