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 07/17/2021 05:42 AM
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Cole

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My buddy is getting back into surfing after a long drought and he is looking for some new boards. He is middle aged, fit, weighs about 150 and was a good surfer back in the day. He wants "shortboards" and asked my opinion, but I'm old and have had a personal shaper for decades, so I'm clueless when it comes to other boards, volume especially.

Any ideas?

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 07/17/2021 06:22 AM
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LIV2SURFDT

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Summertime>small waves>fit, 150lbs>used to be a good surfer>shortboard=Pylon!
 07/17/2021 06:33 AM
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MR

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The Firewire Tomo Evo is a pretty good option. Lots of volume in a short board, makes it easy to paddle and pop up. Its basically a short performance fun shape. Its my go to for weak surf.

Edited: 07/17/2021 at 06:33 AM by MR
 07/17/2021 10:04 AM
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Cole

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What's the sizing on the Tomos? If I ride a 6-0 shortboard, what's the Tomo equivalent?

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 07/17/2021 11:57 AM
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seaspray

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Firewire Seaside. I tried my friends and didn't want to give it back, worked well even with dimensions oversized for me. Hard to find used, hard to find new, going to have to shell nearly $1k to order.
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paddleout

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Cole- I'm selling an Al Merrick shortboard.. Surftech in really great shape for very cheap.

PM me if youre interested

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 07/18/2021 06:55 AM
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MR

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Originally posted by: Cole What's the sizing on the Tomos? If I ride a 6-0 shortboard, what's the Tomo equivalent?
Tomo Evo

Edited: 07/18/2021 at 06:59 AM by MR
 07/18/2021 07:17 AM
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dingpatch

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Check the "Hippo" at Another Ride.
 07/18/2021 11:41 AM
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stokedpanda

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How tall is he? Based on info given I'd say around "30 Liters" go with a 5'8" to 5'10" Quiet Flight Mahi Mahi or a 5'8" Double Agent....no need for a short board anymore LOL

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 07/18/2021 05:10 PM
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Neilson FFF, sized appropriately.
He can downsize to a potato chip after his gills get less dry and brittle, still keep the fish for small days.

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 07/19/2021 03:43 AM
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Greensleeves

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Superior suggestions, if he's your bro he rips and no need wasting time with anything less than something good albeit a little harder to paddle. I go with pandaroo, at his weight about 30 liters is good. I might add a couple liters if he's surfing with you and Griffen so he can get a wave.

He can get back his skills if... we get some damned waves!

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 07/19/2021 05:58 AM
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Cole

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He lives out west, so that's why I'm asking about production boards and general dimensions. He's about 5-9 tall at 150 pounds. Rock climbing is his main addiction.

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 07/19/2021 06:34 AM
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CurtisEflush

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If he lives out west, add a liter or so to compensate for the wetsuit.
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Greensleeves

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If he lives north of Point Conception add 3 or 4 more.

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 07/20/2021 04:04 PM
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Cole

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What is a base liter for his weight with a slight addition for age?

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 07/21/2021 05:34 AM
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MR

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Lost surfboards site has a pretty good estimator for volume based on weight and surfing ability.
 07/22/2021 01:54 AM
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Greensleeves

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What kind of volume are you riding Cole?

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 07/23/2021 06:30 AM
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Cole

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Originally posted by: Greensleeves

What kind of volume are you riding Cole?


I have no idea, I still go by length and thickness, hence all my questions.


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 07/23/2021 08:01 AM
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J20

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Something epoxy, with the 5 fin option so he can tinker with different fin setups, from 31-34 liters with a wide tail and wide nose. Should be plenty of paddle power, and not too big for a 150 pounder to surf high performance.


All of Mayhems/ Losts small waves boards are fun.

(And in my opinion a swallow tail on small wave boards gives you extra bite and hold versus a big wide squash, so I'd recommend a fish )
 07/23/2021 06:47 PM
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larenyon

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Cole I would have him use Lost's volume calculator. I'm like you and my current board is the first one I have ever known/used the liters measurement for. It's important that your friend is honest with himself when he answers it though. lol My buddy swears by the liter calculator Channel Islands has on their site.

Edited: 07/23/2021 at 06:48 PM by larenyon
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