Lib Tech Extension Ramp, My Favorite Surfboard

The Lib Tech Extension Ramp is at this moment my favorite surfboard and it could be yours.  Before I tell you why it is my favorite surfboard, and how you might come to feel the same, I would Lib Tech Extension Ramplike to provide you with:

  • My background.
  • The different boards I owned and have ridden.
  • What makes this board special.
  • Lib Tech History

How It Began

I learned to surf in my early 40s and took lessons from a surf school that was based out of Haleiwa on the North Shore of the Island of Oahu.  The instructor I learned from was a Brazilian Gentleman who not only taught me how to surf but also taught me about surf etiquette.

He took me to this surf break known as Chun’s Reef, which is about 3 miles from Haleiwa.  I had paid for a 2 hour lesson.  Back then I used to lift weight 5 times a week and run 6 miles 4 – 5 times a week, I was in shape, how hard could surfing and paddling be?

Luckily for me, I stood up on my first wave but also wiped out and landed on sharp reef, my first of many surfing related scars.  After 15 minutes of surfing and paddling I was exhausted but hung in there for 1 hour.  That day, I was hooked on surfing, the thrill of catching and riding a wave was very special.

I purchased my first surfboard from this instructor, it was a brand new 10’2” NSP longboard.  NSP makes epoxy surfboard that are called pop-outs, because they made are in a mode, mass produced, and popped-out of those modes, thus the term pop-out.

Surfboard Crazy

I believe in the 10 plus years I’ve been surfing I have purchased between 15 – 20 new surfboards.  Don’t be like me, and, first of all, believe all the hype about what this or that surfboard can do and, secondly, go ahead and purchase the board.  Surfboard design can make a difference in your surfing but the surfer is ultimately the difference between a beginner and pro.

Remember a professional surfer is an athlete with natural skills and talents the Average Joe, you and I, doesn’t possess.  A professional surfer could surf an ironing board and rip on it.

I started with that 10’2’ NSP longboard, and after purchasing several South Point Epoxy surfboards, was convinced into trying and later purchasing a stand-up paddle board.  My first stand-up paddle board was a 10’6” Infinity stand-up paddle board.

Lib Tech Extension Ramp

The board was beautiful and I had a day, when I swear, I must have caught close to a hundred waves in a 5 hour surf session.  I was hooked with stand-up paddling and also started buying longer and thicker surfboards, this decision was made, because I wanted to catch more and more waves.

At one point I was surfing a 11 foot Surftech Mickey Munoz, being 5’8” and 180 pounds, I was able to catch a lot of waves on this beast but the drawback is that these boards are not really made for performance surfing, they are cruisers.

I was loving stand-up paddling, because I was a better surfer on a stand-up paddle board than I was on a regular surfboard plus I could catch more waves.  I purchased a 9’4” C4 Waterman stand-up paddle board, which was designed with performance in mind.

I really became a wave hog and would catch or try to catch every wave that came my way.  Other surfers started getting frustrated and angry and I finally realized what a jerk I was being and gave up stand-up paddling for good.

I wanted to surf like the longboard surfers I admired, surfers like: Bonga Perkins, Colin McPhillips and Taylor Jensen.  I started purchasing high performance longboards, my first, high performance longboard was a 9’ Pearson Arrow.  With this board I was able to perform my first hit the lip, I was hooked on this type of board.

Lib Tech Extension Ramp

I ordered a custom Stewart CMP (previously known as a Colin McPhillips) and started regularly hitting the lip.  My best riding experience with this board was when I hit the lip twice on the same wave.  A high performance longboard is a thinner and lighter board, they are not designed with durability in mind.

Enter Proctor surfboards, which can be made with durability in mind, so I ordered a custom Proctor longboard.  This was a great longboard that lived up to the durability claim.  Proctor then started making board with a carbon Kevlar wrap that claimed to make the board stronger, so I ordered a custom longboard with this feature.  It was a beautiful, terrific board and lived up to all my expectations.

I live in an apartment complex, and bringing down a 9’ foot surfboard in an elevator can be a problem.  So, one day I decided to purchase a 6’8” big guy shortboard.  I had a blast on this board and thus my love affair with shorter boards began.  Shortboards are easier to maneuver and they are much easier to carry in an elevator.

I once again I got caught up in the hype and started purchasing this shortboard and that shortboard.  I sold all my longboards and stand-up paddle boards.  In the end, I was using a 5’7” Surftech Channel Islands Average Joe.  Even on a high performance longboard I was catching a lot of waves, but on this 5’7” shortboard I was barely catching waves.

I really started losing my love for surfing because I wasn’t surfing, I was sitting on my board waiting for the right wave.  I had purchased a board that was too small for me and without enough volume.

Lib Tech Extension Ramp

I was checking out my favorite surf shop’s website and came across the Lib Tech Extension Ramp, it was a longer board (6’6”) and had more volume than the board I was currently riding.  The Lib Tech Extension Rampboard maker also made claims that the board was very durable, which would mean it would probably last longer.  Contrary to what my surfboard buying history might suggest, I like a surfboard that is durable, because I don’t want to replace my boards on a regular basis.

I purchased this board and instantly my wave count tripled.  Because the board is:

  • Longer.
  • Has more volume.
  • Is wider.
  • Has a wider, rounded nose.

I was able to catch and get into waves much easier.  The board also has tapered rails so it does not get hung up in waves when making hard turns.  The board is also 6’6”, so bringing it up and down the elevator is very easy.

It has five fin slots, so you can ride it as a thruster, quad or use all five fins slots.  Another great thing is the board comes with all five fins, so you won’t have to purchase fins.

I found this board very easy to duck dive and it is short enough that you can still kick, to help you get into waves.  I’ve surfed this board about 30 times and it has some minor pressure dings on the deck.  I’ve also occasionally and accidently bumped a wall or two and the board has no dings from those encounters.

I credit this board with bringing back my love for surfing.  I have found the perfect board for me and possibly you.  If you find yourself more sitting and waiting for waves then actually catching waves this board could be for you.  It has the wave catching abilities similar to a longboard but the maneuverability of a shortboard.

Lib Tech Extension Ramp

Lib Tech surfboard info – Click on image to enlarge

Who Are They

Lib Tech is an American company which has been in business for over 25 years, they started off as a snowboard maker but has since branch into different arenas.   Their surfboards are handcrafted in the USA and made using environmentally friendly materials and process.  This is what the manufacturer is stating:

  • 100% closed cell foam won’t absorb water… won’t rot.
  • More durable: Lasts longer, less dings, less boards in landfills.
  • Recycled foam core: 25%-40% recycled content in blank.
  • Blank scraps all recycled.
  • Elimination of hazardous resin systems.
  • Non ozone depleting blowing agent.
  • Basalt fiber: no additives, no boron.
  • No solvents except water.
  • No paint brushes.
  • No sandpaper, no tape.

In Conclusion

As my history indicates, I’ve owned and surfed a lot of surfboards.  I made the mistake of believing the hyperbole and bought surfboards based on this.  At one point, I owned a board that was too small for me and I wasn’t catching waves and my love for surfing diminished.

Enter the Lib Tech Extension Ramp, instantly my wave count tripled and that love for surfing, once again, blossomed.  If you feel as I did, the Lib Tech Extension Ramp could be the board for you.

Check out my posts: “What to look for in a surfboard” and “How to buy a used surfboard.”

Thanks for dropping in and if you have any comments or questions, please post-it in the comments section of this page.

14 thoughts on “Lib Tech Extension Ramp, My Favorite Surfboard

  1. Wow, learning to surf in Hawaii sounds really cool! I am new to surfing and I am glad that you made the point to stress that a too short of a board can diminish the amount of waves you can catch. Size does matter in this case- how do you tell what is a good size without trying it out? What are the guidelines for that?

    • Hi Dinh, For a new surfer, I would definitely not recommend learning on a shortboard, unless you don’t mind waiting a long time before you catch a wave. For someone brand new to surfing, I would highly recommend starting on a longboard, a board at least 9 feet in length. Your whole objective at this point is to catch waves and learn how to stand-up on a surfboard. A wider, longer board, is more stable and makes catching waves and standing up much easier. Check out my post “What to look for in a surfboard?” for more information.

      Thanks for the great questions and for dropping in!

  2. Nice review and I’m pretty convinced to try one out. DId you put some sort of full length traction on the deck?

    • Hi Moo, Thanks and I love this board! Yes, I have an almost full length traction on the deck, I purchased it from Surfco. The traction works great, both on skin and on clothes. However, if you decide to get some for this board, it won’t cover the entire width. Especially the area where you’ll grab to duck dive the board, so, I would suggest waxing that area. By the way, I wrote a post about “No wax surfboard,” that covers traction pads.

      Thanks for the comment and dropping in!

  3. Hi Stuart,
    Im from the PNW, so I grew up using lots of Lib-Tech products.

    About me:
    I’m 5’8″, 180-200 lbs (working on the decline)

    I usually workout 5-10 times per week with a mix of swimming, hiking, cardio, lifting, etc, but primarily lifting and cardio.

    I’ve only surfed once while in Hawaii… I went for about 90 minutes and managed to catch round 2-3 waves (without any instruction), I can’t remember exactly how many.
    I’ve snowboarded for 10+ years, longboard and wakeboarded for a bit, and have wakesurfed prob 10-20 times.
    I am also fairly good at flatland skimboarding. So I do quite a few board sports.

    I’d like to get into surfing and purchase a LibTech since I know they make a good product and are durable. For a guy of my size and experience, which of the extension ramp or lib boards would you recommend?

    • Oh, also, I rode an 11 ft board at Waikiki and while I thought it was easy to catch a wave, I hated trying to whip it around back and forth trying to catch waves because it was so large. When I wakesurf, I can typically ride without the rope and hop up and out of the wake for a bit on a 3ft wake.

      • Hi Saige,

        If you want to catch a lot of waves go with a big board like that 11′ footer you rode, but I think you want more performance so definitely go smaller. Check out my comment to your previous post. Thanks for the comment and dropping in!

    • Hi Saige,

      I’m about your height and weight range and based on my experience with shortboards, I went as small as a 5’7″ board, the ideal size and volume board for me based on the waves I surf is a shortboard that is between 6’4″ – 6’6″ with a volume that is at least 43. Based on this information I would definitely go with the Lib Tech Extension Ramp if I were in your shoes. It has enough volume and length so you won’t be spending as much of your time sitting and waiting for waves. When I purchased the Lib Tech Extension Ramp I was catching at least 3 times as many waves as when I was riding the 5’7″ Channel Island Average Joe. The board handles really well and I can still hit the lip with this board.

      Good luck with you decision and thanks for the comment!

  4. Hi Stuart, Really enjoy your site. I am a 40 year old new surf addict having taken a couple of lessons in san diego. I’m 5’8 175 lbs and pretty fit. I have been looking at the extension ramp, puddle jumper, and an 8-9′ longboard as a first purchase. I’ll be surfing in florida with mostly weak, mushy see high to chest high waves. advice?

    • Hi Jeff, I’m glad you enjoy the site. You and I are around the same height and weight and I currently either ride the 6’6″ Lib Tech Extension Ramp or this 7’2″ Custom Proctor surfboard I own. If you want to have a higher wave count go with the 9′ longboard (I started on longboards), you’ll sacrifice maneuverability and ease of carry but you’ll be able to catch waves that shorter boards just won’t be able to catch unless you are under 150 lbs. I was riding boards in the 5’7″ – 5’9″ range with a volume of around 33 and my wave count really sucked compared to when I rode a longboard. I then bought the 6’6″ Extension Ramp and my wave count tripled. This board is easy to carry around and catches waves pretty well plus it is very maneuverable, If you decide to go for a shorter board, I would choose this board over the puddle jumper.

      Contrary to the pictures you see posted on social media regarding Lib Tech boards toughness, I consider these boards about as tough if not less as the Surftech, Boardworks, NSP and South Point Epoxy surfboards. For less than a year of surfing my Lib Tech Extension Ramp, my board has some major pressure dings on the deck and a big divot on the bottom that happened when another board struck it. I hope I answered your question and thank you very much for leaving a comment and dropping in!

      • thanks for the prompt response and advice. think I’ll rent a longboard on my next trip before deciding. the extension ramp looks pretty tempting though

  5. Interesting that you don’t feel the board is as tough as claimed as that is often a big selling point for these boards

    • Hi Michael, Based on my personal experience (having owned Lib Tech, Surftech, NSP, South Point Epoxy and Boardworks surfboards), the Lib Tech Extension Ramp I own is about as tough as a thickly glassed poly board. I own a custom Proctor Surfboard that I have been surfing for about 4 months now, and it has yet to have one ding on its deck (I ordered super duty glassing on this board). I unfortunately couldn’t say the same for my Lib Tech, but don’t get me wrong, I still love the way the Lib Tech Extension Ramp surfs, I just don’t think its a rugged as they claim.

      Thanks for the comment and dropping in!

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