More From Florian ...

 

Hi Paul,

I got my 9.75 Greenough/Wilderness fin back with the ball bearings installed. They charge $12 a fin and the turnaround is super quick.

The cool thing is now that I can now instantly change fin position in the water without any tools!

Florian

Florian V Update ...






 

Surfed the V bottom today at c street 2-3' , pretty clean conditions, with the wilderness 9.25' up.

It went pretty well except it felt almost a little too far back, I was definitely standing and turning farther back. I have to spend some more time on it.

Halfway through the session I switched to the 10' velzy fin at 10" up (bottom pic)

It went pretty well too but maybe a tad less drive than the wilderness.

Next time I will try the wilderness at around 9 5/8" up.

All in all the board goes super fast, it takes off like a rocket and rides a little bit like an oversized stubby.

The big roll/vee makes it a little more difficult to ride, one has to be careful as not too overturn it but makes more than up for it with an exciting ride. I think secretly the boards with the most hull end up being my favorite boards...

Pretty stoked,
Florian

From Sam ...

 
 
 
 
 

Just wanted to share a board Brian Himlan -- aka longshipdesign -- just finished up for me.

The idea was to take a classic stubby template and pull it out to 9'1". About 4.5" of rocker in the nose, a little over 1.5" in the tail drawn out very slowly from the apex. So far very pleased with the results. Speed is king with this board for sure - get into the pocket, set it and forget it!

Sam

Before and After ...


 

One of the obvious reasons (at least to hull riders) round rails can generate so much speed relates to their natural placement on the wave face. The lateral drag of the rail pulls the board up the face, into the part of the wave where more water is moving.

Two shots of the same rider illustrate this point. Round rails up top, down rails at the bottom.