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Offline chrisM

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Figuring out thickness of board
« on: March 09, 2013, 09:40:30 PM »
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  • I ended up buying a 6'0 Kechele Formula-4 from someone today. It's about 20" wide but there are no dimensions written on the board. I had to eye-ball the thickness.  I'm used to riding boards around 2.5". I knew this wasn't as thick but I figured it was close and bought anyway - (the kid bought the board, waxed it, but never put fins/leash on, it never touched water. For $400 I figured it was a good deal). 


    Now I'm worried it won't float me. I don't have calipers to measure but rigged up something that tells me it's probably around 2" or so. I'm 5'10" 170lbs..  For a 6'0 board, 20" wide, one website suggested an upper weight limit of 165lbs. What do you guys think, should I test it out or leave it as-is ('new'), take a loss and re-sell?

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    Re: Figuring out thickness of board
    « Reply #1 on: March 09, 2013, 09:50:09 PM »
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  • 6'0x20x2?should be plenty of volume for u at 170 if ure a half way decent surfer..

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    Re: Figuring out thickness of board
    « Reply #2 on: March 09, 2013, 09:59:37 PM »
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  • Ken Bradshaw once told me for a short board, that you sit on a board and the water line should be around your belly button and that's the thickness you should be surfing. I followed that rule and I catch more waves than my friends who are on thinner boards and are fatter than me. But I'm 5'11 and 175lbs and ride mostly 2 3/4"  short boards.
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    Re: Figuring out thickness of board
    « Reply #3 on: March 09, 2013, 10:34:06 PM »
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  • Couldn't hurt to get it in the water at least once to gauge the feel of it. The resell value will be the same either way as long as you don't put any dings or bumps on it. Plus, you might end up liking it.
    « Last Edit: March 10, 2013, 01:33:12 PM by thanks_table »

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    Re: Figuring out thickness of board
    « Reply #4 on: March 09, 2013, 10:38:12 PM »
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  • I'm usually around my nips and catch plenty..2 3/8  2 5/16 2 1/4 are my boards.at 165...so many other factors go into a board besides it's thickness... My 2 1/4 is actually my grovelor

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    Re: Figuring out thickness of board
    « Reply #5 on: March 10, 2013, 04:49:58 AM »
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  • I'm usually around my nips and catch plenty..2 3/8  2 5/16 2 1/4 are my boards.at 165...so many other factors go into a board besides it's thickness... My 2 1/4 is actually my grovelor

    Not surprising, since it is the total volume of the board that determines how much floatation it provides, NOT the thickness alone.
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    Re: Figuring out thickness of board
    « Reply #6 on: March 10, 2013, 02:29:43 PM »
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  • Thanks for the feedback. I didn't take into account that it's an inch wider than what I'm riding now, if it makes a difference. I'll find out soon enough.