Surf on the Atlantic side can get some punch to it, especially in hurricane season. Personally, I'd go with a Dom since it is so versatile. Perhaps the P'Nator will grovel a bit better, but the Dom will cover a wider range of waves - at least that is what I suspect. I am 30-40lbs heavier than you, (about the same size as Fritzcat) and when I hoisted a 6'6" Dom it felt a bit like an aircraft carrier to me. Tons of foam hidden away in those things. I'd look to a either a 5'10" or 6'0" Dom, and certainly no bigger than a 6'2".
If you are only interested in a small wave board, then go P'Nator. When the waves are smaller, the flatter rocker helps a ton.
Popopine, the potatonator will excel on the smaller range of waves while the Dominator will cover a wider array of conditions. I will go for the Dominator
Originally Posted by popopine
Remember ultimately it's up to you since you know the conditions you'll be surfing the board on,your abilities and your expectations.
Sorry for making life difficult ;)
The Dominator is a board that will stay on your quiver forever
And if you end up selling it you'll regret it and wish you had it back...
Right. Makes perfect sense. But i think here's what i'm gonna do. Since this will be by far the shortest board i've ever run, in mostly sloppy summer conditions, i'm gonna get a Potatonator. Then, when i get a little better, i'll get a Dominator or Spit of same size or 2" smaller (which will feel a lot smaller than the PN).
The Potatonator will be my transition board from the bigger ones i've been riding.
Pretty soon, like everyone else here, i'll have a long tag that reads like the Firewire catalog;) ... and i'll be broke.
Thanks again for helping the newbe. popo
Quads rastas without a doubt or the V2F4
Thanks Iggy. Would you do the the Blackstix or RTM on the V2FSs?
The rastas as quads!!
I have a set of SOLUS thruster which work like a charm
I have a 5'8 Spit I'm 5'11-6'0 and around 155lbs, I had it out in about knee to shoulder high waves yesterday and it went better than i thought it would,Day before that I had it out in about waist to a bit overhead and it went insane, handles drops better than any board iv had, paddles like a dream, flies down the line and I was fitting in loads of turns, snaps, cuttys. So stoked on this board. I imagine if your 5'7 you would be loving the 5'8 spit for anything from knee high to a bit over head. Saying that the potatonator will by the sounds of it be even better on the smaller side and the SP even more so than that.
Edit: Iv just noticed you don't surf that often and surf a 6'8 so 5'8 would probably feel like too big of a jump. 6'0 would probs be good if you went spit it would be loads of float.
Thanks for the great info Will. I have a feeling i'm going to end up with a quiver of Firewire's and surfing a whole lot more. A 6'0 Spit looks like a great ride. I've been practicing my duck dive for when the Protatonator comes (with all that extra foam).
great stuff everyone, stoked to see!