Ask R Dot: What do you recommend for a step up?

Question:

Hey Rusty, I'm 5'3 half and 150 lbs. I love riding fishes and 80s quivers more than any modern shortboard. I hate any board that are less than 2 and half thickness cos I'll just sink, which gives me a hard time to find a good go to shortboard for everyday waves from knee high to DOH. Slayer seems like a perfect ideal board for me. What is your dimension suggestion? How about 5'8 x 18 5/8 x 2 1/2? Is that too much of volume? Should it be wider around 19"? Let me know, thanks!
- Mike

Answer:

Mike, The Slayer has been a popular alternative to a step up board. Your numbers are pretty close to what I’d recommend for a Slayer. It might not be the ideal choice for knee high, but will excel in overhead surf. For an everyday board? Dwarts, Hustlers and Dozers have all had great feedback. The Dwart is the widest and thickest one of the bunch and can be ridden the shortest. It’s a good modern alternative to an old school fish with more range. The Dozer is a performance shortboard that has been widened a little, all the way around, with slightly relaxed rocker on both ends. Hustler is a cool, skatey, fishy thing that has excels in a variety of conditions. If you love riding old school fish shapes and 80’s style boards, this is one to take a look at. Because of the flatter deck, you’d be able to go a little thinner in the center but still have some extra volume carried out to the rails. These are all available in a 5 fin convertible option. The ability to switch from 3 to 4 fins will add to the versatility of your board.

R.

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