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yeah Wireds right, I wasn't thinking. In short, contact length is the line you can draw down the center of the board from the contact points. So if you flatten everything but the tip kicks this is what would be touching the table or ground or whatever. Effective edge is the length of metal between contact points.
The average buyer and even the seasoned rider is going to care very little about either of these measurements as they are almost always overshadowed by other characteristics of a board. Shape, sidecut radius, how many radii are used, edge tech, carbon layup... they are all going to effect the way something rides more than contact or ef.edge will. Ef.Edge is a helpful number when you're explaining shapes like the Nug and WWW to someone, otherwise its not something to get hung up over.
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