The Coconut is a funshape designed to split the shortboard and longboard world down the middle, and is especially popular for those looking to work their way from longboards to shortboards. The ratio of shortboard to longboard characteristics can be chosen primarily by the board length. The longer Coconuts will have more longboard than shortboard characteristics, and the shorter Coconuts will have more shortboard than longboard characteristics. The 7'0 is about right in the middle for the average surfer. While it's an excellent standalone board, it serves an incredible purpose as a transitional board.
The Coconut is designed to have a smooth, fluid, predictable ride. While it has great paddle power that will be reminiscent of your longboard, it has the maneuverability and off-the-tail turning closer to a shortboard than longboard. The midlength version of the Coconut is available from 6'6 to 8'0. All sizes surf great as a single fin, the 2+1 option with sidebites will add some extra grip when needed, or the Quad+1 option really adds a lot of wave versatilty into the board and further helps to tap into the ride and feel of shortboards. Any fin option is available for any size, though Quad+1 is recommended from 6'6 - 7'3 and 2+1 from 7'4 - 8'0.
The Coconut excels in medium sized surf, but can handle some smaller surf as well, though it's not a tiny or super weak wave board. It works really well on high tide slopey bigger days but can also handle some pitchiness as it has a moderate rocker and forgiving flip in the nose for handling steeper, later drops. This board is all about progression and I really designed it with the concept of being able to get a longboarder on to shortboards within a full season of regular surfing.