Eddie would go and leads the way to Aloha. His legacy drove exploration and research in Hawaiian culture, navigation and teachings.
History links our past to the present. It helps us to recognize events which advanced our lives, civilization and technology. Surfing has deep roots in Hawaiian culture. In exploring this past, we can find ways to advance surfing performance.
The great Duke Kahanamoku, Ambassador of Aloha, used long surfboards, some of which had a deep Vee hull. This hull served a purpose which can be very relevant today. Old concepts may make a big difference in modern surfboard performance.
Round or Vee bows part water and push it out of the path of a speeding surfboard. At high speed a flat bottom surfboard may stop when it impacts water, due to hydrodynamic resistance. The forces that provide lift can also produce resistance. Eddie Aikau demonstrates how a round bow works.
A round or Vee bow can push through a shallow pearl . Terry Fitzgerald, from our past, carves on a Veed Nose.
A flat underside of the nose rocker or bow, may cause a surfboard to abruptly stick and pitch the rider. The round bottom pushes water aside and the board keeps moving. Mark Foo gave it all, surfing may progress from his loss. Photo Bob Babarour
A modern Veed/Round Nose below.
Old designs may improve modern surfing.