Havre wrote: ↑
Wed Jan 29, 2020 9:36 am
apollo4000 wrote: ↑
Tue Jan 28, 2020 5:29 pm
The wood core are cheaper and harder and less flexible than the carbon. I started with the wood core and now only ride carbon
The carbon boards are more expensive (downside) but not by much these days. But they’re custom not mass produced. The upside is they are tough, really lightweight-next to nothing. They are very flexible so absorb the waves; the wave cc TT is shaped like the mako so awesome in waves but with TT fin setup I prefer. Bottom line is the carbon are really comfortable to ride for a 51 year old’s knees. I was also advised by Simon to shorten the width of my stance to help protect my knees. Wise words.
This is interesting. I have never even tried a carbon board, but their reputation is that they are stiff and not very comfortable in choppy conditions.
First, how the board feels is highly depend on multiple aspects, board shape, board size, wave lenght, footpads, riding style etc.
So if you are just riding then board shape and size probably has the biggest influence regardless of materials used.
Regarding carbon: all carbon board still have a wood core even if they are marketed full carbon.
Depending on the board you might have a few single strips of carbon reinforcing the board up to a "full" carbon board where all the wood has been encompassed by carbon.
Carbon is used for weight reduction and to STIFFEN the board. Regular boards use fiberglass which has a lot more flex. You can do the same sort of directional weaving with both so that should not matter much.
So e.g. landing a jump your knees are better of with a fiberglass board with a lot of rocker.
However a stiff carbon board "pops" better so you can e.v. potentially jump higher and if you are heavy rider you might need to have a stiffer board in powered up riding conditions: if the board flexes to much it will start to create a lot of drag.
I am not sure how much stiffness has impact on riding through chop but my guess is shape and size are way more relevant.