Here it is... number one!
FLV #1 is breakthrough board. If you already love the Magic Carpets, you'll love this one even more.
I'm so impressed with FLV#1 that I'm going to build 6 exact reproductions.
Dimensions - 6'0" 21" 2 3/4" 37 litres
Colour - chalk resin tint
Glass - 4oz bottom, 4+4oz deck
Fins - Future boxes
FLV#1 Limited Edition Series
Widely agreed as the fastest board any of us have ever surfed, the Magic Carpet has now taken on a whole new level of performance with the Full Length Vee (FLV) bottom contour.
If you think the FLV is a rehash of the old 70's and 80's style vee bottoms, then think again. It is nothing like them at all, design wise, and especially performance wise.
WHAT IS FLV (Full Length Vee) ?
In the Magic Carpet configuration of the FLV, the bottom contour starts under the nose as a subtle spoon styled roll that splits into a concave vee as it moves down the board. The concaves intensify as they approach the fins and then transition into a rolled vee behind the fins.
WHY DOES IT WORK SO WELL?
The rolled entry under the nose, creates minimum resistance to the water flowing onto the nose, which improves the boards glide and forward trim.
As the roll then splits into the concave vee under the forward part of the of the board, this allows the board to sit easier on the face of the wave and improves rail to rail transitions.
Then as the concave intensifyies in the vee panels as it moves down towards the tail, it focuses the water towards each fin, generating the squirt and bite that gives the board it's acceleration and hold thru turns.
Also, because the concaves are sitting within a vee, the board sits easier up on its rail through the turns, as opposed to a single or double concave which tends to make boards sit flat in turns.
Behind the fins, the concave vee then transitions into a very subtle rolled vee out, allowing the water to get away easier, reducing drag making the board feel friendlier in the water and smoother thru turns.
Whenever I'm working on a new design or design adjustment there's always the risk that it's not going to perform like I was hoping. Sometimes the adjustment can be too much or not enough, or sometimes there's an aspect that I overlooked. Or sometimes I'm completely surprised as I learn something completely new.
So it's always a mixture of trepidation and excitement when I paddle a new or modified design into the lineup for the first time
On it's very first wave, a waist high peeler, the FLV#1 felt smooth and stable under the feet. Short arc top turns were effortless, but with still a nice carve and drive through the turns. On a longer wave, that I didn't think was makeable, the board revealed revealed a fantastic forward trim and glide ability as it flew around long sections. As the tide dropped, I moved up the reef to some fairly chunky double overhead walls. FLV#1 was very happy at higher speeds, holding nicely through turns and covered long distances with ease.
Often design adjustments can produce better responses in smaller waves but compromise larger wave performance, or vice versa. But FLV#1 showed substantial performance improvements at both in smaller and larger waves.
FLV #1 really is a breakthrough board.
If you already love the Magic Carpets, you'll love this one even more.