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  • Rocker and best volume evaluation

    Hi guys, I read somewhere about this idea and i would like to have the opinion of more competent guys :

    Look at the rocker of a DA. When you paddle on it, almost all the parts of the board play there part in buoyancy.
    In a classical high performance board, the nose is outside of the water (possibly the tip of the tail), so you may have a couple of useless litters of volume.

    So when I chose the volume of my DA, shouldn't i take this into consideration and get a one step smaller board ? ... or at least subtract 2 litters to the value of my ideal volume ?

    Or am I just f***ing flies ? (It's a french expression that means that you're focused on useless details ...) :D
    Thanks !

  • #2
    I would ride the DA close to shortboard volume. Less than a hybrid/groveller. As you say the board is dramatically foiled and all the foam in located where it counts so the right size can seem like less volume initially.

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    • #3
      Thanks Phill,
      But the choice is not obvious yet :
      My Suggested Volumes are
      33 - 38 Liters in weak waves
      31 - 35 Liters in good waves
      So 31.3 l for the 5.8 is a bit too small
      34.5 l for the 5.10 is a bit too much.
      I surf in Hossegor area (France) so this board would have to handle punchy (more or less) beach breaks. ... we get a lot of mush too.
      As 34.5 l is in both intervals ... I would go for a 5.10.
      You guys are welcome to tell me if I am wrong. :o)

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      • #4
        how old are you? how fit are you? How often do you surf?

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        • #5
          I'm 185 lbs and 6'2 and I rode a friends 5'6 DA it was great ! Took to it right away first wave was super and after a bunch more my friend wanted it back ha ha ! I'm going to get one but only going up to the 5'8 just because I live in Florida . I have been riding a sweet potato (5'4) for about 3 or 4 years and ride it in a bunch of conditions , absolutely love that thing but now I have to get a DA . To fun .

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          • #6
            Hi Moreece,
            The volumes i gave in my message up there are from the volume calculator so they are deduced from my age, fit, surf frequency, etc ...
            But I am 45, 180 lbs, 6'2, i am in good shape, and I surf every (surfable) day (that's why my career got so sleazy :D )
            Thanks Akuri ... we're twins (except if you're 18 years old !!) and the DA 5'8 seems good for you ... how old are you seriously ? :)
            Glad you like that board ... gotta get one ! 5'8 or 5'10 ???

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            • #7
              Funny , I'm 47 , career took a back seat to surf also but worth it . I surf as much as possible when there are waves , wife's orders .make sure you get enough waves before you go to work ! Ha ha love it

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              • #8
                Yep Akurl some choices are obvious (career or surf) some are more difficult : DA 5'8 or 5'10 ???
                I wrote another post about the strange volume gap between the two :
                http://www.firewiresurfboards.com/f/...n-5-8-and-5-10

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                • #9
                  I say 5'8 , that's what I'm going to order tomorrow . Selling my 6'2 mini driver just don't use it much .

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                  • #10
                    Thanks for the info Akurl .... I wish I could come and try it ! :D

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                    • #11
                      Did you get your 5'8 Akurl ?

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