Do you have a board(s) you perfer for backside/frontside?

I’m gonna try a different tack this time…

Have any of you ever had/have, even ridden, a board(s) that you really liked the way it rode backside in the tube, but may or may not have liked as much frontside? How 'bout vise-versa. If so, please share what the board was like, and how it felt to you - what made it better for the backside tube, than other boards you have tried?

EVERY board is like that, and your surfing skill and style changes, so you never know exactly what is gonna be best before the day you go out.

You human (I suspect), and as such, can adapt to make almost anything work to a certain extent.

No board is ever perfect for both backside and frontside riding.

i cant really say i have spent enough time in those tubes…i always seem to get eatin…head ripped off…air to body barrel,big closeouts…flounder take off…

too big for barrel …do the pros use a different board for backside waves?


Years ago I had a friend who was an excellent surfer and shaper. We often had discussions about board and fin construction/ design, asymmetrical vs. symmetrical, etc. His insights were especially interesting because he had equal skill surfing frontside and backside… he was a switchfoot.

5’7 x 20 x 2 1/2" blocky rails , fairly flat deck . Squaretail. Single fin . [Orange stubbie.];search_string=stubbie;#196896


It may not be answering your question directly ,Taylor , because I haven’t had it in tubes yet to try out , but…

the thing I’ve noticed more so far with this board is on rights [forehand for me] , it seems to feel better [sorry about the vaguaries!] when I’m adopting a wider , move forward , and crouch type stance. On my backhand , I can surf it off the tail , feet closer together , and it goes well. ?go figure? I’d be interested to hear if other riders of short, wide , squaretail, single fins [“stubbies”] find the same , or is it just…


my ''style"

the board’s rails

fin placement and size [I know , I know …lots of variables, eh ?..not to mention : the type, speed , and size of the waves ridden]

I guess the short answer to your question in my case with this board is …I move up and down the board as needed . [I guess a lot of the kids on thrusters that I surf with don’t do that.]

okay , I hope this helps … in some way ??


Made couple dozen around that size, and ended up using bigger than normal fins for both sides, like around 6.5" for twin fins.

Side bited some 8" fins with 3" bites, and they rode similar to single fin, not the snap I like with twins.

This was before tris, of course, around '70.

For most of my frontside surfing, fin seemed too big, but that just forced me to step on the tail harder.

Backside, I just need all that fin.

Most right points around here are backhand for me, lefts are usually winter, bigger surf.

The rails in the tail on my personal boards are usually a bit softer than on the forehand. Reason is, toes have better feel than heels, while heels have more power. Has to do with where the legs attach to the feet. Softening up the backside rail makes it a bit more forgiving and enable you to drive deeper, which heels like to do, while the better feeling toes can handle the edge. Anyone riding twins, this is even more significant in that design genre.

I can appreciate your basic idea, but…

Heels offer less sensitivity, more power, so can use harder rails to offer pinpoint railing and board response.

Conversely, toe side is more sensitive, less power, so MAYBE should have softer rails to increase power since you already have sensitivity.

That’s why I don’t believe in assyms, when ridden as an allaround board in constantly changing wave conditions and locations.

And that’s why I never embraced the assym idea on fin sizing or placement.

NOT that I’m wrong or correct, or you either…