Fowler V8, Andreini McVee, others?

bfat

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Dec 20, 2018
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Thanks @Bruce Fowler
Appreciate the insight into your design.
Makes me even more interested in exploring some vee.
Looks like we may get some larger waves coming through the northeast soon.
Perhaps time to push the fin back, get in early, and hang on ...
 

Bruce Fowler

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Jul 28, 2018
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"Push the fin back"

.......do that on your other boards by all means. Mine, particularly the V8 design have been intentionally positioned much farther forward than the usual fare out there. It allows the board to "pivot carve" by shortening the 'wheelbase' of the board.

Sometimes boards with substandard rockers will have the tail abruptly pop out of the water causing the rider to spin out - even when using a large fin. This shocks the rider as his/her conventional wisdom has told them "move fin back for bigger waves & more traction" only to find that the board surfed even worse.

Guys would approach me in the water saying 'I've got this new board and I put the fin in the back of the box and the tail is popping out. What do I do? They were shocked when I looked at the rocker and said "push the fin all the way to the front".

Later they'd paddle up to me and say "wow, that fixed it. I don't get it..." and I'd tell them that moving the fin forward allowed the board to achieve "rail set........ to dig the rail's edge into the water becuz the board could now turn square and achieve traction and release."

If you are ever in that situation, try it, it works...
 

DanSan

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Thanks @Bruce Fowler
Appreciate the insight into your design.
Makes me even more interested in exploring some vee.
Looks like we may get some larger waves coming through the northeast soon.
Perhaps time to push the fin back, get in early, and hang on ...
Mine is 14" from the tail...
 

Bruce Fowler

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Here's a pic of Shawn riding the 7'2' in the video slideshow thingie. Back foot over on da rail, hand on the water. Just look at that deep tail groove!
SHAWN V8 7'2" BOTOM TURN.jpg
 
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OneLove

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Wilmington, NC
Got my order in with Bruce on a 7'-11" V8... looking forward to it!

As for fins, I'm curious what others with V8s are running. I went with 4+1 setup for options, but I'll probably start with a trusty Greenough 4A single and experiment from there.
 

DanSan

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Start single greeno 4A...9.5-9.75"
And then have fun..quads..2+1...etc..

Im pretty much in love with 9.75" 4A on my 8.2..
But i tried this rfc 10+" fin..nice
And today im going 2+1 ..9" 4A with 3.75" sides in the front boxes..
Have fun
 




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