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    Flyer choice and size advice

    After posting a thread a while back about reccomendations for boards and doing research, the flyer seems like the board for me. I want to be able to ride the waist high stuff in the summer and the nice stuff in the winter on the same board. Now I just need to figure out size.
    And there seems to be two flyer types, which do I want?
    I'm 5'10 180-185 depending on the week, and surf the winter in a 5/4/3.

    I want enough volume to be paddled somewhat easily even with the added suit. Is a 6'5 the way to go?
    Also, which model of flyer should I get? The original or the flyer 2?

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    I'm aware of that link but it doesn't answer all of my questions. Thanks though. I want to know which size I would want to be able to ride winter, and also which flyer I would want.

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    why ride Al Generic? for the super cool logo? east coast shapers not cool enough?

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    i'm your exact height and weight, and I have two boards that float me fine in the summer, even in the small stuff. one is 28.6 liters (and is a merrick), and the other is 31 liters. I've never ridden the 28.6 liter board in the winter with my full hooded suit, but i ride the 31 liter board all the time and it floats me fine.

    with all this said, and maybe i'm wrong, but neoprene floats. i am under the impression that no matter the thickness of the suit, and the weight it adds to you when you're standing on dry land, when you are lying on your board, in the water, paddling, it should help your buoyancy. when you stand up you'll be heavier, but if the waves are worth anything, and you are a decent surfer, you should be fine.

    what's other people's thoughts on this?

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    Quote Originally Posted by fins369 View Post
    i'm your exact height and weight, and I have two boards that float me fine in the summer, even in the small stuff. one is 28.6 liters (and is a merrick), and the other is 31 liters. I've never ridden the 28.6 liter board in the winter with my full hooded suit, but i ride the 31 liter board all the time and it floats me fine.

    with all this said, and maybe i'm wrong, but neoprene floats. i am under the impression that no matter the thickness of the suit, and the weight it adds to you when you're standing on dry land, when you are lying on your board, in the water, paddling, it should help your buoyancy. when you stand up you'll be heavier, but if the waves are worth anything, and you are a decent surfer, you should be fine.

    what's other people's thoughts on this?
    true. wetsuits have tons of air in them now-a-days. makes you a little heavier, but you still float the same.

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    Quote Originally Posted by AtanticO View Post
    why ride Al Generic? for the super cool logo? east coast shapers not cool enough?
    Not all of us have a thousand dollars to pay a shaper

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    theres alot of factors that come into play,what size was your last high performance,all-around board,how do you surf,for example bobby martinez might be almost your size but he rides like a 5'6" new flyer

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    Quote Originally Posted by ThatSlyB View Post
    Not all of us have a thousand dollars to pay a shaper
    Most local shapers are much less expensive than merrick, plus I guarantee their boards are more durable

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    Quote Originally Posted by ThatSlyB View Post
    Not all of us have a thousand dollars to pay a shaper

    if you look into it i think you will be surprised how much cheaper custom boards are then Merrics. When i was young and dumb i too drank the ...Lost Koolaid. then i discovered the wonderful world of full custom boards for $200 less. the only problem is now im hooked on the effing Hayden boards and they are $$$. talk to a shaper before you blow some wad on a merric. I dont know where your from but i just had a killer winter board made last fall by the guys at Greenlight. give it a shot my man and good luck.