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1st March 2008 02:08 AM
Bill
Custom

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Originally Posted by WILDWINDSCA View Post
The relevancy of board tests, however questionable, can give good advice IMHO.
The guy weighs over 100 kgs.

There are no wave board tests that cater for that weight of sailor.

Thatís when a custom board really comes into itís own.

Tell the shaper your weight, skill, style, wave location, etc and you will get a board tailored for your own unique sailing.
1st March 2008 01:39 AM
WILDWINDSCA
hype, adaptation to the real world, and the buy in

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Originally Posted by matt12 View Post
I guess the disadvantage of a custom board is that you only get one shot at getting a decent shape. Fingers crossed.

Even the best shapers in the world still need to refine & polish designs to continuously improve before being blessed as a production boards.

Fingers crossed your custom boards turns out to be a good shape otherwise it could be an expensive mistake. Probably 50-50 I reckon.
I guess the best thing is get the board you think you need after much deliberation and advice and try to adapt to it.
The relevancy of board tests, however questionable, can give good advice IMHO. Case and point , i tried the naish global wave 87 and i hated, but then tried the acid 86 loved it. Windsurfing magazine tested the global and while not testing the acid, for me hit the global on the head of the nail.( i read the review AFTER i had sailed it for three days and couldnt dial it in ) It stated among other things , the global was best suited to very good wavesailors that could tweak the performance of this board, a "very good" wave sailor i'd say, I am not.

The naish is some cool looking kit and would i have listened to this review if i could not have ridden it and had wanted to buy it , i think i would have taken note.
( To add i also sailed the JP freestyle wave , the Starboard kombat actual same sizes tested in windsurf mag , a few day each . i read the reviews after and again they seemed very close!!)
I think we all look at new kit and drool and fantasize about the sessions we are going to have it on it . Its what i call the "bowflex mental buy in" ( for all non north americans, bowflex is a home gym you can buy , with infomercials all over the tele and damn good looking uber fit people using it ) we see pictures, videos of the uber "pros" using stuff: we buy in as we see ourselves in their place.
Real world situtaions without the hype arent as fantastic, but for all the psychology and i agree: talking kit , researching and getting the new kit is still DAMN exciting.
25th February 2008 07:23 PM
Bill
Custom rules the waves

Quote:
Originally Posted by matt12 View Post
I guess the disadvantage of a custom board is that you only get one shot at getting a decent shape. Fingers crossed.

Even the best shapers in the world still need to refine & polish designs to continuously improve before being blessed as a production boards.

Fingers crossed your custom boards turns out to be a good shape otherwise it could be an expensive mistake. Probably 50-50 I reckon.
I believe when it comes to wave boards especially for very heavy or very light people custom is definitely the way to go.

A wave board is a very personal board type that is heavily influenced by the riders' style, his skill and the type of waves he is going out in as well as his weight.

Just look at the number of different surf board designs and the majority of them are custom.

How many PWA wave sailors use a production board ?

I feel it is rather harsh to suggest that a custom wave board has only a 50-50 chance of being a success.
25th February 2008 01:44 PM
matt12 I guess the disadvantage of a custom board is that you only get one shot at getting a decent shape. Fingers crossed.

Even the best shapers in the world still need to refine & polish designs to continuously improve before being blessed as a production boards.

Fingers crossed your custom boards turns out to be a good shape otherwise it could be an expensive mistake. Probably 50-50 I reckon.
24th February 2008 09:15 PM
Bill
Go Custom

Think volume, rocker, width, your skill level and local conditions.

A wider board is a heavy weights friend.

I believe your best option is a custom board.

A custom shaper will shape a board not only for your weight but also your skill level and local conditions.

Good luck.
24th February 2008 04:14 AM
matt12 Obviously the flotation capacity of a board is based on the displacement characteristics not the volume (unless the board is fully submerged!).

So you could have a board with 5L (yes just 5 litres) that would float 300kg or rider & rig weight ... however the board would have a similar shape to a small aluminium dinghy!

Not quite a realistic comparison for a windsurfing board but the principle remains the same. ie a board with an extra 20L with a big domed top surface could provide the same flotation as a board with 20L less a flat top surface.
24th February 2008 01:02 AM
Unregistered Witchcraft 104 litre, 64.5 wide.
real big guys wave board.
8th February 2008 12:16 PM
Unregistered The only really big waveboard I am aware of is the KONA Minitanker. I believe it has some 120 liters of volume at 65 cm of width.

PG
8th February 2008 05:29 AM
Unregistered
135 to 140 ltr volume wave boards

bigger volume wave boards for us here in nh with lighter winds to play with
8th February 2008 05:24 AM
Unregistered
135 to 140 ltr wave boards

hi guys could you incrase your wave oard volumesyo 135 to 140 ltrs
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