usedtobe69 wrote:i'm not trying to piss on anyones chips here, but, having ridden a vanguard for 10 months i've got to know how it goes, this is the problem with the firewires, they didn't do it right, they're short but ride longer due the straight template, if a 5'1 feels borderline oversized for someone 5'9 what is a 5'6 gonna feel like?
they should've put 24-25L into the 5'2 as the main one and worked from there,
they didn't because firewires bulk of sales are to guys who can't surf that well and want big corky boards, shame really, and a strange one for them to take tomo's designs on as he's always been about super thin small foiled out ultra performance in the past, how money changes things...
please don't' let my rantings/opinions make you choose something that won't float you, i'm just saying how one person sees it,
they're saying to go with the correct volumes because they know what they've done and don't want people to shit out and not be able to catch waves on their £650 surfboards.
The 'volume calculator' is at once the single most misunderstood and abused marketing term to enter the surfboard dialogue in the last few years.... I hate it. It has such a vague effect on whether a board will catch waves or perform better than another board as it's often looked at as a variable in isolation to the really important design aspects such as rocker, bottom shape, foil etc..... It really winds me up. A beachball is a hundred times more floaty than an alaia, but you ain't catching many waves on it.
Some boards only really work well when they have the right amount of volume and for some designs, this is a low figure, but it only tells part of a story.
But then, people don't want to have to understand these things - they are happy being spoonfed a shitload of marketing bollocks and enjoy being told what to ride in each specific condition to make their surfing experience better without the investment of time in really learning how to develop their surfing.
I notice that these big companies don't mention that if certain boards are too corky, then it actually becomes harder to catch waves, not easier!
Fellow ranter, over and out