Editorial by Benny, words spoken by Paolo Bianchinotti
A man with an enormous depth of shaping knowledge, Paolo Bianchinotti of PB Custom Surfboards, talks about the intricacies of his deep deck concave model, the Nomad.
Every element of this board is purpose built to serve a specific purpose, while the overall outline is distributes volume to enhance the overall ride.
This is Paolo Bianchinotti talking his favourite board, the PB Custom Surfboards Nomad.
Paolo: Hi, I’m Paolo Bianchinotti and I shape PB Custom Surfboards. This is my favorite board, the Nomad. The Nomad is a fully customizable board for fin configuration, outline, and rocker. What makes the Nomad unique is its deck line contour. The Nomad is a dedicated concave deck board, and I’ll explain it to you in three stages what the concave does.
The first part of the board I would say is under your chest. The chest concave is designed with comfort in mind. It also paddles very well. We have taken the foam and added it to the rails instead of under the chest. This part of the board becomes very easy and very comfortable to paddle. This part of the board has quite a deep concave. Sometimes I can go well beyond 3/4″ in. concave. This one is about 5/8″ in.
The deeper you go with concave, the more comfortable the board feels. Under your foot, a deep concave feels quite nice. It almost feels like you can’t get knocked off the board. All sorts of conditions that you normally would get knocked off, let’s say whitewater clipping you or even a barrel, or even doggy dooring a barrel, seems to always have a higher success rate when you have a deep center concave. This part of the board I tried to drop as much as I can. It seems like you feel more connected to the wave. A very good side effect of the deep deck concave is that it also let’s the entry of the board flex more. Get rid of more of the volume in the middle and it acts a bit like a suspension:
“Built in suspension by design, not construction.”
The second half of the board or the second third of the board is the front foot. The front foot is important in deck concaves because that front foot area is going to give you leverage and it’s also going to give you forgiveness. A lot of the forgiveness in the deck concave design comes from an abrupt raise in the wall of the concave and the deck. I’ve been told that the success rate of landing airs is much greater, and I’ve had people even tell me that they stick almost all their airs with their deck concave boards. It’s a very forgiving board up front and seems to work in both ways, comfortable under your chest and comfortable under foot.
The last third of the board is probably the most controversial part of the board. A lot of people try to get me to take it out but I won’t. This part of the board I’ve been raising and dropping for years. I’ve found a good balance now, and what it does is it creates leverage through your turns. It actually creates great leverage through the last half of your turn. Normally where boards would wash out, if you’ve got your foot in the right spot, if you’ve shifted your foot just gently enough so that you’re creating leverage from one side to the other, this vee here is going to give you all sorts of leverage.
For me, it’s one of the greatest parts of the design. It’s fairly unique. I’ve never seen it before. For me, it’s what makes the deck concave work. We’ve taken all the volume out under the foot. We’ve shifted it under the back foot.
“This creates a good deck line contour”
This, in turn, holds the surfer to the board more than spreads him out with a normal deck configuration or dome deck configuration.
Anyway, I hope that solves a little bit of the questions of deck concave. That’s it, thank you for watching.
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