I’m 51 years old, 6’4” and 220 lbs. I got a 7’ EPS. The Zeppelin is Light, Quick, and Super Buoyant (three things I no longer am). Paddles easily and catches anything.
I got a 8.6 used off a friend...and it rocks...for a big guy in a crowd this board performs and catches a ton of waves...paddles easily..and not problem du k diving..i am definitely going to order a smaller for trips!!
I've been surfing the 7'4" Zeppelin for a couple weeks now. I love this board. I have been using it primarily as a step-up board for surfing DOH waves. This board let's you get in early and goes super fast. It turns amazing and I've had no issues with loss of traction. Don't think this can't go in big vertical surf....it can! Well done Rusty!
Perfect board for big guys or guys whose best days are behind them. I ride it with a quad setup and it goes fast as hell. Turns great as well for how fat it is and how high it rides. I’m sure someone who surfed better could even get it fully vertical. All in all a perfect board for catching a ton of waves and yelling at the kids to get outta the way.
Have been eyeballing this board for about 2 years now. Started surfing in the early 80's as a kid on a limited budget, read "only had one board." so learned to surf the hard way = on a shortboard. 40 years later fortunate to have a modest quiver: short board, hybrid and longboard. Winter surfing in northern New England with an extra 10lbs of wetsuit weight kind of renders the shortboard useless that's what made the Zeppelin attractive as it looked like a shortboard substitute fast and plus ready to float me/paddle with the added weight. I am 155lbs 5'7" finally pulled the trigger and grabbed the 6'4" from the rack at my surf shop. Took it out yesterday for the first time at my normal beach break spot was 1'-3'; the bigger sets were breaking outside and dying before reforming on the inside to be mostly shore bashing. I was able, on a few of the larger outside sets, to catch the wave, drive it nicely, great feel, fast, turns, control, and then 'bunny hop" it through the deeper water into the inside shore break for a few more turns and pull out. This is my normal surf spot and in all these years (~15) I don't think I have done that before, certainly have tried, but in that deeper water zone never was able to maneuver my boards over that area to ride it all the way in. I often think of my boards as analogous to automobiles, not that I have driven them all, but I see the Zeppelin as a BMW 5 Series vs. a Ferrari or big old Cadillac. I am surprised this board does not get more attention, I asked one of the 'youtuber' board review "experts" to review this and got a "that's not the kind of board I ride" response, which made me hesitant to go this route, but after yesterday absolutely not disappointed and surf report is calling for 5'+ in the next day or two, I will be riding the Zeppelin and might repost, just really stoked so far...current water temp 42 and air 19...brrrr.