The bottom line? Whether you’re a beginner out to master the basics, or an expert looking for fun in small and crowded lineups, you’re going to love having a high quality, well-designed softboard in your quiver.
In December 2014, I watched Gabriel Medina usher in a new era for Brazilian surfing. Watching Gabriel win the world title was one of the proudest moments of my life - not only was he changing the game, he’d done it surfing my boards. It was also a turning point in my personal journey as a shaper.
Squash? Rounded Pin? Swallow? Square? Diamond? Even good surfers with a solid grasp of shaping theory can find themselves feeling baffled by the range of tail shapes on offer today. Others might have a preference for a particular shape, but have no real idea why. So, we asked Johnny (a walking encyclopaedia of hydrodynamics) to explain the fundamentals of tail shape – arguably the most critical aspect of how a board performs on a wave.
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