I know what you mean, since I ride eg my Wainman Gambler 5.7 very often in various wind conditions, also for freestyle air stuff - but it is a board that excells (only) in waves up to shoulder - head high max. A board like the HF 510 would be nice in light winds and small waves, but for my taste - without having tried it - I guess from a certain boardspeed (wave height) on it would be a hard(er) to ride it in a wave radically (due volume, tail width, width etc.) - for your weight though maybe not so noticeable - with 195 pds max probably already different.
If I had the choice in regard to the HF, I would probably rather take the 508 for my weight as a "workhorse" for the daily average stuff, since it provides also a little longer rail than the 506 when the waves get chest high + and does not have so much "hip" and volume like the 510.
But here we are back to the topic: You can either choose between a 506 or a 510. Nothing in between.
If you want to go for a little more radical board concept like the 5.11 KP1 the 5.11 has for my weight slightly too little of everything (a 6.0 x 18.25-40 x 2 1/4 would be right). But I can compensate with a bigger kite etc. BUT even the "stock" brands like Naish, Cabrinha, SS, Wainman etc. offer 3 boards per line - for a good reason - (not to mention the awesome Boombox from Rawson....) This is just a friendly input for optimization where personal preferences and riding spots come into account and make the difference between good and awesome and the professionalism of a brand. And Firewire is fantastic! - Also an afterthought: Maybe rather less board lines but more size steps in between to choose, because the different parameters offer then enough optimization for really individual conditions.
Originally Posted by Grant