So with that, let's move on. The Double Ender isn't exactly the same dims at Nose & Tail, but the Planshape is close enough to award the name. The outline is a Parallel curve so to speak which provides rail length and release at the same time. Subtle Single to Double Concave - nothing extreme. These boards are what I consider very "Neutral". It's interesting that Derek sent me a msg last night with pix of an "Assassin" that Roger Hinds does (or has done in the past. They're along the same lines with a planshape that harkens back to circa 1970, somewhere along the lines of MP thinking. Roger is one of the select shapers I respect. He has designed some of the best blanks for funshapes & eggs for U.S. Blanks. I use the "H" series on a regular basis for handshaped customs.
BF Poster Boy aka Brand Ambassador, Derek Thomas has settled in Nicaragua for the past couple months nixing the grander plan of hooking up with a former Big Wave Aussie legend in Mentawais for a "tube riding clinic" due to the Covid Pandemic. Commercial jetliner flights have been cutback during the current crisis.
The two Double Enders I've done for DT are 6'0" & 6'8". On the 6'0" Derek wanted to try something different so I set it up with a Twin Fin configuration & optional 10" Single Box Center fin box. It can opt as a 2+1 if he is inclined. Derek LOVES twin fins, and that, along with riding it as a Single Fin are his #1 and #2 intentions.
The 6'8" is set up primarily as a Tri Fin. Derek isn't a big aficionado of Quads, albeit he might blow his mind if he was faced with wickedly fast long lined up hard to make sections. Anatomically, quads are faster down the line than a tri fin - it's physics with all that leverage out at the rail. Use a center stringer, a center fin & a rail fin to draw triangulation and its angles compared to a quad's triangulation angle out at the rail and you will understand what I'm talking about. And then you have a Twin Fin, with NO back fin which creates two pivot points: nothing turns quicker rail to rail than a Twin Fin..... very little leverage other than if you create it by making the twin with keels. The longer the base, the faster the board can go, and again, that is the leverage doing its thing.
So with that, here's the two BFDE's that are getting more surf and lovely barrels than anyone else I currently know. If you are envious, I understand. If you are jealous, well, I understand that too. The red deck one is the 6'0". Orange = 6'8".
It looks like they're working. Part of the action shots shown here are from a 34 frame sequence taking by Brian M. Scott of Nica Surf Pix. Props & Gracias Grande.