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Round Tail vs Squash Tail

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Created by Sham1984 > 9 months ago, 30 Sep 2011
Sham1984
VIC, 415 posts
30 Sep 2011 12:41PM
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what do you prefer?

i'm just about to order a new board from Chris at Oceanline.. he reckons I should go the round tail.

he gave me one to test and it was pretty good.. just not as sharp turns as a squash tail.. although the day i took it out was only waist to shoulder high sets.. and i plan to mostly use it for slightly larger surf (3-6' range) as i have my MR swallow tail for small days

what do you guys reckon from your experience?

raynef2005
QLD, 147 posts
30 Sep 2011 1:23PM
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I have a love affair with round.

I have a new diamond which seems to be the best of both worlds

cRAZY Canuk
NSW, 2525 posts
30 Sep 2011 1:27PM
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Another vote for diamond:



doggie
WA, 15849 posts
30 Sep 2011 1:40PM
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Round for me -



default
WA, 1255 posts
30 Sep 2011 3:53PM
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long power carves, extra hold on rail, barrels - round

release tail at end of carve, slide, off the tops, basically throwing the tail around - squash.

just depends how you surf...I reckon most "average" surfers are better served by the round. Dont always go by what the pros ride - they are freaks.


Canuka - Steve Del Rosso...nice.

soleman
WA, 280 posts
30 Sep 2011 7:11PM
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Totally agree with default, the round tail also lets you surf over more of the board through turns. i have a 6'1 round tail and a 6'1 squash, the round i surf when its hollow or you need to draw out your turns a little more. The squash is great for 2-4ft fun, punchy surf. Hpoe that helps.

62mac
WA, 24860 posts
30 Sep 2011 8:05PM
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Shortboard in small point break go the square,shortboard in juice go the pin.

Sham1984
VIC, 415 posts
30 Sep 2011 10:43PM
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Thanks for the input! Went the round tail!

It's replacing my Clearwater squash tail (which is just a bit wide for my liking).. But I can always use it if I want to ride a squash.

nutsy
WA, 44 posts
30 Sep 2011 9:02PM
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Gday Sham, just out of curiosity, does Chris still handshape his boards? And what's the damage on a newy from him? been thinking about getting another board off him but gotta get some cash together first

Sham1984
VIC, 415 posts
30 Sep 2011 11:22PM
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As far as I'm aware he shapes everything by hand!

Mines costing 680 (I think) including a pretty simple spray.

He is definitely the best shaper I've been to as far as taking the time to go through everything with me, looking at my current board and talking about what changes I want & he recommends! Really nice guy and easy to talk too!

Also gave me a board to test out that was almost exactly the same as what we were talking about shaping!

arkgee
NSW, 635 posts
1 Oct 2011 8:36AM
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I think you have made the right choice Sham....I have been toying with round tails for awhile now and have found them to have very smooth rail to rail transitions...but nowdays it seems tail shapes go in and out of fashion so to a point,its what you like the look of...if its shaped well...it will go well....to say "what tail should I get?", is just a fraction of the overall design of the board....you could get a nice looking round tail with terrible rocker distribution and wonky rails, and end up saying I dont like round tails....what I'm trying to say is any shaper worth his salt in the shaping bay will produce a functional shape the rest is up to you...if round tails are pleasing to your eye, your half way there IMO.

P co
WA, 425 posts
1 Oct 2011 7:47AM
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Chris has a good operation up there in Wangara. Great shaper and some of the best crew in WA working on the boards. Another one of those undervalued local setups as more and more people think they have to choose a national or international brands to get what they are after.

Prawnhead
NSW, 1306 posts
1 Oct 2011 12:09PM
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tell him you want one of these and watch the glasser go in to apoplexy !!

cRAZY Canuk
NSW, 2525 posts
2 Oct 2011 11:44AM
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Prawnhead said...



tell him you want one of these and watch the glasser go in to apoplexy !!



Chuck some channels in for good luck and the sander will lov ya too.

which reminds me, hope this works:

www.facebook.com/#!/photo.php?fbid=10150315893836597&set=a.181648401596.125740.179329241596&type=1&theater

Channels with Fliers.

Sham1984
VIC, 415 posts
27 Oct 2011 1:33PM
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just picked it up! came up awesome! will be perfect for my png trip next month!

glad i got the round.. have surfed two of my mates ones in the last 3 weeks.. loving them!

doggie
WA, 15849 posts
27 Oct 2011 11:28AM
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Very very nice, love the spray!

Sham1984
VIC, 415 posts
27 Oct 2011 3:13PM
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Yea I was stoked with how the spray came out!

surferstu
1009 posts
27 Oct 2011 12:44PM
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that artwork is sensational, almost be a shame to wax it up.

Sham1984
VIC, 415 posts
27 Oct 2011 3:49PM
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surferstu said...

that artwork is sensational, almost be a shame to wax it up.


yea wish i had a translucent tail pad to put on it!

surferstu
1009 posts
27 Oct 2011 2:20PM
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Sham1984 said...

surferstu said...

that artwork is sensational, almost be a shame to wax it up.


yea wish i had a translucent tail pad to put on it!


custom.surfboardshack.com/hawaiian-hot-grip-traction-pad/

now all you need is translucent wax

GPA
WA, 2214 posts
27 Oct 2011 3:08PM
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surferstu said...

Sham1984 said...

surferstu said...

that artwork is sensational, almost be a shame to wax it up.


yea wish i had a translucent tail pad to put on it!


custom.surfboardshack.com/hawaiian-hot-grip-traction-pad/

now all you need is translucent wax


Ah - just be sure to read some of the comments posted (on the see-thru tail pad)... a few people very unhappy with it.

Sorry to poop on this idea...

doggie
WA, 15849 posts
27 Oct 2011 3:21PM
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Get a white one, then it wont seem like its too covered..

chrispychru
QLD, 7932 posts
27 Oct 2011 5:40PM
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just use wax

doggie
WA, 15849 posts
27 Oct 2011 3:53PM
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chrispychru said...

just use wax


So funny egg man

Ted the Kiwi
NSW, 14256 posts
27 Oct 2011 8:50PM
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Nice board Sham........I love a good round tail. What are the dim's of that new stick of yours?

Sham1984
VIC, 415 posts
27 Oct 2011 9:21PM
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6'2 x 19 x 2 3/8

all i need is some swell to test her out!



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