Thought I would post a pic to help explain what Captain Toeside was talking about when he was addressing the bottom shape question from Adrien.........as you can see I don't call him Toeside for nothing!!!!!!!! He and I learned how to lay down the screaming toeside turns several years back at a "famed" spot in Corpus called "BUTTER BEACH". We were kiting together every day over a period of a couple of weeks, behind a long-ass island in the Laguna that was perfectly situated for the prevailing SSE winds. We would set-up behind this island and burn turns for hours on end...speeding just a couple of feet off the shoreline in absolutely glassy water, lit on small kites, flying into these hand-draggin' mind blowin' toeside turns. We would follow each other trying to turn inside the others' wake, hootin' and a hollerin'; often slapping hands as we would come screaming out of them as fast as we went into them......It was an eye-opening experience for us to "tandem toeside", cause we could really check out how the water flowed off the bottom of each other's board as we were turning so close to one another. It was then that we really began to understand just how little of the board was in the water at that CRUCIAL point.......we called it "riding the rail".
When you are "riding the rail", you have to be 100% committed to the turn (or else)...........we realized that our rocker line and bottom shape, wrapped in the "responsiveness" of CARBON enabled us to scream into and out of these toeside turns at full break-neck speed!!!! THIS IS THE HEART AND SOUL OF BROKITE..... As Jerry has fine-tuned our shapes, he has flattened out the transition between the concave and the rails. This keeps you from "tracking", and allows you to re-set the rail while turning; preventing you from skipping out, and allowing you to set a different line instantly. I believe this is the reason our boards bottom-turn so well....and as we all know: a bottom-turn is nothing but a toeside-turn on a wave!!
Just a little more insight into the elements that differentiate our boards from the rest....and some of the history behind BROKITE. The photo is from a recent Laguna session where Jerry, Maggie and Keith ripped up a "Norther" at Nighthawk......and as you can see, Captain Toeside was in classic form, FULLY COMMITTED!!!!
can you say vapor trail, Vapor Trail, VAPORTRAIL!!!!!!!!!!
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