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The Basics of Surfboard Design: Know Surfing and Surf Better by Understanding the Surfboard Shape; Key to Surfboard Shaping and Construction, or An Illustrated Guide for Surfers, Shapers, Enthusiasts ePub download

by Bob Smith

  • Author: Bob Smith
  • ISBN: 0979977118
  • ISBN13: 978-0979977114
  • ePub: 1194 kb | FB2: 1228 kb
  • Language: English
  • Category: Engineering
  • Publisher: Rembrandt Publishing House; 1 edition (October 14, 2008)
  • Pages: 52
  • Rating: 4.3/5
  • Votes: 712
  • Format: azw doc txt mbr
The Basics of Surfboard Design: Know Surfing and Surf Better by Understanding the Surfboard Shape; Key to Surfboard Shaping and Construction, or An Illustrated Guide for Surfers, Shapers, Enthusiasts ePub download

Surfboard Shapes - A detailed guide to different kinds of surfboards .

Surfboard Shapes - A detailed guide to different kinds of surfboards: longboards, shortboards, fish, funboards, hybrids, grovelers, guns and more. At the dawn of surfing, there weren’t a lot of options in the surfboard department. It was either a huge tall heavy piece of wood or a different species of tree for that huge tall heavy piece of wood. We could write a book on surfboard shapes but for now, we’ve put together a somewhat comprehensive yet abbreviated guide to surfboard shapes. From the longboard to fish to the bonzer and everything in between, here’s a little slice of surfboard history and the lowdown on different surfboard shapes.

you can read about it until the cows come home and no amount of book learnin' is going to help.

How different tail shapes change your surfboard’s manoeuvrability . The shape of the end part of your surfboard, the tail, has a key role to play. The shape of the end part of your surfboard, the tail, has a key role to play in the response of your surfboard. It’s the last place where the water flows under your board, and where the fins are placed. Like the basics of surfboard volume and dimensions, a wide bulky tail provides stability, floatation and speed. Smaller tails will sink more in the water, giving you more bite, more control in bigger waves, and making it easier to shift from rail to rail. Another key characteristic of tails are their angles.

Ships from and sold by Mary.

Before you know it, you’ll have a pretty good idea of what type of board you’d like to make and a pretty good feel for ballpark dimensions. These are pretty meaty, but they will definitely give you a better understanding of the basic design elements of surfboards and hopefully help refine your thoughts on your final design.

Learn the secret of the surfboard shape. Its much more sophisticated than most realize, but this book reveals all the basics in an illustrated, easy to understand text.

Choose the best surfboard for your weight and level of surfing. The first step to determine the right surfboard for your body type is to note down your weight and experience level. Most surfers fall into the first two of the following four categories: beginner, intermediate, advanced and pro. As a rule of thumb, first-timers to the sport should get thicker and longer surfboards.

A surfboard shaper is someone who builds and designs surfboards by hand

A surfboard shaper is someone who builds and designs surfboards by hand. Originally made from wood, most modern surfboards are made from pre-formed polyurethane blanks or styrofoam and then fine shaped by the shaper using an array of tools ranging from surforms, rasps, sanding machines and power planers. When the form is sculpted in the foam core, the shaper may complete the build by layering fiberglass sheets over the deck and bottom and laminating these with a thermosetting resin such as polyester.

A surfboard is used in the sport of surfing . A typical surfboard is about 18-24 inches (46-61 cm) wide, 72-120 inches (183-305 cm) long, and several inches thick. It has a lightweight, buoyant core covered with a hard shell. Surf-board builders must use the proper safety equipment and have an understanding of the dangers involved. The polyurethane chemicals used to make the foam core are toxic and flammable. Experimentation with surfboard design, materials, and construction techniques has produced some new approaches to surfboard manufacturing. As with anything new, there are advantages and disadvantages to each approach.

A surfboard is a simple device, but the lines that comprise its shape and how they interrelate are very sophisticated. Sophisticated, but not difficult to understand if you know these design basics.
Vobei
This iconoclastic, original, brilliant book is filled with insights based on a lifetime of surfing and observing, and thinking deeply about the physics of waves and the way that water molecules and breaking waves interact with fins, rails, and various tail shapes. Some ideas are radical, some are outside the mainstream, some may not even be 100% correct - they are creative and fascinating, which any committed surfer should deeply appreciate. But it's a very thoughtful book that can inform one's surfing, shaping and desired experiments with different board designs and the way you want to combine the rocker, the rails, the fin placement, the fin shape and the tail shape. This is a wonderful book for a shaper or serious surfer who's really into the design of surfboards and loves to think about all things surf-related and experiment with different design concepts.
HappyLove
Bob Smith's _Basics of Surfboard Design_ is an excellent and essential book describing the critical elements for creating the most important kind of surfboard: the kind that YOU want to ride, on the waves that YOU like to ride. The author doesn't tell you what to do -- he explains the critical "lines" of a surfboard, and how they work, and lets you take that knowledge and build it into your surfboard (or discuss them with your shaper and have him build them into your surfboard). He goes into information about the physics of a surfboard that I have never seen anywhere on the web or heard anyone discuss in the way that he explains it. You should get this book if you want to know more about the way your surfboard interacts with the water, whether or not you actually shape your own surfboards. This book opened up my brain to start thinking about what was going on between my board and the wave in a more informed way, so I can understand not only what I'm currently riding but also so I can make more informed experiments and decisions with the boards I will ride in the future. Most of all, this book doesn't tell you what to do -- it arms you with the experience and insights of one very thoughtful surfer and shaper who shares the benefits of his experiments and observations, and that will enable you to test out in an intelligent way what works for you, and to think for yourself about your surfboard. That is a priceless gift.
Jeronashe
First off, this is not a book as much as it is a pamphlet; 52 pages, half filled with child sized font and some scribbles. Sure, He covers the very basics like volume, length, rocker, etc, but only what can be told in one paragraph. The questions outlined on the back are hardly answered. I will give credit to his paragraph on the definitions of speed, maneuverability acceleration and quickness, as well as his warning about the effects of marketing hype.
As a shaper, I understand the secretive nature of surfboard design. It takes thousands of boards to start to develope your own theories and designs; It is a lifelong investment. What gets me is Bob Imhoff both trying to make money selling books on the secrets of surfboard design, and trying to protect his secretive trade by presenting surfboard design through vague metaphors and half-explanations. This is nothing new, just typical old, salty, shaper crap.
Phallozs Dwarfs
Written by an expert for the novice!
Zorve
As the title suggests - the most basic of books relating to the subject. The technical descriptions and explanations are so simplistic, this book is only suited to a very small grommet to whom any in-depth technical explanation may be lost...... As a book, the most thought has probably been put into the cover art ....... save your money kids !
showtime
Sadly most of the information in this book can be found on the internet. The illustrations are crude and the information so brief as to be of little use to anyone with any knowledge of surfing. I might give it a 2 star for the absolute novice but that is it at best.
Adoraris
This book is great for those unfamiliar with surfing or surfboards. However, being an experienced surfer, I knew most of the information already. Also, the author has his own opinions regarding certain surfboard design issues that vary somewhat from the mainstream (the superiority of vertical fins). Overall, a good starter book on the subject.
fantastic book for open minded people. I love it! This is not a bog standard text! However, if you know little or nothing about mainstream shaping and design principles, and if that is the subject upon which you wish to inform yourself; It might be useful to read this alongside other more bog standard works, in order to get a balanced view. I felt that the book was an encouraging guide about how to advance design and certainly not a mold for conformity. great work Mr. smith, i will now search for your other book; bob smith's 27th dream.
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