I queried the forum a while back and was recommended a 610 Addvance (see this threadÖ http://www.firewiresurfboards.com/f/...=addvance+step)
The waiting time for the 610 was a few months but there was a 702 available immediately at the shop so I took it. Itís been a lot of fun and Iíve stopped using my longboard as a result butÖ I need to take a step down in volume and length. I surfed a friendís board this weekend Ė 7í, 21Ē, 2 5/8Ē Ė and had no problems at all. I expected it to feel looser than the Advance but it felt very similar, just didnít paddle as easily.
So winterís waves are coming and now that Iím fitter and paddling out in larger beach/point breaks Iíd really like something that will become my stock board for the next year or two. Iíll keep the Addvance for the small days but Iíd love to find a single board that I can progress on and really get to know - concentrate on becoming a better surfer rather than what to buy next. I didnít expect to be back on this forum so quickly and would like to avoid a return visit in a few months if possible!
Hereís the breakdown thenÖ
A young 37
Surfing 2 foot to slightly overhead
NB: must be able to duck the board
Iíve been looking at the Alternator, Hellfire or Dominator. I like the look of the Alternator and Hellfire but I chucked the DM in there because itís spoken about so often. As far as length is concerned Iím stumped Ė I reckon I should just go for the size that is recommended for my height/build and spend more time in the water until I get comfortable with it.
All comments/recommendations welcome.
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step down: longboard to something shorterHi,
I'm 37, 70kg's, 6'2" and still in decent shape. I started surfing 9 months ago on a 9' longboard, not as often as I'd like (once/twice a week) and not in very challenging conditions (up to shoulder high but a forgiving beach break). I want to get a shorter board and I've heard good things about the firewire hybrids.
I took a quick look through the forum and I see the Addvance and Dominator are recommended for a lot of beginners. From what i can see the Addvance might be too small a step down from the longboard so i was considering the Dominator. Please could someone let me know their thoughts on what might be best for me? I don't want to spend the next six months falling off the thing but I'd really like to experience something looser than the board i'm on now, and that I will be able to take to more serious breaks and develop on over the next year or two.
any help much appreciated,