I am looking at a board for smaller conditions to supplement my quiver. I am posting here as I know Cuttle has had experience with both these Boards so hoping for his feedback.
I currently have the Elf which I found good for chest to a bit over head high. I feel it is more suited to a slightly open faced wave but I find needs a bit of size to work properly. I'm still getting used to front foot surfing so maybe this range will widen with more time.
I have a 7'10 Mctavish UF8 which handles as big as I want to go and also is suited to a steeper wave. I therefore default from the ELF to the UF8 when 1 1/2 head high or maybe head high if the wave is steeper.
Since I sold my 702 Addvance (I should probably not have sold it) and SP I no longer have anything for the bottom end that I thought the ELF might cover, but don't yet feel comfortable that it can. I don't want to go a SP again as I want a good crossover with the ELF. Ie up to at least chest high and handle some steepness. I am prepared to sacrifice very bottom end grovel ability for that because many a time I have paddled out to find the waves a bit bigger and steeper than I thought they were looking from the beach. My surfing is not high performance, it's more about catching waves and having fun.
I am considering a 604/606 Potatonator or a 606/610 Addvance. The reviews on the Potatonator look fantastic but looking at the foils it is very flat rockered (more than the Addvance or ELF) and I like my boards with a bit of volume around 50litres. The Elf is only 45l but feels a little small in the small stuff.
My question is can you surf the Potatonator a little over volumed? And then am I asking too much of it when confronted with a head high steeper wave? I know the ADDvance will handle these conditions but will probably sacrifice some performance in the real small stuff.
Cuttle - before you start on you don't need a 606 P-nator at 95kgs, I don't get as much surf time as you so while I might have you by a few years, you will get me on fitness and general ability.