Just bought a 6'6" SF FST and took it for four days on shoulder - 2ft OH point break surf. I am 210lbs and 6'5". Findings: Paddling - super fast and easy. Still able to duck dive OK Catching waves - very effective- could catch tons of waves that my buddy even thought were out of range. Feel- a bit too floaty, felt like I could have gone 6'4" or 6'2" even at my size. Fin set-up - I was way more comfortable with the thruster set-up than quad. Felt like a different board! That is what I have always ridden though and the quad just felt too loose to me. Pivot point was WAY different on the quad. Also, on these waves went with the AM2 over the R1s which gave me a bit more control. Bottom turn - on the biggest, steepest waves the bottom turn felt sketchy. The tail is wide and thick and it lacked some stability that I have with my short board. I felt like I had be careful, just holding on through the bottom turn, so that the tail/rail would stay in the water as I was leaning into the turn, rather than laying into it with confidence. (Board actually jumped out and lost all contact with water on one of the bigger set waves.) With the surface area of the spit I was carrying a ton of acceleration and speed into that first bottom turn and throwing it on a rail was sketchy. Does anyone else experience this on the Spitfire? Any fin set-up to allow the board to handle more size? Maybe the quad with two fins and a knubster would have held it better? Does anyone actually ride the full five fin set-up? Down the line - could fly provided successful first bottom turn. Off the top- snappy and responsive. Felt many of the strengths of this board, but the potential limitation on bigger waves off the bottom. My exposure has only been 4 days so still more too learn. Let me know if you are a SF rider with advice on handling bigger, steeper surf (initial bottom turn) on this board. The easy answer is to use a different board on bigger surf, but I have to admit being super stoked on my wave count and speed and ease of paddling back up the point to the line-up.
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- Dec 2011
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