Well :-) :-) after 3 very long months of waiting i finally got my sweet potato, it's a 5'2.. All i can say is WOW!!! When i first got it i just looked at the tail and thought: "How am i ever gonna turn this massive thing?!" And the tail IS really massive!.. Had an evening session in 1-2 foot windslop, a day where i would for sure just look at from the beach and say "naah, not today". first wave i paddled into was a really week one, it paddled really easy, but as soon as i stood up i just flew down the line with speed i would normally have on a wave 3 times bigger. best wave i had was on a 3 foot set and again, i just went crazy fast down the line, and then i remembered all iv'e read about placing your back foot right on the tail, did that, and WOAH!! the little thing just blew me away with so much speed! And all the doubts i had about being able to turn that massive tail were gone.. This is so true, once you put your foot on tail it just becomes so easy to turn and produce insane speed.
Regarding the size, at first i was going towards the 5'0, because i never like a board that is even a little bit bigger than what i need, then i decided to go 5'2 and could not be happier.. I think that little extra volume is a huge plus on those gutless days like a had earlier, it's just that massive spine on the bottom that makes it so maneuverable.. Again, I'm 5'7 - 170 Lbs - 27 y/o that's surfs for 15 years.. 5'2 - just perfect!
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Not yet, waiting for it to arrive hopefully in a couple weeks. Though i'm pretty sure the 5'0 will be perfect after more than a few people warned me not to oversize it and to get it as small as possible! Had a lil' chat with Nev Hyman and he also told me to get it even as short as u possibly think u can ride it, as long as it has more than a couple liters of volume over your other shorties you would be just fine! Ill let you know how it went after i get it and ride it nsjoel808!
Yup! Just came back from the FW retailer and ordered the 5'0 witch ill be surfing mostly in warm water (Israel), and can't wait to get it yeeewwwww!!! thanks alot prjwebb
Hey Iggy! i know this is an old subject, but i really need some advice from someone experienced like you to help me order the right size for me. I am 27 y/o 5'7, 170 lbs well built - been surfing for 15 years, ride 5'11 - 6'0 short boards with good experience and with an open mind. i tried the volume calculator on the FW website and it put me on a 4'10 SP, i am positively sure that i'm not going for the 4'10. I was thinking more towards the 5'2 or the 5'0 (minimum).. my question is will it make a big difference in performance if i'll choose the 5'2 as it is 4 inches bigger than what the calculator offered me or is there a thing with the calculator that just offers smaller boards than actually needed?, as if you can just fill in that you are intermediate and not inter/advanced and it will give you a completely different volume! my standard SB's are around the 26-27 vol. range -- Im just looking to ride it in 1-3 ft surf, and fear of getting a board that will be on the small side. I'll appreciate any kind of help, thanks in advance!