volume... ow much?

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volume... ow much?

Postby baggins » Fri Feb 08, 2013 11:50 am

what do you peeps reckon to this 'volume calculator'?

http://www.firewiresurfboards.com/surfboards_volume_calc.php

Good indicator as to how much volume to look for in a board?

heres my results as an example. noticed it really makes a difference when you tweak your ability and nearest age

Your skill level: Beginner
Begin / Inter Intermediate
Inter / Adv Advanced

Your fitness: Average
Nearest age:45 yrs
Your weight: 86 Kilograms
suggested volume 58 MINIMUM (liters) 64 MAXIMUM suggested volume (liters)
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Postby flacky » Fri Feb 08, 2013 12:46 pm

My opinion, volume should only be used for fine-tuning on like-for-like boards. I'd rather have a board with less volume, but a little extra length. I'm a lazy paddler, and I hate boards where my legs are hanging off the back. Just can't get used to them.
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Postby buttholesurfer » Fri Feb 08, 2013 4:29 pm

I'd agree with that if you were looking at purchasing a log! I did mine awhile ago , I'm 42 , 83Kgs and mine is Min 33l Max 37l which is right for me on a shortboard.
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Postby Chris F » Fri Feb 08, 2013 4:33 pm

Needs to go up to 11. Or else once you've got to the 10, where else can you go? Nowhere, that's where.
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Postby surfrat » Fri Feb 08, 2013 5:50 pm

read somewhere recently that a standard shortboard sy 6'2 x 18.5 x 2.25 is about 27-28 litres.
54 litres is HUGE...unless you're getting a longboard
33-36 is funboard/fish/hybrid thruster size and plenty floaty for most people
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Postby roberdy » Fri Feb 08, 2013 8:11 pm

riiiiight, so I wouldn't say that I am that fit or that good (some of you have seen my GoPro vids, bit self indulgent for a fatty bum bum like me), however, my smallest board is 37 ltres and goes just fine, according to this calculator that is the absolute smallest I should ever go for taking me as an advanced surfer of 40 years (not quite there yet) and of excellent fitness, I would say they are over estimating it a bit. Probably so they don't get sued!

Oh and that little board is 6'0 x 20 3/4 x 2 5/8 and 37 litres iirc :)
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Postby surfrat » Fri Feb 08, 2013 8:44 pm

i ride 5'9 x 19 7/8 x 2 3/8 perfect for a shortboard/fishy board for me. though i like a 6'3 x 18 3/4 x 2.5 in winter surf when u gotta scramble and that's a board that keeps it's thickness all the way thru...

best example of difference was i was sitting next to friend who's only a little bit smaller than me, .5 stone maybe, and he was armpit deep sat on his board and i was less than nipple deep all cos of a bit more volume...let me catch a wave a little earlier.

but i don't like the volume under my back foot, keep them rails hard and bitey please!
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Postby surfrat » Fri Feb 08, 2013 8:47 pm

if i say intermediate on it then it sys 33l minimum....bollocks
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Postby Black » Fri Feb 08, 2013 9:26 pm

If you have a solid mahogany board of the same litreage as a board made from the most modern light materials you'd have 2 very different boards. What is right for Firewire may not be right for any other. I don't know the volume of any board I've ever surfed and it wouldn't have changed the choosing or surfing. Looking is much better than using figures, if all the volume was in the tail (as said above) it wouldn't be much use to me either. Don't know what I'm on about though so.... its Friday & the wine is kicking in...
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Postby Philshoz » Sat Feb 09, 2013 6:56 am

The calculator is aimed at promoting Firewires after all and does not show suggestions of mals or larger craft.

I could ride a 5' 10" Sweet potato apparently....... :shock:
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Postby dermo909 » Sat Feb 09, 2013 8:48 am

As a beginner/intermediate its telling me I can ride a 5'10" sweet potato... It sure is a sexy board but its damn expensive!
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Postby buttholesurfer » Sat Feb 09, 2013 10:04 am

dermo909 wrote:As a beginner/intermediate its telling me I can ride a 5'10" sweet potato... It sure is a sexy board but its damn expensive!

I had a 5'6 spud and easily could of got away with a 5'4...a 5'10 is a barge, they pack loads of foam.
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Postby prjwebb » Sat Feb 09, 2013 10:44 am

i wouldn't recommend a sweet potato to a beginner though. they are pretty quirky to ride and not the most user friendly thing for a beginner. really fun once you get them figured out though!
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Postby dermo909 » Sun Feb 10, 2013 10:34 am

prjwebb wrote:i wouldn't recommend a sweet potato to a beginner though. they are pretty quirky to ride and not the most user friendly thing for a beginner. really fun once you get them figured out though!


I'm not really a beginner but its of no relevance anyway because I have no intention of spending €650 on a board right now! In other words, I'd be shot by her indoors! For that money I think I'd prefer to get one shaped.
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