kingfish – zippifish

“Hey Phil,

Love your site! I have a surfing question for you – I’ve ridden a 6′8″ Kingfish for years and loved it, but it got stolen recently. I was either going to get another Kingfish – or maybe a Zippi. Can you tell me the differences between the two boards? Might I be able to go shorter with the Zippi, say maybe 6′6″? I’m a middle-aged, very average surfer, about 5′8″, 140 pounds. Would love to hear your thoughts!


~Hey Kenneth,

thanx for the kind words.

the Kingfish and the Zippifish are two different boards. the Kingfish is a very cool “long-shortboard” that has the glide and ease of a longboard, with the ability to crank some speed and go vert when needed. Gumby (Pat Ryan) developed the Kingfish with the idea that the board would not be shorter than 7ft. i love my Kingfish, as i have surfed it for years. it may be time for a new one.

the Zippifish is Michael Zippi’s take on the fish, and to put it simply, the board is awesome! i surfed many different fishys before discovering the unique flow of the Zippifish. i started out with a 6’2″, and it felt great. it floated well, and i caught all the waves i paddled for. i then jumped on a 5’10”, and i didnt feel any loss of float or paddle…….but i did notice the improved handling of the board. finally, i surfed a 5’8″ and it blew my mind! it was like a magic little skateboard under my feet. ive talked to Zippi, as well as a few other Zippifish testers and riders, and we all agree that something magical seems to happen when you get to a 5’8″.

i am 5’7″, 190pds, and an intermediate to advanced surfer with 29 years surfing experience. ive never really been a short board potato chip surfer, so i am amazed i am able to surf a 5’8″ with ease.

the cool thing about the whole Zippifish deal is that you can call Zippi and talk to him directly.
he’s mellow, cool, and will let you take demo boards for a while to check it out and make your own decision. try that with any other local shaping guru.

of course theres more, but i would suggest giving Zippi a call. try one of the demo Zippifish……wadda ya have to lose?

hope this has been helpful. lemme know if i may answer any other questions.

Michael Zippi:



post #7 of the “30 day post project – 9/08 “


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