It has been bugging me for a while so I thought I'd put it on here. I am prepared to receive reasonable answers as well as useless jokes and cynical answers on this...
Flicking through the world wide web, I see several board shapes referring to "standard shortboard" dimension for a comparison. For example it's quite common these days to read something like:
Order this board x -x inches shorter, x x/x inches wider and x/x inch thinner than your standard shortboard.
Well, what is the "standard" shortboard? And what is the "standard" shortboard for me??
Who says what is "standard" for a shortoard, and "the standard" for me?
Is it referring to the allegedly universal dimension 6'0" x 18" 1/2 x 2" 1/4?? Surely that's not a "standard" shortboard for everyone...
It wouldn't matter if I speak to a shaper directly and have a shared decision on what is to be made, but these "standard shortboard" comparison seems to be a common guideline. And this is written in both corporate big brand and passionate hand shapers' websites. WHY the comparison? Am I missing something?
Any thoughts would be appreciated.