Herman wrote: ↑
Tue Jan 28, 2020 9:27 pm
Riding chop will probably increase bone density and from personal feelings may actually promote cartilage growth within the joint providing you stick within sensible limits - no idea whether this is actually true but I hope it is! I have been riding around on dodgy knees for many years and I think it may be delaying the onset of arthritis. I must admit in reality I stick to waves rather than chop.
I enjoy surfboards but oddly enough they make my knees sore quicker than TT, despite needing less power, which is against the general consensus of what should happen. I put this down to loose ligaments. When powered on a TT my loose ligaments are better compensated by the muscle control needed to lock into the TT stance for jumping where as on a SB you want to move around with foot changes etc.
The Mako is the softest on the knees that I have ridden but it is a bit power hungry! I love them for chop. Deep concaves on boards nearly always soften the feel of chop in my experience if that is what you are forced to ride in. It also has nice carvy feel and benefits from a fairly even weighted stance. If your local ride is chop use it as a motivator to get on a hydrofoil.
If it is messy waves, white water and flats there is no need to stick with deep concaves it is then more about flex and efficiency in these conditions imho. I like Shinn boards as well.
I can relate to this. Broke my ankle in Nov/2018, cartilage damaged, the Surgeon advised FIXING the ankle permanently 6mnth after the injury!!! Or risking huge artritis. The talar dome was almost split in two, got the thrombosis as well , the complete package
Healed naturally tho.
Started using TT after 3 months. Crazy right? The pain is all gone, ankle is 100%, knees 100% a 13 months after.
I can do 200 sessions per year, and it's only chop, or flat when not chop
Riding 120cm DIY board, with NTT pads (so quite flat pads).
Tried 134cm Monk, did not like it. After 120cm board, everything feels bulky, slow, like a tank on my feet. Same with a SB or a HF, we are 'dancing' on the board, not edging. IF I could edge more, I would, but with my tiny legs, do not have that strength. BTW, I'm 50yo.
Edging is my friend, it healed me.