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gannet
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wide point

Post by gannet » Thu Oct 20, 2011 1:54 pm

Please forgive my ignorance (long-time shortboarder, short-time longboarder).

I notice that some longboards have a relatively wide nose & front half, but a pulled-in tail while other (older?) boards have the wide point behind half way and others still (true malibus ?) have more parallel rails.

Now I'm sure many of you could write a book on this. But briefly, how do these differences in planshape affect performance? Are different planshapes better suited to particular styles of surfing?

Hope this ain't a silly question. Appreciate your thoughts.

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Re: wide point

Post by RickyG » Mon Oct 24, 2011 1:29 pm

I'm no expert but I believe the wide point further back (a la 'pig' board in the 60s) are best for noseriding. Most new traditional-style boards and noseriders have that planshape.

Wider point forward is probably better for down the line surfing, like those lighting bolt single fins form the 70s.
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Re: wide point

Post by gannet » Wed Nov 02, 2011 9:59 am

Thanks for the reply RickyG. That pretty much tallies with what I was thinking.
I'm assuming a narrow tail on the modern longboards allows you to hop onto the back foot and pivot turn pretty tight?

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