Camber Surfboards, Shapes, Cambersurf

All Camber Surfboards have a bottom featuring a rail contour designed to take advantage of the flow generating higher pressure under the board resulting in more lift, decreased drag, and increased speed.  Increased speed is meaningless if the board will not turn hard and perform well.  Therefore, the relationship between outline, rocker, rails and thickness distribution is more important than ever. The basic shapes are summarized below along with a brief explanation of how they have evolved since incorporating a high efficiency rail contour.

The bottom contours have evolved over the last 3-4 years by making lots of boards and doing numerous CFD runs.  The rail contours at various sections of the board are different to optimize the lift as well the handling characteristics. Inevitably, copies will be made by others.  By buying a real Camber Surfboard, you save yourself the trial and error of our learning curve. In the alternative, if you have a shaper that really understands your likes as well as dislikes and your unique style, have your shaper contact us about a license package.

Round Nose and Round Tail

Unless you live near a wave magnet like Indonesia or Hawaii, 75% of the time you will be be riding head-high or smaller waves. Shorter, wider, more parallel boards are ideal for surfing small waves because the increased surface area helps get the board up on a plane quickly and the parallel outline makes it easy to carve on a rail.  Over the years our rounder, wider boards have evolved to incorporate short board tail rocker with modest nose rocker.  The wide points are at center or behind to eliminate the ear in the template ahead of the wide point on a conventional egg that makes it difficult to go straight up the face to hit the lip.  The rails are thin for feel and control, with a tucked under edge in the back one-third of the board to make it easy to roll into a banked turn.  When viewed from the side, the boards appear to have a bit more rocker than a traditional board, but this is really due to the bottom contour along the rail.  The rocker profiles along centerline are fairly conventional.  

The widths have decreased because the rail contour helps to generate lift more efficiently than surface area.  The noses and tails have become more elliptical because they make transitions from rail to rail better at the higher speeds made possible by the bottom and rail design. DV is six feet tall, weighs 170 pounds and his personal daily driver has evolved from 6-0 by 20.75 by 2.62 to 6-0 by 20 by 2.68 as a result of using a more efficient bottom.

Shapes 5-9 through 7-0 typically have equal nose and tail dimensions with the wide points at center or behind, and are intended to be daily drivers in ordinary California conditions.

The baseline 7-6's widest point is behind center and the nose is about a half-inch wider than the tail. It is intended to go vertical in small waves; think 1968 Puerto Rico World Contest with modern bottom and rocker. This general shape works best 7-0 to 8-0 depending on the rider’s weight and ability.

The baseline 8-0 widest point is behind center with a nose that is 1.75 inches wider than the tail, giving the maximum projected rail-line to connect sections on the smallest days.  The concept behind this shape allows you to do a banked turn even in the smallest waves. This shape generally works best 7-6 to 8-6.

Standard Lengths, Widths, Thicknesses and Volume


Custom lengths, widths and thicknesses are available on request.  Please let your retailer know if you have a specific volume you prefer for paddling purposes, and we can try to tailor a shape that targets your desired volume at an appropriate length, width and thickness.

High Performance Shortboards

High performance shortboards with pointed noses are available on a custom basis for faster, more powerful waves. Compared to a conventional shortboard, the outlines have more subtle hips and the tails are more elliptical because the high efficiency bottom rail shape is contributing a greater portion of the lift.  The rockers are smoother and more continuous to make smooth transitions at higher speeds.

Photo: Derek Bahn

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