Numfish basic surfboard attributes
The front tip of the board is called the nose, and it can be pointy or more rounded. Numfish boards have rounded noses, this helps to minimise nose diving when taking off on the wave - plus it's safer without a sharp point, perfect for learning and for an easier ride. The OLI shortboards have a pointed performance board nose shape. The OLI funboards have a fatboy nose which is a blend of round and pointy nose. The OLI Minimals have a retro nose which is basically a round nose with a little point on it for style, and the OLI Malibu has a traditional round nose. The back tip of the board is the tail. Five standard shapes have evolved over time and any tail produced will fall in to one of these shapes styles. Numfish and OLI boards tend to use square-ish tails and some minor swallow tails (fish). These shapes are reasonably forgiving in all conditions of surf, looks great and makes storage easier as well. Nobody likes to damage a board through storage so we try to help minimise that. [caption id="attachment_2636" align="alignnone" width="300"] Tail shapes[/caption] The edges of the board are call rails. There are basically two rail types, low rails and full rails. Numfish boards have a more full type rail, this allows for as much volume as possible while still giving some ability to grip on the wave face. OLI fiberglass boards have a rail in a moderate low rail style, which allows for a fair grip on the wave face without too much sensitivity, smooth turns, and the allowance for more aggressive turns when the rider skill can manage it. The diagram shows a low rail and a full rail example. [caption id="attachment_2634" align="alignnone" width="53"] Rails[/caption] A surfboard's length is measured in feet and inches, is from nose to tail tips. The measurement of our boards is an "over the curve" measure along the base of the board, so a 7ft 2 board will physically stand vertically a little smaller then 7ft 2. The width is measured in inches, at the widest distance from rail to rail across the board and is usually around halfway along the board. [caption id="attachment_2631" align="alignnone" width="300"] Board shape and width[/caption] Measured in inches, a board's thickness is the thickest section between the deck and bottom/base. This can be deceiving sometimes when looking at a board especially when rails are not very full. Numfish boards provide good width & thickness to length ratio and a relatively high volume that provides good stability and buoyancy for any level rider, and a large planing area that makes for easy paddling and catching of waves. OLI Boards provide good width & thickness to length and high volume options that provides good stability and buoyancy for any level rider, and more nimble options on shortboards. The bottom contour is the shape or curve of the base from rail to rail. Common contours are single or double ‘concave', channels, and vee. Numfish boards are pretty much flat, this gives good balance between speed of the board planing and the ability to turn from rail to rail quickly. This is one of the simplest and best combinations for fun surfing all the time at any skill level. Perfect for boards designed for learming through to intermediate levels of surfing. OLI boards have single concave, and double concave on the shortboards - this gives more performance options depending non the board you choose. [caption id="attachment_2632" align="alignnone" width="300"] Bottom contours[/caption] The shape or curve of the base from nose to tail is called the rocker. The more curve (rocker) the board has the easier it will be to turn, but it comes at the price of speed! Numfish boards have a small or gentle amount of rocker, enough to allow you to turn and maintain your speed to continue your ride. OLI boards have different rockers to suit the size board to give you the most out of each board. [caption id="attachment_2635" align="alignnone" width="300"] Thickness and rocker[/caption] Most boards commonly come with three fins (thruster), because they give responsive handling. Numfish boards come with three fins, which are also quite stiff - so with minimal flex provide excellent feel and speed as turns are performed. OLI boards accept any FCS (or compatible) fins so the rider can place whatever fins they choose to ride with. Each OLI board is supplied with a basic set of fins to start many people off with. We also have stronger glass fins that will provide better performance for riders who are ready for that. [caption id="attachment_2633" align="alignnone" width="169"] Fins[/caption] Numfish boards come with a basic leash, to keep you with it at all times. Numfish also have other leashes which are twin-swivelled and have quick Velcro board release plus other features. These serve to enhance the fun of surfing as they eliminate tangles in the water. These leashes fit Numfish , OLI and any other surfboard. Self adhesive grips (deckgrips) can be stuck to a surfboard instead of using wax. The surfaces need to be clean for good application and then you don't need to worry about getting and applying wax for grip. These can be applied to both soft and hard surfboards. Surfboard wax comes in different grades, and can be applied to both soft and hard surfboards.