Post by raymond7204 on Jun 21, 2015 12:06:29 GMT -5
Hi. Can anyone give their experiences with hollow wood SUP performance versus a traditional production board?
For context, I built a 9 foot longboard using Chad's book. The board turned out nice but has a few imperfections because of my woodworking skills. I think it's beautiful to look at, and it surfs okay, but performance wise, it's not as good as my custom shaped 9 foot fiberglass board. Still, I like the board and will surf it occasionally.
As far as a SUP, I'm worried that the weight of a wood board is going to be a factor to performance. I don't expect the hollow wood SUP to be better than a well-balanced, composite production board, but will the difference be significant?
Regardless, I'll probably still build one just for the experience, but I'm interested in your thoughts.
Just launched my board this weekend, so I can finally provide insight . ill be posting pics on the "NJ SUP" build soon.
The main difference is the weight. My board weighs a TON. Easily 75-80 lbs, compared to maybe 20 on the commercial foam/fiberglass boards. That makes a huge impact on travel and transport that I am finding out. Storage is also an issue.
Performance wise, I find it very comparable to the commercial boards. I coundn't be happier. I have some grip issues that Im going to have to put a pad down. Since my board has a narrower nose I found it to chop through waves a lot easier than the rounder, flat nose on my wife's board. (we are on a barrier island in NJ, so the bay gets 1-2' waves mainly caused by boat traffic). The rocker is a little greater on the wood board as well so the board is faster than I expected. No balance/stability issues and the board steers straight. I did notice, and some people mentioned this on other threads, that the SUP sits a little lower in the water. I blame me being fat, more than the design of the board . As a result, your feet get a little wetter.....but not an issue at all.
So in the end, its a great design, but just get ready for some heavy lifting. There are some things you can do to cut the weight, but I cant see any of them being very significant. Hope this helps