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  • Is this Spitfire the right volume for me?

    I impulse bought a six month old Spitfire off Craigslist for $480:

    6'8" x 21 3/4" x 3" = 48.7 L volume

    I'm 6'5", 225lbs and an intermediate surfer. Opinions on volume and dimensions of this board for me? I've been surfing a custom shaped 6'10" Doug Haut swallow tail variant of his Pumpkin Seed shape when conditions are waist to chest high here in Santa Cruz (super corky, but easy to paddle), and a 6'6" Mini Simmons when it is small and/or mushy (as it has been a lot of late). I have Ward Coffey shaping me a 6'7" thumb tail for when it gets overhead, and was looking for something that would fit into my quiver for waves in the chest to overhead range.

  • #2
    in my opinion it's too big. I'd have you on a 604 spitfire... However, in saying that a lot of people go really well on over volumed spitfires. Give it a crack, play with fins, worst case scenario you should come close to getting your money back.

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    • #3
      yeah you could go smaller or you could also stick with the size understanding what the larger board will do for your ride and the overall performance...
      At your size and weight you'll have no problem making it go, you just might have to be okay with the board feeling a little bit better in smaller conditions.

      Cheers and hope this helps

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      • #4
        Thanks for the feedback. I had it out for the first time at Fort Point in weak, knee to chest high surf. It did ok, but I think it wants a bit more energy to get going at my weight. We should have some decent swell next week here in Santa Cruz, so I have high hopes! BTW - I'm riding it with a quad + center nub Futures AM2 setup. Will be interesting to try it both this way and as a thruster.

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        • #5
          By the way, I found that this board seems to much prefer a thruster setup with a smaller fin. I had been using an AM2 quad setup, but found that it was bogging down in the lip. However, it seems very happy with the thruster setup using the Rusty Blackfins

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          • #6
            Thanks for the follow up TallMartin.
            I'm 6'4 210 lbs and looking at getting a 7'0 ADD this month. I found a brand new 6'10 Spit on clearance sale online for $500 and it got me researching these boards, wondering if I should give that a go, vs. paying full price on the ADD that I wanted to get….
            I surf mainly in Ventura, CA and am at the begin/intermediate level but in pretty good physical condition…wondering if that 6'10 may be too big (which would explain why it's on clearance!) haha...

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            • #7
              Hi Manke, I'm the same height and only 5kg less than you, I surf a 6'4" SF and if anything it is a little too big (probably should be on the 6'2" but it was perfect for my skill level when I bought it 2 years ago). The advance is designed to be ridden at higher volumes and probably a better board for a beginner, but if I were you I would get a 6'4" spitfire because it will allow you to progress really quickly to more hpsb if that is what you are wanting to do.

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              • #8
                Thanks for the reply Monty, much appreciated :) I had a feeling that's too high of a volume for that model, but just wanted to hear from someone with some experience. Thanks again.

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                • #9
                  Update: I recently got a 5'9 Baked Potato and a 6'6" Unibrow. My surfing has advanced a bit, and I now take out the SF when it is larger and mushier, although I think the BP is going to quickly supplant it in my quiver.

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