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What is Computational Fluid Dynamics?

What is Computational Fluid Dynamics?

Computational Fluid Dynamics, or CFD, is a computer modelling technique that analyzes the flow of fluid. It can be used to simulate airplanes in a wind tunnel, or air flow through a combustion engine. At Smith Board Co, we use CFD to simulate and analyze our wakesurf boards so we can build the best boards out there. Read the full article to get an idea of how CFD actually works, it's written so you don't have to be an engineer to understand it!

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Unraveling the Mystery of Rocker in Surf vs. Skim Style Boards

Unraveling the Mystery of Rocker in Surf vs. Skim Style Boards

Have you ever wondered why surf style boards boast a significant amount of rocker, while skim style boards remain almost flat? A visit to any board shop might leave you with the simple explanation that "it's just how they are." However, there's more to the story of your board's rocker than meets the eye.

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Blunt vs Pin Tail

Why Do Some Wakesurf Boards have Blunt Tails?

Surface Area Advantage: A blunt tail offers a wider surface area at the back of the board. This design translates into increased stability, an attribute especially beneficial for beginner and intermediate riders. It's like having a more forgiving board to maintain balance.

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Mastering the 360: Choosing the Right Wakesurf Board for Spinning

Mastering the 360: Choosing the Right Wakesurf Board for Spinning

As your wakesurfing skills progress, you'll naturally be drawn to learning new tricks. One of the first major feats for many riders is mastering the 360 - a full circle rotation on the water, starting and ending in a forward position. Though challenging, understanding the characteristics of a board that aid in spinning can be a significant advantage.

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Why Bigger Wakesurfers Struggle To Stay On The Wave And What To Do About It

Why Bigger Wakesurfers Struggle To Stay On The Wave And What To Do About It

Wakesurfing presents distinct challenges for bigger riders, impacting their balance and control on the water. This article delves into the root causes of these challenges and proposes effective solutions. We focus on how factors like board size, buoyancy, and material choices can significantly influence the wakesurfing experience for those who are larger and heavier.

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Wakesurf board being crafted

Starting With Why? A Look Into Questions That Drive Us Everyday

At Smith Board Co, our journey began with a passion for wakesurfing and a relentless curiosity about the mechanics of the sport. Every board we design is a testament to our quest for understanding and our commitment to innovation. We believe that by asking the right questions, we can not only enhance the wakesurfing experience but also foster a deeper connection between the rider and the wave.

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Tech Talks - Fin Types

Tech Talks - Fin Types

Dive into our weekly Tech Talk with Dakota where he introduces the different fin types and how they affects your ride. Learn more about the science of wakesurfing!

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Tech Talks - Buoyancy

Tech Talks - Buoyancy

Dive into our weekly Tech Talk with Dylan where he introduces the buoyancy and how it affects your ride. Learn more about the science of wakesurfing!

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Exploring the Evolution of Wakesurf Boards: From Past to Present

Exploring the Evolution of Wakesurf Boards: From Past to Present

Wakesurfing, merging the best of wakeboarding and surfing, has surged in popularity over the past few decades. At the heart of this thrilling activity lies an essential piece of equipment: the wakesurf board. The evolution of these boards tells a fascinating story, revealing not only technical innovations but also the growth and development of the sport itself.

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Tech Talks - Drag

Tech Talks - Drag

Dive into our weekly Tech Talk with Dylan where he introduces the drag force and how it affects your ride. Learn more about the science of wakesurfing!

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