There are some great people on this forum - I wouldnít mind any thoughts people are prepared to give to the following queries about board volume and hopefully they arenít too confusing or too simplistic.
Obviously a higher volume board (such as the Addvance) makes paddling easier and catching waves easier. But what is the downside to having more volume, in particular having the volume in a 'shorter' board such as the Addvance (by way of comparison, my 9'2" long board has approximately the same volume as a 706 Addvance)
- will having that much volume in a shorter board create problems? For example, will it cause me to 'plane' over the wave, because the buoyancy prevents the rails from holding onto the wave (whereas, with a long board, because the volume is more spread out, it isnít so 'corky')?
- Will the volume combined cause the board to 'overpower' me in larger waves so I won't be able to properly control it? (What would constitute a 'larger wave' here anyway)?
- Do I need to be heavier for the Addvance to get the benefits or control the downsides (heavier than I need to be for a long board, because the buoyancy for a long board is spread out)?
- do you surf the Addvance in a 'different' way to other 706 boards without the volume?
Having now progressed from learner stage to about kindergarten stage, I am thinking of moving down in board size. For various reasons (such as poor paddling ability, the fact that I mostly surf in smallish and not very powerful beach breaks and don't get to surf with any regularity), the larger volume mid sized boards (such as the Addvance) look good. But I'm wondering whether that much volume creates its own issues (so, perhaps, a smaller volume but equal length board might be more appropriate). I'm past the 'catch and stand' stage, but not up to the 'can surf on anything stage' - my aim is to catch lots of waves (more than I can catch with the long board, because the waves I surf are a bit steep for a long board), have fun and hopefully now learn to turn.
I should add that stepping down from a 9'2" board at my skill level I am hesitant to go smaller than a 7'6" board. I think a 1'7" drop is probably about my limit. I am 6'3" and 185 lbs (190cm/83kg) and taking into account my height a 706 isn't that long, although for my weight perhaps a 702 is more appropriate (but a 2ft drop seems a bit excessive - I dont surf enough to want to spend 6 months learning how to surf a new board). I should add that I am not particularly concerned about outgrowing a 706 - if in a few years time I have advanced enough to want to try an even shorter board, then I am happy to buy one then.
Thanks for any thoughts and for reading.