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    Firewire's Volume Calculator

    just punched in my stats and the output seems way too high. A 40 liter volume board feels right to me...but firewire is suggesting closer to 50 liters! (that would be one corky mofo). Anyone else getting suspiciously high results with firewire's volume calculator?

    Is there a difference in volume between firewire and other brands? Is there a difference in volume between poly and eps?

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    Quote Originally Posted by waterbaby View Post
    just punched in my stats and the output seems way too high. A 40 liter volume board feels right to me...but firewire is suggesting closer to 50 liters! (that would be one corky mofo). Anyone else getting suspiciously high results with firewire's volume calculator?

    Is there a difference in volume between firewire and other brands? Is there a difference in volume between poly and eps?
    I'm no expert but my shaper is, and he seems to think that volume calculator is a joke

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    Agree they seem way to high. The CI board selector is more on the mark.

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    Quote Originally Posted by SHREDSLED View Post
    Agree they seem way to high. The CI board selector is more on the mark.
    i actually think the opposite. CI is a bit low, firewire's is fairly on the mark, IMO. i attribute that to the fact that they ask for more info...if you're honest about your ability level & weight, of course. of course, i also think that most average surfers ride less volume than they realistically should be for their ability level & paddling strength.

    edit: i also find the idea that most surfers can tell the difference in buoyancy between poly & eps laughable. it's such a negligible amount. pros most likely can, or really small people, but not your average 150-200lb human.
    Last edited by njsurfer42; Jun 28, 2013 at 11:34 PM.

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    Im not a pro but I can tell the difference .I dunno , its like with poly your in the wave and eps is more like your on top of it. Some people swear by firewire but if I dont get mine dailed in soon its goin on craigslist.

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    Quote Originally Posted by 1vin View Post
    Im not a pro but I can tell the difference .I dunno , its like with poly your in the wave and eps is more like your on top of it. Some people swear by firewire but if I dont get mine dailed in soon its goin on craigslist.
    telling the difference between poly & eps/epoxy in terms of the ride is one thing, telling the difference between poly & eps/epoxy in terms of buoyancy is another thing entirely. i totally can feel the difference when riding an eps/epoxy...i hate it, it feels dead under my feet. difference in buoyancy? not so much...

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    mine was over about 2 liters.

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    Take what you normally ride/like in a poly board. If the estimator for epoxy comes in equal or higher, you know it's not accurate. Also when it comes to epoxy boards, pay attention to if it's hand shaped or a punch out, or chinese garbage, etc. Many epoxies have basically no edges on the rails. This adds to the feeling of corkiness or planing too high that people don't like. Surfboards need edges and I see more epoxy boards out there that have none on them.

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    That calculator spit out a 15' kindling beast. Talk about volume...

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    There has been and probably never will be an agreement in the shaping industry on how to calculate board volume. The numbers and the formulas vary.