A female surfer here, deciding between the Hellrazor and Hellfire, and the right dims.
The love of my life is (originally my ex's) 5'10" Alternator- (a highly recommended rebound).
While I was born and raised the only girl in the CI Surfboard warehouse, in a Santa Barbara neighborhood of countless shapers, I'm a devoted fan of Firewires- for female surfers especially. My Alternator paddles so well, allowing me to keep up with the boys without compromising any performance. I'm looking to grab a new Hellrazor or Hellfire tomorrow before I go back to Hawaii for a bit, and need help choosing which board, as well as what size would work best for me.
I'm leaning towards the Hellrazor, only because I'm thinking it may be a better performance board transitioning from the Alternator. Going to the Hellfire hybrid seems a bit backwards if that makes sense, as it's winter here in California and I'm spending a lot more time in Hawaii this season. BUT the only thing I sometimes wish my Alternator had was a bit better of a paddle- which makes me think I could get this from the Hellfire.
I'm mostly surfing small California waves, not much bigger than head high, a few feet overhead sometimes. But just having returned from Hawaii, I definitely found myself undergunned on my 5'10" a couple days . Getting into some waves proved challenging, but once I was up I was happy to have the maneuverability of my small board. I understand one board may not work for all wave types. I'm looking for insight on either board and would love to hear what conditions you are finding they work best in.
Dimensions may be a bit harder for me to get an opinion on...
I'm an intermediate surfer. I'm almost 5'4" 125 lbs. Petite, curvy, but a lot of muscle. I'm on the Quiksilver Roxy Fitness team, hence very fit.
In terms of the hell razor, I know you should order 1" shorter than your shortboard, which for me would be 5'9". But as I'd like even more paddle than my shortboard I'm thinking of trying 5'11"?
Otherwise looking at the 5'6" Hellfire or even the 5'8" hellfire for much more float.
Hoping to here back soon as I leave to Kauai Sunday!