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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Thread: Firewire's Volume Calculator
Firewire's Volume Calculator
Jun 28, 2013, 05:12 PM #2
Jun 28, 2013, 05:25 PM #3
Agree they seem way to high. The CI board selector is more on the mark.
mine was over about 2 liters.
Jun 28, 2013, 07:57 PM #5
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.
Jun 28, 2013, 08:14 PM #6
That calculator spit out a 15' kindling beast. Talk about volume...
Jun 28, 2013, 08:34 PM #7
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.
Jun 28, 2013, 09:05 PM #8
Hard to get a hold of a graduated cylinder big enough to fully submerge a surfboard I'd think, but that would be the best way to get the volume. The only way I would trust anyways.
Last edited by Losttsol; Jun 28, 2013 at 09:13 PM.
Jun 29, 2013, 12:32 AM #9
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 29, 2013 at 12:34 AM.
Jun 29, 2013, 12:57 AM #10Junior Member
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I normally rode a 6'2"-6'6" hpsb. I was worried about going shorter when I ordered my firewire, I asked questions on their forums and used the volume calculator. I ended up getting a 5'10" Spitfire, bottom of the suggested volume range for me, and I absolutely love it! I probably could've gone lower to a 5'8" but wearing a 4/3 into the summer is tiring. Use their forums and take the advice given, can't go wrong there.