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  • Too much crossover...?

    Hey guy (and girls),

    As all of you have the same addiction to firewire boards as i do, but never enough money to purchase everything you want/need...i was looking for a little advice!

    I have been saving the daily coffee money for a while now and am looking at grabbing a new unibrow asap!! The shape is epic and I have a had some unreal reports of some lads that are riding them! however I'm caught between picking up a 5'9 at 28.8lt or going for the 5'10 at 30.2lt... Im currently riding a 5'6 potatonator (30.3lt) and an alternator at 6'0 (28.7lt).

    Is there going to be too much cross over with the alternator and the 5'9?
    Or visa versa with the potatonator and the 5'10?

    At the moment i am thinking a little more volume, then eventually phasing out the alternator just for the bigger, better days...
    Thought? Suggestions?

  • #2
    There will be cross over with an Alt but there will be cross over with virtually any board. The UB has a significantly lower top end than an Alt, so there's definitely room for both in a quiver.

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    • #3
      what's your height and weight? i have a 5.9 uni, 5.8 dom, 5.3 BP, 6.3 FF and some others so could help you decide once i know.

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      • #4
        Just sell the alt and buy a minidriver. Top end every bit as good and reasonable low end where the nator will take over. Good two board quiver IMHO.

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        • #5
          I wouldn't disagree with that. I have now bought a MD (I liked the Pile Driver so much I got a MD as well) and I have to say I prefer the MD to the UB. The UB is an excellent board and has a lower low end than the MD, but the MD has a much higher top end. I found in around that 1.5x overhead and up range the UB started to become unruly. The MD has none of that. So far as the MD vs Alt is concerned in 1.5-2x overhead the MD has been 100% comfortable. I have a Q5 which is pretty close to an Alt and I'm keeping it for good waves, but there is a lot of cross over with the MD. I'm not down on the UB. It's a great board. It's just the way my quiver works the MD works better. Indeed the PD really takes the place of the UB and the MD is a step up in head high plus waves from the PD.

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          • #6
            Hi Buzzy, what size MD did you end up going? I want something on top of my Spit for when waves get good (overhead to double oh). Was originally thinking along lines of HZ or V4 but having ridden a narrow board recently with lots of rocker really didn't enjoy it and want to keep some of that hybrid DNA in my good waves board. So MD could be an option. Maybe Hashtag as well, not sure between the # and MD is more performance. Think your similar weight to me and syd northern beaches too so interested in how you are finding MD? My SF is 6'4" and I use it in 1 foot to 5 foot currently.

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            • #7
              Yeah I went 6'4". I'm around 90kg and that volume works really well for me. The MD is a great board.

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              • #8
                I suppose I should add a bit more! To date I've surfed it only on beach breaks. Bondi, Maroubra and Manly. Maybe 6 or 8 surfs. None below what in Oz we'd call 2-3 foot and none above 5-6 foot. So chest high to double overhead. It's worked great in fatter and hollower waves equally. It's maybe not quite as quick in turns as my Q5 but there's not much in it. It certainly handles bigger waves WAY better than the UB. I've surfed it more backhand than forehand but all good. I haven't had cause to do a big roundhouse cutty from out on the shoulder - I remember goanna had some issues with that - but that one reservation aside I love this board. I've always felt if I was fitter an Alt could be a one board quiver (which it could ). At just a touch more fitness (but not as much for the Alt) the UB could as easily fill that role.

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                • Montygoesbananas
                  Montygoesbananas commented
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                  Cool thanks Buzzy, I'd be looking at the 6'4" and I'm 90kg's as well. Do you think there is much paddle difference between you're MD and UB? Wondering how much harder wave catching would be compared to my SF as well (saw you have same size DM as my SF).

                • buzzy
                  buzzy commented
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                  No noticeable difference. Maybe, mayyyyyybeee the UB is a slightly better paddler but there's so little difference I really haven't even thought about it. The biggest difference is the waves they go better in; the UB in smaller waves and MD in medium to bigger ones.

              • #9
                Im 5'11 and 77kg (6ft after a good sleep and a good hang off something...)
                Interesting ideas here lads! great food for thought!! Its great to hear about first hand experiences on different shapes.
                Every time i have get on this bloody forum i fall in love with a new board haha!!.
                What are your thoughts on a good travel quiver?
                Lets say central america.. do you take the MD as your 1 board all-rounder? Or a coffin with a full spread of all your favourites? Or somewhere in between?

                Whilst i am thinking quivers (instead of working)... does anyone else rock some super alternative or retro boards at all? I've been reading a bit about Donald Brink and his asymmetrical creations...I vote we have turn this thread into a "Post Your Quiver" section.. who doest like admiring some quality board porn...

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                • #10
                  Nic,

                  i usually weigh around the same as you and i am 6.1", the 5.9 UNI would be perfect for you as its perfect for me, don't go bigger at your weight in my opinion.

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                  • #11
                    I'm a bit sad on the alternative end of the spectrum. I have a longboard and that's about it. I hardly surf it either. On the not FireWire conventional front I have one other standard squash tail thruster. On the FireWire's I have a Dom, a Pile Driver and a Mini Driver all at 6'4", and a Q5 at 6'6". I will be getting a Morning of the Earth style floaty and wide single fin from a local shaper probably next summer . I'd use that more than a longboard.

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                    • #12
                      Yeah i have been thinking about a wide floaty single as well! Ive got a Peter Sheely original 70's twin with hand foiled wooden fins- i know this because they are slightly different! It is an absolute rocket in a straight line but thats about it.. only for those Morning of the Earth or lazy days.

                      Does anyone ever wonder if the firewire addiction finishes? probably in the grave or my bank account me thinks...

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                      • Josh BL
                        Josh BL commented
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                        Once you start there's no turning back

                    • #13
                      stoked nicbroomy. we are here as therapy if needed....

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