I might ramble sorry, but this will turn into your "magic board" and when someone asks you about what board they should get you'll always respond "Zeppelin" ad nauseam. In the line up I have been asked about the board repeatedly, honestly because I am able to catch a lot of waves and cruise/carve at good speeds, with average conditions ranging from 2' -5' mostly beach breaks. -one spot I surf is predominantly a long board spot. On the Zep I can sit pretty close to these folks and score waves and actually surf vs. the longboard cruising, moving around; which I got no issues with but to me that gets a little restrictive after a few waves. I have the stock 6'4" (43.9L), owned the board for about three years now, have 8 broads in the quiver. I'm 5'7" and 155lbs (full gear) this board surfs like it's lower volume and catches waves like it's higher volume. Lately been riding it as a twin fin, not keels, more upright with an area of about 20, this really opens it up and you can fly down the line. -switch it to a quad on other days which I also like, but boy the twin fin feeling! Just yesterday: 3' beach break, great shape to the waves, super glassy, light offshore winds, two guys out with me on longboards, we were spread out far apart and they could see the bountiful amount of waves I was catching and actually surfing, for the day it was epic. It got to the point where one of the two went in to grab his twin fin, which I had seen in his car on my way out. If you want a high wave count, with a good amount of performance, this is "The Board." Once you have the Zeppelin under your feet you will understand and you will be asking yourself repeatedly "why doesn't everyone have one are they crazy."
I acquire a 6'6 zep in a trade, and it's a revelation. I'm 73 years old, 6' tall and surf almost every day. I have a deep quiver, but seem to gravitate to the zep, mostly because it's always fun and paddles effortlessly. Makes Mℯ surf like a younger version of myself, and what"s that worth? It's an older design by now, but don't disregard this board if you're looking for a fountain of youth.
I am 5'10 225-235 and 48. I custom ordered a 6'6", the board came perfectly wrapped, ready to rip shredders:) I don't normally surf longboards, and with the zep you never have to. this board allows you to sit out the back, further than the kiddos and essentially reclaim your waves. at 6'6" I don't consider this a mid, but more of a step up for bigger older dudes. My fin setup was a future T1 twin + 1 trailer. At first i tried running t his a quad set, but found that the board tracked more than other quads, possibly due to its length. I feel the 2+1 setup allows for the board to "act" like a shorter board while retaining the paddle float that is needed to beat the crowd. There wasn't a single wave that I missed. specifically love the width vs thickness here. My brother bought the 6'8 a couple years ago and his wave count tripled. Zeppelin for the win.
I want to thank you for designing and shaping my board. I was able to take it out this past weekend and I had so much fun on the Zeppelin. I was anticipating a difficult time transitioning from my usual longboards down to a 7'5" but the board was just so much fun to ride and I'm still smiling from ear to ear. I also wanted to thank your team at the factory for helping my wife when she picked up the board. She was so appreciative of your team showing her where to go for pick up and a special thank you to Tracy. Tracy helped carry the board out to the car and put it into the board bag. My wife was so impressed with the team at the factory that she said she would go back anytime. I think she's allowing me to get another board so she can visit the factory again. :)
The board arrived safely and it is really beautiful. Thank you for looking for that blank and being so communicative. The curves are so balanced from the rocker to the rails, bottom contours and outline. Pedro, thanks for suggesting going with paint instead of tint. The color is perfect, like a hazy IPA. And thanks for the special low key graphic. I love it. I love the grab rail effect. That extra thickness in the deck is going to raise my bad shoulder up and ease paddling. You all are a pleasure to work with. I'm hoping I love the ride and the epoly so I can order a blown up utility model next...