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"
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?"
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"