Liddle California Point Breaker

Liddle California Point Breaker

This outline is at one end of the design spectrum . It is designed for forward of center trim speed and down the line point break surfing. Ideally ridden from the center and ahead of center to initiate long radius turns and acceleration out of the turns .

This is not an easy board to ride for most because the natural tendency of most surfers to pivot off of their back foot produces poor results: short non-accelerating turns and possible spin outs by putting too much pressure on the tail section rails and not at the wide point or ahead of center.

Long turns are ideally initiated by turning forward on the board, leaning in the direction of the turn, pushing the leading rail edge into the water with both feet, banking the board over and pushing it through the turn. It is a very dynamic, accelerating and visually beautiful way of turning that must be done with mind, purpose and intent. It feel’s unbelieveable.

The design is very difficult to ride backside because a long radius turn must be done from the center or ahead of center. A difficult approach with one’s back to the wave and the natural tendency to pivot off the back foot for most backsiders. This same aspect makes turning back from a forhand turn more difficult also but a thing of skil and beauty if accomplished cleanly. My friend Steve Krajewski was a master of this type of turn back…..beautiful to watch.

The rounder tailed version seems to be the more committed down the line version and is more difficult to turn back. The rounded square tail is straighter through the end of the tail curve and is easier to turn back. I will always recommend the rounded square tail version as shown for those who are willing to give style of board a go. The last version I rode in California was 7′ with the rounded square tail . I ran a single fin with two side runners and found it too be the most versatile version of this very committed design that I had ridden to date. I weigh 155 lbs.

Because the outline is so straight there is more rail to deal with at all times. Each inch of two of length has more effect than on a curvier outline. Increments of two or three inches create very different and “larger” surfboards. A 7’6″ is a lot of surfboard in this outline compared to a 7’6″ in the “inbetweener”. A 7’6″ in the racier, hawaiian-style plan shape would seem small in comparison.

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