Just back from an awesome trip to Fiji. I took 4 boards Spit 508, Hellfire 600, Hellrazor 603 and a Chilli 608 step up which I bought last minute due to big swell forecast. Surfed mostly cloudbreak with also a couple of epic Restaurants sessions, had some awesome waves!
I used the razor most of the time, except for some 8 foot plus cloudbreak sessions where the step up came into its own. Razor was awesome in the 3 to 6 feet fast and powerful waves! I tried Solus tri, SA quad, wct tri, but definitely liked the AM2 the best for these conditions. Excellent speed and drive out of turns and good powerful pivots when you wanted it.
My brother used my 600 Hellfire quite a bit and loved it, also preferred the AM2 fins. The spit only had one outing in medium size swimming pools rasta quad with nubster - did not enjoy it in these conditions, too pivotty and not fast enough but may have been an off session.
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Broken RF Hellrazor great customer serviceFolded my almost brand new razor 6'1 rapid fire couple weeks ago, only about the 6th surf on it. Major bummer, happened on trying to recover from nosedive down double-overhead quite powerful wave. Bottom glass broke but bamboo deck held.
Contacted Damien Hardman Rip Curl Narrabeen where I bought it, took it in to have a look etc. I want to compliment Damien and FW Aus on the excellent customer service I got regarding this. Although FW don't believe it was manufacturing fault (and I agree, no lamination problem just plain broke under big load) they sold me a replacement at a very good price (fst this time). Damien service was excellent friendly and gave me a good deal on another new board (hellfire).
I highly recommend Damien Hardman Ripcurl Narrabeen to anyone looking for a new FW. Its an awesome shop and they have a great stock range of different models and very helpful staff.
FireWire Aus you have retained a good customer and kept me as a devout FireWire fan.
Spitfire fins Rasta and Solus?Am getting a 5'8 spitfire in the next couple days with Futures boxes. I am 82kg 6'1. Have only used Fcs on my other boards so first time using futures.
I have been doing a lot of research on this forum and at the moment my thoughts are Rasta quad and Solus thruster as my first options.
Any advice on these fins or other options or ideas please?
Spitfire sizing 82Kg 6'1 - 5'8 or 5'10Hey all, very close to getting my first Spitfire. Have been reading all I can on sizes etc. and I reckon I'm right between 5'8 and 5'10. I am 6'1 tall, 82 Kgs = 180 Pounds (hope to be 2kg lighter soon), 49 years old, inter to inter/advanced, fit for my age.
My current board is a CI pod 6'0, which I broke last week (creased wiping out in 5ft close-out barrel) and is being repaired. I've been really happy with it but want to get something a little more edgy and radical but also for small days. The 6'0 pod paddles awesome and catches waves really well, and I'm sure I should have gone a bit smaller in the pod, probably 5'10 if I got another one. I am a very experienced surfer, can surf anything pretty well, but would classify my style as smooth and fast but not radical and vertical. I want a board that can help me change this style and push the critical and vertical stuff more.
So I'm pretty sure my decision is between 5'8 and 5'10. The other one I would like opinion on is FST or Rapidfire. I have had a 6'8 FST alternator (way too big I know) and I do like the FST technology and delayed spring, but never tried rapidfire. Love the look of the rapidfire, love that bamboo deck. After breaking the pod I'm quite keen to have strength but I wouldn't want to compromise weight for it. Which is lighter and does rapidfire last well or is it better to spend a bit more on the FST which will live a bit longer?
Thanks in advance for any opinions or suggestions :).