I hope the abreviation changes to SUS, "Stand Up Surf" for us who surf on our stand ups. I will be honest, dropping board size has been a challenge for me. Many good days and bad or should I say good/bad balance days. The over all surfing is always better or more "FUN" for me on a smaller board but the difference is like learning how to SUP or SUS all over again.
The balancing act for me has been tough being 6'2" 215lbs a high center of gravity on a board that if I bounce on in flat water it sinks up to my calves has people in the lineup calling me a ballerina. But the drop jawed looks I get from the shortboarders in the lineup is well worth it when I crank on some decent turns and actually hit the lip with authority. To those thinking about a smaller SUS board, go for it. My advice: go thicker and more foiled from nose to tail and maybe a bit wider than your standard 9'-10' board. The difference for bigger guys is very noticeable but I have found that shorter, smaller guys have no trouble on a smaller SUS.
I am riding a quad fin fish shape 8'6" right now and it rides sick, have had it some decent surf and am pretty used to it but it does not get along well with choppy conditions. There is a bit of a learning curve with the small SUS boards. The biggest thing to learn is you have to surf them. There is no glide to speak of, you've got to drive them down the line like a prone board. Unlike a prone board they are faster and even faster than the larger SUPs I pass my buddies all the time when they take off in front of me. What kills me to no end is the shear amount of good turns that can be done in a very small area of the wave. The quad is so drivey with no drag it projects and cuts back unreal.
One of the coolest things I notice on the small board is I am not afraid to pull a maneuver in a critical section, where on a bigger SUP I would be wary of making it and getting hit by the board. The small one does not feel like it will kill you if it hits you. The deck of the 8'6" has quite a few pressure dents up in the nose where I got crushed pulling into some barrels I knew I wouldn't make, and a few good dents from my head. Luckily that is the most dense part of my body so no worries. I can see one day soon riding a 7'? SUS and surfing it like a prone board. Get out there try a small SUS- it's an absolute blast....
Photo: The Photogs grabbed a shot of me trying a 8'8" Lopez quad... Capt Ron digging a trail.
Oh yeah, broke my PowerEx paddle last week- snapped the blade in half. I got 5 months out of it, took it back and got a new one- no questions asked. Awesome company... Good paddle for strong paddlers.
Peace and good waves to all,