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  • #16
    OK, thanks for the info, guys. I was leaning towards FST anyway, and the main reason I want a Unibrow is for when the waves are better here or if I go on a trip. I've got my 5'7" Baked Potato and 6'2" fake DM for smaller days.

    Onshoreandmessy, how long have you been surfing? I bodyboarded most of my life, started riding a minimal last summer, and only stepped up to 5'7" Baked Potato and 6'2" fake DM in July. Admittedly, my progress was helped by spending a month surfing 5 hours everyday in Bali in the summer. The waves are pretty consistent here in Taiwan, but I'm worried a 5'9" will be too small for me and I won't be able to catch any waves. However, at the same time I want a board that I can progress into and keep for the long term. I'm already thinking the 5'7" Baked Potato and 6'2" fake DM are a bit too big...

    So do you think the 5'10" will give me what I'm looking for?
    Last edited by Goodfish; 11-29-2013, 05:47 PM.

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    • #17
      Goodfish I agree with you that you should mix it up. You already have a TT so try FST or RF and see what you like. You can't really go wrong with either. I love FSTs, but lately all I've been riding is my VG in RF and I love it.

      - Firewire Intern Josh

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      • #18
        Sounds good, but I can't get in touch with the Firewire rep in Taiwan at the moment. Any ideas?

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        • #20
          Thanks, Josh. The ball is rolling...

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          • #21
            Originally posted by Goodfish View Post
            OK, thanks for the info, guys. I was leaning towards FST anyway, and the main reason I want a Unibrow is for when the waves are better here or if I go on a trip. I've got my 5'7" Baked Potato and 6'2" fake DM for smaller days. Onshoreandmessy, how long have you been surfing? I bodyboarded most of my life, started riding a minimal last summer, and only stepped up to 5'7" Baked Potato and 6'2" fake DM in July. Admittedly, my progress was helped by spending a month surfing 5 hours everyday in Bali in the summer. The waves are pretty consistent here in Taiwan, but I'm worried a 5'9" will be too small for me and I won't be able to catch any waves. However, at the same time I want a board that I can progress into and keep for the long term. I'm already thinking the 5'7" Baked Potato and 6'2" fake DM are a bit too big... So do you think the 5'10" will give me what I'm looking for?
            Been surfing for over a decade every day there is a wave, maybe the 5.9 may be a little too low volume for you then, I'd want to be comfortable on a 5.8 ish dominator before getting a 5.9 uni. The problem Is once you progress u might find the bigger size holds u back, but the 5.10 looks like a good compromise, only you know how good u are, I'd personally get the 5.9 and deal with it, I hated the Dom for first couple of surfs, but once used to it, best board ever. There's nothing worse than buying a new board and honking its too big. You can always progress on a too small board and bring your skill level up to the board.

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            • #22
              Thanks for the info. I've gone ahead and ordered a 5'10" Unibrow. Just have to wait about a month and a half now. Based on me being 34 years old and in excellent fitness, the volume calculator was recommending a 6'2" for weaker waves, and no Unibrow option for better waves, so I hope the 5'10" will fit.

              What kind of board bag is the best fit for a Unibrow? A hybrid option or a shortboard shape? I've got a 6' FCS Fish/Funboard Explorer bag for my Baked Potato, but I think it'll leave a lot of room with the Uni in it.
              Last edited by Goodfish; 12-11-2013, 04:37 AM.

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              • #23
                Originally posted by onshoreandmessy View Post
                Been surfing for over a decade every day there is a wave, maybe the 5.9 may be a little too low volume for you then, I'd want to be comfortable on a 5.8 ish dominator before getting a 5.9 uni. The problem Is once you progress u might find the bigger size holds u back, but the 5.10 looks like a good compromise, only you know how good u are, I'd personally get the 5.9 and deal with it, I hated the Dom for first couple of surfs, but once used to it, best board ever. There's nothing worse than buying a new board and honking its too big. You can always progress on a too small board and bring your skill level up to the board.
                OK, I had a sudden panic last night, and I changed my order to a 5'9" due to your advice. I don't want to pay all that cash, and feel that I got a board that's too big too quickly. Like you said, it's better to progress on a smaller board and bring my skills up to the level required. Hope I made the right decision! Thanks again!

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                • #24
                  OK, so I finally got my 5'9" Unibrow this weekend, and I've just had my first surf on it...WOW! What a board! It was about shoulder-high and a bit fat, but the board absolutely flew! I set it up as a quad 'cos the waves were small, but it was still super easy to turn (compared to my 5'7" Baked Potato). It was a dream to paddle, and I really think I've found my dream board! The waves should be getting good around Thursday, so I can't wait to test in a thruster setup, too! Big thanks to onshoreandmessy for convincing me to get a 5'9"! It's perfect!

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                  • #25
                    Hi guys I am going for a Unibrow, but not quite sure on the sizing as i am not use to that kind of width. I am 34 yo, 6'2, and between 190/200 pds. I have been surfing regularly for 20 years so i guess between intermediate and advanced.i usually surf 6'3 epoxy with 33 liters of volume. I am debating between 6'1 and 6'2; it's a mild difference but i don't want too much volume that would stop me from digging the rail when needed. I think getting a 6' with my weight would reduce her qualities in crap surf. I am also debating between FST and Timber tek. For what i understood FST last longer but gets a bit yellowy, while timbertek are sometimes glassed lightly. All in all, i think i would choose Timbertek if i can be sure that they are glassed with enough resin. Please let me know your thoughts. Cheers Gaultier

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                    • #26
                      I ride a 6'4" @200lbs and 48 years old. Take off that decade and a bit and the 6'2" is what I would personally choose. As for FST or TT I'd probably go FST for known durability and performance. My next Dom though will almost certainly be TT.

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