BWD wrote:I have another idea, <untested.>
speed guys ride with a weight toward the nose.
If you ride in big chop and had that set up for the "against the chop" side,
It might help you damp the chop
And make the board float with one tip up in the air.
But it would depend on current, the board, and the size of weight.
Not great in strong current against wind I think....
Maybe a small weight would be enough.
Would slow down the spins a bit...
Anybody (maybe with speed board experience) have thoughts?
WOW! You may be onto something.
How about, if one of the deck pads had a lot more flotation in it than the other?
Maybe, with increased flotation in one end of the board, the board could be made to kind of porpoise, as a result of the wave action, and then, each time it rose up into the air, maybe the wind would catch it and cause it to leap and surf down wind. Maybe a little cup shaped piece of stiff Cordura nylon fabric could be added to the top of the board at the high end, and maybe this piece of fabric could act to catch more wind, accelerating the board down-wind on each of its porpoise leaps....a lot of maybes...but it is a hypothesis that would be easy to test....Just put 2 boards in the water, one with the modification and one normal and let the down-wind race begin.
If this works, we will call it "BOB", in your honor!