I have family and friends that are looking for longboards. Only I don't know what size they should be using (we live in Florida). At http://www.brucejones.com/longboar.htm I found the information below and I was wondering if there was a body weight to cubic feet formula or comparison chart used to find the right size board for a given persons size. If the info below is crap could someone just reccomend a longboard size for someone who weighs 145lbs, 170lbs, 225lbs, and 250lbs. Thanks, here is the info from the brucejones.com site...
9'0" x 22 1/2"x 3"...............app 3.0 cubic feet
8'6" x 22"x 2 3/4"...............app 2.7 cubic feet
8'0" x 21 1/2"x 2 5/8"...........app 2.5 cubic feet
7'6' X 21"X 2 1/2"...............app 2.0 cubic feet
Using the volume of a board, instead of just general dimensions, gives some amazing results in deciding on the correct size of a board for a particular person. It's quite common to see 110lb kids ripping on 9-0s. So how does an adult who weighs 220lbs equal himself out? We hear it all the time - "Well, I'll just get a 9-6 or a 10-0 and I'll be fine!". Using simple algebra for the example of the 110lb kid,
x/220lbs = 3.0 cuft/110lbs.
x = 6.0 cubic feet!
Off the scale! You can see that the result is a very large board indeed! A more moderated example would be to use a 150lb surfer on a 9-0, and you are 200lbs and trying to decide what size board to order. The equation would then read,
x/220lbs = 3.0 cuft/150lbs.
x = 4.4 cubic feet,
almost a 10-6! This is something to consider for anyone in the market for a new board!