I see it like scotty... Think of the two tails in terms of planing surface area. The squash has more planing surface, and more volume. So the tail will plane higher at lower speeds... which translates into more speed and "square-er" turns. The reason why you see swallows on small wave boards is because those boards tend to have wider tails at a foot up... like a fish. Tails that wide need some relief, or they tend to spin out... I call it the "skipping stone" effect. Removing some surface area behind the fins gives you the best of both worlds... a longer, straighter rail line and wide tail under your back foot for speed, and reduced surface area for control.
I'm anti swallow tails all day. I don't like wings in the rail by the tail either. That sh*t just weirds me out.
I like swallow tails. My go to board for the past year has been a Lost RNF for most conditions. Wider up front getting into small summer waves but the pulled in swallow still holds well in winter barrels. What don't you like about them, just the look?
Has anyone ridden a Fishcuit and found something just as fast on super weak waves, but a tad easier to put on rail?
yup...as much as i liked my fishcuit, i liked my bing puck a whole lot more. i've got something in the works w/ brian wynn that will bridge the gap...not as wide as the puck overall, but wider in the nose & more refined in the rail than the fishcuit.
the rails on the fishcuit are super chunky...can be very hard to set if the board is at all over-sized for you.
I just started using a Firewire El Fuego. Been out on it about a half dozen times. It gets on almost any wave and performs well when conditions get up to head high. I have been really impressed with it so far.