First, the Grom definitely wouldn't work for my 9-footer. I had to get something a little more Grom friendly, so I tapped a local San Clemente company, Catch Surf, for a Beater board. Turns out, they had a colorway that matched the Grom that Honda gave me to play with (Bright Yellow), and it also served as the inspiration for some of the bits I'll be painting in a black and white checkerboard pattern. The Beater features a strong, lightweight and water-resistant core with dual maple-ply wood stringers and high density bottom to make it the stiffest most durable Beater ever made. And it's only 54 inches (4 feet 6 inches), by 20 inches, by 2.5 inches, which is much more Grom friendly.