1. FOAM - Guild Factor

I am always checking new boards out online and imagining my next stick. I frequent the Lost site and saw they have a different take on a volume calculator.

http://www.lostsurfboards.net/2013/w...mes-explained/

It recommends more volume than I am used to riding. I have a lost motivator that holds about 35 or 36 liters and that is so floaty for me but good when it's summer or really small. This is the same volume the calculator says I shuold be riding for my short board.

So, I am looking to get a board in between my all out small wave board and my head high+ barrel board and am thinking of a weirdo ripper or something similar, Roberts diamond maybe. I didn't know if I should keep my volume somewhat close to 35 or 36 and hope the rocker and thinner rails will do the trick to fit me into the waves or if I should go lower to like 32 or 33 as the CI calculator says for the weirdo ... I have also checked the firewire calculator and it is too broad.

Really what is your opinion on this calculator and others. I don't see a common number for any of these.

2. I don't know how a simple equation can tell you what you should be riding. It is a total guess and I think its totally unfair to the consumer.

Best trick is going to your local shaper, bring your boards you normally ride and tell him what you just wrote down.

I'm 225lbs 5'10 calculate that.

3. Originally Posted by Franyfingers
I don't know how a simple equation can tell you what you should be riding. It is a total guess and I think its totally unfair to the consumer.

Best trick is going to your local shaper, bring your boards you normally ride and tell him what you just wrote down.

I'm 225lbs 5'10 calculate that.
After crunching all of the numbers..(it wasn't easy) I calculate that you are fat/obese, or overweight(to be more subtle). But you might still rip. Are you Chino Surfboards? I'm good at math

4. BTW Franny. I mean no disrespect. I could afford to drop a couple too. Swell on tap for tomorrow, get pumped!

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There's a lot more factors then just height and weight, unless you are tourist and just looking to rent a board for the day.

Yes.... go to your local shaper (one that knows what they are doing) and talk to them. Besides the height and weight, you need to tell them TRUTHFULLY about your surfing abilities. Also what are you looking to do when you are surfing? Another big factor is where you surf. Wherever you surf or frequent the most is what you want your board shaped for. You wouldn't shape a custom gun if you lived in Florida right?! If the board is for a trip then let him know where you are going and what the current conditions have been like there. If where you are going has really been pumping and is a wave of substance then you may want to beef up your glass a bit. If you're not planning to travel at all and live in say Florida then you want to be on the lighter side and don't need extra glass.

If its possible ask the shaper if he has something you can test drive to maybe narrow down your options, or maybe a friend has a board that you like, ask them if you can ride it for a few waves.

Whatever you do don't just buy a board for the name. Believe it or not a lot of these "megabrand" boards are actually shaped by local shapers. You can get the same exact board without the inflated price.

6. Originally Posted by Big Wet Monster

It recommends more volume than I am used to riding. I have a lost motivator that holds about 35 or 36 liters and that is so floaty for me but good when it's summer or really small. This is the same volume the calculator says I shuold be riding for my short board.
my volume from good wave hpsb to uber-groveler varies about 1.5L or so. don't stress about it too much. if what you're riding is working for you, great. if not, a little more volume might be what you need. i prefer firewire's volume calculator as it's the most in-depth one i've seen & the more info you can feed into any calculator, the more accurate it's going to be. ci's is laughably pathetic.

7. hmm...maybe i'm the one not understanding this.

8. How can I figure out my board's volume?

9. Originally Posted by REDDZ
How can I figure out my board's volume?
Swaylocks had this formula up a while back:
1/2 length x width x thickness + 10 for every inch over 6'
Divided by 60.02 = L volume

It's not exact and doesn't account for certain variances in design but I've done the equation for dozens of boards I have, was looking at getting, or was just testing the math out on and it's a pretty damn good estimate.

10. Originally Posted by EmassSpicoli
Swaylocks had this formula up a while back:
1/2 length x width x thickness + 10 for every inch over 6'
Divided by 60.02 = L volume

It's not exact and doesn't account for certain variances in design but I've done the equation for dozens of boards I have, was looking at getting, or was just testing the math out on and it's a pretty damn good estimate.
i've used this formula in the past & when i compare my results w/ boards i know the #s for, it always seems to come out on the low side. for example, my rusty bali single is 6'2"x20"x2.5", 33.7L. that formula gets me 31.2L. the bali is pretty thinned out in the tail, but the rails are full & there's no way the computer program is that far off.

but back to the topic at hand, i'm surprised no one on here has commented on the words of wisdom from whitney guild himself clarifying the subject. has anyone played w/ it at all? it was interesting to see how little my GF varied (.37-.39, depending on board), compared to the volumes i ride & feel comfortable on.