Thursday, 08 December 2011 - Posted by Roger at 10:02 am
First post – “A Curious Thing…”
Here is a curious thing about surfboards:
If we isolate one design element that we know works very well and then think about the total opposite design element, often we will find that it too will work very well. For example: you may like the feel of a concave bottom in your shortboard, then one day you jump on a board with roll and the waves just happen to be peaky and bowly; you may be pleasantly surprised!
It is just that they will create a different effect and, therefore, feeling to the ride.
Here are a few examples:
Light – Heavy
Short – Long
Thick – Thin
Narrow – Wide
Hard – Soft
Curved – Straight
Concave – Convex
Stiff – Flexible
Low Volume – High Volume
Non Buoyant – Buoyant
Upright – Raked
Square – Round
The important thing is in the overall combination of design elements, opposites can be combined along side one another in the same board.
I think this is the key to advancing surfboard design and how to get the most from your overall surfing experience.
Be open to change, and be prepared to embrace the unfamiliar.
Free your mind and the rest will follow.