surfboard volume mean?
going to waste either your time going into some overly complicated explanation
about what volume is. I am sure you
read all about it back in, like, 2013 on The
Inertia or in Surfer or something
like that. It’s height X weight X width, it’s in liters, and it’s pretty
complicated to figure out in a surfboard. Right, moving on.
step further, what does surfboard volume mean with regards to actually shaping
surfboards? Well, not much really. It is a number that’s useful for the comparison
of finished surfboards. To a
surfboard shaper, volume will usually, at most, be a small number in the bottom
screen of some CAD program that changes when you start clicking things. That’s
important thing to consider here is what volume definitely should not be. For any shaper, new or
experienced, volume should not be a goal. Going into any shape with the
intention of coming away with some particular end number in your head should
not (necessarily) be your main objective.
actually not a design element of the board. Yes, you read this correct and
would do well to forever commit it to memory;
Volume is not a design element of a surfboard.
It is what you get when you add up all of the different components of a
surfboard as a whole. I’m talking length, width, thickness, foil, concave, and
even the weight of the glass job; i.e. the actual
design elements that require much thought and planning when shaping a
we’ve gone over what volume isn’t, it’s necessary to come back to a point I
made earlier. Widespread use of volume measurement is relatively new in the
surfboard building industry, but this doesn’t mean that it is just some sort of
fad. It is a useful metric. It is actually an incredibly useful number to
consider when comparing (and I deliberately reiterate the term) finished surfboards. The bottom line is
that when it comes to a hydrodynamic vessel such as a surfboard, every little
tiny detail that touches the water will affect the way a board rides. Some of
them are micro features (think those tiny inevitable glassing defects, or a
machine cut board that is slightly more sanded than an identically cut board)
and others are major features (think, well just about anything you can actually
see on a surfboard).
The point being, even at the elite level of surfboard
building, variation is inevitable.
does volume mean to you as a
surfboard shaper? It should serve as a constant reminder that each element of
your shape adds up, in one way or another, to every other element. Each pass of
the planer you take or ounce of resin you pour onto a board should be done with
every other step, previous or future, kept in mind on some level. No, volume
should not be your end goal. Volume should just float somewhere in the back
corner of your mind like some mystical reminder from some ridiculous shaman that
everything has a purpose. Besides, if you’re really dying to know the true
volume of your finished board, I’m sure you’ve got a displacement tank sitting
around somewhere just dying to be filled up, right?