I got my new Dom 6'2" with the SF4 quad fins last year and I really love the board (only used it for one trip to Morocco in January though..)!
As I will be travelling this summer and surf (hopefully) a lot of different breaks and types of waves, I'm looking to buy a new set of fins that I can use on the boards I rent and on my Dominator when I'll be surfing on that board later.
So, I've been looking at a lot of different FCS fins but find it hard to decide which one is the right for me.. I do not have very much expericene with different boards and fins, so it is maybe a bit difficult for me to describe what I'm looking for, but I'll try:
I'm 84 kg (185 lbs), 25 year old and beginner-intermediate surfer. I can go down the line and do bottom turns, but really no critical manouvers. I will be surfing my Dominator back in Norway from small to maximum overhead size. I will also go on surf trips to Morocco and Portugal every now and then, and this summer I will go to Indonesia where I will most likely rent or buy a board as similar to the dominator as possible (size, volume, wave catching abilities). I want the fins to produce a lot of speed so I can make sections easier. I also like the "loose" feeling of my Dom (with SF4 quad) compared to my old M7's thruster. So in general I want a fin setup that can be used in a lot of conditions and for hybrids and shortboards. I will need it to be a thruster setup (or a 5 fin tri-quad setup).
So far I've been looking at these sets:
- FCS G-AM (PC or glass flex) thruster
- FCS GMB (thruster or 5-fin)
- FCS SF4 PC (5 fin tri/quad)
The SF4 PC (in yellow) 5 fin setup is very appealing since it can be used as both a thruster and quad, they look very good and I also like the old ones in glass flex on my Dom (even though I have very little to compare with). I can also pick them up for $119 which I think is a good deal.
Any suggestions or comments? Thanks!
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FCS fins for my Dom 6'2" and in general for hybrid/shortboard models
It's actually not too late. the board will be shipped out on Tuesday, so I guess I can talk to them and change the size if I want. But heck, I was pretty sure I was getting the right size and now you got me confused again :p I would love to try one out before I decide, but that is just not possible..
Ah cool, I didnt know about Frost selling Firewires. I sent them an email now too see if they have any Dominators in stock, but I really don't think they can beat the price from secretspot. Super-friendly guys over at secretspot btw, so will probably buy it from them. Well since you're from Norway, how would you say the Firewires are doing in these waters? I've only surfed Stadlandet 6-7 times, but will most likely have either Jśren or Saltstein as homebreak next year as I'm moving from Trondheim.
Thanks for all the replys guys. I'm actually gonna go with the 6'2", despite most of you say the 6'0". The volume calculator at FW also suggests minimum 46L for beg/intermediate and 35L for intermediate for me. I'm better off with 50 waves instead of 20, even though sacrificing a little bit of that loose feeling. If I do actually feel that it's too much volume I can sell it for almost retail price back in Norway (have to import it from UK though, FW is not sold in Norway), so then I just swap for the 6'0". But again, I am pretty sure I will be totally fine with the 6'2". Gonna bring the new board to Morocco in January for 10 days so I will put it to test then :D Thanks again, at least it helped me down size from 6'4" :)
Originally posted by prjwebb View PostIt's pretty hard to cover all that with one board. I'd use a Dom in Morocco on small days at killers maybe and around the beaches, but when the points are working properly I wouldn't want to be on one.
If you want something more solid for bigger stuff that still has the lower rocker and width for small stuff maybe look at the Hellfire or Mini Driver.
If you want something for smaller to medium stuff primarily then the Dominator is a good pick.
Alright, seems as I should decide between 6'0 and 6'2 then.
Well, I'm taking these factors into account:
The Lost Rocket (6'0"x 20 x 2 1/2 33.4L) was too small for me surfing in just a boardie.
Dom 6'0" is 34.8L, and the 6'2" 38.1L.
Taking this into account, and that fact that I will wear a 5 mm wetsuit, boots etc, and the waves in Norway tends to be extremely fat, I figure the 6'0" might lower my wave count.
but again I guess the Dom has more flotation and paddle speed than the Rocket. Volume wise I would prefer the 6'2", but do you think that will make the board feel noticeable less loose and do more resistance to turns (not that I do any critical turns anyway..)?
About the Potatonator, isn't that a board for like 1-3 feet waves? I would want a very versatile board that also works in head high pumping winter storms in Norway and in point breaks in Morocco. I guess the added width and reduced rocker may help on the wave catching, but as I see it, the Dom does that job very well too. Any thoughts?
Looking to buy a new Dom, what size?Hi guys
I'm looking at buying a new board for myself before I go to Morocco next year and I'm currently decided to go for the Dom.
Facts: 24 years old, 85 kg (187 lbs) and 1.84 m (6.04 feet) tall. My physical fitness is rather good, I do a lot of strength training, swimming, cross-country skiing and so on.
I have surfed on and off for 5 years now, but since I live in Norway I don't get to surf that often really. Either I have to drive 10 hours to the west coast, or else I go to southern Europe or Morocco mostly. I think I would characterize myself as "low intermediate" surfer; I do have a 7S Aussie Fish 6'7"x 20 3/4"x 2 5/8", not sure about the volume though, that I do get up on to. I actually surfed a Lost Rocket 6'0 (33 L or so) in indo this summer, but this board was too small for me. I did get up once in a while, but in general I was just paddling for my life and seeing other surfers spraying water in my face. You get it..
I'm thinking of the Dominator as it would do good as a versatile board that I can take out in any conditions. I will not surf larger surf than head high/overhead (just because I don't have the skills), and in Norway waves are often very fat and needs a board which generates a lot of paddle speed. Do you think this is a right board for me? I do have to emphasize that I want a board that will get me many waves!
Any suggestions what size and volume to go with? In Norway I mainly use a 5 mm wetsuit so that should be added to my weight. Im thinking either 6'2" or 6'4". I mainly want to go for 6'2", but I just fear a board that small will impact the wave count. What do you think? I still want a board that feels loose and fun, so maybe the 6'4" will feel to big...? Any help is appreciated
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