Saturday, December 8, 2007

The Kyle Bernhardt Board Shape (3 posts today!)

JL 10 footer deck dome

KB deck dome

Double barrel with "very" slight vee.

Flat across with single concave at paddle stance location.


John Ashley said...

So what's the backstory on the all the new boards? Early Christmas?

NC Paddle Surfer said...

Impulse buyer.

srfnff said...

Nice series of posts today NC. It looks like CB1 pretty much sinks the board, while your wife is paddling with everything above water. Maybe the KB 10'6" is a bit under-volume for CB at 200 lbs.?

I especially like the way you lay the straightedge across the bottoms of the boards. Gives one a very good visual on bottom contour. Have you got any general impressions so far of the different bottom configurations?

Another thing I've been thinking about is that it seems like there is this ever present trade-off of stability for surfability. some shapers are trying to build surfability into a bigger board with step decks, domed decks, and less volume. While others are just going with smaller boards. My thinking is that it is impossible to get away from the fact of swing weight in a longer board. Therefore a shorter, lighter person needs a shorter lighter board for maximum SUP surfability. Any thoughts?

Thanks...I'm enjoying your research, experimentation and reporting.

linter said...

ncps: nice report. i'm especially pleased to hear you're an impulse buyer, trying new things for all of us that are hobbled by our damn kids and ex-spouses. how's that domed deck working out for you?

NC Paddle Surfer said...

The domed deck feels odd at first, then you're not aware of it. No sore muscles the morning after from the dome, so first impression is OK.

I asked Evan to include straight edges in his board photos next time. Without the straight edge, the photos only tell half the story.

NC Paddle Surfer said...

The volume of KB for my 200 lbs is OK. I'm near the weight limit for it.