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  1. #11
    I think the problem with firewire's calculator is they factored the riders age in way too much (that and they don't factor in what type of waves you're going to be riding: summer mush, winter barrels, etc).

    for instance, I have way more paddle power now than I did at age 20, yet, all the other factors being the same, firewire's calc exponentially adds liters of volume per year of age. IMO, unless someone is over 50, age shouldn't be factored in at all...if surfing on a somewhat regular basis, a person just gets a stronger/better built chest and shoulders the older they get (up to a certain age, of course). If they're going to factor in age, they need to add some sort of bell curve/algorithm.
    Last edited by waterbaby; Jun 29, 2013 at 04:32 PM.

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    Quote Originally Posted by waterbaby View Post
    I think the problem with firewire's calculator is they factored the riders age in way too much (that and they don't factor in what type of waves you're going to be riding: summer mush, winter barrels, etc).
    you're probably right...they definitely don't factor in wave type, but i think it's not really the norm for people to get stronger/better w/ age. most surfers, once they get married, have kids, etc...lose water time & their skills suffer, so a bit more volume benefits them, IMO.

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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...

  5. #15
    I hear ya, dont mean to be downing firewires but I hate the way eps rides. different strokes. my next board wont be epoxy.