Hey, so here's my story:
I've only been surfing a lot since a year, before I was just surfing like 3 weeks a year during summer vacation.
I started with a el fuego 6'3 (39.8 L) a year ago (I had a NSP 6'8 funboard before that for years) and loved it from the first minute on it. It got too big a few months later, so I bought a 6'0 Dominator (34.8L) in November 2011, which I loved. I had a little bit of adjustement time because it was a lot less volume, but not much. Recently, I was starting to feel again that the dominator was becoming too much volume for my improved skills again.
So last week in France I broke the Dominator in overhead waves - (I got smashed down by the lip of the wave and the leash got wrapped around the board, in case you're interested in that story) - I'll get the board fixed at the local surfstore, but it won't be quiet the same, so I need a new board - and def one with less volume.
I would say my surfing is really beg./intermediate: I can do good bottom turns, good take offs (most of the time) and do cutbacks since a few months (but really not good ones!!), and I know how to pump for speed and yeah thats already it!
the volume calculator gives me a volume range from 25 - 30liters with my skills, age (28) and average fitness.
Can I get a 5'6 Spitfire (28.3L) or is this too advanced/small as I'm 5'7 tall? Or a too big step down from the volume of the 6'0 Dominator? Is it better to get a 5'8?
Or should I look at another model that has less volume in a bigger size like the Hellfire 5 10 or the Sub Scorcher because they are less wide, or are these boards too advanced for me?
I want to get an easy to ride "short board feel like board" that feels "alive" when I'm on it, meaning good reaction when I want to do turns, but it has to be forgiving as well.
I mostly ride smaller waves with not that much power and this new board is gonna be my only board (I improve a lot so it makes no sense to replace 2 boards every few months)
Thanks a lot guys,