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Old 10-26-2014, 07:09 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Default Should i make my Powder board a swallow tail?

I currently own a 163 2008 Salomon Sick Stick, but i recently bought a new powder twin directional board so the Sick Stick will most likely be collecting dust over the winter

I have all the equipment at my disposal (laser cutter, and fiber glass to reinforce the tail etc..) to make a really good cut, but im just wonder whether the board might be a bit small?

i am 83kgs, and 196cm tall, is it suitable DIY fish tail/swallow tail board?

Also for those that have done the DIY swallow tail, where you happy with the outcome, and any advice for my adventure (how big to make the cut etc..)

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Old 10-26-2014, 07:44 PM   #2 (permalink)
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Yes. The answer is yes.
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Why not just sell the board? If you aren't going to use it now making it a swallow tail isn't going to make you use it later.
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Old 10-26-2014, 08:06 PM   #4 (permalink)
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Why not just sell the board? If you aren't going to use it now making it a swallow tail isn't going to make you use it later.
Resale value on boards is pretty horrible. If he made his a swallow tail he may end up with a surfy directional pow board and his new pow twin.

I recently made an older board that i don't use much because it is a wide(i don't need a wide) into a swallow. I have yet to ride it but it may fill a slot in my quiver for zero dollars vs buying a pow board for 500-700 dollars.
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Old 10-26-2014, 08:13 PM   #5 (permalink)
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a resale on a 2008 very used board wouldn't be worth the enjoyment i'd get out of making and using a swallow (never used one before)

Epic!!, how big generally do you cut in? can you go to big or is it just preference?
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Old 10-26-2014, 08:20 PM   #6 (permalink)
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It's hard to imagine making a sick stick better than it already is.
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Old 10-26-2014, 08:34 PM   #7 (permalink)
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This is what i did, haven't ridden it yet. Went conservative to start.
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Sorry to jump in, but I know little about swallow tails. Does the cut in the tail allow the back of the board to sink, causing the nose to pop up? What else does it add to the ride that a normal pow board wouldn't have? Being in the mid-atlantic, I haven't had a chance to ride really deep pow...and I'm envious of all of you.
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Yes. The idea is that it allows the tail to sink, and you don't have to lean back to keep the nose up. It also allows you to keep a full effective edge unlike the fish type board that have little or no tail.
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Old 10-26-2014, 09:07 PM   #10 (permalink)
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This is what i did, haven't ridden it yet. Went conservative to start.
what was your idea behind the shape of the tail? is that a very general and basic swallow tail? compared to just a straight cut in a V shape.
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