All About Surfboard Parts
breakdown as the following:The 2nd section is not surfboard parts really, but important design components.
Nose- The Nose is the front most tip of the surfboard. The nose as a profound impact on entering a wave, paddling, turning, & noseriding.
Tail- This is the back end of a surfboard. There are various designs that affect how the board rides on a
Rails-The rails are the outer edges of a board. The rail design affects speed, turning, tube riding, and catching a wave.
Fins- Fins are what give a board forward momentum. Without them you would spin with no direction. The type of fin on a board will tell you a lot of performance factors about a board. These factors include the sharpness of a turn, how it will hold on a wave, speed, maneuverability, and the boards overall ride on a wave.
Deck- The deck is complete topside surfboard part. The design of the deck directly effected by the rails. Most boards come in either flat, domed, or step deck. The difference effects factors such as buoyancy, board strength, & paddling power.
Stringer- The stringer is the wood piece that normally runs down the center of the surfboard. Recent innovation has taken them, on some boards, to the outer rails. This type of construction is called parabolic stringers. The stringer provides strength and flex in a surfboard.
These next section is not surfboard part per se, but important design components:
Length- The length is measured from the nose to the tail. A longer board increases your surface area and makes it easier to catch waves. It will also increase paddling power, momentum, & stability. Big Wave Guns, which are long shortboards are used to paddle into big surf. Also most beginners will start on a longer, wide board. I personally don jot suggest a traditional longboard. It is like learning to drive in a semi-truck. Easy to get going, but difficult to control.
Width- The width is measured at the boards widest point. One can subject inches in length with the increase of width. A wider board makes catching waves easier as well. It also adds to overall stability.
Rocker- The rocker is the curving of a board. The rocker can be seen from the profile of a board. Most the rocker is applied to the board in the blank & is not easily changed drastically by a shaper. The more rocker the better a board responses in steep drops, makes tighter turns, but slows down a board while going in a straight line.
Bottom Contour- The bottom contour is the shape of the bottom the board. This affects speed, maneuverability, feel of the ride on the wave, & plaining. The two most common contours are hull, having a convex shape & concave. Hull shapes sit low & offer a slower smoother ride. Concave create more lift from the water moving quicker towards the fins, giving the surfer a faster more rapidly responsive ride.
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