There are a plethora (friggin’ heaps) of boards in the market these days and sorting through the ones most suitable for you is no easy task.
What can really help people is some sort of feedback on how a board rides. Everyone of stoked when they read “I got my new <insert board name here> and it’s the best board I’ve ever had”.
However as stoked as we are for you, it actually doesn’t tell us anything about WHY board ‘x’ is the best ever in the known universe (for you). Thing is a million other people may love or hate the board you’re on, but the thing is that if it suits you , that is all that matters.
So we’ve been thinking that some sort of board review template could help with squeezing some extra details out of you frothing frothers with frothbeards on your new sledalicious boog.
So many different sleds being ridden by forum members (sick there is such a huge diversity), it would be pretty sick if everyone chipped in and wrote about their units.
A little info about you is helpful. Things like your age and how long riding can help us get our heads around where you’re coming from.
If you’ve had boards before, maybe give a comparison with some other rides. If it’s your first sponge, then just go for telling us what it is like out in the fray.
A breakdown of the board’s qualities and characteristics is pretty informative. Here some ideas of stuff the helps.
Core - what it’s made of and how you find the flex and projection properties. Projection (sometimes called recoil) is the way a core springs back (or not) after you flex it – boogers love good projection (if you want to know what good projection is, lay a ruler on a table , hold one end and flex the other up, letting it snap back on the table. That is projection), but it is all too rare. This bit will include added extras to assist this such as ‘mesh’ and ‘stringers’. Board thickness is also super important, as it affects floatation and flex heaps, amongst other things.
Template – this is the shape outline of the board. You probs wont know the exact measures, and that doesn’t matter, but you can see if it is a narrow, wide or strongly rounded template and how these factors work for you.
Tail type – so many to choose from these days, but maybe give us an idea of your preferred tail and how it’s working for you
Nose – basically how wide or narrow it is and how you find it. Throw in the distance to widepoint if you want
Bottom – Most are surlyn slick, but can vary in the depth/angle/length of channels, or maybe it is completely flat or a concave.
Rails – usually 50/50 or 60/40 but hit us up with what you got and any reasons why.
Features – lots on offer bulbs,concaves,hiplocks etc etc. throw in what you like.
Logos/whatever aren’t that important in the actual riding of a board and can be worked out by anyone from a pic anyway. We need the riding dynamics most.
Most important in all of this is all your personal preferences and riding conditions. Some riders like a super flexy board, some a super stiff board and some everything in between. If you state your preference and how the board matches those, then we have good criteria. Also the waters you ride in. a PE core in warm waters is way different to a PE core in cold water, to state an obvious example.
Also some board designs are better for 2 to 4 ft beachies and others for sucking 6 foot plus reef pits, so let us know where you’ve ridden the board (mush beachies/wedging beachies/barrelling beachies/cold water reefs/trop reefs.
Also something about your riding style - DK/prone mix (so many folk mixing in some DK these days is rad to see), general frother to tech to air to barrel lover. It doesn’t matter what it is, but if you find a board say, good for mushy beachies, that could be ideal for someone faced with those conditions frequently. Take Swoodle and Boogs from here on the forum. They ride a lot of the same breaks, Swoods has “Air moves are not on my resume’ in his sig cos he froths on getting pitted in reef kegs, but Boogs throws some knee into the scene so their board needs will vary done in chilly vicco waters.
If you’re lucky enough to have a custom sled, lend your dimensions if you’re willing and lay out some reasons why you went with these.
So in summary, stuff good to cover is:
-how the core/stringers/mesh /whatever worked in the way of flex and projection
-how you found the template and other features worked for you
-ability of the board to hold a rail
-how the board scoops and turns
-water temp they were in (cold/medium/warm/ just general guideline)
-wave conditions they've had the board in
-comparisons with other boards (not just 'better' 'worse', but different dynamics)
-your riding style and personal preference-anything else you can. This isn;t a complete list, just a start, so throw your ideas into the mix.
Main thing is to throw up a review, you never know who it might help