What's the optimum length for a surfski?

Saturday, 12 May 2012 18:30 | Written by 
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What's the optimum length? What's the optimum length?

Here’s a debate that pops up quite often: what length is optimum for surfskis?  Ralph Baker, a student at the Newcastle University School of Marine Science and Technology (phew what a mouthful!) recently completed an eight month long project looking at this precise question.

And the answer?

 

In a nutshell, Ralph found that:

  • The optimum length depends on the weight of the paddler 
  • It’s better for a paddler to be in a ski that’s too long rather than one that's too short.

 But there’s a lot more to his project than that.

Click here to download the full report (917K pdf).

Way to go Ralph – I hope you have the energy to continue your investigations into surfski optimization!

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