I think it depends on the "punchy-ness" of the wave. I've surfed mine in 2ft, punchy, sand bar surf, and it was fun. I've also surfed it in chest high, high tide, soft reef, and it bogged. It likes a steep wave.
The VG is a high performance short board. That being said, you wouldn't take your hps into small, mushy surf, so neither would you want to do that with the VG. The VG performs well in bigger waves. I'd say the ideal range for that board is 5 - 8ft + and like csarqui said, if you're at a punchy, fast, and steep small wave, the VG could work for you too.
SWEET POTATO--- R/F --- 5'4 --------------------------- fins controllers
VANGUARD ------- WRF -- 5'6 -------------------------- fins futures ea blackstix
HELLFIRE ----------- R/F --- 5'10 ------------------------- fins futures SA3,SA4
FLEXFIRE ----------- R/F --- 6'2 x 18 3/4 x 2 1/2 ------- fins futures JC honeycomb
MICHEL BOUREZ------------6'2 --thick then thin -------- fins futures EA b/stix and JC honeycomb
ALTERNATOR ----- R/F --- 6'4--for bad back days---- fins futures JC honeycomb
and countless others (mostly nev's)
youngest grommet 45kgs throws my hellfire around with SA3's or in mush uses EA (techflex "cuz they look da bomb") and deviant
I don't want to hijack this thread, but figured it would maybe be relevant with helping someone else scale theirs
Anyways, thinking of getting one, but want to dial in the size, especially because firewires are a fair bit more pricey than my customs.
I am 5'8 165 surfer, and like sensitive equipment in the 25-26 liter range. my HPSB is 5'10 x 18 5/8 x 2 1/4 at 25.5 liters
Tomo's website states you can actually drop a liter or two off your normal volume which puts me close to range of the 5'2, the 5'4 looks nice but big so it would seem the 5'3 vanguard would be perfect but it looks way thicker and remarkably close in volume to the 5'4, what's up with that?
At your weight you'd be perfect for the 5'4 in my opinion, but it sounds like you prefer super low volumes (less than most pro surfers) so maybe try the smaller size if the 5'4 feels big.
The in between sizes are just a way of dropping an inch and a little width without dropping.
Personally I think the 5'2 will be way small, but if you're sure the 5'4 is too big maybe look at getting a custom from Tomo?
Hopefully the Vanguard will be in the CBD soon because currently the stock sizes have some big gaps!
So - your normal board is 5'10"x18'5/8"x2'1/4". 25.5 litres. The VG you are looking at takes off a meagre 6 - 7 inches in length, and loses between 1/2 & tiny 7/8 inch in width. The increase in thickness is a massive 1/16th. Are there any shapers out there who adjust dims by 1/32.
You gain 0.2 litres - less than 1%.
Got to say I'm not sure if there is anything up with that. You are one of the lucky ones who can choose between two perfectly sized / volumes VGs. Go get one! The they're heaps of fun.
I think that's where the problem lies. I don't think it is.
Mark said they had a method in mind to achieve it, but I guess they weren't satisfied with the end result.
I'm sure the R&D team will figure it out eventually. Fingers crossed.