This Naish and Flow delam threads got me thinking (worrying, actually) about
heat and vent plugs and delams and mass-production boards.
Isn't there a tradeoff between puling the plug every day versus never
touching it? I'm concerned about not getting the plug seated properly,
wearing out its O-ring, or simpky forgetting it, thus drowning the board
next time out. After all, one serious vent mistake WILL ruin a board but the
delam issue is a MAYBE. So I've never played with the plugs except when
driving across the Rocky Mountains (I don't fly with my boards). My vented
boards range from 3 to 7 years old, and have been unplugged only twice per
year. They live outdoors in my van year 'round, so get temp swings from well
below freezing to probably 120 degrees F (white van). One's a Bailey (tough
as iron), one's out of the Cobra factory, and neither has ever shown any
But now that I own a Flow, should I change my tune? Do we really gotta plug
and unplug and plug and unplug these damn things, oris the main risk from
foot impact on the deck -- an easily solved problem?
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