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  • Step up for Indo

    Just booked a one-way ticket out to Indo for mid-July with the intention of staying for 2-3months (SO stoked!!), but was looking some advice on a step up.

    I'm 6ft, 160lbs, intermediate surfer, and surf regularly in a 5/4 boots gloves on Vancouver Island on a 5,6' Potatonator. I absolutely LOVE the potatonator, but know I'm going to need to buy something pointier in Indo. I'm planning on picking up a shortboard (leaning towards a 5'11 hellrazor or 6'0 alternator), but have been advised that it's worth having a step up for the big days.

    know very little about step-ups (surfing BC I've never needed one!) but was looking at the 6'3 fexfire and didn't know how that would fare? Thanks!

  • #2
    Yeah the 6'3 and 6'4 rounded pin flexfires are awesome boards. I have the 6'4 for trips and it's a very solid and reliable board. Definitely something you feel confident paddling into a good wave on.

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    • #3
      I'd stay away from the wider tail boards as well Don't forget about the flexfire series

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      • #4
        Originally posted by Phill View Post
        Yeah the 6'3 and 6'4 rounded pin flexfires are awesome boards. I have the 6'4 for trips and it's a very solid and reliable board. Definitely something you feel confident paddling into a good wave on.
        Right on, do you mind me asking how much you weigh on a 6'4? I max out at around double overhead waves so thinking the 6'3 might be the best bet at 160lbs..

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        • Phill
          Phill commented
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          I'm about 170. The 6'4 is the same dims as the 6'3 though, 18"3/4 x 2"3/8 so it's not a whole lot more board. I was going to get the 6'3 but found a 6'4 in the sale for too good a price to pass up. Despite the length it feels buttery smooth on a good wave. I was really happy with how it went. I think you'll love the 6'3.

      • #5
        I'm 150lbs and have a 6'2 round tail flexfire. it's a great step up. I've ridden the 62 squash with more literage and its a great board too. Can't go wrong with either 63 or 64 I reakon. You'll love the rocker and durability on reefs.

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        • Pooh beach
          Pooh beach commented
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          did you find the roundtail flexfire rode better and had more hold in bigger surf than the squash? Also do you notice the difference in volume much in riding the two? Did the roundtail feel heaps narrower/needle like than the squash? Trying to decide between the Flexfire ROUND TAIL 6'3 x 18 1/2 x 2 3/8 (28.3)
          or Flexfire SQUASH TAIL 6'2 x 18 3/4 x 2 1/2 (28.5) as a stepup for big Indo, and Northwest Oz. I'm 74kg and 5'9. Cheers

      • #6
        Go the round tail. The squash I rode was 28 odd litres. The round tail I owned was 26 odd litres. So they don't really compare.

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