A few months ago I got a new surfboard, which is nothing too surprising in itself, but this one was a little special, and has a pretty good story to it. First off, it’s a Bonzer, the first I’ve ever owned. The Bonzer “design” is a particular combination of fins and bottom contours that was developed […]Read more "My Beautiful Bonzer"
Catchy title don’t you think? So to start I should probably explain what “Apparent Wind Sailing” is. Everyone knows that in order to sail a boat you have to get the sail set at the right angle to the wind. However, the fun part of the problem is that, as the boat picks up speed, […]Read more "What Apparent Wind Sailing Might Teach Us About Fins"
For those of you who don’t know, I co-host and produce the Surf Simply Podcast, which is a surf talk radio show in which we try to take a lighthearted, but also more cerebral look and the surf world. Here is the latest episode in which Ru Hill, Asher King and myself, return after an extended break and catch […]Read more "Surf Simply Podcast, Episode 20"
Surfboard fins are wonderful, beautiful objects. Works of art have been made from them, and we’re told they can do amazing things to the performance of our surfboards. Hours can be spent trying to decide between different sizes, shapes and flex patterns, and companies like FCS and Futures spend huge amounts of money developing and […]Read more "What do your Fins Do?"
For those of you who don’t know, I co-host and produce the Surf Simply Podcast, which is a surf talk radio show in which we try to take a lighthearted, but also more cerebral look and the surf world. Here is the latest episode in which Ru Hill, Oli Davies and myself, talk about surf etiquette, Duke Kahanamoku, […]Read more "Surf Simply Podcast, Episode 19"
It’s a funny one to think about, but do you actually know why your board shoots you forward across the face of a wave? Most people don’t think about their board in this way, even the sort of person who does take note of tail shapes and concaves, is often not aware of the actual physics that […]Read more "How A Surfboard Works"
I was having a conversation the other day about the various merits of a longer surfboard. As I’ve discussed before, a bigger board with more volume will always paddle a bit quicker, but this got me wondering if the length of a surfboard might affect the paddle speed as well. There is a well known theory in […]Read more "Hull Speed"
Last Thursday I spent my morning videoing a big group of friends who were in town for the week. My friend and new student Sachin took a couple of snaps while I was reviewing the footage with some of the guys. Photos by Sachin MongaRead more "Working With Friends"
This is a post I wrote for the Surf Simply Magazine a few months back, but as it addresses one of the questions I’m asked most often about surfboard design, I thought it was worth a re-post. So, in episode 7 of the Surf Simply Podcast, the team spoke about the importance of understanding the volume of […]Read more "Volume to Weight Ratio"