Tool allows users to find their optimum cubic litre measurement
Surfersvillage Global Surf News, 27 July, 2016 - Surfboard maker MattaShapes has launched a new online board volume calculator. The tool allows users to find their optimum cubic litre measurement in a variety of board models.
In the announcement MattaShapes said visitors to the site are now able to plug in board length, width, thickness and more and the page will return an exact volume for that board model in those dimensions. The announcement also provides a crash refresher course in board volume. Read the below from MattaShapes
What is Volume?
The volume of your board is a measurement of the total amount of space that your board occupies. If your board was a perfect cube, then a simple length x width x height calculation would be all we’ll need. However, as your board is full of curves and concaves, the whole thing is a little more complicated. In the past, the only way of knowing, was to dunk your board in a bath, and see how much water was displaced and this is why we normally measure surfboard volume in Cubic Litres rather than Cubic Inches.
Why is Volume Important?
Volume matters because it gives us a realistic idea of how big our boards are. Ever since the “Retro Revolution” of the early 2000’s, people have been riding an increasingly diverse range of surfboards, and now the standard 3 dimensions (length, width and thickness) don’t give us enough information to decide if a board will work for us or not, and you can shape 3 boards with the same dimensions, that look and surf very differently.
If you’re surfing in warm water and good waves, the lower end of the scale is recommended. If you’re surfing in poor conditions, looking for help in crowded situations, or wearing thick wetsuits, lean towards the higher end of the range that you fall into.