Hey everyone I was keen to see what everyone thinks about my idea/shape.
A couple of years ago I got myself a trendy singlefin midlength. I generally ride shortboards and fish under the 6ft mark but felt like something a bit cruisier and fun. It was a 7'4" x 22" x 2 7/8" single fin pintail. Pretty simple but had a few modern updates like the hard edge at the tail. I'm about 65kg/145lbs so it was a big board for me but it would go pretty well in everything from knee high to well overhead. When it was small it felt like a little longboard and with the extra length and float I could paddle into the bigger stuff super early, stand forward and just go! Anyway ended up letting it go but as with too many things, didn't realise what I had until it was gone.
I've often mucked around making boards using the cad programs and late last year I decided to go ahead and make a board. It's probably frowned upon here but I designed it using Shape 3D and had it machine cut then glassed. The board was a 5'6" quad shortboard and ended up turning out really well. I don't have the tools, skills or space to properly shape a board by hand so this way works the best for me right now. I'd been thinking of doing a remake of my single-fin but with a few tweaks. I know I could go back to the shaper and order another board but this way I save some money and I still get to have a board with some of my own flavour. I also have a little bit of hands on with it which is better than nothing. Eventually I'd love to have a go and shape a few boards completely by hand and glass them too.
Here's my updated take on it, 7'4" x 21" x 2 3/4". I really enjoy when the surf has some push so that's where I'd like it to shine. I narrowed it down to 21" and gave it nice and low rails by keeping the deck pretty flat and having the beveled edge before it goes down to the rails. As for bottom contour it's pretty simple. Rolled nose to flat through most of it then to a double concave and then vee out the tail.
I added some pics to show what I'm thinking. To me it looks alright but i'm not sure and would love to hear some input from people who know what they're doing before I get it cut. I've seen the beveled down rail done a bit recently and think it's a good way to maintain volume while having a nice low rail. I've searched and searched and it seems that these type of boards are generally shaped with either vee the whole way through or vee to flat to vee. The rocker is also something I'm unsure about. It seems that many have quite an even rocker like I've got here ie. 3.x" nose and 2.x" tail and others a 4.x" or 5" nose and 2" or less tail so that's another area i've been questioning.
I hope that's not too much info and it all makes sense but I'd love some feedback and thoughts on where I'm at.