Does anyone know where to find video of someone ripping on a Hellfire? I've seen plenty of video reviews, and of course Nev's intro to the board, but I can't seem to find any footage of someone surfing it.
There's a great Firewire promo clip with Noah Snyder riding the Dominator. I would love to see something similar on the Hellfire.
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Car wax for speed?Hi Nev,
I just took delivery of a brand new Hellfire RF (yew!) and noticed that the bottom of it is much smoother than my Dominator FST after 1 year of use.
I've seen some people recommend using a car wax product or even Rain-X on the bottom of your board to increase speed. I've also seen people say that sanding the board is the only solution. Maybe I should just man up and paddle harder.
What are your thoughts?
Hellfire or Alternator?First time posting on this forum. I've been watching from afar for a while and have been really impressed with the level of stoke & support here.
I got my first Firewire in May this year after surfing a Tuflite Al Merrick Flyer 6'8 for a few years. (Before that was a second-hand NEV 7'4 that was my first board ever). I'm a 41 y.o. intermediate surfer, 182cm/84kg (5'11"/185lb) and have been surfing on weekends for 7 years now. I was at a point where the Flyer was getting to be too big and unwieldly. I was looking at a smaller Merrick while back home in Oz for a holiday but the guy in the surf shop put me on to the Dominator. He suggested a 6'0 but I was hesitant to come so far down in size so suddenly and ended up with a 6'2. From the very first wave it was a revelation and I feel that my surfing has really improved thanks to this board. I almost wish I had gone with the 6'0 now that I know what the Dominator can do.
I surf beach breaks in Chiba, Japan, so most of the time it I'm dealing with small to shoulder high surf. The Dominator has been perfect in these conditions, taking off even quicker than my old 6'8 and allowing me to do much more on the wave. The 5 fin setup is like having 2 boards in one. I surf it quad in smaller stuff, and as a thruster when the waves are good. This year we also had some great typhoon swell and for the first time ever I was able to enjoy myself on overhead waves.
I did, however, find that the Dominator felt a bit skittish going down the face after the drop and bottom turning on the bigger overhead waves when I had a lot of speed. One of my mates said this was because the Dominator doesn't have much rocker. I also felt that I had to nurse it a little on steeper drops to keep the nose from sticking at times. (probably more my problem than the board)
I plan to get many more years of fun out of my Dominator, but I'm looking for something that will be able to handle the bigger/steeper waves a bit better and also have a bit more bite to allow me to lay my turns in a little harder. I was thinking about a 6'2 or 6'4 Alternator, but after seeing everyone raving about it so much, I'm starting to think that a 6'0 or 6'2 Hellfire might be a better choice.
I'd like to know:
1) Which is better for me, the Hellfire or the Alternator?
2) Would a Hellfire be too much like my Dominator?
3) What size should I go for? I don't want to have too much volume, but I also don't want to be undergunned when the size goes up to head high and above.
Sorry for the long post. Thanks in advance for any suggestions!