# Measurements...how YOU do it...

Hey guys… just want your opinion on this subject… lets say a client asks for a 6’4’’ truster 2-1/4’’ thick at center and xxxxxxx nose, tail and center width… he wants the bottom of it with a 1/8’’ deep single concave ending to a slight V at the tail…

Ok… for measuring the length how will you do it:

a) From bottom of blank measuring the surface from nose to tail

b) Or from deck of blank measuring from nose to tail in a straight line

For measuring the thickness, how will you do it:

c) Measure it to be 2-1/4’’ after shaping the concave

d) Or measure it to be 2-1/4’’ before adding the concave

The way I do it is a) and c) … is this correct?

Cabeto

I don’t think that there really is a wrong way to do… but there is the standard way.

I used to measure length by measuring the bottomw as you do in (a). But if you shape a lot of shortboards, and some have flip and some don’t, it makes for a poor comparison. I also noted that my friends professional boards (e.g. Rusty, CI, lost) measured out longer than written on the board. I started measuring the horizontal length, the “shadow” if you will. Similar to how you do in (b) but keep the line horizontal. I just keep the blank on my shaping rack, and use a plumb bob on the nose and tail… mark it with tape on the ground, then measure the distance between the two pieces of tape.

Thickness is thickness, I measure when all is said and done.

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Hey guys… just want your opinion on this subject… lets say a client asks for a 6’4’’ truster 2-1/4’’ thick at center and xxxxxxx nose, tail and center width… he wants the bottom of it with a 1/8’’ deep single concave ending to a slight V at the tail…

Ok… for measuring the length how will you do it:

a) From bottom of blank measuring the surface from nose to tail

b) Or from deck of blank measuring from nose to tail in a straight line

For measuring the thickness, how will you do it:

c) Measure it to be 2-1/4’’ after shaping the concave

d) Or measure it to be 2-1/4’’ before adding the concave

The way I do it is a) and c) … is this correct?

Cabeto

I do a) and c) also and thats how I was taught to do it.

final measurements are always done when youre completely finished…

“a” has been the standard for decades…

Thanks guys…

I know almost every shaper measures length from bottom of blank as on a) I have always done it that way… but after seeing Jim Phillips video he got me thinking about this procedure… he measures length of surfboards as on b) stating that length is the shortest distance between two points …or something like that… it makes sense to me…

Lets say I have two 6’4’’ with same rocker… if one was measured and cut as on a) and the other one as on b)… the boards would definitely not have the same length… surfboard measured and cut as on b) would be longer than the one measured and cut as on a)

Which one would be really a 6’4’’ …Jim’s b) or J.C.'s a)… ?

Cabeto

After reading a post from Jim Phillips some time ago concerning board measurements relative to contest surfing that indicated A to B straight line distance as the standard, I spoke with a buddy in the NE who’s a successful contestant in both long and shortbord events. I was advised that this method is indeed the standard.

It could depend on the rules of the sponsoring association though. Any contest surfers care to contribute?