Volume for beginner

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Volume for beginner

Postby block921 » Sat May 28, 2016 2:10 pm

New to surfing but I'm confused on the right volume/board to get as a beginner

I checked out the wavestorm board at:http://www.wavestormboards.com/product/80-classic-longboard-2016-anniversary-edition-cp-11/
Its volume is 86L and can support 200 lbs

http://www.wavestormboards.com/product/ ... longboard/
Volume is 98L and can support 250lbs

Volume is 72.9L and can support 180lbs

Volume is 92.4L and can support 225-250lbs

So this is where it gets weird:

https://www.rei.com/product/105390/bic- ... fboard-8-4
Volume is 72L but can support 220lbs???

https://www.rei.com/product/105412/bic- ... fboard-9-4
Volume is 78L and can support 231LBs??

Fire wire's longest board is http://shop.firewiresurfboards.com/coll ... -martinson
Volume is 86L ...

So going by the foamies at 210 lbs i'm to heavy for any of the firewire surf boards but using BIC's measurements i should be ok? I had the Wavestorm 8 but i was to heavy for the board as i couldn't stay on and couldn't catch anything. I got the eden 9inch from greco and can stay on and catch waves but the board is so delicate the slightest tap and the board tears. Looking for something more solid like a BIC or firewire but no idea what to get as the volume to rider weight is different?
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Re: Volume for beginner

Postby beaner01 » Wed Jun 01, 2016 8:49 pm

Welcome to surfing, trust me you will never look back.

I know enough about surfing you could write on a postage stamp but my advice is to start on a board that will get your wave count through the roof. I am 37 and started surfing about 4 years ago with my son. I made the mistake of trying to progress to a shorter board before I was ready and it was a slow progress but I am there now( just got a luke young 6.0 inch pincher - top top board). You progress in surfing by being able to surf and that means getting to your feet not looking sweet walking to the ocean with a shortboard under your arm. With my limited experience my advice is to start on a minimal around 8 foot ish, with heaps of volume in the right place this will help you get a high wave count. Speak to your local surf shop (not sure where you are) and they should be able to help.
Good luck with the surf and remember after every frustrating surf there is a top session just waiting to happen.
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Re: Volume for beginner

Postby roberdy » Thu Jun 02, 2016 10:46 am

Moved to Learn to surf forum for starters ;-)

As a 100+kg surfer I own and ride a 6'0, 6'4, 6'8, 9'1 & a 9'8. Volume on the 6'0 is about 37 ltrs. Best board I learned on was a 6'10. Don't worry about volume too much at your stage, get something around 6'10 to 7'8, about 22 to 23" wide and about 2 3/4 to 3" thick. Getting hung up on volume won't do you any good, it is irrelevant once you are over 40ltrs I reckon unless you are Jim Pellegrine...

Also, don't get a BIC. for the love of all things handmade, buy a beaten up second or third hand stick off of gumtree or the for sale section on here. re-use, recycle mate!
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Re: Volume for beginner

Postby ATTMFKH » Thu Jun 02, 2016 11:21 am

Buy my 7'6" McTavish Woody Carver
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Re: Volume for beginner

Postby TonyB » Thu Jun 02, 2016 11:41 am

Check out the Roger Cooper minimals he sells on The Bay. I have an 8ft 0 one which is brilliant. Nice and floaty. Only drawback is you see loads of peeps with the same board, but its deffo helped me to improve.
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