query composition issue

I am new to using Yahoo BOSS, actually i am quite new to using Yahoo at all. I was wondering if it is possible to combine search terms using OR when using BOSS from java. What I actually experience atm is that the OR is more restrictive than letting it out.
If i search for "rent surfboard Baleal", i will get about 170 search results. When searching for "(rent OR hire ) surfboard Baleal", I will only get about half the amount of search results, while the search.yahoo.com site will do the opposite. Any suggestions on what I am doing wrong here?

thanks already,

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