How many liters?.....WTF

Discussion in 'Surfing' started by Tenfooter, Aug 5, 2020.

  1. Tenfooter

    Tenfooter Well-Known Member

    Nov 12, 2014
    USA Rhode Island
    I’ve seen more and more lately people asking for how many liters the board have ?


    I was even selling a pvc Bic And the look asked me, how many liters?
    Well , 2 proseccos last night , so... 1.5 liters I guess
    He couldn’t even paddle a foamie , but he has to ask that shit

    Amd then that question pops out here and there more frequently
    Is that a fashion shit to ask how many liters ?
    Is it cool to know?
    Will you go higher in your hipster rank if you know how many liters a Dave Nuhiva has , instead of asking who shaped it , or about the rails , or the year it was shaped ?

    I only remember listened to that crap when talking about those cool windsurfers board, back in 80-90s

    Why is that shit important ?
    Why don’t we keep it to the basics?

    yes, this hobbie is beefy , 3 1/2 inch thick, round rails

    yes, this Cooperfish has the typical knives rails , lost of volume in the middle

    And that’s it
    Who Fucking cares about liters
    We are not in the wine industry ( sadly)

    And with this , I just finish my presentation for today
    For the east coasters, take the day Off and go

    amd for the rest of you
    Get those Birkenstock , that light blue cotton shirt, Amd go to your favorite surf shop
    Pull out the racks the best performance longboard you can find
    Amd pop the question

    cuantos litros señor?
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  2. WhiteRussian

    WhiteRussian Active Member

    Oct 16, 2007
    Boston Harbor
    I think the question is migrating from SUP world. Since the paddler is always ( most of the time) is on the board, often stand still (not sliding) it’s very common for manufacturers to stand the board volume. There is even general ratio between paddler weight and board volume helping to decide if the board will “float” the person. It’s helpful for beginners. Basically, “ vessel capacity” kind of thing.
    Im sure its gonna popup be even more often with foiling proliferation
  3. Bighouse

    Bighouse Well-Known Member

    Feb 21, 2012
    East End, Long Island
  4. WhiteRussian

    WhiteRussian Active Member

    Oct 16, 2007
    Boston Harbor
    Same here. I have no idea on my surfboards volume. But I know my SUPs dims
  5. Makawaosurfer93

    Makawaosurfer93 Well-Known Member

    Feb 15, 2007
    USA New Jersey
    Not sure why it matters how much water it displaces. The ocean is big!
  6. Artz

    Artz Well-Known Member

    Nov 22, 2018
    The only way to measure volume is to have the board designed and cut off a computer and CNC machine. When the big manufactures started useing volume as a marketing device. Most of the short boarders thought they now had some secret knowledge. Then you started hearing a 28 liter Board I’ds to big for me I can’t sink a rail. WTF kinda shit is that? Surfers were sinking rails on on 7 foot 3” thick boards with hawk nose and full thick D rails. Hand shapers can use a computer to get an estimate on volume
    I have talked to a few well known hand shapers on the west coast and here on the east coast. Some now use CNC cutters for their stock models. Almost everyone will tell you the the measurement of volume is the last important measurement to show how a board will float or pro form. You can have a very wide board with less thickness and have a better footing board then a less wide board with more thickness.
    One shaper that I know has been building boards for over 40 years. He still has a following in HPSBs and Fish style boards. He told me that when a new customer says he need a 29 liter Board. He will try to explain that he could not calculate volume. If the customer persist He will say that the customer needs to talk to a different Board builder.
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  7. Artz

    Artz Well-Known Member

    Nov 22, 2018
    Good one Paul. You posted while I was typing.
  8. Ricksurfin

    Ricksurfin Well-Known Member

    Jun 9, 2019
    San Clemente, CA
    Also, never believe what’s written on a board.
  9. Chilly Willy

    Chilly Willy Well-Known Member

    Feb 15, 2004
    USA New Jersey
    I measure all my surfboards in gallons. Imperial system, baby!!!
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