A typical performance-grom board for a 200 lb. surfer for head-high surf - 47 litres
Some quick numbers for a typical performance shape shortboard:
Originally Posted by wavehog1
7'4" x 22" x 2 3/4" - 45 litres (this is a tiny bit less float than you need). This is 5 1/2N rocker, 2 9/16"T and
it has good thickness flow as in thinner tail and nose than required (1 17/32" nose - 1', 1 41/64" tail + 1'). So
these numbers are almost for a guy like me (this board would turn pretty well and squirt in tubes pretty well, it's just not floaty enough for you.
2. So let's thicken the tail and nose a tiny bit (since the above thicknesses are for a 6'10" board 200 lb.
surfer like myself. With the above but 1 3/4" tail + 1' and 1 5/8" nose - 1', we only get up to 46 litres. Now, the above board had only a 11 31/64" nose - 1' in outline - AHA! We need to give you a slightly larger
outline (that will work and get you into lots more waves!). So here's your tail + 1' outline and nose - 1' outline
needed to get you some fun head-high waves: We'll take the nose - 1' up to 13 1/2". This is still good
and carvy. I can take you up to about 16" in the tail + 1' (we were at about 15" or so). Now we're at
47 litres. We are now at the minimum float for you. You could probably surf this board. If we go up
to 2 13/16" we get a 48.6 litre board. I would not go higher than that but you could go all the way
to 2 7/8" if necessary. At 2 7/8", we have about 49.6 litres (which is enough easily for you once you
work out a little and practice).
So in 1), we started with a perfectly normal performance shortboard, and at the end of 2), we are at
a board that's even floatier than a typical big-guy, since it has the larger outline.
3) Now here's a walk backwards along a different route: Let's pull the nose in now that we are at 2 7/8"
thickness (our absolute tolerable maximum) down to about 13 1/2" again. Now the volume is still over
49.1 litres but the board is back more to performance again. THIS IS YOUR BOARD! After a year, we
go down to 2 3/4" thickness, your volume is still 46.974 litres. You'll be ok after a year. Just be careful
not to paddle too much or your arms will get gigantic! :) So the board in 3) is back to a big-guy, but
performance-oriented board since the nose is pulled in a little - it has a nice floaty tail to catch
waves but it's carvy. Perfect board!
I have the files if you need them. By the way, I don't like the concept of a "big-guy" board.
We should just take a "small-guy" board and give it more float. That's all. Recently, I
was in a Boston-area shop, and there was not one GOOD board for a larger surfer. All the
boards in the 6'8" - 7'2" range had either too much width, too much thickness, the wrong
shape, or all of the above. So dude, I feel for you. But since you're in Jersey, you'll find
something. One of my best boards came from a New Jersey surfer - it cost me $100.00 used.
It's a 6'10" board.
Just click on the little surfboard and it will give you a larger pic of the board I am envisioning for you.
Keep in mind that we can take some off of the width - 22" is a little bit high - I would try 20 or 21"
as you get better at surfing. Your volume will still be above 45 litres or thereabouts for a 2 7/8" board
and about 44.9 litres when we get down to 2 3/4" in thickness. Not too bad.