The Goldilocks Moment

 

When Goldilocks was checking out the Bear Family residence she had to try a lot of options before she got the place wired. Lets face it, porridge is no fun unless you get it just right. Getting a sweet board is just the same.

 

And getting the right board is a hard thing to do. The trick is to unpack the problem of getting the board that you want and deal with a manageable set of choices that just might get you what you need. Which is what we recommend and the approach we have taken with Endeavour.

 

It’s the Shape, Stupid

Every part of a surfboard is a trade off between various factors to reach some sort of optimal choice – the hardness of the rails, the v in the tail, how much concave, rocker, tail kick, width …… where do you start? The answer is you try out all the combinations to see what works best. Do this for 50 years or so and you end up with a series of shapes that work – though they all have positives & negatives. Each shape that has passed the sniff test is a coherent combination of options which has evolved to produce a board that makes sense. So the first thing to do is choose a good shape that is proven for what you want – is it small wave fun, are you planning to rip on overhead waves, is it for your local beachy on less than perfect days or is it for that trip to Indo?

 

Step 1: choose a shape. This is probably the hardest bit. For example if you choose a fish then do remember not all fish are the same. And some shapers make better shapes than others. Choosing a name will help but not guarantee success. We’ve spent a lot of time choosing shapes and names for the Endeavour range but basically we’ve split the range into three main sections:
 
Type
Best For
Fish
Small & Medium Wave Fun
Shortboard
High performance
for waves up to well overhead
              Modern
Getting the most out of smaller waves

 

Check them out, there’s a lot of options in each category – but they are all good and are well tested and carry the names of world class shapers.

 

And then not everybody wants to spend £400+ or so on a new board. So we have picked some excellent shapes and made them at as low cost as possible – we call them Blank – because , well, they are sort of blank, do check them out – these are very sophisticated shapes – but at a slutty sort of price. 

 

Its for Yoooooooo

Honestly, tight jeans don’t look good on everyone. Getting the size right is probably the biggest single factor in looking good. When Archimedes invented buoyancy as a concept he was really on to something. Until you have reached Jedi status and can use the Force to catch waves then you need enough foam to help you out. The more skill: the less foam, the heavier you are: the more foam. This isn’t an exact science but we have produced guidelines for our boards which should give you a good starting point to choose the right length for that shape for you. Yes, dear boy, size really does matter.

 

Step 2: size your stick
There’s a volume calculation for all the modern boards we sell and how this varies with the board length. Just match this against the amount of float you want – and if you don’t know how many litres you like (yes – we know you know how many pints you like) then we’ve included a chart to advise the sort of volume you should go for based on your weight and skill levels. Don’t get hung up on this too much as everybody is different – especially in the middle range of skill where there is honestly not that much difference. If in doubt, get more foam – those teensy taco chips look good on the beach but if you spend all day bobbing up and down like Norman No-mates with a super low wave count, you may regret it. Without getting on the wave in the first place you won’t get to enjoy all the fun of the great shapes that are available.
 

Small changes can have big consequences

Its been a full on winter in the North Atlantic – those butterflies in South America must have been real frisky. Fact of the matter is that there’s a lot of complex stuff happening when a board meets a wave. There are a whole range of tweaks that you can make to a shape to really make a big difference to the performance. So we’re offering a range of performance boards that you can fully customise by applying the tweaks that suit the shape. These vary by shape obviously but we’ve grouped them into different performance levels (F1, F2, F3) for each board to make it easy to choose. And then different glass jobs and sometimes fin set-ups. Oh, and the competition glass jobs can include carbon patches (and they are really carbon fibre on our boards - not just painted on). For example I’m riding a performance 9’0” longboard right now – I’ve had it tweaked to F3 – which makes it surprisingly forgiving – its got more foam in the middle, it’s a little bit wider – but the engine room remains high horsepower and its well good on the tail. And just in case everybody misses you being Occie at Bells you can even add an FCS plug for your GoPro and take a selfie for posterity. Sweet.

 

Step 3: consider a fully customized board
 If you want to invest a little extra then consider having a shape tweaked just for your needs. The Endeavour Performance range brings you this option. There’s and on-line configurator to help you choose. The performance tweaks are no extra cost but there are options to add if you want - however we have made it a house rule that the headline price for our boards is all you have to pay to get a sweet ride. We have also been able to sign up some well known shapers to provide the shapes which we customise for you. They let us do this because they know we can make boards that they can be proud of and not compromise the quality of their designs neither in the shape nor in the quality of production.

 

 

For the truly Enlightened

If you have already become enlightened you could just skip all of the above and buy a log. Or maybe one of Diego’s mini-Simmons, but do you want a resin tint with that …….

 

And, hey Goldilocks, how about one of our Bear Boards?

 

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