I like the John Carper JC Hawai'i Equalizer 7'5 that I rode in Maui for a few days, that when I got back home I ordered it. (Picture) (Web Site). Last night I put the virgin wax on it and this morning I went out to try it out. The waves were just perfect size and speed for me up to shoulder high with a bit of speed, and the board has performed just like it felt like in Maui. A very nice thing about 7'5 length for me is that it has all the good characteritics of a long board... like the glide, ease of paddling, yet it is nimble that it let me to stay on the wave! It is significantly smoother than the 6'6 fish and so much easier to take off. Compared to the Arrow 7'6 I had, I noticed also that it is a bit easier to sink for ducking through the waves, probably because its shape is more "gunny." Still the tail push does require a lot more efforts and if the waves get bigger, I might have problems. I will have to see.
With a nice condition I really had a blast, in fact, it is the best session I had in a week!
Here is a quote from the SurtTech site about this board:
For Surftech, JC is making a line of six boards that draw on his 40 years of shaping experience. "The Swallow Stingray is a modern Fish design," he said. "and it's meant to haul okole in small surf." The NX1 is a thoroughly modern shortboard that pros swear by in several languages. JC has two Peter Mel designs. The Peter Mel Machine is a 6' 4" for bigger guys (like Peter) who want performance. "Peter is kind of amazing because he is 6' 4" and weighs 200 pounds and still rips in small waves," he said. "There is a 6' 4" and 6' 8" made for him and guys like him. Bigger guys who can still rip or for the rest of us who just want to catch a wave easy." The 6' 10" and 7' 5" are for mature surfers who aren't super freaks like Peter Mel but aren't yet ready to get into longboards. "We put a lot of volume and a full nose on the Hawaiian performance rocker and guys can still rip on this board," he said.