7'2 Paralleler Hull
From 6’8 to 8’0
The Paralleler Hull, was created from a simple reflection: how to surf a Hull in a wave with changing energy, and with flat sections. It was by surfing the point of Lafitenia, which is a defined point break wave. It breaks for tens of meters, slowly on certain sections and it is a rather "flat" wave after take off. With more functional surfaces and an outline with parallel rails on the back third of the board. A wider tail offers more flotation on the back foot, allowing to transverse dead zones of the wave, mainly at the bottom of waves. When waves flatten and lose speed, the wide tail floats and passes over this zone without any loss of energy, whereas a narrow tail which would tend to sink and hinder all velocity. The bottom shape of the first version was identical to that of a classic hull, with a belly and a flat on the tail. However, the wide tail didn't make it easier to turn. So on the second version, I added a vee to the tail, so the transition from rail to rail would be simplified. I first placed the vee from under the fin to the tail. I realized after several surfs, that the vee on the tail with a very low tail rocker was dragging water, and potentially breaking the board's line. You could also feel a slight resistance as if the roll from one vee to another was not exploited to the maximum. The vee was indeed badly located. By advancing the vee almost 1 foot above the fin (where the rear foot is located) the change was drastic, and it was possible to turn the board while keeping the feet almost together on the middle of the board and make the vee engage. Behind the centre of the board, the vee disappeared into a flat bottom, for better water evacuation. The board was fast, offered more flotation than a round tail hull, but turned as easily as a narrow tail hull.