Chris summed it up pretty well. Potatonator is faster and 'snappier' for sure. I take the Addvance when I want something easier and crusier. I would also add that I can duck-dive the Potatonator but not the Addvance. When I'm feeling snappy I take the Potatonator, if I'm feeling lazy/cruisy then the Addvance is a better choice. The Addvance is awesome on a variety of waves but when waves are larger you have to get out outside without duck diving. I've only had a few sessions on the Potatonator but had the best rides on 3' - 4' spilling waves. I feel like I'm shortboarding on the Potatonator, and on a large fish or mini-longboard for the Addvance. I'm pretty happy with the paddle for both.
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Those Indos remind me of lokbox speed dialer fins.
Hi Darin. I have the 6'6" Addvance. I'm 40 yo, 160lbs, 5'10". I thought I'd write because I also have an 8'0 Walden Magic Model.
I've really enjoyed the 6'6" Addvance. It has quite a bit of versatility. It overlaps conditions where I'd take out the 8'0" Walden. I can use it practically as a longboard substitute unless the waves are really small. It's been good for me learning turns.
I guess 6'6 or 6'10" could really be personal preference; I am guessing a 6'6" would be easier for you to turn and you may enjoy the greater maneuverability, etc. Have you ridden below 7' before? Maybe rent any board around 7" and see if you have the balance down. If so, 6'6" could be your board, 6'10" if not..
Lately I've been stepping down from the 6'6" Addvance to the 6'2" Potatonator. I've been swapping between those boards this week.. it's been a blast!
Also depends on your tolerance for buying boards, if you don't mind outgrowing a larger board and swapping for a slightly smaller one later.
That's just my thought as someone in roughly the same ballpark for age, skill & quiver..Last edited by thisisharmless; 06-15-2012, 12:32 AM.
Potatonator stokeJust an absurdly stoked post about the Potatonator. I had bought a 6'2" recently. I'm somewhere between "beginner" and "intermediate". I usally longboard & have a few health issues that keep me from more aggressive shortboarding.
I surf out at West Newport, CA, where most surfers don't bother if it's a mushed-out mess. I took the potatonator out today and had one of the best sessions of my life!
I'm 41 years old, average shape. I caught a couple of nice waves. My thoughts while riding the wave were, "OMG I'm shortboarding",
"I'm glad I can surf this board"
"Is anybody watching me", and "Yeah I'm shortboarding!!!"
(Yeah I know it's a "hybrid". The point is to impress my friends who don't know the difference)
There were a couple of guys kicking around a ball on the beach, looking at me as I got out of the water. My posture and 'tude was, "yeah, that's right, bitches, I can SURF". Lame? Absurd? I don't care. I bought a pint of Stone Ale to let the air out of my swollen ego, drove home, jabbered absurdly to my wife about my stoke.
Thanks Firewire for the POTATONATOR!!!!!!
Kill me or sell me more boards.Last edited by thisisharmless; 06-11-2012, 09:07 AM. Reason: fix grammar
[removed info re. my possibly incorrect decision to get a larger potatonator.. still trying it out]Last edited by thisisharmless; 04-01-2012, 10:11 PM. Reason: obsolete info
My Potatonator will be in tomorrow or early next week, I gotta ride this potatonator, ahhgghghghhhH!
Is the Activator suited for larger waves than the Dominator? Does it sit somewhere between the Spitfire and Hellfire?
Originally posted by Slowman View PostI rode my 6'0 dom in 1' waves yesterday (knee high) with occasional sets of 2' (thigh high) and it went well. It might be worth exploring the fin set up for a moment. What fins are you currently using?
Until I found the right fin set up for me my dom underperformed.
Thanks for posting this.. agggh I can't wait for my POTATONATOR!!
Great thanks for the news! And I will order some futures fins..
Hi Chris, 6'2" Potatonator in Rapidfire tech, ordered at Rip Curl surf center, San Clemente;
FCS fin setup if possible
Thanks for any info
potatonators in california?It's the great potatonator famine of Feb 2012! Have a potatonator on order, have been waiting for about three weeks. Also haven't seen any at other so-cal shops I've visited. Have pirates hijacked the potatonators? What are their demands?
My plan is to move my 5'6" Sweet Potato SF4 stretch quad fins to my 6'2" Potatonator (on order)
Potatonator fever!Last edited by thisisharmless; 02-07-2012, 04:06 PM.