alex a wrote:Bruno weighs around 80-82 kgs I think.
If you are heavy, then you can get a thicker board and still stay at a max width limit. What ever the max is, a lighter person will get this board anyway if he is one of the "elite sponsored guys".
The main idea is to keep the masses interested and not cater to a few.
How is a thicker board going to compete? It's planning surface that gets you on the plane.
Volume adds displacement... displacement means shoving water out of the way.
I'm suprized that a board maker would write the above.
I really don't see how bigger boards are an arms race.
The sport is VERY young and it's rediculouse to pose limitation to designs. It would just create a status quo and keep bigger atheletes out of the sport.
I think this limitation is more about board makers wanting to keep things limited in size so as to facilitate shipping to customers and hence profit. Nothing wrong with that if you are honest about it.
One thing that is rahter alarming is that we are seeing some race board style boards apearing at very buisy spots and with very long and sharp fins. This could lead to some serious injury.
Nothing wrong with the idea of big fins, but it seems to me that if any consideration is to be given to safety I thing fin "kill factor" amybe should be considered.
The other day I saw a guy with a race board going through an area with swimmers. The board had 4 fins that were razor sharpe. The rider got all pissed off when someone called him out on that.