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Old 09-19-2014, 04:42 PM   #1 (permalink)
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i have seen a lot more weird park board shapes trending right now. I am wondering if anyone has tried these and what they think of them
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Some examples might help with your definition of "whacky"
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I assume you mean nose and tail shapes? They reduce weight, create different buttering zones, reduced spinning weight makes spins easier. That, or ya know, they don't do anything. It's purely a marketing thing to try and make their boards stand out. Lobster was even building a board that came with stencils to cut your own design in to the nose and tail of the board. It just comes down to if you think it makes the board look "cooler"
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First thought I had was the space case.

Which reminds me of Santa Cruz in the 90's trying experimental shapes.


I remember in the 90's that Santa Cruz shape was supposed to make heel side turns easier by cutting out that chunk in the tips, made some sort of sense to me back then. But since that shape died and history forgot about it for a few decades I assumed it was just marketing hype, or just trying to look different.
I have the same feeling about that Gnu shape. I don't feel like there is any real worl advantage other than looking cool because it's different.
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Default Asyms aren't new or wacky...

THIS is wacky.
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First thought I had was the space case.

Which reminds me of Santa Cruz in the 90's trying experimental shapes.

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This is actually an asymmetrical board shape. Your heel and toe side edges are different to make the board actually feel more balanced. They're doing it on a lot of their high end boards now, so is YES and a few others. It's atuclly pretty cool tech just usually super expensive but it definitely changes the way the board rides.
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This is actually an asymmetrical board shape. Your heel and toe side edges are different to make the board actually feel more balanced. They're doing it on a lot of their high end boards now, so is YES and a few others. It's atuclly pretty cool tech just usually super expensive but it definitely changes the way the board rides.
Just don't be surprised if the asym shapes go away in a few years.
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Just don't be surprised if the asym shapes go away in a few years.
Oh I know, It won't be super popular for long. But it's actually been around since the mid 90s I believe. It's regaining popularity right now but I don't think it will last, but it also won't fully go away. And it does make a difference. Was suprised to see Gnu start putting it on most of their line including the RC but hey strike while the irons hot right?
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And do you happen to know if that Santa Cruz was an asym board? It actually looks like they cut out parts of the nose and tail, not like it's an actual change to where you would be on the edge.
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That SC was way before asym was a thing, but yeah it looks like they just got a hole saw and cut out a chunk then sanded it down.
I'm a little skeptical about the Gnu board having the tip a little off center; seems like a purely aesthetic thing. At least in my head it's the effective edge that would dictate how the board turns and feels, and of course since that board has a different sidecut on each side it makes sense. Nose and tail shapes do something in the deep powder, but on hardpack they don't do much.
But who knows maybe they are on to something with the asym thing. Rocker and magnetraction were both considered fads but now almost every company has their own version of it.
And of course I could be completely wrong, just giving my opinion here.

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