A wider board helps generate speed when conditions are marginal. Most wave sailing is a compromise in many waves. For jumps I have a board which is a bit longer and maintains speed a bit better, but after that I prefer my wider board in the surf. During competition it is a matter of finding the best of both worlds. I am designing a new ‘black box’ type board, which is more compact and shorter with a wider tail, a bit like the style of the Stubby from Fanatic. This shape board generates similar speed to a fish board in surfing. The wider tail and wide point help keep your speed so you can engage rail to rail turns. When it is windy and hollow waves in Tenerife it is a different story, then I can use my pintail which is an amazing board. At high tide the waves can go quite flat and there you need a board that makes you go up to the lip.
“ A wider board helps generate speed when conditions are marginal.”