I'm looking for a new board and have some questions.
I'm a 43 yrs; 6'3 225 lbs and fit, but with a large frame. I've been surfing 30 years and am on the top end of Intermediate. I surf 1 to 3 times per week, like any working stiff and try to swim a couple of other days to stay in paddling shape. I'm surfing a lot of punchy beach breaks and the reefs in South Orange County CA and North County SD.
I'm currently riding a 6'1'' x 21 1/4 x 2 7/8 epoxy hybrid shortboard. It goes great, but sometimes I feel like I need to get into waves sooner and paddle faster.
I've been intrigued by the Firewires and have been looking at them. For my size, the volume calc shows: 47-58
The volume equates to the 6'6'' ADDvance or the 6'5'' El Fuego. (The 6'6'' Spitfire and Dom are in there too). I really do not want to go bigger than 6'6''.
The boards are basically the same length, width and very close on the thickness. The difference that I see is that the ADDvance goes wider in the nose and narrower in the tail, while the EF is the opposite.
After looking, I have not been able to find these boards in shops to compare in person.
I'm curious to know how the differences between the boards affect the ride. I'm looking to get in early, go fast and connect some good turns...having some fun. (If I'm missing an anlysis of another model, let me know!)