My first impression of Mortie (after spending only one session on it in even worse conditions) was that it was way more potato-chippy than I thought it was gonna be. I knew these particular shapes were good at "hiding foam" as they say. But I was a bit concerned that maybe it was too thin despite that. It really did feel like a tiny potato chip the few times I stood up on it a few days ago.
The waves were somewhat surfable this morning though, which is way more than I could say for my first session on it. So, in the unlikely event I was able to catch something in this ankle-to-thigh high day, at least there would be some sort of a shoulder.
I paddled out and waited for the small, inconsistent sets. I went for the first one -probably thigh high at best- and actually was able to get in to it for a few pumps and a turn. Not sure how that happened. Probably a fluke. Then I caught another. And another. And another.
No friggin' way this board should've been able to get me in to these little dribblers. I don't even think my fish would've gotten me in to some of these. But, dammit...I was catching waves left and right. There were some where even Sister's mat/fins couldn't get her in that I ended up catching. WTF?
I don't know what it is about that board, but, I was astonished to say the least. Alan_M nailed it. And I say that after previously thinking I was going to have to go back to him for an adjusted-dims board. This tiny little surfboard is something else. :-)
Photos by Ken. Old-Guy-On-Shortboard-Stance by yours truly.