A few words from Dennis on this board.
There are some surfboards with square noses and of course there is the square tail… a short straight area, but really the only straight thing in a surfboard is the stringer.
Did you ever wonder about that? The only straight line in a surfboard is the stringer… not counting the odd diamond shaped rails seen on a few boards out there. Rockers are curves, outlines are curves, and decks are curves. Now bottoms can be flat from rail to rail but usually this is only a small area, because the bottom will also incorporate Vees, roll or concaves.
The stringer in foam boards help the board from flexing past its breaking point. We want the board to flex but without a stringer they will break too easily. As well, the stringer will give the board a stiffer feel or flex which can be a good thing for overall performance. I make boards with specific stringer sizes and or placement for specific performance characteristics.
I’ve been making and riding boards with perimeter stringers now for 3 or 4 years. They ride really well. A soft flex, not as stiff, more lively. So how about a board with a lighter or narrow center, straight stringer and perimeter stringers too. On a long board it would be the contemporary equivalent of the traditional 3 stringer board.
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