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Prone board size

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Created by kobo 31 days ago, 27 Oct 2021
kobo
NSW, 738 posts
27 Oct 2021 5:04PM
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Over last couple of years started on 5'10 then 5'2 now 4'8 @ 35 lts Wondering what others have settled on as the Goldilocks size board for their weight. I'm not sure if I should go as low as 4.0 @ 27 lts ?

eppo
WA, 8569 posts
27 Oct 2021 6:09PM
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Whats ya weight ? I'm on the 4'5 Armie FG at 34 litres (75kg). Seems about right.

foilthegreats
285 posts
27 Oct 2021 8:03PM
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At 75kg I'm loving my Slingshot FlyingFish 4'2" 30L.

The smaller the board the harder the paddle out will be. That really is the main consideration and is really spot dependent.

SkyRama rips the army 4' 27L and he is around 200lbs. Check his Instagram for video but looks like Guard rails is a short paddle out. www.instagram.com/tv/CUdQ-m0ld5L/?utm_medium=copy_link

eppo
WA, 8569 posts
27 Oct 2021 9:27PM
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Yeh I could probably go smaller but I use it for sink starting when winging - so figured a bit more volume would help. Smaller the better for pumping.

TooMuchEpoxy
58 posts
28 Oct 2021 12:23AM
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I'm 220 lbs and I'm on a 4'0"x18.5. Probably 30 L garbage surf.

It doesn't catch waves and it doesn't paddle. I just stand on an outer bar waist deep, push off into a nugget and pump wherever i need to go.

compared to my 4'6" it pumps 10% better and paddles and catches 80% worse but that's a fine trade off if your looping more than paddling.

kobo
NSW, 738 posts
28 Oct 2021 6:20AM
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eppo said..
Whats ya weight ? I'm on the 4'5 Armie FG at 34 litres (75kg). Seems about right.


80kgs,and I'm tossing up between the 4.5 and 4.0 army

toppleover
QLD, 1936 posts
28 Oct 2021 6:03AM
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kobo said..

eppo said..
Whats ya weight ? I'm on the 4'5 Armie FG at 34 litres (75kg). Seems about right.



80kgs,and I'm tossing up between the 4.5 and 4.0 army


Hey kobo, why not buy both
The 4'0 would be great when up on foil but you will catch heaps more waves on the 4'5.

For reference I'm 73kg & like 4'5x18" around 28-30L boards.

Piros
QLD, 6249 posts
28 Oct 2021 6:29AM
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I think for most people 4-5 to 4-6 x 35 litres . Is a good all round size. Catching the wave is the biggest part . I've got a 4-2 - 33 L , 4-4 35L , 4-6 -29 L & 4-8 x 35L . I'm around 90 kg and spending most of time on the 4-8 ATM but winter fat dropping off I'll be back on the smaller boards soon

kobo
NSW, 738 posts
28 Oct 2021 11:41AM
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Thanks everyone, you have pretty much confirmed my suspicions, I think I'll go the 4'5, and I want to wing on it too so Eppo makes a good point that the 4.0 would be a harder sinker start size there.

eppo
WA, 8569 posts
28 Oct 2021 12:55PM
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Yeh at 80pies the 4'5 is probably the go. Kinda depends though . some like to chip into something then pump back out to link. Reckon a small board is good for that. Also depends how strong, fit you are and also if you are carrying any long term injuries. Also how good - advanced you are. All depends. Ive seen nathan whose 75kg rip on a 27 litre board.

as someone shouted out to me whilst I was pumping back out to link a wave "hey eppo you look just like your son antMan ...just older, fatter and slower".

I laughed so hard I fell off and missed that damn link!!!!

frenchfoiler
339 posts
28 Oct 2021 2:16PM
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At 1m70/73kg I have 4'3 x 19 - 30L and 4'6 x 18 - 32L

I like to have the same volume as my shortboard.

The thing that matters a lot is the box. Some brands put it forward and others more at the back and regarding your foil it can or can't work.
If you go custom, you need to talk about it with the shaper.

Gofoil, Axis, Takuma work better far back.
Unifoil, Sign, Lift, Army work better way forward (at least for the small front wing).

colin71
NSW, 57 posts
1 Nov 2021 8:49AM
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I'm 6'3 x 93ish kgs and riding 5'0 x 38L (a couple litres above my regular shortboard).

Considering dropping to 4'6 and keeping the same litres. Not sure if the longer board with more glide which makes it easier to catch waves outweighs the benefit of a shorter more manoeuvrable board once up and riding/pumping.

eppo
WA, 8569 posts
1 Nov 2021 6:36AM
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It will definitely pump better.

colin71
NSW, 57 posts
13 Nov 2021 3:24PM
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Wondering if people generally add volume (litres) as they drop down in length, or just stay the same?

A couple extra litres might offset the loss of glide as you go shorter (but probably also reduces sensitivity as the board gets thicker).

Weighing up a 4'5 @ 37.5L vs. a 4'7 @ 41L.

stevet73
NSW, 205 posts
13 Nov 2021 3:51PM
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Went down to a little board, too much paddling....but usual spot a fair ways out. Went back up to 4'8 47L. I'll be sticking with that.
I'm 80kgs. All horses for courses though....

eppo
WA, 8569 posts
13 Nov 2021 2:46PM
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How does she pump at that volume ?

stevet73
NSW, 205 posts
13 Nov 2021 6:48PM
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I can pump 2 waves, occasionally 3. Im sure a smaller board would be easier.....but paddle power is my premium. Trick is to work our what's most important to u.....or finding that happy medium



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