This outline is at one end of the design spectrum . It is designed for forward of center
trim speed and down the line point break surfing. Ideally ridden from the center and ahead
of center to initiate long radius turns and acceleration out of the turns .
This is not an
easy board to ride for most. The natural tendency of most
surfers is to
pivot off of their back foot to maneuver. This approach works fine with a fin or multiple
fins anchored on the tail. The point breaker fin box is set 9" forward and the fin usually
ends up from 11" to 14" from the tail block to the trailing edge depending on where to
each it feels best. Putting too much pressure on the tail with the back foot can
cause spin outs and or short non accelerating turns.
Long turns are done by standing forward at the wide point of the board, leaning in
direction of the turn, pushing the leading rail edge into the water with both feet,
banking the board over and pushing it through the turn. It is a very dynamic,
accelerating and visually beautiful way of turning that must be done
with mind, purpose and intent. It feel's unbelieveable.
The design is
very difficult to ride backside because a long radius turn must
from the center or ahead of center. A difficult approach with one's back to the wave
and the natural tendency to pivot off the back foot for most backsiders. This same aspect
makesturning back from a forhand turn more difficult also but a thing of skil and beauty.
My friend Steve Krajewski was a master of this type of turn back.....beautiful to watch.
The rounder tailed
version seems to be the more commited down the line version and
is more difficult to turn back. The rounded square tail is straighter through the end of the
tail curve and is easier to turn back. I will always recommend the rounded square tail version
as shown for the unitiated who are willing to give style of board a go. The last version
I rode in California was 7' with the rounded square tail .
Because the outline
is so straight there is more rail to deal with at all times.
Each inch or two of length has more effect than on a curvier outline.
Increments of two or three inches create very different and stiffer surfboards.
A 7'6" is a lot of surfboard in this outline compared to a 7'6" in the "inbetweener".
A board of the same length in the m3p or "id" plan shape would seem looser in comparison.
Point Break Variation Link