I appreciate the feedback and you are right. It's not shaped like
a regular surfboard. I added more width in the tail so it would
work a little better edging against the kite. The rocker is a little
flatter too and the nose less pointy so it won't poke out your
eye when it comes after you in the surf. I think that makes it
look weird to a hard core surfer like yourself. This board is
not for the dedicated surfer. It's more for the non-surfing
kiteboarder who wants to liven things up by riding a strapless
surfboard. If you look at in that light it probably is more on
Derek is using his surfboard templates which I am sure
are awesome for surfing. I started in that direction too but
ended up with this outline due to what I was feeling on the
water. This board seems to work good with a kite in small
mushy surf that would likely be the conditions a kiter new
to riding a strapless surfboard would use it in. It has
thinner softer rails so it edges better. There is no way
you can ride this board with straps or in big surf. I'm
working on some small wave chips for that. You can
see them at this thread on nwkite:
I got hammered by a few folks in that thread too. It's
Ok, I can take it. It's all important information to me.
market research if you will.
So, what do you think of those outlines? I'll be doing more
testing with the surfchip boards in TX this fall.
In all honesty the image of the 5-5 needed resizing and
as a result looks kinda bad. The board looks better in real
life. Still not a traditional shortboard look though.