Surely you can’t define an all round board. If you live in Maui, and sail Hookipa mainly, it would be a curvy quad with maybe not loads, but still some, rocker. A board that turns really well on big, perfect waves but still has a bit of planing power. Then if you live in Tenerife, for example, and sail cabezo and south beach primarily, you would want something super fast, that keeps speed really well on an onshore wave, etc. All round is obviously going to be different when you have different circles to go all round!PK1111 wrote: ↑Thu Apr 18, 2019 5:06 pmBouke, you have to accuse me of bringing a personal view?
I’m 48, a professional and have been windsurfing for 30 years, so I think I can be sufficiently objective in my discussions on the internet.
As to your question, “what is all round? “, it appears you know the answer already, https://witchcraft.nu/boards/haka/ , and are I can only assume you are being obtuse and argumentative to prove a point that a custom manufacturer with 4 wave boards and myriad sizes, plus an option to go off template will always be superior to the offerings of a production manufacturer. I’m not interested in that debate.
So, back to Ola. These are interesting designs, and I greatly enjoyed using the Frugal, even as an all round board. So to what degree are these specialised vs all round?
But that said, all round is a term used by brands to describe a board that planes well, turns well on good waves but will also work on bad waves. So to a production brand, all round can be something concrete. But to a custom shaper like Bouke, I would imagine blanket terms like all round don’t apply the same way. Production brands I would assume do a lot of compromising in their designs (ie why Brawzinho has a Hookipa quiver and a Canaries quiver, all supposedly Goya Custom Quads but the former with less planing power and more turning capability, and the latter with a flatter rocker and good at
keeping speed on the wave, leaving the production Goya Quad to be a mix of both) but as Bouke is designing his on a case by case basis a lot of the time, he has the luxury of not having to compromise. Hence all round being a much more subjective term. Excuse me if I’ve just been rambling, but this is what I understand the term all round to mean!
For me all round is something that gives me reasonable but not ideal performance in absolutely crap, light wind x onshore conditions, and fantastic performance once the waves get a bit better. But that’s not the same for everyone!