Oh yeah, and I love having a board that I can duck dive easily! It feels like I can dive it to the bottom of the ocean, which came in handy more than once when I got caught out of position.
My buddy on his 9'6 longboard was giving me shit since he was outpaddling me, only to get crushed and end up 30-yds behind me after an 8' set came through.
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Originally posted by Herzalot View PostI may be a little late here, but the 606 Dominator I (unwisely) bought would be perfect for a guy in the 225-250 lb range. It was waaaay too buoyant for my 210 lb self even in mushy waves. It just skipped across the top of the water rather than getting a rail in. My 604 is perfect. There was a HUGE difference between the two boards, even with just 4.5 liters volume and 2" separating the two.
The 2nd time I took it out was this Saturday in 5-8' surf on the North Shore (Lanikea) and I had a blast. There were only 8 or so guys out there, and plenty of waves. I found that I need WAY more weight on my back foot than I'm used to. Most of my rides were pretty short-lived, but I got a couple of decent ones. Afterwards we went to Ehukai to check out the Pipe Masters and got to see some AMAZING surfing. Great way to end the session.
6'8" Dom for a big guyHi, I just ordered a 6'8" Dom and I think it'll be right for me but wanted to hear opinions. I'm 6'1", 230 lbs, good fitness, and a beginner-ish surfer. I grew up in Hawaii and bodyboarded for about 5-years through high school with minimal surfing. After that I didn't surf for about 10-years since I was on the mainland, but just moved back this year and have been surfing 2-3 times/week on average since I've been back (more like 5x/wk when there's a swell, 1x when there isn't). I've also snowboarded pretty seriously for 8 years, and wakeboarded a bit.
Will this be a good board for me? I live on the south shore of Oahu and in summer I surf mostly 2-5' mushier waves, and surf bigger waves on the north shore in winter. I'm not really comfortable when its bigger than 2' overhead. Right now I'm surfing a 7'4" hybrid with an enormous amount of foam: 704 Big Boy Stinger. This board is so floaty I can't duck-dive too deep, but I'm usually ok until it gets overhead. I'm hoping I'll still keep good paddle power with the Dom for catching waves.
I also picked up some SA-4 quad fins for when the new board gets here. Will those be ok for me as a beginner at 230 lbs/95kgs with this board? Can't wait to try this baby out!
P.S. Thanks to all who have contributed to this forum, it made my decision-making a lot easier.