Looking for some input on the CI quad pod vs. the Firewire dominator. I've surfed anything from a 9'2 Hap Jacobs down to my 7'3 7S fish, and I'm looking to take it down to 6'6 - 6'0. My size is perfect for something 6'0 and under as I am only 5'6 & 160 lbs. however, at 41 yrs. young (shut your mouth groms) and two damaged shoulders I need something with a lot of foam under it. So lets hear it? Need some serious opinions as I have a limited window to purchase the new HPSB (have an 11 month old boy and wife who is willing to let me add to my quiver FOR NOW!!).
I now have two firewires and love both shapes. They are great, light boards that really work. Unfortunately I am finding that they are fragile and prone to issues. I busted 2 fin boxes on one and the other a timbertek is splitting where the parabolic rails meet the deck laminate. This after 2- 3 weeks of use and in a way no hand made board ever would. Again I think the shapes are great but construction is an issue. I don't think this is because of foreign labor, i think its because of cost and weight saving measures that leave a less than durable end product. I like Stretch.
Yes he does, that surftech disaster has been done for over 2 -3 years. He always has done hand shaped eps and is still the best at eps. A lot of bigger companies have done the same with surftech or another version(CI,...lost, etc)
Dominator is a great board up to head high. i wouldnt sell yourself short and go to big. use the volume calculator on their website..its a good reference to start with. Im on my second FST and its one of my favorite boards.
Same age as you, but 6'0", 185 lbs. What I ride is a 6'2", 2.5", 20.75" WRV Drone, which is basically a Neckbeard. Get a real board, as in real I mean non-epoxy. Do you see ASP surfers on epoxy? No you don't. Even Taj gave them up and he rips harder than this whole forum combined. Firewire = Newbies or old ****s trying to get an edge that doesn't exist.
agreed - EPS is second rate to poly in terms of performance. Buying for longevity just means you're probably going to be less than happy with your actual surfing (although I've never ridden a firewire or stretch. Maybe they're doing something the others aren't...doubt it).
Hydroflex "natural" (epoxy over poly core) is the only new thing that might sway me from standard poly boards...but I'm simply not willing to waste any more of my time on new tech that might be lower performance
I have ridden the pod: decent shape...rails are a little too fat, imo. These are standard poly, but I gotta warn you, the stock ones are disturbing lightly glassed. I'm older than you and my shoulders aren't great either, but over voluming doesn't really help in that area...you're better off improving your technique and catching waves smarter (going out at the right tide, sitting farther inside, mastering the "no paddle takeoff", etc).
Can't recommend firewire just because I feel my experience with eps/epoxy has been a waste of time. Going the pod route, I'd follow the CI board recommendation app (maybe add an inch) and maybe get a custom pod with a little extra glass
Last edited by waterbaby; Jul 4, 2013 at 07:04 PM.