stenner wrote: matth wrote:
stenner wrote:Why is a bigger board like the Mako 165 better for folks over say, 200 pounds? Even a big board like the Mako 165 King has very little actual flotation and will sink like a rock when a 230 lb dude steps on it, much less a 280 pounder, so why is it better for "big guys"
I was hoping for more of an in-depth explanation, there's got to be me nuance to the reasons than just surface area. Otherwise why not a 4x8 sheet of plywood?
Float is useful when you are not moving quickly, but once you get planing speed, then projected surface area is important.
I am a larger lad and have found float, width and rocker significant ....... width and rocker more important than float.
I have a 23 inch wide (3 inch thick) fish. Almost no rocker by surfboard standards, so it's projected surface area is huge ...... Brilliant is low wind conditions because it planes well and gives me float during the wind lulls. A Nugget (which has significant volume) is good in low wind as well because it planes well and gives me float during the wind lulls but works well also in 25 knots. Firewire Evo is the equally as good as the Nugget.
I find the Mako King has too much rocker in low wind conditions, as does the Cab Tronic, but both are good when there is 15 knot or more but they do not project significant surface area because of the rocker.
I have a CrazyFly Cruiser (150x50) and CrazyFly Door (160x44) and both are good and have very little rocker. But the 150x50 Cruiser is just a little bit stiffer (and hence less rocker) and wider so I feel it goes better in lighter winds then the door. No volume at all, so in big lulls you sink.
I generally ride the Crazyfly Door with just a deck pad like a surfboard, works a treat. If there are larger waves, I will ride the Nugget or an Evo.
But for super low wind (10 knots), I foil.