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  1. Bradz
    April 20, 2011

    Im just thinking about the question above and how this applies to a reverse camber or flat board, does this mean that you wont need to apply so much pressure? Would carving therefore require less effort?

    • Chris Skinner
      April 20, 2011

      Yes and no. With a reverse camber or flat board, yes it would be easier / quicker to flex the board into the snow, and less pressure would be required due to the fact there is less distance to cover.

      However, because you have flexed the board less, the tip and tail would not have moved as close to each another as they would have if you were using a regular camber board.

      The greater the distanced covered until the whole length of the boards edge (the effective edge) is in contact with the snow, results in the board having to flex and bend more. If the board has to flex and bend more, the tip and tail are getting closer to each other resulting in a tighter radius / shorter overall sidecut. This then produces a tighter arch and turn shape.

      Wow, that was a mouthful – so, yes carving is easier. But in my view I don’t seam to be able to get the same performance and pop (or rebound) out of a reverse / flat board at the end of a carve as I can with a regular camber board.

      You know when you sometimes you feel the board judder from under you, feeling like it’s kicking back at you. Well, that’s the board reaching its limit (pressure wise). Either you haven’t managed the pressure well enough (by not getting low perhaps) or that the board has no more to give (maybe you’re riding a board too small or that is not fit /designed for the terrain you are riding).

      With regular camber boards, because you have to flex the board more, the board has more ‘room’ and ‘scope’ to deal with the pressures built up through a turn.

      That’s just my personal experience from riding a variety of boards. I currently have a flat board with jib rocker for coaching freestyle and jibbing around and while it’s an ok all round board it struggled in the choppy stuff and at high speeds. Get me on the mountain for some high speed carving or technical turns and I’ll take a regular camber board any day of the week!

      Hope that’s helped.

      • Bradz
        April 21, 2011

        Thanks for the reply Chris, got me thinking (i actually got my flat horrascope and trad camber boards on the floor and started flexing them at different angles to watch the change in shape!). Makes sense, i never really thought of the way the tip and tail get closer together before.

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