Board Design

Surfboard Foil

Surfboard foil (not to be confused with foil surfing or foil surfboards), describes the distribution of thickness from the board’s nose to its tail and from the deck to the bottom. Foil distribution dictates where the surfboard’s wide-point should be and how the other areas of the board taper away from that wide-point. You can …

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Surfboard Rails

The surfboard’s rail refers to the sides of the board. While the top-down view of the rail lines give you the overall template or outline of the surfboard, the side-view of the rail reveals a variety of rail shapes. Rails affect speed, turning, buoyancy, and maneuverability. Different Types of Rail Shapes The first major distinction …

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Surfboard Decks

The surfboard’s deck is the top of the surfboard. It’s where your feet, wax, and traction pads go. It’s what takes the most day-to-day abuse between duck-diving, popping up, and wiping out. And it’s a place where shapers can really play with the volume and affect the flex characteristics of a board. The deck of …

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Surfboard Nose Shapes

Just like every other aspect of surfboard design – the nose doesn’t exist in isolation. The surfboard’s nose can influence how the board will paddle, float, catch waves, and drop in. In general – a bigger, wider nose equals more buoyancy and paddle power and stability. A narrow nose can help with maneuvering and dropping …

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Parts of a Surfboard

I think I’ve written about each individual part of a surfboard, so why not provide an overview of all the parts together? This is what comes together to form the final shape and design type of the board after all. Like I’ve stated before – none of the components of a surfboard exist in isolation. …

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