I had a travelling Aussie stop by one day looking for a surfboard with a longboard outline, but shortened to 5’8. I felt like he was on to something. All fun up front and business at the back. We took a 9’6 longboard template I had lying around, marked 5’8” on the blank and made it fit. After some rocker tweaks and relocating concaves, we were done. Funny how easy it is sometimes.
A nice full nose makes getting in early a breeze, a real must in a mush crusher, while the relatively narrow tail gives it a good range. Concave under your front foot keeps you moving down the line quick and takes the focus away from generating speed. If you are stepping down from a Slim Jim, or just looking to ride a shorter board that keeps your wave count up, the Stuhb is it.
Beginner - Advanced
Beginner:I don’t think of the Stuhb as a full-on beginner board but if you are a smaller person and can meet the 1’ over your height rule it could be done.
Intermediate:You can go pretty short, 2” under your height is likely fine, you will want to shoot for 1.5 to 2 litres over your standard shortboard. Always nice to have a few more litres if you are going a lot shorter.
Advanced:You will know where this board will fit. You might be surprised at the benefits of the full nose and extra width when the waves are weird or soft.