I'm shaping myself a gun and I've played around with different rockers and foils a bit. But I've never shaped a gun with a beak nose.
I like the beak nose boards that I've tried for a few reasons, One is that they generally foiled with full rails and a lot of volume in the front 1/3rd of the board, and that had made the board a good paddler and good for getting into waves as well.
So it isn't just for asthetic purposes that I'd like to try a beak - They have a functional purpose also.
The thing I'm wondering is how much nose rocker can a board take before the added volume of a beak nose starts working against you?
This is for an 8' gun(ish) board. I'm not a heavy guy - about 165 lb with my suit on.
The blank I'm using has about 6-3/4" nose rocker, but I could reduce that by altering the bottom curve a bit.
One gun that I shaped in the past had about that much nose rocker and I left the nose fairly thick - That was a mistake because it was terrible to duck dive.
So I want to just get some opinions on this before I make my final decision.