In Longboard Surfboard Design there are 3 Sections

Posted by Gillian Grove on

In our First blog post we want to start educating you as much as possible around understanding your slide.

We know that many of you have come to surfing without any family who surf and need somewhere safe to go to read up on things to get yourself equipped for this incredible journey into surfing.

When I first hit the shaping bay I was stunned to realise that there were something like 65 different things that got customised and tweaked. In my naivety and probably from the fact that I’d never had a custom board made before, I thought you ordered length, thickness, width and colour (with of course colour being the most important factor ☺️).

So when I entered that shaping bay it was a bit of a smack in the face.

Every one of those elements has multiple adjustments and then there’s always the ‘payoff’.

The payoff is when you design something to create a certain benefit, you essentially lose somewhere else on the dynamics of the board.

So part of creating this blog was so that I could keep a diary of the process of learning all of this stuff and hopefully help everyone else trying to understand it too.

On a longboard there’s 3 sections or parts of the board we work with - 3 stages of rocker (on a short board there’s 6). The nose, the middle and the tail.

What you do with these sections determines how the board performs. Decisions about the nose help whether it’s going to pearl or nose dive but help with turning too. Decisions about the middle determine ease of paddling and how it sits in the water. Tail decisions do the obvious and determine turns, but what surprised me was that this area determines whether or not you can ride the nose.

I was shocked when I learnt that a good nose riding board comes from the tail design. When I first asked Harvs about this he said, "Gill - the nose of the board isn't even in the water!" hahaha - makes sense now!

This seemed like the best place to start these conversations - the 3 stages of rocker - or to me the 3 sections of a longboard. Im going to slowly add posts here to help layer information for you. If you think I've missed something or want to know about something new, then please reach out to us!

If you are keen to learn board shaping, then click here for Harvey Surf.

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