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Why are longer boards faster? / SUP Tech talk

In this video Harry joins Reuben to explain why a longer board is faster than a shorter board. Harry has a Master’s degree from Plymouth University in Marine Technology and is a Chartered Engineer through the Royal Institute of Naval Architects. So he is the man to tell us why! There are many things that […]

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Windsup1
Windsup1
1 year ago

Really informative. Great explanations. Thanks Harry and Reuben.
Looking forward to part 2
Craig

Will Rogers
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1 year ago
Reply to  Windsup1

Thanks Craig, glad this one was useful for you. Cheers, Will

Fenna Ronteltap
Fenna Ronteltap
1 year ago

This is great stuff! Love the science / geeky part.

So the goal is to beat the 5.8 knots to get in plane?

Will Rogers
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1 year ago

Hey Fenna – glad you enjoyed it. Yes, top level racers are managing to sprint their boards onto the plane – its interesting that they are often using open water boards for this that have a slightly shorter waterline length too 😉 Regards, Will

BoHan82
BoHan82
1 year ago

This was great! I would love for Harry to talk more about acceleration of boards and trimming. Would it be good to stand further back at the board to start, then move to the middle and when gaining maximum speed, move to the front? Anyway, great video. Thank you both.

Will Rogers
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1 year ago
Reply to  BoHan82

Thanks – forward and back trim is a really interesting subject and can really help your paddling. Certainly something we can look into getting Harry to talk about!

Andrea Varetto
Andrea Varetto
1 year ago

OOoooooh this is really a great video, I love the subtitles, for not english people would be great to read the text of the dialogues. I always was wondering why great sprinters use allwater boards with great rocker for very short distances and not a flatwater board. Is it to plane quickly?

Will Rogers
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1 year ago
Reply to  Andrea Varetto

Thanks for your comments Andrea. We will look at subtitles for sure. Yes, the sprinters use these boards as they plane a bit quicker for sure! Cheers, Will

John French
John French
1 year ago

Really enjoyed this video. Videos like this make Supboarder standout from the general Sup Youtube video’s. As an engineer you gave enough info and data points for me to use the info and work out for my boards. I think a few more like this would be excellent. I see you are doing width and may be do one to discuss the merits of weight or lack of it. Also nice to have a feature on the stroke rate and stroke length of a range of people to have info to compare to your own may on 2 couple of… Read more »

Will Rogers
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1 year ago
Reply to  John French

Hi John, thanks for this feedback! Yes, we are certainly going to do more of these tech series and i’ll share your ideas with Harry! Its nice to deep dive into the science behind it sometimes! Cheers, Will

Jussi Nurminen
Jussi Nurminen
1 year ago

Excellent video – looking for more featuring this guy. Thanks for bringing some science into the game!

Ben Williams
Ben Williams
1 year ago

Might be worth pointing out that for a 14 ft board 5.8 knots is 10.7 km/h. Ie really quit fast for us mere mortals to sustain. So interesting to think we might actually sprint faster on a shorter board as was pointed out.

gentsch
gentsch
11 months ago

Love this series!!!

David Saunders
David Saunders
8 months ago

Bit late to the party but yster do 17ft boards I think the fastest women’s team who completed yukon 1000 few years back was paddling them

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