Im getting a bit older and heavier now (87-92kg). Im currently riding a 6'6: Chilli rare bird board with 38.5L. The DHD 6"6' switchblade has an extra 3LT to what i have now.
Will i notice any noticeable difference with an extra 3LT? Im old enough but dont want to go down the longboard route just yet.
Feedback is appreciated.
3 ltrs Sure will. The 38 ltrs you have now should be plenty for your weight .
Thanks. I'd like to get a better wave count each session, I'm looking at the DHD black diamond bs as well which is 44L.
I've been surfing only for just over a year and want to increase my wave count to improve my surfing overall. Do you think extra volume from a board like the above will help much?
Corey may chime in here and advise ?
Generally for my quiver I used 5litres between boards to guarantee a difference in paddle power as the boards got longer . But if I had a specialist type board for a certain wave then I would adjust to about 2/3 litres and have 3 boards that range within the 5/6 litre blocks and the paddle difference is more finely tuned . Wsl pros probably work around half litres or less
High level surfers tune more finely but I think im nearly as heavy as 85kg but ride floaty boards
Been surfing 30 years. My volumes are between 40-58 litres with about 5 litre increments as I step up. At 45yers old, my main board is 45l.
More waves equals more practice equals you will get better. 40 litres is a long long way from a longboard.
Other design factors are equally or more important. I have a 45l fun board for tiny waves, yet a 45l semi-gun for solid waves. Neither goes well in the others wave types. Don't get too hung up on literage - in my opinion it's a blight on surfboard shape design that too many people fixate on, especially recreational surfer who, in general, could all use more foam without too much detriment to performance. I surf pretty much as well as I ever did in 30l.
You should notice the difference of 3 litres, but volume is only one aspect to how a board paddles or performs.
You can have a board at 38.5L that paddles better than a board at 41.5L.
Thanks for the input guys, much appreciated.
I currently have the 38.5L Chilli Rare Bird and am Looking (and pretty much made my mind up) on the DHD Black Diamondwith 44L. From what i can see it sounds like its a good paddler and im no board shape expert at all but from extra foam up front the feedback is that its a better paddler.
So for an extra 5.5L and from what seems the shape as well, hopefully this is a good choice.
I just want more waves :)
Are they about $875 ? Have a chat to a Shaper and get a custom...fine tuned to suit you and probably about $100 less. What roughly your location ?
$730 on special at surfection
You will notice a massive difference in paddle ability going from 38-44L, no doubt about that. Don't expect it to turn too easily as 44L is a lot of board ahead of your front foot.
I ride a 6'10 at 55L which was a big jump in litres from my older 6'10. Made a huge difference to wave count and as thedrip said more waves more practice, that's what I have found, surfing better now than ever.
Don, off topic, apologies I didn't get to pm you earlier re Maldives. Will do so in the not too distant future.
All good Zen. Figured you were busy.
I have no idea what the ltrs is on any of my boards...is it measured on displacement of water, if it is wouldn't changing the shape have just as much effect...also when you blow foam into the mould for the blank doesn't it react differently depending on ambient tempurature....I would go find a shaper than knows what hes doing and ask him for what you want...I rode a mates 6'6 x 20 x 2 3/8 sweet spot and didn't paddle any where near as good as my 6'2 x 19 7/8 x 3..it also didn't surf as good but I'm used to a lot less rocker