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  • eivsemb
    started a topic Looking to buy a new Dom, what size?

    Looking to buy a new Dom, what size?

    Hi guys

    I'm looking at buying a new board for myself before I go to Morocco next year and I'm currently decided to go for the Dom.
    Facts: 24 years old, 85 kg (187 lbs) and 1.84 m (6.04 feet) tall. My physical fitness is rather good, I do a lot of strength training, swimming, cross-country skiing and so on.

    I have surfed on and off for 5 years now, but since I live in Norway I don't get to surf that often really. Either I have to drive 10 hours to the west coast, or else I go to southern Europe or Morocco mostly. I think I would characterize myself as "low intermediate" surfer; I do have a 7S Aussie Fish 6'7"x 20 3/4"x 2 5/8", not sure about the volume though, that I do get up on to. I actually surfed a Lost Rocket 6'0 (33 L or so) in indo this summer, but this board was too small for me. I did get up once in a while, but in general I was just paddling for my life and seeing other surfers spraying water in my face. You get it..

    I'm thinking of the Dominator as it would do good as a versatile board that I can take out in any conditions. I will not surf larger surf than head high/overhead (just because I don't have the skills), and in Norway waves are often very fat and needs a board which generates a lot of paddle speed. Do you think this is a right board for me? I do have to emphasize that I want a board that will get me many waves!

    Any suggestions what size and volume to go with? In Norway I mainly use a 5 mm wetsuit so that should be added to my weight. Im thinking either 6'2" or 6'4". I mainly want to go for 6'2", but I just fear a board that small will impact the wave count. What do you think? I still want a board that feels loose and fun, so maybe the 6'4" will feel to big...? Any help is appreciated

    Thanks

  • Chris
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    hey maika, it would be plenty!! that is the perfect size.

    Cheers

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  • maika
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    hey Iggy
    my weight is kind of like you 81 kgs, and in winter i use just 4:3 wet-suit with 3 mm for booties... Do you think the 5.8 x 20 x 2 3/8 would be fine for me???

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  • YellowSurfBus
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    I picked up a 6'0" Spitfire on friday. I'm 24, 76kg and a low intermediate surfer like yourself, been surfing about 3 years but can get to the beach quite often. I used to surf a 6'8" 7S superfish (43L). I've taken the spitfire out twice so far and it's plenty of volume for me as far as float go's, could have gone with the 5'10". It's definitely harder getting into waves but I'm very unfit at the moment so that is not helping at all. It's going to take a bit of getting used to riding a short board but don't think it's going to be that bad and can see myself wishing I went for the 5'10" in a few months. I also bought this board for a surf trip after christmas with Morocco being the first stop, going to get a 6'2" Hellfire though for the better days. The 6'0" will be enough float for you and if you have a good level of fitness it shouldn't be too much trouble getting into waves, especially after a month or 2 of riding the board.

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  • eivsemb
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    It's actually not too late. the board will be shipped out on Tuesday, so I guess I can talk to them and change the size if I want. But heck, I was pretty sure I was getting the right size and now you got me confused again :p I would love to try one out before I decide, but that is just not possible..

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  • Herzalot
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    Originally posted by eivsemb View Post
    Thanks for all the replys guys. I'm actually gonna go with the 6'2", despite most of you say the 6'0". The volume calculator at FW also suggests minimum 46L for beg/intermediate and 35L for intermediate for me. I'm better off with 50 waves instead of 20, even though sacrificing a little bit of that loose feeling. If I do actually feel that it's too much volume I can sell it for almost retail price back in Norway (have to import it from UK though, FW is not sold in Norway), so then I just swap for the 6'0". But again, I am pretty sure I will be totally fine with the 6'2". Gonna bring the new board to Morocco in January for 10 days so I will put it to test then :D Thanks again, at least it helped me down size from 6'4" :)
    If it's not too late, I will join those recommending the 600 over the 602. I've told my own FW story on this forum a lot. I (unwisely) bought a 606 Dom based on my age, perceived ability, shop recommendation and FW volume calculator. WRONG SIZE!!! Waaay too buoyant. I am an intermediate surfer, 6'4" tall 210lbs and I surf mainly mushy SoCal waves in the knee to head-high range. I figured the extra volume couldn't hurt - WRONG. While that might be a negligible difference in a PU board, it was night and day for a FW. The 606 was corky and skipped over the surface. It was actually hard to get it to drop into mushy waves as it wanted to just stay on top. I could not get a rail in (surfed as a quad with Stretch Large fins). It felt like surfing a big bodyboard. I traded for the 604 and couldn't believe the difference. Perfect. Floats well, catches waves incredibly easily AND performs on rail. It's still a bit skatey compared to narrower boards, but it's a fun, manageable kind of skatey that could be calmed by running it as a thruster. Best of luck and enjoy your purchases. Post up when you've had some time on your new board(s).

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  • Erling
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    I think they go for about 5500,- NOK in Norway. Not sure if you can get it any cheaper from the UK, but you might get your boards faster if they're not in stock in Norway.

    I've had a few Firewire boards now, and all I can say is; I love how they surf and that they last for a lot longer than a standard PU board. But be prepared, once you get one; you want more ;)

    these are the boards that I've had over the last 4 years or so:
    6'4 Lost Stealth - 38.5L
    6'0 Dominator - 34.5L
    5'10 Dominator - 33.5L

    5'4 Sweet Potato - 35.7L
    5'8 Spitfire - 31L
    6'2 Alternator - 31.3L

    As you can see I've worked my way down in both length and volume over the years, and I would recommend the same thing for you. There's nothing worse than having a board that is too small and end up getting no waves at all.

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  • eivsemb
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    Ah cool, I didnt know about Frost selling Firewires. I sent them an email now too see if they have any Dominators in stock, but I really don't think they can beat the price from secretspot. Super-friendly guys over at secretspot btw, so will probably buy it from them. Well since you're from Norway, how would you say the Firewires are doing in these waters? I've only surfed Stadlandet 6-7 times, but will most likely have either Jśren or Saltstein as homebreak next year as I'm moving from Trondheim.

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  • Erling
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    eivsemb:

    I'm from Norway. There's no shops selling Firewire in Norway at the moment, but there will be (again).There's still a Norwegian Retailer though, and he's got a few boards in stock and can order new ones for you. If you're lucky, he's got a 6'2 Dominator in stock. Check it out: http://www.firewiresurfboards.com/de...33#region_list

    If not, secretspot.co.uk and boardshop.co.uk is where I've ordered some of my boards from.

    I would also consider the El Fuego, maybe a 6'3 if you want about the same volume as the 6'2 dom...

    Good luck! :)
    Last edited by Erling; 11-20-2012, 01:53 PM.

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  • iggy
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    Good to hear buddy, let us know how does it goes

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  • eivsemb
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    Thanks for all the replys guys. I'm actually gonna go with the 6'2", despite most of you say the 6'0". The volume calculator at FW also suggests minimum 46L for beg/intermediate and 35L for intermediate for me. I'm better off with 50 waves instead of 20, even though sacrificing a little bit of that loose feeling. If I do actually feel that it's too much volume I can sell it for almost retail price back in Norway (have to import it from UK though, FW is not sold in Norway), so then I just swap for the 6'0". But again, I am pretty sure I will be totally fine with the 6'2". Gonna bring the new board to Morocco in January for 10 days so I will put it to test then :D Thanks again, at least it helped me down size from 6'4" :)

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  • hawaii_boi
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    Eivsemb, if you weren't 6 feet tall i would recommend 5'10. If you surf really well 5'10 is doable. Otherwise, go with the 6'0 Dom.

    ALOHA!!

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  • Phill
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    I've been thinking about the guys riding bigger doms in bigger waves. I reckon it's to do with the length to width ratio on bigger sizes.
    For me, on a 5'8" x 20" at 6'0 tall it's a short and WIDE board for me to control at speed on solid waves. But for someone 6'0 and 90+kg on a 6'4" x 21" you've got all that extra rail length and only gained an inch width. So if the volume to weight ratio for the board to the rider then clearly the bigger guy on the longer board is going to have much more success in larger waves than the guy on the super short and comparatively wider board.

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  • buzzy
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    I'd still say 6'0" or 6'2". I don't think the 6'2" would be a disaster at your weight. I surf a 6'4" Dom at 90kg, and it's fine. I've surfed it up to around 1.5x overhead with no dramas. For performance in mid size waves I'd be better off on a 6'2" but there's not likely to be too much in it and the trade off is I'd lose some range for the smallest days.

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  • iggy
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    Then go for the 6'0". I'm 85Kgs and got around with a 5'10" Domintor wearing a 6/5/4 wesuit with 7mm boots and 5mm glove on our lovely Canadian winters going as cod as -12C sometimes. Flotation wise the 6'0" will float you plenty. The 6'2" might feel too corky even with all the rubber

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