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  • What provides stability in a board?

    Posted by Robin on August 31, 2021 at 10:53 pm

    I’ve been surfing pretty consistently for the past 3-4 months on my super floaty 9’6” board. Really easy to catch waves. I don’t know if this is possible but I think it’s too floaty for me now. The primary place where I surf has steep and powerful reef breaks. I find it hard to get past the waves and often get caught on a wave if I don’t turtle at anything more then 2” waves. It has made me really tentative paddling out when it is around 4’ waves.

    Do you have any recommendations on what to look for in a board that provides stability but less float? Is it greater length and width?

    Stafford replied 1 year, 2 months ago 5 Members · 4 Replies
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  • ygritte

    September 9, 2021 at 2:12 am


  • Nicolas

    September 13, 2021 at 7:53 pm

    I think the width is more important for stability, but a better indicator may be the volume of the board. For a similar width or similar length, the volume can vary quite a lot.

    The volume you are accustomed to today is probably more than 100L. You may try to find a 70 to 80L first and then going to about 50L for your third board and then 35L.

    That is what I did and it works fine for me.

    My first board is a soft board 7’6″ of 74L.

    My second board is an epoxy board 7’2″ of 52L.

    My third board is a polyester board 6’5″ of 35L.

    I plan on buying a shorter board about 6’0″ of 28L later on.

    That is progressive and I still use each board according to the conditions.

    • PO YU

      September 29, 2021 at 2:40 pm

      Thanks for the information of your experience ! But I got a question for that.

      When you switch to next board. Is it like very easy to handle since you’ve already practice a lot on the last board? or it’s totally different and need more practice on the new board to get stable since the volume is lesser?

      I’m just curious that how and when do you know that it’s time to change board(besides the ocean condition, I mean the surf skill)? Since you’re very confidence on the last board? Is there any indicator to know?

      BTW, what’s the main reason that affect surfer’s ability to be stable on less volume board? Is it get diet and lose weight? Train more abs? Or just do more practice and get familiar with new boards on the water?

      (Sorry if the question is too much, and my poor English typing) 😅

      A surfer struggling with boards without foamy 😫

      • Stafford

        October 3, 2021 at 12:59 pm

        Personally I think it will be a combination of surf skill that you have already learned and the effort you would need to put into getting used to your new board. This also depends on how much of a jump you make when changing your board.

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