Just got my Baked Potato today (5'3 RF) after 3 months of waiting (!), and it looks hectic! Was so stoked to take it out for a paddle today (2-3ft mush). Handled perfectly, was super fast through the lines, tore up the swell. Was sooo happy!
However, I found that during my ride it had sustained a slight crack on the side of the nose - totally devastated! Was just wondering if anyone else had encountered softish rails, as I was surfing a beach break and really don't understand how the rail could have gotten damaged? Nothing of any significance occured: no massive wipeouts // spills, no drop-ins, nothing really that could have explained how it occurred (perhaps seaweed? there was a little // alot washing around inshore).
Have loved my FST Hellfire for the last year, and whilst I am absolutely stoked with the Baked, a little bummed that it occurred on the first ride and that I will have a week downtime for repairs. So, the high (great board, soo fast!) and the lows (damaged rail) of surfing!
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Baked Potato: Just like the tides
Having found this mega-thread on the Hellfire, I thought it was the perfect place to ask about sizing - I am constantly placed in-between board volumes!!! Currently 67kg's (147odd lbs), 5'6 (173) intermediate surfer. Plugging these into the calculator returns a min/max volume of 23-29: the main lengths I am looking at are 5'8 (27vol) and 5'10 (29vol). I am wanting an all-round, quiver destroyer. Although, if honest, most days are gutless (2-4ish ft) - however, I would also like a board for those rare days around 5-6ft if possible.
My main concern is that the 5'10 may have too much float? Couple of local surfies recommend the 5'10, but still not completely convinced.
@prjweeb, as you have pointed out, the volume calculator almost splits the 5'7 and 5'9 - just as a further point of clarification, looking at the FST model only (my brother raves about there float/construction/hardiness).
I am 95% convinced to get the 5'9, due it's superior paddling ability, it's just that voice at the back of my mind that is hinting at going smaller - I might just have to buy another in the future to appease it! However, both the surf shop owner / mate's / brother agree that 5'9 would probably be the best of all worlds.
Thanks for your advice prjwebb, totes appreciated man!
@ prjwebb Unfortunately (or perhaps fortunately) I range up and down the coast of NSW - so from boardies (Byron, Crescent) to wetty (3mm - Werri/7 mile) territory. I agree that dropping from a mini-mal to the 5'7 would be a big jump - However, I forgot to mention that my previous quiver has included a wide range of boards, from a gun thruster (5'10 fibreglass) and old-school fishes (6'0).
EF Board ChoiceAlthough there are numerous posts that outline people's specific heights/weights in relation to board choice, I am still utterly undecided. The EF seems like the perfect board, but don't know whether to go the 5'7 or 5'9.
Bio: I am 5'8, approx. 67kg's and aged 24 (hence, no more massive growth spurts...). Been surfing for almost 10 years (I would classify myself as intermediate-advance), mostly mini-mals (8'4 currently). My brother has recently purchased a 6'0 alternator and 5'4 sweet potato, and is completely stoked with both. I am on the east coast of Aus., and mostly surf 3-4 ft days, 1-4 times per week (work dependent) - however, every now and then (rarely these days, the endless bummer!) surf bigger stuff.
I am leaning towards the 5'9 - however, I don't want too much float for bigger days/duck-diving. Any help would be appreciated, although I understand that choosing a board is usually based on personal preferences, etc.