Surfing is one of those sports that depends greatly on the gear. The importance you give to what you ride depends on
your goals but what you ride significantly impacts how you surf. Zé and I are on a quest to demystify the technical
aspects of our gear and especially surfboards.
We know the brands, the models, the materials but most of the time we have little to no idea what the hell it means and
if it will be any good for us.
Imagine photographers buying cameras and lenses. Do you think they know exactly what they are buying and why? I do.
Would designers choose a piece of software based on the equivalent of "under the arm test"? Are cyclists not tuned in to
all the details of their bikes? Most of the time we know the features of our boards but we (at least Zé and I) have no
freakin clue what they mean in terms of how it will ride.
We'd love to get to a place where it's easy for everyone to know what they're riding. The surfboard industry is failing
us big time in educating us.
On our quest to learn more about surfboards and fins, we're getting deep into the details and as we learn, you learn. We
want to make it as simple as possible even if surfboards and surfing is inherently complex. As Einstein said "Everything
should be made as simple as possible, but not simpler".
Things we'll look into:
- Wide Point
- Bottom contours
- Nose shape
- Fins setup
- Fins placement
Are we missing anything?
Stay tuned. 2021 is the year to get educated on surfboards.