I never knew there was so much to noseriding a longboard till I talked to one of the best noseriders I know, Chase Carlston. This guy lives right nearby me in Hawaii.
He can usually be found spinning around on a soft-top with no fins in, but if you are lucky enough to catch him with his Maxx Dexter shaped longboard, then you are in for a real treat. I surfed a small day at Rocky Point with Chase during the spring and couldn’t believe how good he is at noseriding.
I soon found out from him that the board he rides makes it all possible, so I questioned him further about his Maxx Dexter Surfboard to see exactly how this board is shaped specifically for noseriding.
This Maxx Dexter Surfboard is 9’10” long. A standard longboard blank is fat in the front and skinny in the back, and this surfboard was actually shaped backwards, so the back end is the fat part and the front is really skinny.
There is also a ton of concave moving toward the front of the board. The fat back helps to create suction to the water while you have all your weight on the nose. The huge amount of concave also helps the board stay in position while you are noseriding.
For noseriding, you want a huge, fat fin in the back. But, as Chase mentioned, he likes to be able to noseride and turn, so he uses a couple of different fins that are good for cutbacks as well.
Here’s what Chase has to say about the board:
“I originally had the board made with a super skinny nose so that when I do my cutbacks and come to the bottom of the wave that the ear of the nose wouldn’t catch and I could come back around with like a round house sort of maneuver. There’s a ton of concave in the nose to compensate for the lack of nose but there’s actually just a ton of concave cause I like to noseride and concave is great for nose riding.”
“As far as fins go, I usually put a 10-inch George Greeno in it, but I just recently decided that I hate that fin in this board. I actually love the fin…just not in this board. It is for sure not right for it. Lately I’ve been using a huge 10-inch David Nuuhiwa noserider fin. It’s actually perfect for the board. I just road it the other day and its just what this board needs.”
“A board like this costs over a thousand dollars. The glass job alone costs close to 600 dollars. So to find a board like this in a shop, yeah, it would for sure be over a grand easy.”
“Maxx Dexter is an incredible shaper”
If noseriding is what you want to progress in, then hopefully you learned something new about noseriding longboards. I definitely did during this process. I should add that I tried Chase’s board shortly after talking to him about it and it was definitely a unique feeling compared to the usual longboards that I ride.