I just broke my 5'8 dominator (surf type) while kitesurfing. I was happy with it both for surfing and kitesurfing but it was too weak for kiting, it only lasted a year. Punched my heel through the deck twice before from small jumps (fixed it) and today it got a crack in the deck from rail to rail, right through the pressure valve. It's a shame, it was a fun board. I will fix it but won't use it again for kiting. It's time for a stronger board.
I need a board which suits both surfing and kitesurfing. It makes sense to get a firewire kitesurf model. I like to minimize my quiver (to travel) and the hellfire seems the most all-round board. I live in Perth so I'm exposed to choppy sea waves as well as good size quality surf.
What would be the best size for me to take? I weigh 72kg, I'm 1.85m tall, a decent kitesurfer (strapless) and intermediate surfer. On average I spend 3-4 days a week either kiting or surfing. The volume calculator indicates 27-30 liter, pointing towards the 510. However for kiting it seems that the 506 might be a bit better suited for me.
Would I have trouble paddling into waves on a 506? Or would I find a 510 too large to kitesurf?