Dear all, my name is Axel, I am French and I live in North Germany. This is one of my first posts here after several months of reading the lock.
First thing: I am a beginner and I won’t be riding anything else than foamies for the next 1 to 2 years
(I was more about Windsurfing). I would like to shape a board because in my 20’s I met a shaper and since then it’s been in my mind. I always have enjoyed water sports and I have worked with composite materials professionally earlier in my career. However, life being life I wasn’t able to scratch that itch during the past 8 years and now I’m slowly coming back to this idea (still have to find a local though). So while I have a newfound interest for surfing I am at least equally attracted to the craft itself, even if I don’t ride the board right now. (The pandemic also gives me some extra free time)
I would welcome feedbacks on the shape I’m slowly gravitating toward. I realize that I don’t know much, I also realize that trial and error is the best way to learn and that my first board will probably be something between a plank and a door. I however hope that, with your help, I can avoid major design mistakes, get some tips and tricks and overall learn a lot about this craft.
The goal of that board:
- Be used by me somewhere down the line when my foamies days are over (I am 155lbs/5”11)
- Travels ok (less than 8’)
- Capable of catching weak (North sea) and strong (French Atlantic coast) waves from waist to head height
- Paddles well
- Turns decently
- Ideally could fit in an intermediate/good surfer quiver (not me) meaning being a good and fun option to ride in 2-5ft mushy waves
Here is my current status and the ideas behind my choices, I am trying to start with a very consensual and common type of shape (this is where feedbacks would be good on both the design itself but more importantly on the reasoning flaws):
- 7’6”x 16.9”N x 22.5” x 15”T x 2.8”
- Wide board + Wide nose + max width forward for ease of use, good floatability, paddling
- Not TOO thick to make it kinda compact (I think?)
- Rocker: 4”Nose 1.6” at 12” & 1.8” Tail 0.95” at 12”
- Relaxed rocker for ease of paddling and speed
- Is it too relaxed for the length??
- Epoxy + EPS: a resin I know (albeit not in surfboard glassing). I also read that the Floatability of EPS is superior to the one of the PU which could balance the “lower” thickness of the board?
- Bottom contour:
- Flat in the front: To keep it simple
- Light double concave in the middle to improve speed without dealing with too much difference between rail and stringer rocker
- Light vee in the tail to improve the turning capabilities
- 2+1 fin set (8” future center box at 4”/tail + 2 side bites at 11” future)
- Versatile for mid length board
- because I read somewhere here that it cannot be bad XD
- I don’t really know which boxes I should use for a 2+1?
- Comments on their position?
- Round 50/50 full in the nose
- Round 40/60 full in the middle
- Hard in the tail for good rear foot reactivity
Basically, what I am trying to do is a first board that is usable by me down the line and that maybe… maybe... I can keep in the longer term if it’s not a rock… I give it a flat rocker, a lot of width and EPS so it is stable, easy to paddle and catch wave with. Then I choose the bottom contour and the rails to make it a bit more more lively.
Please fire the feedbacks and criticisms. I find it hard to harmonize the different parts of the board to get a coherent whole especially without experience. (This is my first go at it). I know, trying to shape without knowing how to surf and therefore evaluate the shape behavior afterward isn’t the common way. I still hope to be able to build a board. (the best airplane designer aren’t always the pilots…)
I’m pretty sure there are glaring mistakes that I cannot see despite quite a lot of online research. I will come with other questions down the line.
Any major mistakes that would make this un-surfable (even before I touch anything)?
Thank you for reading me.