I have really liked the boards you posted in the past, this one not so much though. Not trying to be a ****, but the outline looks uneven about 12" down from the tip of the nose. Maybe it's just the angle of the picture i don't know. Anyway, keep up the good work, I really dig the longboards you make.
hey RobG, i went back and re checked the dimensions and it is symetrical, it does look funny in the picture though, super fish, carbon has great flex characteristcs and tensile strength it can prevent denting as well as the ability to keep board "flex" or life longer.... plus the youngsters dig it so it doens't hurt.
Just curious, can you explain why you chose that placement for the carbon patches?
the theory is that is will help to prevent deck denting as well as decrease snap chance as well as keep the board stiffer to help maintain speed in smaller waves. i'll have to see it out there for a prolonged time and do some tests in different conditions. i'll let you know how it holds up, as well as performs.
So I'm assuming you placed them so far up the board because your intent is to prevent deck denting from your hands? Was that your intent? Because your feet shouldn't be near those patches. I get dents from my hands when duck diving and I have often thought to reinforce that area.
As far snapping, you have actually increased the chances the board will snap. Carbon is stiffer than fiberglass. You have created a stiff flex through the center of the board with weak fulcrums at the end of the patches. The ends of the patches are both where the foil of the board starts to thin out. So if a force is applied to the nose or the tail, the board will try to flex. It wont be able to evenly distribute flex from the nose and tail to the center, so it will flex at the end of the patch. With enough force it will snap at that fulcrum.
Actually, you placed the patches in the exact wrong spot to control flex. Flex reduces as you move towards the center of the board due to increasing thickness. More flex occurs at the nose and tail where the foil increases. To reduce flex you would have been better served by placing the patches on bottom of the board extending from the nose towards the center and from the tail towards the center. This way the "tensile strength" of the carbon could help resist that flex. This type of placement is typically what is used for controlling flex.
Please don't take my post the wrong way. It's meant to be constructive criticism not negative. I am completely a proponent of locally made and handcrafted boards. I think what you guys over at Greenlight are doing is great. There a lot of young builders now who will hopefully one day take the local market away from West Coast boards.