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Thanks for the suggestions all! Definitely sounds like the Dominator is where I'll be headed. Does anyone have any suggestions on fins(future)? I've read some other posts on the matter but everyone seems to be a lot heavier then I am. .
Dominator vs El FuegoHey all!
I was hoping to get some opinions on the differences between the Dominator and the El Fuego. What conditions do each prefer? I'm looking into buying one of the two as an all around board(If there is another board I should consider let me know), ideally I'd like it to cover knee/waste high up to about head high.
I currently ride a 7'0" "fun-shape" and a 6'6" hybrid shallow tail. The shortest board I've ever ridden if a 6'4". I'm 5'10" and about 150 pounds(68kgs). The conditions I generally ride are beach break so I dont get nice long lined up walls too much. Mostly more sectiony rollers with a bit of steepness. I've only been surfing for about a year so I'd place myself in the beginner/intermediate category and the volume calculator places my volume range in the 31-38 ballpark. I'm thinking I'd prefer to be in the upper range of that category?
Thanks! Can't wait to make a decision!!
Thanks for the help. I'm still not 100% sure to be honest, I usually go out twice a week(atleast) but lately I havent been going more then once every 2 weeks and my surfing and paddling has suffered. I definitely realize that I need to go shorter then I anticipated with the SP.
Unfortunately no. I wen't to my local retailer and they don't have any Potato's to demo, in fact they didn't even have a potato there. I didn't really look for the Addvance but I don't remember it being their. I know they had the Dominator though(although it isnt really in the discussion). Unfortunately none of my friends own a potato either so I'm a little in the dark. I feel like the Addvance is a very similar board to my 6'6" just with more foam and while I wish I could buy it too I feel like I should expand my quiver. . If I were to get a Potato how small should I go? Keeping in mind my skill level.
I have a 6'6" swallow tail that has similar dimensions to the Addvance but isn't as wide and not as much volume in the front. It definitely doesn't have as much foam. My 6'6" works pretty well in more ideal waves and my 7" is kinda like my small wave board but I just dont like taking it out much. Generally it just doesn't feel really responsive and I can't pump the board much. It just doesn't feel lively. It's approaching spring so our swell will be dying down and the wave are generally in the 1-4ft range at best(I surf mostly beach breaks). And most of the time we dont have a whole lot of definition to our waves(in the spring/summer). I like the idea of the SP and part of it's appeal comes from it's volume. I was going with the SP because I thought I could get a lot of foam in a smaller more responsive board and could replace/contend with my 7" in terms of wave size for this coming spring and summer. Plus I thought it would be a good addition for those winter days when everything is blown out(which seems to be often =/ ). However if you think another model is going to be a better choice and a more versatile board I'm more then interested. I like the look of the patatonator as it has a different tail then my 6'6" and retains it's width more throughout the tail(something my current 6'6" doesn't do). Maybe in the 6'4" range?
Another ength post.I'm really interested in the Sweet Potato. I'm 5' 10" and weigh about 155 pounds. While it seems that most people my height are getting their SP at around the 5'2" - 5'6" range I was thinking somewhere in the 5'10 - 6' range. I've only been surfing for about a year and I currently own a 7' fun board and a 6'6" "short"board. I love riding the 6'6" but my wave count really suffers when I'm facing less then ideal conditions and when I'm not in top paddling condition(which lately seems to be most of the time). These two condition usually make my 6'6" a pain to paddle most of the time. While with my 7' I can get more waves I don't like how unresponsive it is. What I'm essentially getting at is, what is your opinion on length(I'm essentially a advanced-beginner) and my choice of the SP my needs.
Thanks so much!
PS: I surf in Central California which unlike most of California isn't blessed with amazing waves. Thanks for the help again!!