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.
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.
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FOAM - Guild Factor
Oct 17, 2013, 09:57 PM #2
- Join Date
- Feb 2007
- Chinatown Boston Ma
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.
BTW Franny. I mean no disrespect. I could afford to drop a couple too. Swell on tap for tomorrow, get pumped!
Oct 18, 2013, 03:29 PM #5Senior Member
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- Sep 2013
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.
Oct 18, 2013, 06:55 PM #6
Oct 19, 2013, 02:21 AM #7
hmm...maybe i'm the one not understanding this.
Oct 19, 2013, 07:29 PM #8
How can I figure out my board's volume?
Oct 24, 2013, 10:36 AM #9
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.
Nov 6, 2013, 04:14 PM #10
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.