2007 F2 formula board

2007 F2 formula board

Post by Steven Henderson [MS » Sun, 03 Sep 2006 00:47:51


Anyone know anything about changes for F2 2007 formula board? Website still
has the '06 board but there is a pic when you select "products" and see the
desert scene. Looks rounder and orange. Anyone?
 
 
 

2007 F2 formula board

Post by The Do » Sun, 03 Sep 2006 02:49:25

Quote:

> Anyone know anything about changes for F2 2007 formula board? Website still
> has the '06 board but there is a pic when you select "products" and see the
> desert scene. Looks rounder and orange. Anyone?

Surf Expo is in two weeks.  Should be something to report by/soon after
then.  The US distributor is planning to be there.  And there is some
verbaige in a PDF on their website:

http://www.f2-surf.com/2007/F2surf07_en.pdf  - page 28

I cut and pasted what seems like the relevant comments below.

Dog

Quote:
> In order to keep the high top end speed with such a wide
> tail, the scoop rocker line has been adjusted and the bottom
> flat has been shortened by 3 cm. Furthermore the V in the
> front of the board has been increased and wide bevels
> have been added so that the rails dont dip into the chop.
> The scoop-rocker line has been raised under the mast track
> area in order to get a smoother ride over chop and small
> waves. Parallel double concaves with stabilizing side panels
> let the board ride smoothly through the ocean and give a
> very stable sense of drive and control. A flat bottom in the
> tail area provides maximum acceleration and a sustained
> top speed that is not compromised by concaves. The new
> FX provides impressive pointing performance with its 6 cm
> wider tail. The new board also has 5 cm less overall length
> which helps high wind sailing considerably. Going upwind
> at a very steep angle is now possible without too much
> problem. A very thin, flat and V like volume distribution
> reduces the weight, which tends to become an issue with
> the ever growing Formula boards these days. The stance
> of the back foot is now significantly higher than the front
> foot which helps to build up much more pressure with the
> rear leg resulting in easier sailing and a more direct loading
> of the fin. Get the perfect trim for your FX with the adjustable
> cut outs. The weight optimized Air Pipes are only 5 cm deep
> and lead exactly into the cut-outs which eliminates nearly
> all the vacuum, the sure solution that provides the explosive
> acceleration towards the finish line and first place.


 
 
 

2007 F2 formula board

Post by a_ma.. » Sun, 03 Sep 2006 04:36:23

Quote:

> I cut and pasted what seems like the relevant comments below.

> Dog

If those were the relevant comments, I'd be curious to see the
marketing babble in the rest of that copy... ;)

So it looks like they're going shorter and wider like Starboard. Which
will probably work fine with really powerful fins, in reasonably flat
water. Once you get into swell and chop, though, it will be interesting
to see about attitude control on that board - this might not be a board
for the Gorge or, even more so, any open water venue (think SF Bay or
Corpus...)

 
 
 

2007 F2 formula board

Post by The Do » Sun, 03 Sep 2006 07:05:04

Quote:

> If those were the relevant comments, I'd be curious to see the
> marketing babble in the rest of that copy... ;)

Why do you think I didn't copy the whole thing?

Quote:
> So it looks like they're going shorter and wider like Starboard. Which
> will probably work fine with really powerful fins, in reasonably flat
> water. Once you get into swell and chop, though, it will be interesting
> to see about attitude control on that board - this might not be a board
> for the Gorge or, even more so, any open water venue (think SF Bay or
> Corpus...)

Are you saying the board has a bad attitude?  ;-)

You racerheads take this stuff too seriously.  ;-)  ;-)

Dog

 
 
 

2007 F2 formula board

Post by Steven Henderson [MS » Fri, 08 Sep 2006 01:58:29

I know Andreas and can vouch that he is one of the fastest sailors I have
had the honor to line up against (or behind..).

Question: What do you mean by attitude control? Is it the ability to go
upwind/downwind in heavy chop as fast as possible? I appreciate any thoughts
you may have on this subject. Thanks!


Quote:


>> I cut and pasted what seems like the relevant comments below.

>> Dog

> If those were the relevant comments, I'd be curious to see the
> marketing babble in the rest of that copy... ;)

> So it looks like they're going shorter and wider like Starboard. Which
> will probably work fine with really powerful fins, in reasonably flat
> water. Once you get into swell and chop, though, it will be interesting
> to see about attitude control on that board - this might not be a board
> for the Gorge or, even more so, any open water venue (think SF Bay or
> Corpus...)

 
 
 

2007 F2 formula board

Post by a_ma.. » Fri, 08 Sep 2006 05:23:52

Quote:

> Question: What do you mean by attitude control?

Steve,
to me, it's about how 'pitchy' the board is in rough water. The
attitude of the board on the fore/aft axis can be hard to control with
those really short curvy rockers (such as the Starboard). That can slow
you down. On the other hand, short wide rockers can be more efficient
(higher aspect planing surface and all that) if you can control them
(and the super-lifty and powerful fins you need to make them work) -
which is easier in really smooth water.

In practical terms - a pitchy board is harder to keep going fast in
rough water as it constantly pitches fore/aft and doesn't allow you to
lock and go. In the past, the F2 was more along the lines of the
Roberts - slightly longer rocker flat, then fairly rapid rise of the
rocker line. It made the board less finicky and, not a small
consideration with the cost of fins these days - less fin specific.
Basically, the short rocker flat (and the very upright fins that go
with them) have a much narrower groove.

Of course, at this points it's all idle speculation - we'll probably
figure out exactly what works and what doesn't with next year's board
right around August of 2007 or so... ;)

-Andreas