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    Just a bit of an update on my 6'8" review, i surfed it this morning in clean head high lefts, mostly fat waves that broke from the top down but 40-50m rides. While i was out there with one other guy i kept saying to myself i have to tell someone about how good this board goes. I know people love the advance and other high volume short boards but this board does everything and more. It does paddle well, im just the slackest paddler out there, it catches anything and you can fade back to the power source and put it on rail and it takes off. To make falling sections if you come down with a floater it is stable in the foam and then increases its speed down the line. Having a longer rail line it is easy to draw out a bottom turn and then stomp on the tail for a mid face carve or wrap around cutback, the round tail is perfect for that and it has never dug a rail. I kept praising Dan Mann every paddle back out and thinking that for a 95-100 kg older surfer, say 45 up, this board is perfect. It is so easy to ride and has enough performance to keep you thinking you can still surf ok. It is a huge volume board that could put you off in the board store, but it is a wolf in sheeps clothing. 2 board quiver, 6'8" Dom / 6'4" Potatonater. coming soon.

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    I'm 41 yrs old and just ordered a 5'10 dom, can't wait to get it. I keep hearing stories like your's and it just keeps thinking I made the right choice. It seems firewire has made it possible for guys over 40 to still surf with the same performance and stoke we had in our 20's !! Firewire is the only board I'll ever ride again, and I've been surfing over 20yrs, wish you guys were around when I was 14. Lol

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    • #3
      Welcome to the forum Eddie, im so stoked i cant stop talking about them! Today i came across some other firewire nuts and they were just normal guys on their 1st firewires, the guy with a Timbertek Unibrow said he bought it to put it on the wall in his house, it looked so nice! but now he cant believe he actually considered that after riding it today in good waves. I bought a 6'4 Dom about 2 years ago, rode it twice and didnt like it, so i sold it but im thinking at the time i rode it in really gutless waves and didnt give it a chance. I think the Dom works best in waves with a bit of push, or at least the chance to pump it and work up speed. That video of Timmy Reyes is a good example of that. There is no doubt FW has a huge range of boards suitable for the older gent, the only downside to that is trying to release funds from the minister of finance, to satisfy our curiosity(addiction).

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      • #4
        I here you Keith about the finance part, and thanks for the welcome. The first board I ever owned was a 6'4 twin fin Hansen, i was between 12-14 yrs old. We owned a beach house growing up in Sanbridge beach, Va. So I had plenty of practice on a huge board for me at the time, and I've only had 2 brand new boards since then. Crazy right ? So convincing the wife I've paid my dues in the used board department wasn't hard. But I can see the gears turning in my head already, I will build a nice quiver with Firewire, gurenteed. Will give a update when the board arrives. Cheers!

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        • #5
          Keith i have a 6'2" Dom and I'm 95 kilos. I like it but i haven't yet felt the buzz you've just posted. I feel I'm missing something and have not yet got it fully dialled in. What fins and set up are you running if you don't mind also what is your weight? They talk about getting the wrong size can be the only real issue but i think I've got the volume spot on.

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          • #6
            Jb, i think it is easy with the Dom in particular to go a bit undersized, it has a fair bit of rocker and is not a glide machine like the potato boards. At first i thought the 6'4 was plenty big enough in volume for me, im 95-97kg, 6'3", 54. I rode it in good chest high waves but struggled a bit with paddling in and when on the face it felt like i was trying to push it to make it go, the waves were slow with not much push but i expected a lot more from it. I was going to get a 6'6 but the guy in the surf shop talked me into the 6'4, as it was in stock. I ended up trading it in on a 6'6' MR flying fish tuflite about a year ago. I still have the MR and i rode it yesterday in shoulder high good shape lefts, alone surprisingly. The board went ok but not fantastic, before i got my 6'8 Dom i thought it was the best thing i had ever ridden. It did not have the glide of my Dom but went well on 2 waves where i managed some Trestles inspired top turns. Maybe its because im a year older but the Dom is now my all rounder, even though it is huge at 50lts, it paddles great but loosens up on the face because of the big round tail, i still think it is better in head high and over waves. I have a 6'4 potatonater coming for under HH.
            I have ridden the 6'8 as a quad, but only with plastic fins, i think it has potential with better fins. I ride it mainly as a tri with AI kinetic racing fins. medium size and hexcore medium large fins. I think the stiff carbon base fins with a bit of flex in the top would be perfect, but because the tail makes it loose anyway you can ride very stiff big fins in it.
            I just surfed with a mate who is off to the Telos in 2 weeks, i talked him into buying a 2nd hand 6'4 Dom, he has had it for about a month and is loving it, but he is worried it might skip out on bigger wally waves over there because of the fat rails. It is a possibility, but i think bigger fins or even 5 fins might reduce that happening. I think it is also unlikely with a clean face on the wave, i have never found mine to skip and i have surfed 2x head waves on it. Because i am bigger i think i have found the flex of the board make it come alive on decent waves. My advice would be stick with it, enjoy the paddle and float of it and try and stay close to the pocket on the wave, it will click eventually.

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            • #7
              Jb, just read through your posts on Seabreeze, i am in Mandurah so ride the Dom in the full left reef breaks and the beachies at Secret Harbour occasionally. It was interesting to read about the backfoot deckpad dramas. Backfoot placement on the Dom is crucial to getting it to work, i am a very front footed goofy and the Dom is a more suited to backfoot surfing. I also cut off the flip part of the pad level with the rest of the grip. I think it hinders water flow when turning and is only necessary for jamming your foot against it to do airs.I have semi consciously tried to surf it more from my back foot but after surfing one way for over 40 years it is not that easy to change. I also think you may be missing the point of the Dom, as i did when i rode the 6'4"a year ago. I thought it would be a great groveller but for me it wasnt. I also had doubts that my 6'8" would go well in bigger waves, but for me it goes insane, to the point that mates have commented on how well it goes for me. I think it is all about the tail and the paddle in volume. I had trouble at 1st trying to hit the falling lip of the wave, the board(me) would lose control, so i just turned 2/3rds of the way up the face, and i can pull the board around quickly in a tight arc. The tail is more suited to on the face turns, and i find that pumping it down the line to gain speed and then bottom turning is the best way to make sure your weight is distributed properly over the board. It may just take you a while to work it out, as it did with me, but when you do you will appreciate how good it is.

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