just returned from Oz .Geoff Mccoy made me one of the new Lazor Zaps..without a doubt my favourite Mccoy board to date…it goes square off the bottom.lets you in to the wave really easy..so forgiving to surf a retro look without a retro feel..makes you feel like you surf like Cheyne Horan!!…a must for Mccoy fansShare on Facebook
If you decide to place an order to have a custom surfboard made. It is vitally important to approach a surfboard manufacturer with a good reputation and credible history within the custom surfboard industry. That way, should your custom board not be what you ordered, or does not function correctly for you, then you can go back to the manufacturer and sort it out the problem. Where as a surfboard manufacturer with no history or reputation to uphold may or may not be so helpful.
Also custom built surfboards do require a far greater knowledge of practical function and various performance levels, so be very careful selecting the right company to place your custom order with. Once you have decided on a manufacturer to produce the surf board for you, give them a comprehensive list of what you want to achieve with your new custom made surfboard, and a brutally honest appraisal of your current surfing ability. It’s also important to mention in which areas of your surfing, you hope to improve. do not lie, your surfboard will be custom made for you, based on the information you give.
Here is an example of what you need to consider:
- Do you mainly Ride small medium or large waves?
- How do you like to surf; quick short arcs or smooth flowing turns?
- How you want the custom made board laminated and finished?
- Glassing; light, medium or strong?
- Finish; wet sand only, 1/2gloss protec or full polish?
- Spray design; i.e. a design/colour of your choice?
Basically, you are placing a custom order for a surfboard that’s made for you personally to look and function the way you want.
It is advisable to order your custom made surfboard directly from the manufacturer, not through a surf shop as vital information can be misunderstood in translation from shop assistant to manufacturer. A well made surfboard is a work of art, if want to commission a painting you go directly to the artist not the gallery. It is the same with custom made surfboards.
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The first obvious difference is the single fin runs through the water easier than a multi fin board.
Since there is only one fin set at 90°to the bottom shape and sitting parallel with the stringer, these two factors minimis the drag aspect of the fins function allowing the board to pass through the water with minimum drag opposed to all the multi fin set ups where all side fins are set at an angle to the stringer both fins towed in to wards the nose and also splayed out to the rail.
This in turn causes the fins to plough through the water creating more drag than the single fin set up. This can only be relived when the board is turned constantly.
Example of a hull shape (surfboard bottom) repeated five times exactly the same, leave one with no fin and then a single, a twin, tri fin and four fins put them in flat water and line them up then give them all the same thrust from behind. The board with no fin will run the furthest followed by 1 then 2 fin then the 3 and finally the 4 fin set up.
Why? Simple, drag added to the hull, no fin no drag, as each fin is added to the hull so the drag factor increases.
It really is simple logic when though about.
How does this effect performance?
Quite dramatically in terms of performance, regardless of hull shape the fin set up determines the style of performance obtainable and there is a correct way to surf the various set ups as each one needs to be surfed differently to obtain maximum performance.
In terms of performance keeping it simple.
Hulls with side fins will rotate from rail to rail and with side and centre fins a quick short burst of speed is the effect, more a stop start performance.
The single fin gives smooth longer arcs with more overall flow and if the rails are designed correctly through the tail area much greater control in the hollow parts of the wave, tubes and steep walls.
When contemplating a surfboard design keep in mind that each fin combination will surf differently from the other and each combination requires an individual approach to how best to surf the board.
It is not a matter of which design is best, it is a matter of how you wish to surf.
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The illusion is if it does not look like what the top 5 pro’s in the world are riding then it is retro. The McCoy nugget designs have been classified as retro when in fact it is futuristic.
Modern designs are created by Jnr. Journalist and over enthusiastic clothing executives with no knowledge of surfboard design and function. It has been done through the media with promotion of products and ignorant designers of surfboards just following the rubbish written by some poor ignorant journalist who is almost in puberty, with absolutely no knowledge of surfboard design and function at any level.
The McCoy nugget design has proven to be very practical way to go surfing if you want to have “FUN” in a wide range of surfing conditions. The nugget design is being created by evolution as this is were I am at now after almost 40 years of continuous design research and development. The nugget design is by far the most advanced all round functional surfboard on the market today, no other design can offer such a wide range of wave size and conditions.
The nugget design incorporates the best features of all its predecessors, the Double Ender, the Twin Fin and the Lazor Zap, this is why I am confident about the nugget as an all round performer in such a wide range wave conditions, it is earlier designs that make the nugget design so practical and functional.
The nugget design has been tested in wave’s size from 1’ ~ 80’; it has ridden conditions from glassy to extreme chop proving its function in all conditions to be far superior.
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