Mark, Ray, Ola
I wanted to expand a bit on this "upgrading bump/jump board" theme. I have an impression that b/j performance is somehow a "by-product" of certain wave boards development, the boards never seem to get designed especially for this purpose (maybe some smaller makers in places like Gorge or Tarifa). Yes I know that some boards such as Acid, DaCurve or Angulo Chango got thumbs-up for their b/j performance, but it always seems an afterthought, something that happened almost accidentaly (and VARIES a lot year by year!). I believe that there are more sailors around the world using their trad/narrow/control/call-them-what-you-want waveboards in high wind chopfest conditions, then there are sailors using those boards in cross-offshore dtl conditions. Yet all the development/attention/marketing is directed to the later, although many of these boards will spend their life with not a breaking wave in sight. Surely marketing and/or image is very important here I guess. I may add that many competent sailors commented how some OLDER designs (such as F2 Maui Project or above mentioned PA80 '06) performed way better in gnarly conditions than most of newer ones. I'm talking about pure b/j performance of course, not waveriding.
So why this rant? I don't have any opportunities to try many boards where I live, so I'm curious. I know some mfg's make them such as Roberts USA, but I wonder how would the perfect bump/jump board look like if some major players (such as ummmm ........ *board ;-))) gave it some effort? There is a market for sure (masses of inland-bound, howling winds, messy brown chop, river/lake sailors like myself - plus many coastal sailors with no dtl perfection).
PS Edit: Roberts sailboards from Canada, not USA. My mistake
Last edited by Screamer; 15th September 2009 at 06:39 AM.