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    NOTHING will ever completely replace hand shaped hand crafted surfboards. They are works of arts, each unique in every way and tailored to each surfers technical needs. The HUMAN ELEMENT can never be relaced by computers as much as we try. Hand crafted surfboards are the way to go. Many of the top professional riders such as Dane Reynolds are even admitting that nothing rides like hand shaped boards.

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    That's pretty crazy stuff. I think I might make boards the total opposite way. I guess there's more than one way to skin a cat. To each his own?

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=g7_R...e_gdata_player

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    Quote Originally Posted by LBCrew View Post
    If this wasn't true, the existing tech would have put hand shapers out of business a long time ago. The potential value in it, as I see it, is taking a lot of the guesswork out of the design process. If you have good hard data to start with, rather than the rider's anecdotal description of what he may or may not actually be experiencing, you've got a better shot at nailing a good design for that particular person. However... the results are only as good as the data. So if all you're getting are basics... like length, width and "volume"... well, a good shaper has those dialed in already, and the tech isn't much help. But if you're taking about data that can detail things like length and depth of concave, length of hard edge and degree of tuck, location of rail apex... that can be very helpful.
    Exactly. 3D printing will revolutionize many things, perhaps (though I doubt it) even surfboard manufacturing. But not in this incarnation. I do not see your cellphone collecting data that is precise enough to have anywhere near the effectiveness of a local shaper who has made and surfed many different shapes at your local spots.

    Put some sensors on the board, then we'll talk.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Slashdog View Post
    Exactly. 3D printing will revolutionize many things, perhaps (though I doubt it) even surfboard manufacturing. But not in this incarnation. I do not see your cellphone collecting data that is precise enough to have anywhere near the effectiveness of a local shaper who has made and surfed many different shapes at your local spots.

    Put some sensors on the board, then we'll talk.
    A good shaper most likely has the same mental ability of a good 3d modeler that creates shapes in 3d software using computer software.