This was my first real surfboard that I purchased about 15 years ago. A 7’6″ Town and Country funshape by Stu Sharpe (excellent local shaper). I had been learning to surf on a softtop for about 6 months or so at that point, so I decided to take the leap into the real deal.
I bought this down in Melbourne, Florida at Longboard House. Like a total surfer girly girl, I will totally admit I saw it in the window, and it was going to be mine. Granted, I probably wasn’t quite ready for a funshape, but it had a lot of rocker (curve) in the nose and tail, which avoided a lot of nosedives on waves. The downside was, I needed to paddle a lot harder for waves because of the short size and the rocker, and I had to learn to “pop-up” much more quickly.
This board is fairly wide, which helps stability, but the narrower tail does help it to turn well. The true turning ability of this board is only something I found out MUCH later, after I learned to turn. Somewhat.
Of course, the paint job is gorgeous. The pictures don’t show the purple iridescence, and the hibiscus motif is just eye catching. It still comes out for a surf now and then, but it is mostly my babied wall hanger these days since it already has more fixed dings than I would like.
I’m truly not a materialistic person, but I know how Wayne felt seeing his Fender Stratocaster in the shop….