Why is a round nose better on surfboard?

Round noses work better. In this video Roy explains some of the reasons why. You can experiment with this concept while driving your car. Stick your hand out of the window and keep it flat. your hand will ‘catch’ the wind and you can feel the force of the wind pushing your hand further as it catches, this simulates the wide flat pointy noses of conventional boards. Now ball your fist to simulate a round bullet nose a la these Roy Stuart guns. Your hand feels stronger and less catchy.


Roy Stuart says:

Thanks Dave, I had the same reaction to Thrusters.

Dave Simmons says:

Hi Roy. At last …someone who talks practical sense in surfboard design. Ironically , during the later years of what once was my surfing life – those unforgettable years 1964 – 72 , an era in surfing way ahead of its time, a passively highly creative era in which its aptly tagged ” evolution ” of functional surfing took surfboard riding to its true form. As for what surfboard riding has become …… I am not part of it. The very day I saw the Thruster was the very day I told myself in my own inner words… ” It’s all over. ” In the years since those words echo as I witness what I had always hoped surfboard riding would never become.

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