Why our Twin Keels are Easy to Surf

April 28, 2019

 

There is no doubt that our twin keel fishes are performance boards that can be pushed as hard as you want. But at the same time they are also very easy to ride. Probably why we all like surfing them so much. No matter how you surf them, whether you're just cruising or pushing critical turns, these boards really do make it all easier.

But they weren't always like this...

When I first started riding the twin keel fishes, they were easy to surf. All that width and the low rocker made them very stable under the feet. Until the waves got going....

And then I discovered the full retro 70's style twin keel boards wouldn't respond like I wanted them to. Often I couldn't get the drive and carve that I like in my boards, and so on bigger faces I found myself nursing the boards thru their turns rather than driving and carving.  

And then in tighter parts of the wave, the super wide tails and flat rocker felt clunky and difficult. They were still great fun to surf, but there were some serious limitations.

And so I went to work. First step was to add a deep concave to add drive and improve control on the bigger faces and in hollower waves. Next I started reducing the width of the swallow tail to improve hold thru turns. While I was at it, I also modernized the rocker from the more primitive 70's style rocker so that they felt smoother, more responsive and more balanced under the feet.

The next thing was to up the tail rocker so that they would fit into tighter parts of the wave better. Now a really funny thing happened as I upped the tail rocker. It's pretty widely accepted in surfboard design that as you increase rocker, you lose speed. Not with these puppies! As I upped the tail rocker, they just started getting faster and faster! Already they were pretty fast, but now I really had something going on!

To deal with all this speed the boards were now capable of, I pulled the rail down, keeping it low and fine, but soft so that it wouldn't catch. This allowed the rail to penetrate further into the face of the wave, massively improving the board's ability to hold onto a steep face or hold it's line thru turns.

During this process, I also played with the fin positions a lot. Moving them back and forward until I found the balance point so that they no longer felt clunky or drifty under the feet.

But this didn't happen overnight. It's taken 14 years and more than 3000 hours of R & D later, to get to the highly evolved Magic Carpet and the MKV twin keel fishes that we now have. Two highly refined, high performance surfboards that are really easy and fun to surf. If you haven't got one, you are missing out. 

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