All photos by Steve Sherman.
Conner Coffin (5’7″ 160 lbs.) – C.I. Fred Rubble 5’10” x 18 1/2″ x 2 5/16″
Parker Coffin (5’6″ 150 lbs.) – C.I. Fred Rubble 5’10” x 18 1/2″ x 2 1/4″
Parker: We ride pretty much the same dimensions, same models — Fred Rubbles and Protons. But the biggest difference in our boards are the rails. I like to go 2 1/4” and have pretty boxy rails while Conner generally likes rounder rails that taper down and pinch. When you feel his rails you’d think his boards were thinner than mine, but in reality the foam is just more concentrated in the middle.
Conner: My boards might actually be thicker than his. Because sometimes I’ll order mine 2 5/16” or sometimes even 2 3/8”, but they’ll just make it with more of a doamier deck with less volume on the rail.
Parker: Right, where my rails are boxier with a flatter deck. And it kinda shows in the way that we surf. Conner puts his rail in the water more than I do and I think that the thinner rail helps him grip the water more. Gives him more power and drive. My surfing…it can be hard for me sometimes because I’ll get a board that I really like backside but can’t ride frontside. It’s hard to describe. I’ve noticed that I really like boards that cover distance, that have that get-up-and-go feeling. Usually the boards that I really like have really wide tails. Some people think that they’re grossly wide but for me it just kinda creates that zippy feel.
Conner: The biggest difference in our surfing is that he’s a little more quick and agile than me. He’s still really powerful but in a lighter, faster way, and that’s what contributes most to the differences in our boards. More than tail width, though, I just don’t like as much tail rocker as most people. So we’ll both get a Fred Rubble but Parker’s will have more curve in the tail while mine will have straighter rocker in certain places to give me that drivey feel on my back foot.
Parker: It’s funny, people trip out on our boards because they’re a lot bigger than most. I’m 5’6 or 5’7”, Conner is 5’8”, and we’ll ride 5’10”s and 5’11”s. Most people ride boards that are similar to their heights or just over. But ever since Conner and I were little kids we’ve been encouraged to ride bigger boards.
Conner: When you ride a longer board it makes you learn to use your rail and surf a little more powerfully.