I will still maintain that Tomo's explosion in popularity has garnered attention from tons of shapers who are experimenting with their own versions of the design on their own shapes. That's why we're seeing more and more boards using it (anyone remember the chitstorm between Tomo and Biolos earlier this year?). They are all based in the original "old" concept, though--the basic idea holds.
yea, that little kerfuffle is exactly why i mentioned the differences. didn't want another of those "oh so & so is ripping off tomo" things to develop when it's clearly a different concept being utilized for a different purpose.
I've been seeing these little cutaways in a lot of boards lately, specifically minisimmons-esque boards. What is the function or does it just look cool? It's my understanding that a fish's pointed tail will allow for more hold in a steeper wave while taking advantage of a wider tail. These cut outs seem too small to have that affect.
Anyone ride one or know the idea behind it?
This kind of tail would be kind of a mid-point between a mini-simmons (big wide squash tail for maximum rear planing area- great for speed in soft small waves but lacking in hold) and a true "retro" fish (wide tail with big deep swallow cut into it reducing the rear planing area and creating twin pin tails for much more hold on steep waves, but slower in soft small waves)
I have never ridden this, but the Bing Dharma is pretty close to this shape and is a great board.
2 cents...The fish - you know the real Lis fish that was a knee board- was 2 pintails fused together. I think the pintails were very popular then as was the high trim and tube navigation style of surfing. Real fish are short boards with straight lines both rocker and outline that is intended to let the hull skim fast with less or no curves for the water to move around. On those old fish even the keels were straight or parallel with the rail for longer arcs on turns and weaving through bowls. That butt crack tail is kind of the same thing going on but with squashtails and simmons style hulls. As far as flex goes how much do you think 1' of crack is going to flex? Why do you want it to flex? Can't be much difference if any at all.
I've been riding a tomo vangaurd and its great. The tail seems to help hold on the face. I'm not exactlythe specific job of the tail but the board as a whole performs like a rocketship/skateboard in the water. I put on some qauds and the board seems to handle better. Ill never go back to a traditional board. IMAG0826.jpgIMAG0823.jpg