Backside Hull Blues

Discussion in 'Surfing' started by slimgouda, Sep 26, 2020.

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  1. slimgouda

    slimgouda Active Member

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    The vbowls is another board I would love to take for a test drive. I'm a big fan of the jivy feel of my wide point back logs so I imagine I would connect with a vbowls. Seems like even on the used market they command a pretty heavy price tag.
     
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  2. tuskedbeast

    tuskedbeast Active Member

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    My pointbreaker is so dramatically awkward to ride backside I don't even try :) If I'm on a right (I'm a goofy too), I kneeboard.
    And that works pretty well, it's fun! Low down with access to grab rail, I have the control I don't backside (which is like trying to turn a skateboard with too tight trucks).
    But I sort of don't see the point in trying to make it do something it doesn't like doing. There's other surf craft I'll turn to for "backside".
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    So... I have my hull stored at a left point in a faraway land. Fark, I miss it, and the perfect little frontside waves it was meant to ride, and the way it rides. And the friendly, unroiled people, and the green country roads....
     
  3. KDenning

    KDenning Active Member

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    Goofy surfer here at the points in Ventura county. I picked up an 8'6 Hot Generation that was a blast top to bottom back side but felt "sticky" otherwise.

    I picked up an 8'6 Mandala Clandestino and it's almost as lively backside as it is front side. It's similar to switching from my wide, square tailed Justin Quintal noserider to a board with a pintail similar to Bing's light weight pin tail - eye opening and game changing.


    My hot gen got me hooked but the pintail on the mandala stopped my search for a certain experience for two years.

    I’m 6’1 and 200lbs for reference and the 8’6 paddles like my 9’9 log.

    I think that having a board that you connect with back side is critical to having fun in this area for goofy footers aka Gods chosen people.
     
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  4. aloha73

    aloha73 Active Member

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    I'm laid up for a while with some injuries but you're welcome to take my 7'7 Hull for a spin. It's my best one for going goofy.
     
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  5. Human

    Human Active Member

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    Pop up goofy and pivot regular off of your bottom turn.
     
  6. tuskedbeast

    tuskedbeast Active Member

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    How cool that would be.
    It's all through the toes on these things anyway. Why NOT just learn switchfoot?
     
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  7. tuskedbeast

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  8. DJR

    DJR Well-Known Member

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    Or Vaquero. Also I found that hulls surf like small fish with traditional keels backside as well as pre-66 boards like “semi” pig templates Plane it across the face and use those rails to dig in for big turns
    Fish let you go more vertical of course but hulls will unleash crazy powerful roundhouse
    Even better Find some good footage of early longboarding (late fifties to early hotdogging sixties / powersurf Phil Edwards) adapt and go Just my two cents
     
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  9. Human

    Human Active Member

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    Gotta do what you gotta do
     
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  10. SMUKES

    SMUKES Well-Known Member

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    A true hull, belly, ultra thin rails, long and thin fin set way forward etc... Will not go for shit (make sections and so on back hand. It just won't. You might have fun on it but we'd get sucked into the rabbit hole of defining "fun". The thruster as a matter of fact was designed because single fins themselves had so many limitations and the big one was generation of, and maintaining speed backside. Here's my challenge, find just one video of a hull charging backhand. You won't find one. You also won't find a video of a hull at pipe, or any wave of consequence. Its just not what they are for. The problem with backside surfing is that its all weighted on your back foot and Hull surfing is a front foot affair. Its an inescapable truth that cares nothing about trend or fashion. Here we go...
     
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