The vanguard looks interesting, but it is essentially a 5'10 or slightly longer board, but with the nose cut off. I've ridden something similar, but did not like it when blasting through white water on the lip or parting kelp. Also prefer a pointed nose with that little bit of extra margin when going vertical down a face..... mostly by mistakeDa Yoda wrote:One word... Vanguard.
I'm around 65-68kgs and ride the 5'0 Vanguard (kite version). It actually rides more like a 5'8-5'10 board. You get the best of both worlds with this board, meaning the stability of a longer board and the nimbleness of a short board all in one package. Sweetest ride ever! However it does not allow for straps, so this may be an issue since you didn't indicate if you ride straps or not. I've seen some put NSI's stap/pad kit on this board to convert it...
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Nice....SupaEZ wrote:14Toeside is 6'5" and can ride his Nugget 5'0" x 21'' with his Edge 19..Dyno 18..Rebel 14..etc
He rips in the ocean going toeside...size 14 shoe size..240lbs
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.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."
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