Design Effects

IN PAST FEW YEARS MORE AND MORE  RIDERS HAVE BEGUN TO EXPERIMENT WITH BOARD DESIGNS.  AS EACH RIDER FINDS WHAT WORKS BEST FOR THEM IN DIFFERENT CONDITIONS, AND ADAPT THE BOARDS TO THERE STYLE INSTEAD OF ADAPTING THERE RIDING TO THE BOARD. WE ARE SEEING AN INCREASE IN PERFORMANCE.

I HAVE BEEN DESIGNING BOARDS FOR TEN YEARS NOW, IN THAT TIME I HAVE SEEN AND TRIED ALLOT OF BOARDS. SOME DESIGNS HAVE COME AND GONE FOR DIFFERENT REASONS. SOME HAVE NEVER GONE AND SOME HAVE MADE A COME BACK LIKE THE SQUARE TAIL.

NOW FOR SOME HISTORY. THE FIRST BODYBOARDS HAD FLAT TAILS. JP PATTERSON

PUT THE FIRST CHANNELS ON A BOARD. DANIEL KAIEMI CAME UP WITH 50/50 RAILS. MIKE STEWART INVENTED THE BAT TAIL.  JACK LINDHOLM CAME UP WITH THE FIRST TUNNEL BOTTOM. AND I DEVELOPED THE ROUNDED RAIL THAT FADES TO 50/50 AND THE ROUNDED SQUARE TAIL. THERE HAVE BEEN ALLOT OF OTHER DESIGNS BUT THEY HAVE NOT BEEN PUT INTO PRODUCTION.

NOW I WILL TRY TO EXPLAIN HOW THE DIFFERENT DESIGNS WORK. KEEP IN MIND THAT EACH DESIGN FEATURE AFFECTS THE BOARDS PERFORMANCE SOME DESIGNS WORK BEST WHEN COMBINED WITH OTHER FEATURES. THE MATERIALS ALSO AFFECTTHE PERFORMANCE. THE BEST ANALOGY I CAN USE IS THIS, DESIGNING A BOARD IS LIKE MAKING A STEW EVERY INGREDIENT YOU ADD CHANGES HOW THE FINAL TASTE WILL BE.AND IF YOU DON’T PUT ENOUGH OR USE THE WRONG INGREDIENT IT WILL RUIN THE WHOLE STEW. IN OTHER WORD SOME DESIGNS COMPLIMENT OTHER DESIGNS, AND SOME DON’T.

DESIGNS ARE VERY PERSONAL NOT EVERY ONE LIKES THE SAME THINGS. SO THESE ARE MY OPINIONS SOME MAY NOT AGREE BUT THEY CAN WRITE THERE OWN ARTICLE.

RAILS ARE RESPONSIBLE FOR HOW THE WATER WILL BE DISPLACED. THE RAIL PENETRATES THE WATER CREATING A TRACK ON THE WATER SURFACE THAT THE REST OF THE BOARD RIDES ON. AS THE RAIL PENETRATES THE SURFACE RESISTANCE IS CREATED .  THE LARGER THE RAIL THE BIGGER THE TRACK AND THE MORE RESISTANCE. SOME BOARDS NEED THIS TO HELP THEM TO HOLD IN TO THE WAVE. THE 70/30 RAIL IS USED TO DO THIS ,  IT WILL HELP TO COMPENSATE FOR A WIDE TAIL OR IF THERE ARE NO CHANNELS.  50/50 RAILS WILL CREATE A SMALLER TRACK AND PENETRATE THE WATER EASIER BECAUSE THERE IS LESS AREA.THER BY CREATING LESS RESISTANCE.  THE ROUNDED RAIL IS DESIGNED TO CREATE THE LEAST RESISTANCE BY USING A ROUND SURFACE TO PENETRATE THE WATER INSTEAD OF A FLAT SURFACE  THIS INCREASES SPEED.

TEMPLATES OR THE OUTLINE OF A BOARD WILL DETERMINE THE MANEUVERABILITY.

THE WIDTH OF THE NOSE, THE PLACEMENT AND WIDTH OF THE WIDE POINT AND THE WIDTH OF THE TAIL ALL COMBINE TO MAKE THE TEMPLATE. EVERY ONE HAS A DIFFERENT BODY AND RIDING STYLE. THE DIMENSIONS OF THE TEMPLATE MUST BE SUITED TO THE INDIVIDUAL. CURVY TEMPLATES ARE LOSE AND MANEUVERABLE BUT DON’T HAVE AS MUCH PROJECTION AS A STRAIGHTER OUT LINE. WIDE NOSE AND NARROW TAILS HAVE GOOD HOLDING POWER AND SMALL NOSE AND WIDE TAILED BOARDS SEEM TO BE PREFERRED BY DROP KNEE RIDERS.

THE BOTTOM DESIGNS HELP TO GIVE THE RIDER CONTROL. THE FLAT BOTTOM  HAS THE LEAST RESISTANCE BUT ALSO THE LEAST CONTROL . DUEL CHANNELS SEEM TO BE THE MOST POPULAR, THEY GIVE GOOD HOLDING  POWER AND CONTROL. THEY CAN HELP COMPENSATE FOR RAIL AND TEMPLATE DESIGNS BY GIVING A BOARD THAT IS VERY LOSE SOME EXTRA CONTROL.  TUNNEL BOTTOMS WITH LARGE CONTOURS GIVE THE MOST CONTROL BUT ARE NOT AS FAST. TUNNELS TEND TO WORK BEST IN LARGE AND, OR BUMPY WAVES WERE CONTROL IS CRITICAL.

BOARD DESIGNS ARE EVOLVING AS WE GET ACCESS TO NEW MATERIALS DESIGNS WILL PROGRESS EVEN MORE. SO DON’T BE AFRAID TO TRY SOME THING NEW .