# wide point/thickest point

does the wide point coordinate with the thickest point? will the board be better balanced?

does the wide point coordinate with the thickest point? will the board be > better balanced? in other words…does the wide point need to be the thickest point also?

…no,and no.Herb

Herb’s right. As is often the case, it is difficult to isolate any single design element of a board. I’ve spent a lot of time analyzing this variable and how it relates to outline curve, rocker and rail contours. Nose/tail thickness ratios along with wide/thick point positions vary from board to board - I’ve measured boards with thicker noses and others with thicker tails. One thing maybe worth mentioning is that thickness along the stringer can differ substantially from thickness contours along the rail. In measuring many different boards, I found that there really is no standardization. It might be fun to get some boards, thickness calipers and a rail gauge and start measuring. Try factoring in wave and rider variables and you’ll really have your hands full!

does the wide point coordinate with the thickest point? will the board be > better balanced? in other words…does the wide point need to be the thickest point also? ??? I like this question… I build both short and LB so when i think about it when i measure thickness it almost always is about dead center at wide point. Now that dosn’t mean it’s the same on every board… When i teach people about building boards i have a saying you build and design from the center ( wide point ) out… Center to rail and nose to tail… Balance is not from the center of board but from the center of stance?? in shortboards more so then longboards… Think about it… http://surfnwsc.com

close your eyes and feel the contours of a few boards, good and bad. the best will teach you that true balance is always found in the convergence and tapered release of a form`s mass. length, width, thickness should all sing in harmony. learn to be still and see with your hands.

The thickest point of the foil generally ends up at the widepoint which usually ends up the the thickest point of the foil. Seriously though, the widepoint and foil are close to center, but not necessarily the same. What’s important is how far that thickness carries toward nose and tail and how it balances rocker. Boards are made to ride from diffrent spots. Tail riding boards tend to have the thickness pulled back a bit, while forward riders tend to carry the thickness a little farther forward. No matter what, the foil is subtle; never abrupt Aloha and Happy New Year, Tom