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Apr 29

RIDING the super short board

As we mentioned in the previous post, we wanted to test and document the shortest possible length (that we were comfortable with) in a wakesurf baord, so we hacked off the nose so that the length of the board was in the 2 foot range, 2 feet 11.5 inches to be exact. We also intentionally didn’t do any shaping. We just used a circular saw and cut straight across the board at the 2′ 11.5 ” mark. So we’ll talk about what we wanted to test in a minute, but let’s show some pictures and a video.

James Walker mid surface 3.

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200 pounds riding it too.

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So we know you want to see the video! Without video, it didn’t happen, right? So here is James wakesurfing the 2 footer and landing a surface 3.

For our mobile enabled friends, here is a link to that video of James Walker doing a surface 3 on the super short board if the embed above doesn’t work for you.

How fun was that!

Ok, so lets get down to business. The first thing we want to sort of ask and then answer is WHY do we ride four foot plus, long boards? Because that’s where the experimentation stopped. If you are a long time follower, you’ll remember the discussion we had about when James was just a kid and we started looking for a sub 5 foot long board. At that time, the shortest surf style board made was a shred stixx at 5’6″ So we placed a custom order with Shred Stixx and Dave Vernor for a 5’0″ Stixxstreme. Back in the day, the smallest board you could buy was 5’6″, anywhere. Later, we shaped the very first 4’5″ surf style board, by hand in the backyard and started surfing that. It rocked! and we quickly enlisted the aid of Mike Walker with The Walker Project, who was and IS a CNC master and he cranked out a few cleaned up versions of our shapes, plus stored the cut files. The rest is history. You’re hard pressed to find a board longer than 5 feet these days. We’re ready to start another revolution! :)

Now we’ll get into this more in a subsequent post, but the board above still has nose rocker. We’ve cut the nose off, but that doesn’t change a couple of things. One is HOW rocker is measured and the other is how wakesurf boards interact with the wake. So while it’s tiny, and we hacked the nose off completely, there are still rocker measurements and effective rocker.

Another is volume. We literally reduced the volume of the board by about 25%. :) Is that the variance? +/- 25% Imagine if that was applied to your door frame of say 7 feet high, plus or minus 21 inches!!!!!

Lastly we want to review nose shape. How is that super amazing and fancy nose channel working for you? It’s not, right? Not in the nose, maybe as the tail, but not as anything in the nose. Also, we’ll talk the trend of blunt nose boards and what shapers are actually doing with that and…how functional it is, or isn’t. Now we intentionally left this board with a stupid wide nose, it’s something like 19 inches and was just short of 2 inches thick and straight across!!!! It also was completely vertical, literally no shape or foil. We wanted to be rather “blunt” ( :) pun intended) with the reality of nose length and shape.

So please come back tomorrow and we’ll start going through our observations on this experiment!

Thanks so much for following along, we really appreciate it.

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