Exal wrote: ↑
Thu Apr 04, 2019 12:38 pm
Rocker is important for going through chop and is also good for the knees, at least that's what I memorized.....
Rocker is not always good for certain chop frequencies/amplitudes. Sometimes (NOT ALWAYSA) a more rockered board can ramp you up the chop more than you want to. A flatter board in the same conditions, would not naturally ramp up and lose contact with the water as much.
But it is also not a single equation variable with regards to the capabilities of the board. Here are just the ones I know:
3. bottom contour (concave, channels)
6. tip shape
7. rail shape
8. available stance options
(9. anyone think that fins affect chop performance?)
But I do agree, at least partially, with the first response that every board is a capable in chop. That is becasue of some additional variables that are not included above. Here they are:
1. Riders skill level
2. Riders approach (freeride, speed, freestyle)
3. Riders requirement/desire for speed (racing friends who have boards that are designed to handle chop)
4. Riders chosen stance option
5. Riders emphasis on higher jumps or smoother landings in chop
All of these go into the board equation and can be fudged to make a poor chop handling board work in the worst of chop.