I recently bought my first Firewire board (5'8'' Hellfire) which I'm really happy with, but think I may need a step up for a trip to Indo and future travels?
I've been hearing that the Hellfire can handle some pretty solid waves (I've not surfed it in anything more than head height so far) so I'm not sure if it would cover me for a three month trip to Indo.
I'd say I'm an advanced intermediate (carves, hacks, reos, cutbacks, floaters, tubes) but wouldn't class myself as advanced and I'm certainly no Taj. I'm really looking to improve my surfing in solid hollow surf and push myself on this trip and want to make sure I have the equipment that will best allow me to do this. At the moment I'm not really comfortable in surf bigger than head and a half but like I said I want to push myself.
I guess I want a board that will compliment my 5'8'' Hellfire and allow me to get into the bigger stuff early (and compete in crowded conditions), hold a rail in hollow waves, turn well at speed and still be fairly stable and not too difficult to surf.
I like the idea of the Taj as it's the only ventless board in the high performance range, but concerned that it may be too high performance and hold me back when it comes to wave count (nothing worse than the frustration of missing waves). I guess, if I went for the 6'2'' it would have more volume than my 5'8'' Hellfire, so that may not be such an issue? (I'm 5'8'' and around 155-160lbs)
Any feedback on the Taj or alternatives would be a great help.