How much under the water should my board be?

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How much under the water should my board be?

Postby HD7 » Sat Jun 22, 2013 10:07 pm

As above really. When lying on my board in the paddling position, where should my board start dipping underneath the water? I'm still convinced this board is a bit too small for my experience. Partly because I'm struggling to stand up as soon as I'm on the wave and by the time I think about it and actually pop up I'm at the bottom of the wave an have lost my momentum.
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Re: How much under the water should my board be?

Postby HD7 » Sat Jun 22, 2013 11:22 pm

Or if I was just to lie flat on my board how deep would you expect it to be or should it be floating if the board is flat?
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Re: How much under the water should my board be?

Postby Philshoz » Sun Jun 23, 2013 4:49 am

Few more details needed HD.

What board are you riding and what's your weight, don't be embarassed to tell us.(about either)

Try angling your takeoff, don't set off at 90 degrees to the wave. That will give you more time to think, then you can set up that glorious bottom turn.
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Re: How much under the water should my board be?

Postby HD7 » Sun Jun 23, 2013 7:52 am

Riding a 7ft 9 bic. Currently just tickling 230lbs but I've already lost a stone since just before I started surfing so it will come down.

A mate wants a board like mine for small days so I am contemplating selling mine to him as there is an 8ft 4 bic about an hour or so away I like the look of.
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Re: How much under the water should my board be?

Postby HD7 » Sun Jun 23, 2013 8:04 am

And I'm 6ft 2 and a stocky build so im not some obese fat mess trying to be Kelly Slater :lol:
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Re: How much under the water should my board be?

Postby Black » Sun Jun 23, 2013 9:04 am

Sell yours to your mate & get the bigger one, it'll make the task easier as you are struggling.
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Re: How much under the water should my board be?

Postby HD7 » Sun Jun 23, 2013 4:35 pm

Spoke to him so now gotta sort out getting the bigger board.

Just wondering the answer to the main question still though, how deep should the board be? Or where should it start ging underwater?
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Re: How much under the water should my board be?

Postby Leven » Sun Jun 23, 2013 4:59 pm

There are so many variables to this it's untrue.....


I used to have a board that would be completely underwater pretty much, but I quite liked that. Conversely, some guys prefer boards that are almost completely out of the water!


For me, it's not about when you're paddling around, but when you're paddling into a wave. Some guys like to almost glide on top of the water when they paddle in. Personally, I want to feel like I'm part of the wave, and that I'm actually in it, rather than being on top of it. It's horses for courses.
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Re: How much under the water should my board be?

Postby HD7 » Mon Jun 24, 2013 1:25 pm

Oh right. Either way though, a bigger board is going to up my catch rate. Cheers for the advice gents!
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Re: How much under the water should my board be?

Postby flacky » Thu Jul 11, 2013 12:55 pm

Yep, but a 9' Bic. Great board.
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