I have a question about traditional camber and reverse camber boards. I read online somewhere that when choosing a reverse camber board, you'd want to select a size a tad bit smaller than a traditional camber board, is this true? And if so, is there an explanation for this reason? Thanks.
I am glad you asked this question because that type of misinformation is all over and is responsible for a lot of riders ending up with poorly size boards.
As a generality, the opposite is true. A traditional cambered board (along with dead flat boards) have the longest running surface if all other elements are equal, and will "ride" the longest. Reverse camber boards (original rocker, banana) lift the contact points and, even when weighted, have a smaller snow contact surface than conventional cambered boards. So, all things equal, you would need to go longer on a RC model to match a cambered model.
BUT, all things are not equal.
First off, Length
, which describes only the tip to tail length of a board is a truly useless
measurement. The shape of the tip and tail can change length by up to 6 cm on board that have the identical running surface and effective edge. You will see this become even more evident in the upcoming season because flatter tips and tails are being used again on many shapes. Just blunting the tip and tail will shorten any given board by 3-4 cm without having any real impact on the way it rides.
Also, please keep in mind that reverse camber refes to a number of different technologies and there are huge variances within each.