Shorter boart weight distribution?

Discussion in 'All Discussions' started by Agabinet, Oct 15, 2017.

  1. Agabinet

    Agabinet Well-Known Member

    May 3, 2012
    Long time no post. Here's a surf techinic question, I have been gradually moving down to shorter boarts, and have been having fun on a 6' Evo (46 liters). I am fit old guy, 6' 155lbs. Recently I found that with my back foot on the tail pad, the nose of the boart kept rising up, happened on a number of consecutive waves. Thinking I was on a longer boart, I tried moving my front foot forward and of course as soon as I unweighted the front foot, the nose of the boart went up, the tail would drag . . . and I couldn't move my front foot forward without flipping out. This could have been in part, too, because I wasn't on the highest of lines, and I was close to the white water . . . but is my problem just that I need to be able to shift hips forward to weight transfer on a shorter boart?

  2. LBCrew

    LBCrew Well-Known Member

    Aug 12, 2009
    Not sure if I'm getting a clear picture of what's happening, but it sounds like you just have to get your front foot up higher and more forward on the pop up. Your knee should be all the way up under your chest, and your foot between your hands when you plant it. That's pretty much standard on all boards if the foil (distribution of foam) is balanced like it should be.

    Some other possible explanations...

    Not as much surface area in the tail as you're used to, so it's not planing like you think it should. What's the tail shape? Pin/Rounded pin?

    Back foot too far back... maybe the tail pad wasn't put where you like it.

    Too much weight on the back foot for trimming. Your weight should be equal or slightly forward when trimming, and equal or back when turning (depending on the kind of turn you're doing).

  3. DawnPatrol321

    DawnPatrol321 Well-Known Member

    Mar 6, 2012
    Ever ridden a skateboard? What happens when you put all your weight on the tail? Spread your weight out. Like LBCrew said, get your front front up where you plant your hands.
  4. Agabinet

    Agabinet Well-Known Member

    May 3, 2012
    Thx, front foot farther forward on pop up sounds right.