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Slap some controller quads in that baby if it has a futures set up-- they complement that board perfectly. If it has fcs, they probably have an equivalent
I vote no tail pad! Way better without! I like an even feel between both feet.
Rapidfire-- a little more buoyant and a little lighter
FST-- a little more springy flex out of turns, more durable
It's a win/win-- you can't go wrong
As your primary board, Dominator!!! Use the volume calculator on Firewire site to ensure that you get the proper size and I say get the Rusty R1 quad fins(for Futures you can buy a 5 fin set). The other boards are more suited as additional boards in your quiver.
El Fuego and Dominator Reflections, fins etc...After surfing the hell out of my Dominator and El Fuego (in 4-10 ft., faces), I am ready to post my thoughts. I am 45 yrs, 6'0, 160 lbs, experienced, competent surfer on Kauai. Because of my age, the wind, currents and powerful swells here I purposefully went with a 5'10 Dom, rapidfire, instead of the 5'8 for extra float/stability. The volume calculator is right on because I bet the 5'8 in less rugged conditions would be perfect for me. I tried about 4 sets of Futures fins and settled on the Rusty R1 5-fin set (I usually ride it as a quad). These fins are amazing and match the RF Dom perfectly- loose and drivey! Nev wasn't kidding when he said the Controllers are magic for the Elf-- they are by far the best fins for that board, no question. My Elf is 5'11, FST diamond tail. I got the diamond for extra squirt, but I bet the swallow goes insane too. The Dom is better for more vertical "hook" type turns and does smoother cutbacks; the Elf catches waves easier and does incredible carves down the line with momentum-- Neither board makes the other redundant. As for a comparison of constructions-- My Rapidfire definitely has more float and is lighter than the FST; the FST has more of the "catapult" flex out of turns and does feel more solid/durable ( but I haven't put a dent in either construction!). Lighter, more buoyant, stronger, great flex, the aesthetics of wood-- I still don't get why everyone doesn't own a Firewire! It's also more economical to buy 1 Firewire that will probably last longer than 3 PU boards (especially if surfed in heavy conditions). I'm so stoked! If anyone has ridden a Unibrow, please give us a report-- that model looks sickLast edited by seakale; 02-04-2013, 07:55 PM.