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Thanks buzzy, yeah the 5'10 rocks to be honest, in everything, just looking for that added advantage over winter.... Hmmm....
Thanks guys, all really helpful! I could be over thinking this. I generally wear a 6,5,4 in the darkest depths and then a 4mil and 2 mil pg the rest of the year. There isn't any real paddle issue between the latter two and the 5'10 has been handling everthing with surprising ease. The problem in winter is with dark days and young kids sometimes you can go a couple of weeks without a surf, which is probaly why i feel in 654 that I could do with a bit more board to up the wave count. Maybe all I need is a 6'0 but suspect the 6'2 could be the go.
Should I go for another bigger Hellfire?Recently purchased a 5'10 Hellfire in September, bloody love it. Better than I expected and instantly noticed improvements to my surfing in tight spots...later take offs, steeper waves, hold in the pocket and speed. Took it Morroco in Oct and this was all I surfed.
It's because I love it so much I am thinking of a 'winter' Hellfire, what I mean is, although I probably should, I don't really want a different model because for my standard and frequency of surfing its blimming brilliant. I get to surf 2/3 times most weeks whenever there is swell spring to autumn, however, Winter poses a trickier conundrum. Essentially, in Winter surfs are limited to the weekend or the odd dawny when meetings allow a slightly late start but tend to involve chunkier surf and more paddling. Add together less paddle fitness off the bat and lots more rubber I am thinking of purchasing a bigger version of the Hellfire as a Winter board, either 6.2 or 6.4. I want to have more paddle assitance without losing the performance of the board but I don't want to much volume to duck dive the bigger sets.
I'd like a 6'4 but it comes in at 36'7 litres and maybe I only need a 6'2. I might just be trying to find a quick fix but the model itself is perfect.......any thoughts would be appreciated!
First surf report...uunnnnbeeeeeerrrrrrbllllieeeevable!
Thanks again guys, I really annoyed the fellas in the shop trying to decide between the two sizes but went with consensus.
After my first surf in small howling offshore slutsborough waves yesterday (on my wedding anniversary too, that was a real pressy from the wife!) I am sooooooooooooo stoked.....board felt amazing, paddled soooooooo easy and was quick a f**k. I made two lush turns (felt like a tail hack probably looked like a waft)....it is obviously a lot looser even in quad set up than my fishes so I need to learn to surf it, which is exactly what I wanted......sooooooooo excited for September swells.
Iggy, I was thinking bigger for the winter swells but even in that thickness suit I reckon for me I wanted to push the fitness to cope....kind of again what I wanted.....
Shabba! 5'10 FST Hellfire under ownership......booooooommmmmm...feel like a grom again!
Thanks guys, it's unanimous. Iggy, you are on the 6'0, how do you find that?
Thanks, my local stockist doesn't have a tester in the HF only the DOM. So I am kind making a call based on feel alone, but that is what told me to go 5'10.
Thanks and That's what I left the shop thinking, volume is pretty much the same as the super fish which is my current go to board. Although my idea is to compliment not replace, that said if it does it does. On the flip side I am thinking the added volume on the 6'0 will help getting into larger steeper waves earlier, which is my real intention but open minded but equally I don't want a proper big wave board..... I am sure I over thinking this but want to get the first Firewire right.
Hellfire Dilemma 5'10 or 6'0Hi, looking for some advice on a nice dilemma.
Having settled the mind on a Hellfire, not hard considering so much positive feedback on muiltiple blogs and the you tube vids. I don't whether to go for the 5'10 or 6'0.
I pretty much surf 3 time a week on average weather and kids permitting, waves are often fairly fat but we get plenty of steep hollow low tide days too. I am missing that magic board for the 3 to 6ft (my max probably, maybe bigger at the odd point break). I love my fishes for their volume, ease of paddle and number of waves they allow me to catch. The problem occurs when it gets hollow, I lose hold on take off and in the pocket. I am pretty fit for my age but by no means a triathlete, my head say 6'0 because I don't want to lose volume, paddle ability and wave count....but my heart says 5'10. The other reason I am thinking 6'0 is type of waves i want this for and to help my take that next step in terms performance (tighter turns, actual barrels etc) but dont want to replace the fishes because I enjoy mixing it up (although I get the feeling the hellfire might change this). Any advice would be appreciated!