Point Load Area? Dynamic Corrugation? Dane Hantz of Vulcan Surfboards has a unique perspective on the confluence of surfboard designs and technology and knows what it takes to make your sessions more productive.
While in California in October, I was fortunate to meet with the talented designer and shaper behind Vulcan Surfboards, Dane Hantz. One part mad scientist, one part innovative shaper, I liken talking to Dane about his craft to speaking with a mathematician about the joys of solving a complex algorithm. He is passionate about applying his knowledge of surfboard design and technology to create simple, user friendly surfboard designs that work for everyday surfers.
He has this well worked out. My first craft by Vulcan Surfboards, the Vulcan Archetype, is one of the best grovelers I have owned and I am now enjoying riding the Full Yellow Jacket, which I ordered promptly after meeting Dane and hearing him talk about it in this video!
I hope you enjoy hearing Dane talk about his favourite board, the Full Yellow Jacket, which won ‘Best High Performance Shortboard Design’ for 2013 AND 2014 at the Boardroom International in Del Mar, CA. Dane and Vulcan Surfboards are pushing the boundaries of stringerless surfboard design, watch this space!
All the best,
Dane: Hi, I’m Dane Hantz from Vulcan Surfboards and I’m here to talk about my favourite board. This is the Yellow Jacket. It is the 2014 Best High Performance Shortboard Design at the Boardroom International (show in Del Mar, CA) and this is a daily driver for me. It has a low entry rocker with an accelerated tail rocker, a single to a triple concave and a diamond tail.
I really like this design because it gets me immediate entry into weaker surf. Our high tide conditions in the morning, which is where I’m typically surfing before work and I want to have good wave count and a productive session. It gets me immediate entry into weaker surf, which we have a lot of in San Diego. It also gets me early entry into juicier surf when we start getting those good swells.
That’s also a consideration in California because a big part of surfing here is jockeying with people and getting productive sessions and getting good wave count. The focus of a lot of our boards is geared around getting you in, getting you good wave count and performance for typical surfers.
The board has a fairly generous outline. It’s got a wider nose outline and then combined to a wider tail section. This favors the back footed surfer and I found that designs like this, they maintain a lot of hull speed which is great for flat sections or weaker surf. Bringing those cutbacks and those round houses around and then being able to still generate speed.
That’s the other thing I really like about this design too is that it’s a board that, as a surfer, I’m willing to do my work [00:02:00] to surf, but I also have to have a board that is going to generate speed immediately and not only in terms of getting down the line and surfing, but also in paddling. It’s got to have immediate hull speed. We really try and make sure our boards have that good element.
Also, our boards are fairly unusual. As you can see, we have this board that is designed with our patented ‘Convex’ system. There are a lot of good shapes out there and everything works. It’s really cool, but:
“My effort is to have an amalgam [00:02:43] of not just a good shape, but good construction as well.”
I do a lot of stringerless surfboards and there are tremendous benefits to the stringerless design [Read Dane’s article on stringerless surfboard designs…].
This features our patented system called Convex. It is what I call a dynamic corrugation and all that is if you’ve ever seen a tin roof, it’s normally a 16 gauge steel which is very flimsy but by virtue of the fact that it has that corrugation, you exponentially increase the strength to weight ratio. That’s essentially all we have done here is a parabolically configured dynamic corrugation. It’s widest and deepest at the point load area of the board where the majority of the stress is and then tapered towards the nose and tail to allow those areas to flex more independently. The end result is that you have a board that’s lighter. It’s got a tremendous amount of not just flex, but recoil and spring. More so than a traditional wood stringer. In my estimation:
“It’s really the only system where you’re removing elements from the board to reduce the weight and increase the strength simultaneously.”
That is [00:04:00] the Full Yellow Jacket, a good small wave design. Great for the average surfer. Good for getting you in early and getting you a great wave count.
Visit Vulcan Surfboards at http://www.surfvulcan.com/ to order your Vulcan today and learn more about Dane’s patented ‘Convex’ system here: http://www.rideconvex.com/