North Coast Vee – Vee Bottom Trials
It can be hard to trial good wave boards in Summer in Sydney.
Beach break waves at this time as we all know are generally inconsistent, small and/or bumpy lumpy.
However it is a good time to test small wave boards.
I’ve been excited recently to surf a 5’10 vee bottom board.
To my surprise the 5’10 has had great speed and flow.
Certainly wasn’t expecting speed from a vee bottom, not after surfing concave bottom boards for so long. In the recent past I have dabbled here and there with vee bottoms in conjunction with 4 belly style channels. I’ve liked the feel of this style board but wasn’t super impressed.
I made a 6’2 20 1/2 2 11/16 double flyer swallow tail 2 years ago with the vee bottom belly channel combo. This was smooth and nice to surf but lacked a little speed in slower type waves.
Since surfing my new 5’10 21 2 11/16 round tail vee bottom 37 litres I realise that the problem with the 6’2 DFSW was it never had a chance to be more dynamic in smaller waves because of design flaws. To be fair the main issue was the dimensions, it was too long and streamlined to be loose and fast in smaller surf (without concave).
Back to the 5’10.
One of the good feelings I’ve experienced is on the backhand bottom turn setting the rail has been very predictable with the ability to draw out the turn and maintain a pure line throughout the turn, thereby enhancing timing with manoeuvres in the top half of the wave.
It is this feel that prompted a rethink for a new good wave board with vee bottom.
I generated all the elements of the 5’10 into a 6’2 20 1/2 2 11/16 round tail. I chose this combo of dimensions because that seemed the right sizing. Looking back at it now I can see that coincidentally its the same dims as the 6’2 DFSW 4 channel.
But it’s a way different style board.
Basically there is a little more nose area and a lot less tail area in the plan shape, and the new generated 6’2 has a lower nose entry compared to the DFSW 6’2 from 2 years back.
So we are into our 2nd swell event on the East Coast through January/February and a good chance to test the 6’2 generated round tail at a quality surf destination in the Northern Rivers region. The surf we experienced was OK to good in the 3 to 5 foot range. The new 6’2 vee bottom performed well without being startling.
I found I really enjoyed the on rail feel in turns the vee provided.
Speed was there no problem, but I think I got the balance slightly wrong on rocker and plan shape.
I’m currently reviewing the balance between the old and new 6’2’s and am still excited to produce an 80’s heritage style vee bottom Thruster for waves 3 to 5 feet and up.
I’m also encouraged by the fact that my brother Mark at 65 surfed and liked the new 6’2 vee bottom on this trip North.
He is notoriously fickle in liking boards or not.
So currently in my quiver I have the 5’10 for 1 to 3 feet, working on a 6’0 for 2 to 4 feet and closing on a 6’2 all-rounder.