Rusty Happy Shovel Surfboard Review

Trip Forman reviews the Rusty Happy Shovel. Learn more: http://www.realwatersports.com/surfing/surfboards/rusty/happy-shovel

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Trip Forman reviews the Rusty Happy Shovel. Learn more: http://www.realwatersports.com/surfing/surfboards/rusty/happy-shovel

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S - 4 years ago
Great review! Although, what size would you recommend for someone that is 5'2" 110lbs in the intermediate skill level?
REAL Watersports
REAL Watersports - 4 years ago
Steph - thanks for the extra info. You could get away with a fairly small board (as small as 26L) with your weight and skill level, but since you're positioning this for mostly mushy small waves, you are okay to go with a little more size and float. You want a board you can fit in your car, but don't go ridiculously short, as you don't want too much of your body dragging behind you when you paddle. I'm thinking something closer to 30L volume would be great for what you need.

Finding a Happy Shovel will be hard as there aren't too many around any more, they're mostly custom orders these days. Good substitute for you for a board you could buy immediately would be:

5'2" Rusty Muffin Top:
http://www.realwatersports.com/surfing/surfboards/rusty/muffin-top

5'4" SUPERbrand Fling:
http://www.realwatersports.com/surfing/surfboards/superbrand/fling

5'6" ...Lost LayZboy:
http://www.realwatersports.com/surfing/surfboards/lost/layzboy

Any of these would be a great fit for you. Hope this helps! -Chris Stellato +real watersports
S
S - 4 years ago
Used for mostly mushy knee high waves a couple times a month. Surfing for about 20 years on and off. I have a 6'10" fun shape that is more like a longboard for me, but want something with more punch...narrower rails, but small wave maneuverability and travel friendly so I can put it into the car easily.
REAL Watersports
REAL Watersports - 4 years ago
Steph - thanks for your question. Can you tell us a little more about what you'd like to do with this board? Grovel/small waves, daily driver? How would this board relate to the other boards in your quiver, or would this be your only board? Also let us know where you're surfing most frequently, how often you surf, your age and how long you've been surfing. We'll be stoked to recommend the perfect board. Thanks! -Chris Stellato +real watersports
Alex Berawa
Alex Berawa - 5 years ago
intermediate/advanced surfer. about 155bs x 6'0".my everyday board is 25.4l x 5'8", in better days 5'10" x 26lwhich size/volume would you sugget for those mushy days?thanks in advance for your replay and the great review!
Fernaass ss
Fernaass ss - 5 years ago
Hi!  What size for 5,8   171 lbs  intermediate, i would like to improve the paddling but not a  big size  or too heavy
REAL Watersports
REAL Watersports - 5 years ago
@Fernão Vampré Approx 36L of volume would work great for your weight and skill level. A 5'11" - 6'0" Happy Shovel is the right size for you. Hope this helps! -Chris Stellato @REAL Watersports
ZmannR2
ZmannR2 - 5 years ago
What size would an intermediate surfer 6'0 165 lbs in TX surf (so mushy sloppy suirf) buy?
REAL Watersports
REAL Watersports - 4 years ago
It's just like cars, computers, shoes etc... new stuff comes out and the old stuff gets harder to find. As far as the construction goes, it's all about your personal preferences. The EPS/Tuflite style Happy Shovels won't have much flex so it will be a stiffer, skatier ride. You'll get a slight buoyancy boost as the EPS is a little floatier by volume compared to PU/Poly. I personally prefer the feel of PU/Poly but all constructions have their place in the water, just depends on personal preference. Hope this helps! -Chris +real watersports
ZmannR2
ZmannR2 - 4 years ago
+REAL Watersports ya I've noticed that!! What gives? I found a surf tech one for $450 on sale. But I dunno if I want a surf tech pop out. What do you think I should do?
REAL Watersports
REAL Watersports - 4 years ago
+ZmannR2 - Glad the info is helpful. Vapors has a good wave range but like you most surfers will want something below it in their quiver as more of a pure groveler. One thing to note is Happy Shovels are getting harder to find (we haven't had any in stock in a hot minute). A lot of the focus has shifted over to the Rusty Muffin Top (http://www.realwatersports.com/surfing/surfboards/rusty/muffin-top).

Also ...Lost LayZBoy would be another good substitute if you can't get your hands on a Happy Shovel. Stay Stoked! -Chris Stellato +real watersports
ZmannR2
ZmannR2 - 4 years ago
+REAL Watersports thanks! It's been a year and I still want this board. My Super Vapors just doesn't cut it on smaller mushier days. Hoping to grab one soon
REAL Watersports
REAL Watersports - 5 years ago
@ZmannR2 Go for the 6'1" approx 37.2L volume - for your weight it should catch waves almost as easy as a longboard. Will be great for the mush. Hope this helps! -Chris Stellato @REAL Watersports
Peekukthefrog
Peekukthefrog - 5 years ago
This will be my next rusty board

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