As always, clean work! I too am interested in ‘big guy’ boards but am curious what kind of weight range we’re talking about for this rider. Also curious about how much tail rocker you’re putting in. I can estimate the bottom curvature - it looks slightly more ‘old school’ than some of the modern shortboard rockers out there currently. I suspect that it (and the fins, and the rail foil, and the outline…) provide a good solid bottom turn that covers a lot of distance.
In any case, an inquiring mind would like to know!
What I’ve found is that the energy you put into a turn with these boards is converted into forward thrust. I like to slightly unweight before pushing down hard when I turn on these boards. The board’s lift and the hold from all those fins allow you to make very powerful and fast turns, yet it also can make wonderfully long cutbacks. It doesn’t bog down halfway throught the cutback, so you have enough energy to come around and back off the top and then you have the full drop down to do it all over again.
It’s not unusual to fall off the back of your board the first time you put all your energy into a turn.
Even in the old days of single fins, I never thought that burying your rails is like putting on the brakes. I think there’s a action/reaction that converts energy you put into the turn and slingshots you out of that turn. I’ve always felt that when I surfed backside and made hard of the bottom turns. If you watch old clips of Tom Carrol or Damien Hardman going backside you’ll see how much speed they get after stomping on a hard backside turn. BK did it on his frontside. The excepttion would be when you shove the whole edge of you board into a cutback like Occy some others. I always enjoyed that feeling but I don’t surf like that much these days. Back when I did I destroyed a few boards very quickly.
Maybe a better term would be you are driving the board off the rail. Burying the rail seems to indicate a stalling turn. One of things I notice is that a great many of us average surfers surf off the back foot turning with little in the way of forward drive. One of the great feelings in surfing is putting the board on rail in a really tight hard bottom turn The feeling of the resistance building and releasing driving the board forward. Terry Fitzgerald
was another master of the driving rail turn.