When you guys calculate the V/W ratio, do you include the weight of the board and/or add the wetsuit?
I'm about 1.3 if I add the board.
I have always included total weight of all gear.
I weigh a LOT more while surfing wet in full winter gear, so I add 10 lbs for that
Plus board and paddle weight.
I have you at 1.26 when calculating total weight
The 128 L will have you at 1.16
That shouldn't be a problem
Starting at 105 kg, that puts my total at around 119 kg right now.
at 1.3 that = 155 L
155 is super easy , even for an old fart like me.
Since I have a van full of demo boards at my disposal, I have 14 boards to chose from every session
On clean days I ride 131 L = 1.1
Most days because we have lots of wind, I ride 148 L = 1.24
Challenging days I ride 160 L = 1.34
To put "surface area" into perspective
I have an 8'3 x 32 board at 126 L
Because it is a wide nose, wide tail "square board" with a ton of surface area.... it is easy for me at 1.05
At the same time, I cant ride my 130 L board in winter because it is only 29" wide
Also.... the pointier the nose and tail.... the more difficult it becomes
As far as speed, it comes in different forms IMO
My parallel rail boards have a natural speed, but don't "pump" as easy
My curvey boards are easy to pump down the line, so I can create the speed I need.
Most of my boards are performance shapes with rocker.
I believe that the absolute fastest board I have is a low rocker intermediate "all-arounder" that is 9'5 x 32 at 160 L
Full nose and tail, curvy outline, but has an amazing natural speed because of the low rocker and fairly flat tail.
I am always stunned by how fast it is....It is a freeking rocket.
I have 29" wide boards that can't touch it
Another board that has impressive "natural" speed has the most outline curve of all my boards... plus it has performance rocker.
I believe the speed comes from the fairly flat, wide area between the sidebites... If I weight over those fins, it has amazing release and just takes off.
My bottom line on speed:
Speed is more "rider" than "board"
The speed is there.... in the wave.....How to find it, and use it is the most crucial factor.
Like a skateboard on a flat parking lot.... create speed by pumping.... loading and unloading.
On a wave you have the added bonus of wave features to use, use it correctly and the speed is there.
A steep drop, white water to bank off of, a long wall to climb and drop.........