A table is made up of a set of variables; when they are fused correctly we get closer to “the ideal table”. Talking about the ideal table is totally subjective and relative. What is achieved is the ideal board for a Surfer and for a certain type of wave that the Surfer wants to ride.
The visible variables are those that we normally register in the same table: length, width, thickness and volume. There are other equally important variables that Shapers handle when designing a table; Among them we have: width at various points of the table, thickness at various points of the table, outline, rocker, rails, concaves, deck, tail, channels. Each of them is measurable and a small variation makes a huge change in how the table works.
The volume is a variable that is not more important than the others but that serves so that the Surfer can approach the ideal table. It is the result of the use of all the other variables. The ideal volume of a board for a surfer, has a direct relationship with the weight and the level of surfing of this (a). One of the units of measurement we use to measure volume is the liter (LT). If we know how many liters we need in our board, as well as the type of waves we are going to ride, we can get closer to the ideal board for our surfing, for our weight. It is unique. Although there are several Surfers that have the same weight, no two Surfers have the same surfing. We are all different. Consequently, each Surfer must find the ideal volume for him.
Finally, volume alone does not guarantee that you will get the ideal board. The other variables are just as important. It is just a way of searching and trying to get closer to the ideal table. Surfing and shaping are a constant search. That is what it is all about … searching, finding and continuing to search.