I ride a 5'4" sweet P and I am 6'1 170-180 depending on the time of year. I tried the 5-2 and it was just a hair too small. 5'4 seems just right. The thing makes it through some crazy sections especially backside and I can catch a lot of waves on it. Super fun board. I would agree and disagree with escsurfer in that I usually try to get a locally made board but with these small wave, wide ass boards you better find someone who has made a bunch of em cause I have ridden a few that have been complete turds...which is why I ended up with the firewire. I now a few people who have em and they all love em
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Sep 15, 2013, 05:11 PM #11
Sep 21, 2013, 04:16 PM #12Member
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Sep 21, 2013, 05:33 PM #13Senior Member
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I have to agree with ecssurfer! You could get two custom boards for the price of a firewire. Firewire's are overrated and can still be broken. If you want to build a board like a firewire, go to your shaper and have them glass the board with a layer of innegrity. Your board will be bullet proof and just like a fire wire!
eh...I have to agree with ukelele. Local shapers aren't always the best call.
I recently had a local shaper shape me a board based solely on what he thought I should have, based on my age, dims, experience and the local surf spot's usual conditions (a spot on which he was born/grew up on and knows as good as anyone). He's also a standout local surfer including a bag of aerial tricks, so I had to appreciate his knowledge. The board he made me, although expertly built, was a dog. Thing was heavy as hell and wouldn't turn worth a sh*t (I gave it several months just to make sure I wasn't jumping the gun...it still sucked).
"Corporate" shapers have a lot of things going for them, including an exponential amount of boards shaped, years of experience with alternative materials, shaping machines for consistent copies of developed shapes, networking with other world class shapers, etc, etc. Re-sale value on a nationally known shaper's board is something to consider, too.
Sep 22, 2013, 05:46 PM #15Senior Member
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Ummm ya, I would just go to any local shaper. You really want to find someone experienced. You also have to go in there with an idea of what you want. Unless the shaper knows you personally and has surfed with you there is absolutely no way he is going to build you a board that will fit you just right. Unless he gets really lucky.
Also I think there is a huge misconception about the machines used to shape boards. They don't just spit out a finished board by any means! Once you program the machine with your dimensions and load the blank up, its basically just a drill bit that spins and goes back and forth the length of the board until it is shaved down to somewhere close to the dimensions. Once that's done you have a very rough version of your board. You then hack of the nose and tail and now the board is ready to be shaped. Still takes about 20-30 minutes of shaping before its ready to be glassed.
Still I would highly recommend you support your local shaper. In fact there is a good chance that your local shaper (if good enough) just maybe shaping for the big guys. I won' t name names but many big companies have local guys shape their boards so they don't have to pay outrageous shipping costs. If you buy a hawaiian board in Cali it was probably shaped in Cali. If you're buying a hawaiian or Cali board and you live on the east coast, chances are it was shaped on the east coast.
So what it boils down to is you are paying a lot of money to say you have a name brand board. Instead of $800 you can spend $400 and it was shaped by the very same hands!
If you're a real surfer you already know the story and where to buy your equipment. The rest of you just buy what Dane is forced to ride for that week! Anybody see Dane riding a dumpster diver during the contest last week? NO....
Haven't you all noticed that they very rarely give out board dimensions during a contest. This is because the pro's very rarely switch it up or ride something unconventional during a contest. They can't take that chance. These large companies want to sell boards and they can't sell the same board over and over. They make radical, retarded boards and then pay Dane to go ride them all day and try to catch him doing something on one of them.
How many of you have ever ridden a dumpster diver?