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8 Facts about Surfboard Tails

Learn about surfboard tails from Quiksilver's Michael Baron in this Howcast video about how to pick a surfboard.

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Basically your tail, which is the end of the board, it's really an important part of the board. Because tails, you can have a rounded squash tail, you can have a round tail, you can have a round pin tail, you can have a pin tail, you can have a swallow tail. Many types of tails. And what the tails does, that's your horsepower area, your horsepower area by your fins. That's where the rails come in to be in hard and you want to get your bite out of that area.

You're getting your speed out of that area. You're getting your holding in that area. So the tail area is a very, very important part of the board. The width of the tail is giving you planing surface and the thickness of the tail is giving you sensitivity. So basically, the tail area is kind of like your gas pedal. So you want to make sure, that's why the tail area is so important. And that's the tail.

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