Quivers – Rusty Preisendorfer

The “Big Guy” Quiver
For Surfers 200 Pounds And Over

If you’re over 200 pounds, you know dialing in board dimensions is way tougher than for the average guy who rides a 6’2″. To shed some light on the topic, we asked master shaper Rusty Preisendorfer to show us what he rides. Besides being part of the “big guy” club himself, it’s likely he’s shaped more boards for this demographic than anyone on the planet. Here’s a look at some of Rusty’s personal boards, plus a few historical gems from more than 30 years of driving a planer.

Height: 6’4″
Weight: 240-250
All boards shaped by Rusty

12’6″ x 24 1/2″ x 4 1/4″ Single fin longboard
“I’ll ride this in very small, long, lined up, rolling waves.”

9’7″ x 23″ x 3 1/4″ Squashtail longboard
“I also have a 10’0″, 10’6″, and an 11’0″ to bridge the gap between the 12’6″ and this one.”

8’6″ x 21 1/2″ x 3 1/4″ Bat-tail quad, three-pound EPS foam
“I rode this at pretty big Cloudbreak in March and it went great. Three-pound EPS is comparable in weight to Clark Blue, but way stronger.”

8’0″ x 23″ x 3 1/8″ Moby Fish quad swallowtail
“This is good for waist-high to just-overhead surf. I ride this quite a bit around La Jolla-it’s a pretty versatile board.”

7’6″ x 22 1/2″ x 3″ Squashtail
“I built this in 1989. I’d gotten a copy of Sea Of Joy with Wayne Lynch, and he was riding this little, yellow squashtail at Tamarin Bay, which was the inspiration for this board.”

7’3″ x 21 1/2″ x 2 7/8″ Squashtail
“This board is a precursor to the Tuflites. Randy French | founder of Surftech| built this board for me in 1991. It weighs about eight pounds and to this day hardly has a dent in it, and it’s fifteen years old.”

7’9″ x 21 7/8″ x 2 7/8″ Bat-tail quad, two-pound EPS
“This is my everyday hotdog quad. I’ll ride this when the surf is good-like good Blacks, Scripps, or Sunset Cliffs.”

6’2″ x 18 1/2″ x 2 1/4″ Squashtail, one pound EPS
“This was one of the few boards we made for the pros for the wave-pool contest in Allentown, Pennsylvania in 1986.”

6’0″ x 18 3/4″ x 2 5/16″ Canyon rounded-pin twin-fin
“This was built in the winter of ’79/80.”

5’10” x 22″ x 2 1/2″ Half-moon tail
“I made this for my son Clint when he was young so he could sneak off into the swimming zone with his buddies who were still riding bodyboards, but he could stand up and surf on it. It’s supposed to look like a bodyboard.”

5’10” x 20″ x 2 3/8″ Swallowtail, one-pound EPS
“This was made for PT | Peter Townend| around 1985. There was a little bit of a push for EPS/epoxy boards in the early 80s.”

5’8″ x 21″ x 2 1/4″ Finless deep channel squashtail
Another fun project board for Clint to surf in the swim zone-actually, this is a board I’d love to see someone like Jamie O’Brien on.

7’4″ x 20 3/4″ x 3″ Music! Single-fin swallowtail
“Music! is a label I created 31 years ago. I still have the mark registered and occasionally make a few for a couple friends.”


Rusty’s Board-Ordering Tips For 200-Pound-And-Over Surfers
“For big guys looking for a modern-style board, width is really the key. I see a lot of people trying to make boards for big guys and they get them longer and thicker, but they’re not making them wide enough. To some people, 21 inches sounds really wide, but even on an eight-foot board, if you make it 23 inches wide, you’ll get a lot of curve, and that gives you a lot more options when working with templates.”

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For expanded and more detailed comments on Rusty’s quiver, go to transworldsurf.com.