Sunday, 9 August 2015

Latest little summer board

Following the sad mistake that was Il Joneso Superleggera (later to be re-named Bambi's mother), this summer I decided to make a sequel. The premise was the same, to create a high volume short board that can catch waves easily but still turn well (the main disadvantage of the Sim). Asides from being a traditional polyurethane blank, fibre glassed with epoxy resin, the other main difference of this board is the asymmetric tail. 

My thinking is that asymmetrical boards are the logical solution because feet and legs aren't symmetrical. You can put a lot more body movement into your forehand turn so the forehand rail is slightly longer with a tail similar to that of a performance fish to act as more of a pivot for sharper turns. The backhand rail is shorter and more akin to a rounded nugget to enable an easier with fins placed higher and closer to the centre of the board to allow a smoother, less forced backhand turn while trying to remove the need to move your back foot around.

Volume is kept high throughout and the nose quite wide to enable the board to stay short while still being easy to paddle (a little volume was taken out of the nose to make duck diving a bit easier. A large single concave through the centre of the board flattens the rocker to enable the board to carry a lot of speed while a slightly exaggerated nose and tail rocker has been added to allow steeper take-offs and and the increased rocker through the rails should enable the board to be more manoeuvrable. 

5'5" x 19 3/4" x 2 1/2"

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