Surfboard Size & Volume : How To Get It Right – Compare Surfboards

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Comments

Mistah Dannske says:

Very good vid! How can I find out the Volume of my older boards?

timotmon says:

I don’t see the link to the round table discussion.. Maybe I’m a blind fuck.. sorry.

RomeXT0 says:

Great vid!!!……..yes volume is a good starting point but there’s so much else to consider and you nailed the explanation. Getting a specific volume on boards has been due to the introduction of CMC board production.
Im going to the Telo’s and Ments this August and one of my mate’s thats going with me keeps saying that I need more volume. I keep telling him I don’t need it and you just reinforced what i’ve been trying to tell him…. “that the waves are good and they should be easier to get into”. My all rounder is 6’2 x 20-3/4 x 2-3/4 @ 34.9L and it works great for me in waves up to 4-5ft so my step up will be a 6’4 or 6’6″ with around 38-39L . I guess i’ll find out if I was wrong when I’m not catching as many waves as him but then again I don’t want to ride 40-50L boards in the ments and not have the ability to turn with more control.

krusher74 says:

The one thing hardy talked about on boards is planing area. I ride paipos and have foam and fibreglass about 25L and wood about 5L, but they have very similar planing area, the wood board is faster as it has less rocker, once planing the volume of the board has little effect compared to the planing area, it you then try to turn again a rail, the rail volume then comes into play. Also think about how fast wood alaias and how low there volume is. Volume helps you paddle around without sinking and help the board work as a displacement hull while you paddle for a wave before it become a planing hull.

Chad Sugden says:

there was no link in the corner at 1:13. for that ????

Ryan The Rock says:

great video thanks…im at 45L now,how many Litres could i drop safely?

vladimir jozic says:

thing is growing up as a kid s we didn’t care about length width thickness we got our single finns and we where stoked to go out surfing forget all the science enjoy surfing

martysgarden says:

Sweet video on volume Ben, I used to work for Sky Surfboards in Byron Bay and was a rider for many years. Never once was volume discussed. I tried many times to get my shaper to add more volume to my boards, but he always followed fashion. I wasn’t a board designer, so was basically brushed aside and given boards at cost price,,,told it was best for me.
I actually broke my high femur and Geoff Mccoy lined me up with a 17.5 wide 2 inches thick board that probably had too much volume.
But, i could catch waves and still get to my feet with an injury and surf. This was when I really started to understand volume. Today, I still surf with an injury so need a little bit more volume.
Thank goodness for Firewire Nano,,I can ride a 5’9 now,,shorter board at 35 litres. I am 63 kilo,,helps me get up fast to my feet and that little bit more flotation.
Love you videos Ben,,so cool to see someone in here that is truly passionate about boards and knows his stuff.
Just Subbed and been a fan for a while.
Keep it up mate, we need people like you to help us through all the dilemma and push through what’s fashionable, so we can make informative choices.
Actually after watching your videos i went to see my friend Danny Wills (Wilsy) at his Quicksilver shop to order me a Submoon,,,for small and crowded days on the points here where I live.
Happy Surfing
Marty Ware (Micro Farmer/Surfer Australia)

Ho Stevie! says:

Great explanation Ben!

Justin Bordwell says:

So many factors…you didnt mention rocker, but for instance a board like the lost mini driver i feel i can paddle with my pinkys because it has such good glide. Another point is that im guessing lots of boards out there arent actually the volumes that they are claimed to be just ballparks. Board buying should be a fun journey. Buy sell trade and shape a few of your own. Dont get caught up in the hype. Dims? Vol? In the end it doesnt matter all that much.

Hotwire says:

In 30 years, when you’re old and stiff, will all this still apply? There could be more to this than you know.

daniel lulham says:

grate video man very helpful

Himanshu Sinha says:

good video.keep it up

Antonio Michael says:

I like how the Aussie accent is slowly taking over your American Accent haha

Jon Salvador says:

Yeah saw the round table discussion and they “laughed” at volume as average folks see it, great insights mate, thanks

Joshua Barros says:

If I’m 5’5 130 lb what size shortboard should I get I’m a intermediate surfer

Genie Gentu says:

Great vid. Where’s the link to the shapers round table ta

Bill Addison says:

Caught me out there, an American talking about weight in kg. nice!

SECTOR 7 says:

I can’t hear the volume..

Greg Polansky says:

awesome vid, thanks!

Buddy Jones says:

There is a huge factor is surfboard technology that a lot of people do not understand. Weight is one of the most important factors in surfboard performance. Almost every pro I have talked to knows their weight down to the ounce. “Displacement” is the amount of space that a substance or object occupies. “Displacement in water” is the occupation by a submerged body of volume that would otherwise be occupied by a fluid. For surfboards, volume is not displacement, volume + plan shape + weight = Displacement in water. A 44 liter surfboard can weight 5 lbs or 10 lbs depending on density or weight of material used in construction. Once you learn the plan shape you like i.e. Sci-Fi, volume you like and the right weight, you will be able to pick the best boards for you. Shape+Volume+Weight= Sick ride!

Mat R says:

Hey ! great post. Quick question, what impact there is for 2 different board but with similar volumes ? I ride a 6’5, 20, 2 3/4 35L but i m looking at the rocket V3 6’0″ 20.25” 2.56″ 34.60L. What do i lose and gain in that case ? Or should i get both for different surf conditions ? I m a bit lost ! Thanks !!

Jeroen Weinans says:

Great vid, I enjoy your channel very much! Thanks!

Mafalda34 says:

Id love to hear you talking about the volume difference/feeling in epoxy vs PU

Ant D says:

Where the volume is plays a role.  You cannot expect a 6′ and a 6’8″ at the same volume to perform the same.  Also body composition (surfer’s bouyancy) plays a role: 100kg @ 10% body fat versus 100kg @ 25% body fat is way different.  There is no substitute for talking to your shaper.  Tell ’em what you want to get out of the board while being honest about your skill and fitness level and he’ll shape something magic.  Malcolm Campbell just hit it out of the park for me recently and we never talked volume.  If you think you know more than these guys, its gonna get expensive.  Lets be honest, take the worst board in our quiver and give it to Slater for a day and he’s gonna rip on it and make us all look foolish!

Paul John Balderston says:

Do you guys think you might have a CI black and white review in the works? Would be super cool to see a comparison between the Peregrine, the Black and White, and the DFR!

Scott S says:

Great video, I think this this was a much needed video for a lot of people. Keep up the good work!

CARLOS RIVERA HERNANDEZ says:

hola puedes poner subtítulos español, porfavor un saludo desde México

fishskulls76 says:

Good video, I like the fact that the JS website put their team riders volume specs on their range of boards, OW seems to be about where I’m at. I’m smaller than Owen Wright and also way less skilled! But his volume range is similar to mine.

Gregory Wagner says:

Great video. Volume and proper board sizing = amount of fun so it is important. I find myself on the sizing search a lot. Some of the volume calculators seem a little ridiculous online. Some say I should be 34L some 45-50L so it’s hard to tell what the answer truly is. Probably the only way is to try and get different boards cheap on craigslist to test this out once you know some basic parameters.

Bermcannon Media says:

On point Benny! It took me 10 boards to find my volume number, and like greg I don’t move from my volume number maybe 1 liter each up or down.

denoruega says:

this is gold – thanks !

Mark Humphreys says:

Can I get a review of the ‘Stacey Grizzly’ please!

Jared Angle says:

Hey I’m struggling to know what type of board I should get still. I’m 140 lb and I’m 5.10 feet tall so if I’m looking at a short board how many liters should it be? Also this board is for waves that are like 4 to 6 feet tall. If you can respond tat would be awesome, Thanks!!

d c says:

Great video! I have a few questions. I purchased a webber afterburner2 about 5 years ago, recently sold it due to an upgrade (yet to buy a new board due to being so confused). This board was my only go to board as an all rounder. The surf shop owner recommended a 6’0 at 28 litres. I’m a beginner/intermediate surfer at 85kg with above average fitness. being so ignorant I didn’t know any better. I’ve recently jumped on the firewire website that’s been recommended by a few people, typed in my details and they recommend 49-59 litres on weaker waves!!! Now that just sounds crazy. I did have trouble paddling out on bigger days 4-5 foot but a board with so much volume like that would mean I’d be riding a 6’6 – 6’10. What do you recommend. I’m contemplating the pod mod at 6’0 with 39 litres approx. or the 6’0 sampler with almost 35 litres. Sorry for such a long message but what are your thoughts? any board recommendations??

poolpunx says:

exactly, thank you. it’s a point of reference. something to consider when choosing the right tool for the right job. cheers.

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