I think this may be a case of "...it's the surfer, not the board...". But having said that, that board sure holds.
The Simmons planing hull isan amazing design. The board is100% functional. Its just differentthan what we have been conditionedto ride. People scoffed at Elwell,but everything John told me aboutwhat a planing hull was capable ofdoing was true. Its just a simple(yet complex!) basic building blockof board design. It has far more incommon with ancient finless boardsthan it does with "longboards" or redwood planks any of that stuff.I've been riding a 6'9" Rawson thruster in the morning and riding the planing hull in the evening.The two designs complement each other perfectly, believe it or not.Neither one is better than the other, they both do what they weredesigned to do...once i just startedaccepting a board for what it wasthen i became free to really enjoy it. the thruster feels just as exotic and different as the Simmonsboard.
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