Lovelace on Hulls
Maker Ryan Lovelace is currently doing a Kickstarter project to help him make the transition towards creating more environmentally friendly surfboards. Ryan is a talented shaper/glasser who makes all kinds of surfboards. Although he makes everything from spoons to kneeboards to asymmetrical finless stubs, his specialty is the creation of mid-length vee-bottomed hulls for his local glassy point waves of Santa Barbara, CA. We asked Ryan to explain his relationship with hulls and here's his response.
I ride hulls because that's the speed I want to move when I surf. Everyone has their particular type of feeling on a wave that gets them all tingly; like your stoked-meter is being cranked to ten. The first time I rode a hull it felt like riding in a bowl on the wave; it just rolled around and hung in the pocket until you hit the gas on the bottom and take off running. At least this is the case at the points around my home where you didn't need to put down any small-to-medium sized cutbacks, Rincon and other setups are conducive to high velocity cruising. I love having a defined part of the board act as your control zone, in my hulls there's intricate foil that's the designated area to control the board from. I've recently been shaping less traditional hulls and transferring what I've learned from hulls into boards that are a different breed. Hulls are the birthplace of my designs and I still ride them from time to time, but for now I'm rather taken by the backwards hulls! Essentially I've been turning the template, foil and the rocker backwards and added plenty of down rail- but very thin like a hull. You end up with the gas pedal being at a more effective area of the board for heavier back-footed carves, and subsequently blends all of the feelings I love from a hull and puts them in a more forgiving, ultra responsive mid-length. Having a long template and thin foil in the front end of the board makes it lock in really nicely for high speed trim and looong bottom turns with a larger-area flex fin propelling you out of them like a hull. Fun stuff. Now if I can only raise this Kickstarter money, we'll really be powering!
To support Ryan's greener R&D check out his Kickstarter project.