January 11, 2014 at 2:35 am #876
Benny, you mention you ride a 6’1 Average Joe. What is your weight?
January 11, 2014 at 6:13 am #880
February 22, 2014 at 9:04 am #1217
Hi there, just wanted to mention, I enjoyed this article. It was practical.
Keep on posting!
February 23, 2014 at 4:38 am #1218
Cool, I’m glad to hear you found it useful Alan!
April 1, 2014 at 4:49 am #1521
I don’t quite get this volume thing
Why isn’t board volume a linear thing on these recommendation charts
ie. the heavier you are the more volume you need to float your boat
I did some quick math
and you and Kelly Slater have something in common
He weighs 160 lbs and surfs 24.5 litres (all round board or as small as he goes!)
which is the same ratio as yourself at 230 lbs surfing 35 litres
(you mentioned your ideal 35-36l)
which looks to me as though for a solid bloke your surfing very low
Kelly Slaterish volumes
why is this so?
April 7, 2014 at 2:45 am #1527
I realise its all a bit academic but….
what I was trying to say was
all the volume graphs curve slightly upward
not a straight line so that curve indicates to me
that the heavier you are
the more volume is required over and above
the proportional ratio ie not just x1.5
but x1.5 plus some more volume
If it were simply proportional
the lines would be straight
I’m only theorizing and its not important
as you said its only an indicator
I only commented because I’m a little bit perplexed
that your surfing the same ratio of weight to volume
as Kelly S, you must be Kelly fit,
April 2, 2014 at 3:40 am #1522
Thank you for your question!
The chart from the article ‘Know Your Volume, Catch More Waves‘ is intended as a guide only and, after trial & error, I have found that my volume sweet spot is ~36CL’s for a good wave board, ~37-41CL’s for an average wave board and 45CL’s+ for a groveller surfboard used tiny, weak waves.
Regarding the maths, I’m not sure that I follow. A large guy needs more volume, a smaller guy needs less volume. I’m about ~1.5x Kelly’s size and ride boards that have ~1.5x or more volume. Makes sense, right?
Please let me know if this does not answer your question!
All the best,
December 31, 2014 at 12:41 am #3206
I think Andrew is suggesting that since kelly is (probably) a better surfer than you / everybody on the planet it is surprising that he isn’t on less litres per kg than a more human surfer.
Quite a good observation i think. I might up my volume!
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