If you've already taken some thickness out of the blank then you might want to be mindful of what rocker you have left to work with when cutting a 6-8 length out of a 7-4 blank. You also want to remember that when you go to multi-fin you'll need to switch up your stance and your style in order to use the fin cluster.
I wondered about that, so I left plenty of foam on top in case I need to come down. Currently, it's 6'9" x 21.3" x 2.75". Tail and nose thickness @12 are both 1.75" thick. Rocker is 3.5"/1.6". The rocker in the Spherical Revolver is nearly identical to this, except for about 3/8" flip added to the first 4" of nose. Should I do the sae? Maybe I can get by with a rocker and length this low, without pearling, My 7'6 is 9" longer, and its rocker is only 4"/2" and its fine in these waves
It looks good so far. That's a nice rocker curve. If you're going with multiple fins you can add a little more rocker at both ends but don't get carried away. Also, don't be afraid to spend a long time cleaning up your template and squaring off your rails prior to turning them. You can't fix a problem from this step in the next step.
That's a nice rocker curve...
Once you glass it you will not be reshaping anything. You're building your own now. If you do something on this one that you like there's always the next one. If you do something you don't like there's always the next one.
My advice is to commit to doing one thing (with as few compromises or contingency plans as possible) and then resolve to learn how to surf that resulting board for what it is instead of second guessing your choices and wishing it was something else. Even if it doesn't work the way you intended, that's still okay. Adapting to and surfing "imperfect" boards will help you learn additional skills that you can use on other boards, so don't be afraid of imperfect.
Not to get all emo on the topic of surfing, but everyone is working a progression. Even the pros. That progression is a path, not a goal. That's the part you always want to try to enjoy because otherwise it's just an exercise in frustration.
While I apppreciate your point, I should say that I did improve my quiver by going back and re-shaping three of my earlier boards. They had glaring defects. First one had rails like a wavestorm and a really really flat tail rocker. Because I was so new to surfing, I didnt undertstand it for a good 9 months, paddiing like crazy and catcing very few waves. I just thought I as weak, guys around me said keep coming, you'll eventually get it. Then I go on a trip and rent a similar board, only to realize just how much easier it was to ride, wave count went way up. Got my wheels turning so I went home and recut the rear half of that board and now it's one of my favorites.
And there's also the space issue. I live in a major metro city, live and shape in a 600 sq ft condo. And there's only so many boards you can hang from the ceilingg ;)
The primary way most surfers use to determine when their living space has reached its maximum capacity is when their significant other gets past simply complaining about it and actually starts an argument over it.
sound logic through and through, especially because i live alone
Circling back to your bottom rocker , I REALLY like it. Do your bottom contours and then flatten the deck curve at the nose and tail a little and that would be perfect for a small wave singlefin. Also, with your bottom, adding a subtle chine or belly on the outside 3" will really smooth your rail-to-rail without cutting into your glide. 1/8" would do it. A little convex goes a long ways. IMO
Great to hear, and I couldnt have done it without you. Yesterday I took my 7'1 out. I re-shaped the rocker and rails last week, and it was a huge improvement, turning very well. So, I'll take your advice and use that one for small to medium size rides that are curling more, where I want to turn more. With that, Ive decided to use this 6'9 on same size waves when they're sloping, and I want to glide and trim with. So, I did as you suggested, flattening curves in nose and tail, there's chine in the front third. The rails are soft 50/50 in nose, transitioning to soft round tucked down 60/40 by mid point, then getting sharper by the time it gets to rear 1/3, then hard flat tail. I'd like to try flat bottom. I rode an Eaton once that was totally flat and it was fast as hell.