Currently I own a 2010 Fish 160
2008 Un..inc "puppy" 158
2006 Custom 166
I have had various other boards over the years all cambered and all similar in size, ride and type to the Custom. I got myself the fish a couple of years ago as I had always fancied one it looked great was cheap, but figured I wouldn't get to ride it much, how wrong could I have been !!
I now find myself using the Fish all the time, powder, piste, hardpack, week old crud the lot, the puppy only sees the light of day when the chance of finding any soft stuff is absolutely zero. I love the way the Fish rides, that surfy fell in soft stuff with zero back leg burn and the super flattering way it rides on groomers, I can't ever remember catching an edge on it. The lack of tail also comes in really handy when the my lack of ability becomes an issue on steep off piste stuff. If i do manage to find some fresh tracks during the day, i am so happy i decided to ride it that day. But I can't help thinking I am missing out on something buy using it all the time on the off chance i might find pow, when another less specialized board would be even better when conditions are not perfect. I am certainly no expert even though the fish makes me look pretty good in the soft stuff. I'm am just after having as much fun as is possible.
I am limited to Burton channel stuff as I don't want to have to buy and travel with another set of bindings and I am convinced the S rocker is the main reason why I like the the ride of the fish so much and i am 100% backcountry and groomers no park, no jibbing so the options as I see it are
Custom flying V
Or maybe even a Nug or Joystick
All the above are available on sale at the moment so I figure now is a good time to buy.
Will the Barracuda be to much like the fish and end up either not getting used or just make the fish redundant? Would the sherlock be better?????
But I look around the resorts I ride (here in Europe) and I can't remember the last time I saw a fish. I see the odd Malolo, supermodel and sick stick but that's it really for tapered boards.
I don't want a new board to replace the fish, is it wrong to ride it all the time?? What do you guys think,