Board Designers - What are the best general dimensions for a board built for speed, taking off and duck diving
Lets design a shortboard for users who want to duck dive easier, paddle easier and take off on a wave better - Lets say; this design is for the average Men's CT Surfer who is 24, 5'11", and 165-174lbs
make a thin one..they duck dive the best. The smaller and thinner the better they sink when sitting.... or not going fast.
If they go fast they are harder to sink, something about with physics.
I get that - thin at the nose. Is there a way to have it all, paddle power, outside takeoff power and duck diving with mixing and matching thin and thick around the board. Ex. Have you ever made a shortboard for a person 200+ lbs - There are some compromises there to make the board duck dive
Go old skool like the 80's thick, wide, full rails. Flat nose entry, with decent smooth tail kick out the last 18", but excelerate it last 6". Use a concave on front foot to flatten out the midline, and vee out the back to keep the rail line agressive with rocker, but keeping midline in check..POW!
I'm 6-3 and 215 lbs. my ride is usually from 7-6 to 8-6 boards, my Avtar board is 8-8.. I can duck dive them all. My go to right now is a 7-10 x 22 x 2 7/8. We could talk about the need for core strength and strong rotorcuffs when duck diving...but i digress.
When I was a wee lad of 19 years old i weighed 225. My board was a T&C Dave Wallace shape, 6-2 x 21 x 3.....full deck all the ways out to rail. I was duck diving it with one hand.
So i laugh in your general direction about the need for a smaller board and duck diving. Duck Diving is a learned skill...some can, lots cant.
So in my opinion there is no silver bullet for a duckdiving board...small, thin, but thick, paddles great, but turns well...but goes fast. In the imortal words of Owl Chapman when he tried to duck dive a seemingly dickdiveable wave at the Bay.." I was that close man..I was that close".