5'9 70-72Kg - Intermediate - 5'9 El Fuego - 5'6 Dominator - 5'2 Sweet Potato - 5'1 Baked
potato (timbertek) on order - UK based 3/2 - 4/3 (summer/autumn), 5/4 - 6/5/4 boots/gloves/hood (winter/spring)
I've decided to buy a Chubby Chedda
According to the "Volume calculator" I need Max. 29L (28 yrs, advanced and fit)
Shall I go 5'10, or 5'11?
Cold waters of Portugal, 10-15 Celcius.
Taj - Firewire - 6'4 x 19,5 x 2,5 (too long for small waves)
Rusty Project - Tuflite - 6'3 x 18,75 x 2,18 (too thin for non punchy surf, or mushy waves)
I´m starting to do front side airs, but with the rusty in small waves the tail gets stuck.
I wanna go air wild from now on haha.
165cms 89Kgs dry...working on that at the moment...but not working!!! :)
Potato 5'2" /Vanguard 5'6"/Potatonator 5'8"/ Spitfire 5'8" / Quadraflex 6'0" / Flexflight 9'0"
Fins: Elevons, Solus, Controlllers, Jordy,AM2,
I'm about your size and I'd go 510
I'm 89kg and a 5'11" should be under my feet in 1 week.
Good to hear Sarge, I'm in your weight range, and I'm dying to know how this board performs, especially in the bigger stuff.
so do fondle and tell!!!!!
Also Sarge i noticed in your sig you have a 6'0 MB & 6'0 MD
How does the MB go paddle wise? Do you only use it for more hollow punchy waves and switch to the mini if its more fuller waves?
How do the two compare as far as ride and wave range?
Last edited by stylar; 02-02-2013 at 05:21 AM.
Daily driver: 6'0 stealth - TC Aqualine, Abtow rears + nubster in top tab
HP sled: 6'3 F-1 - H3 Lrg - Sold 2013 / Taj 6'4 - Sold 2011
Step up: 6'3 Hellrazor - AM-2
The extra half litre and lower entry rocker on the MD is noticeable and appreciated when trying to catch fuller sections - there were a couple last week I caught waves that didn't break for another 20 metres. The MD releases way more easily off the top when you hit the lip due IMO to the double concave. It will release every time. The MB has more grip and gives the rider more control over whether to telease the fins or wrap the turn back into the pocket, similar to the Taj but more stable under foot.
When I'm padding the MB I don't see it as 'worse' than MD. the MD just paddles easier. I reckon the MB feels much the same to paddle as my old 6'4" Taj - mine was one of the later ones that had a lower entry rocker than the earlier version. It was 29.9 litres as well.
Certainly there is a big crossover with these boards, but I do travel a bit with work and depending on where I'm going I only need to take one. Gold Coast - MB, Torquay - MD. (but why limit yourself Sarge)(and then the new CC for the small days)
Hope that helps, sorry if I rambled on a bit.
Any tips on how to ride this board? Is there a certificate course I can do?
At the moment it's 3 bad waves(efforts) - 1 good. I think I keep trying to surf it forward on most of the bad efforts, followed by getting on the tail and finding out how incredibly responsive and fast it is and ending on my backside over the back while the board accelerates away. And then i get 1 wave where I dumb-luck my way around and it all feels fantastic. This is then followed by all previous steps.
I have only ridden one other shortboard (in recent times) with a single - double - vee combo bottom (Mayhem SubDriver which I had hoped was going to end up in the Firewire catologue) and it felt similar, but it had a lot more thickness through the rails and I don't think it was quite as responsive.
Anyway - suggestions anyone?
Tomorrow is another day. Bring it on you feisty little CC.
88Kgs - 5'10" - 45yrs going on 18
5'10" FST Dominator
5'11" FST Chubby Chedda
6'0" FST Michel Bourez
6'0" FST Mini Driver
6'2" Hayden Shapes Shred Sled King