Surfboard designs and trends seem to run through fashion style cycles in which the everyday consumer you and me unknowingly, find ourselves swept up.
What I’m enjoying about the last 12 months, though, is that practicality has been a large driver behind the alternative crust dominating the market. At the moment, namely, people are switching out their high performance shortboards for puffed up 20s or the subject of this video mid-length boards. When I was younger, I had one board for all conditions: a stock standard short board that I’d never not surf. These days, though, I’m joining the club of curious explorative surfers who find themselves drawn by the beautiful appeal that mid lengths have to offer made famous by surfers such as tauren, martin and asha pacey. Today, I want to explore three reasons why mid lengths have taken over the surfboard market and maybe why you should have one in your quiver, we’ll also chat with some experts along the way. This video is brought to you by the surfersroadmap.com, the go-to site, for all your surf progression, whether it’s surf skating on wave performance or just picking your next surfboard we’ve got you covered check it out at the link in the description below so for the test. Today, I’ve got a few different boards. I’ve got my 7-0 mid length, which has become one of my favorites. I’ve got my chili mid strength, which is a six six a little bit different and I’m also just going to use this little new twin fin. Here. That’s only five foot, four, a light bender from album as a bit of a control to see how each board compares to a typical short board. If you could call that one. The first reason I think mid lengths are taking over is because of their paddling potential.
For surfers, who lack paddling fitness, which is a very common situation or surfers just looking to increase their paddling speed? These boards offer a huge benefit: the foam under your chest, which is naturally occurring because of the the length of the board um. You know it stretched, puts that foam further up under your chest and which, just naturally without even having to try, gives you more padding ability. You know in any board whether it’s you know a mid length for a beginner mid length for an advanced surfer. It’s naturally going to have more foam for paddling. So that’s a a massive gain all round, so yours was actually.
It was a little tricky at first because you wanted it for bigger waves and you wanted to go narrower, so you you were well outside of what we were as our stock dimensions for that townsend. So we narrowed it, which made the rail line a lot longer and straighter for bigger waves, especially you had a little more rocker in there, but then you wanted it for smaller waste. I think I pulled some foam back through the straight like through the guts of the board like spread it out a bit more evenly, and then I added a lot more v through the tail behind the fins of yours. It looked pretty extreme when I was doing it, but the finish board the floor will look really nice. The second reason is that mid lengths offer a higher degree of stability than most shorter boards and don’t always sacrifice maneuverability as a result on the chile.
Here I can achieve a stable mid-length type of board and then with just the subtle shift of my back foot closer to the tail, I can achieve a high degree of rotational potential more commonly seen in a much shorter board. I was getting hassled for years to build bigger. You know easier boards. I only need length and volume and then everything else, I’m going to keep high performance, and then I just had a lucky dip, just designed a board from one of our favorite high performance short boards. Basically just stretched it out. You get a nice wave and you want to turn and step back on the tail. Well, this this does it so it’s perfect. You can basically decide to ride it. Ride this board two different ways. So this bit here, you can see it’s pretty flat through there like it’s, really stable and then right here, the rails like got a massive direction. Change like it’s! It’s it’s! The rail is similar to the outline where it’s like, we’ve stuck like I’ve, stuck a high performance rail onto a bigger board, so the rail there is really forgiving, but also it doesn’t um take a lot of effort, thirdly, mid-length surfboards have a tendency to look better aesthetically than smaller boards. Although I’m not a huge fan of purchasing any surfboard based on how it makes you look, I do think it plays a role in most people’s decisions. There is something very appealing about seeing a longer surfboard cross the surface of a wave and make similar rotational patterns to a smaller board. See if you agree with me, there are some drawbacks to that longer board, though again with the length, you can actually have a longer rail line.
So turning that ball, the turning the arc of your turn is naturally going to be a lot more drawn out. It’s not going to be as reactive in smaller waves, you’re, never going to be able to do that top to bottom surfing. It’s going to be a lot more smoother drawn out curve, and that’s just that extra length that comes in the rail you can. You can adjust it by having more curve um. So a slightly wider mid length is going to have a lot more curve through the tail which is going to allow for a a smoother transition through your turns um, as opposed to a narrow one, which is going to be straighter and feel a lot stiffer three turns, so you can drastically change. How that board’s. Gonna react: there’s a lot of benefits of having that longer rail um, especially like I said in bigger, surf, so it’s fun. It’s still fun, either way smaller waves. Big waves is good. Bouncing between these longer mid lengths offers another benefit.
It tends to clean up one’s surfing technique in a positive way by having to turn a heavier and potentially slower craft. I believe this fires up our technique to be able to rip even harder once we do get back on the lighter and more maneuverable short boards. Almost like lifting 100 kilograms at the gym so that you can go back and lift 50 kilograms easier at work. Mid lengths are a constant teacher for great fundamental surf technique. I think what it does for me just really highlights that. There’s there’s always a best board for the conditions and having a quiver that contains a few different shapes is always going to be to your benefit.
Anyway, I think the green board sort of outshone the others today, but that’s based on today’s average conditions, if you guys enjoyed this video, make sure you subscribe to the channel hit the like button. Let me know in the comments: what are your favorite boards in your quiver? Do you have a mid length? Should I do a mid-length test might have to be after the twinfin test this year, thanks guys I’ll chat to you soon before you go, make sure you check out thesurfersroadmap.com it’s the go-to site for all your surf progressions we’ve got incredible resources and over three and a half thousand students now who can join just by clicking the link in the description below,
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