Yesterday Boardseeker posted the latest video from Jaeger Stone, who was making the most of his time away from his studies over in Western Australia. With top four finishes on the PWA tour and some of the best waveriding we’ve seen in a long time, the video raised a few questions for us, so let’s get the first answer from Jaeger himself...
Hey Jaeger, are we likely to see you back on the PWA tour soon? How is the recovery (from torn ankle ligaments)?
“Yeah, I’m well thanks and my ankle is feeling good.
“I have just finished my final Physiotherapy placement and will now be studying hard over the next 4 weeks before my final exam. Once I’ve finished I’ll be windsurfing as much as I can over the W.A. Summer and I’m really hoping I can get to Chile for the PWA event.
“Next year I plan on working for part of the year as a Physiotherapist to help maintain my skills, and then I am aiming to compete on the entire Wave Tour. I’m really looking forward to 100% focusing on windsurfing again once I’ve finished my degree.”
How was the shape developed?
“I’ve been trying to convince Dad to build me a really short sailboard for a while now because we’ve been riding shorter and wider surfboards for the last couple of years. Over the Winter a couple of surfers and kiters asked Dad to build them boards with similar shapes and that gave us the idea and confidence to try and convert those concepts over in to a shorter sailboard. The outline is based around the Keel Quad which was a bit of a break through for us in regards to design, and also the Bumble Bee (diamond tail) which is a refined version of what we learnt. These two shapes were drawn up together before cutting down the tails on the Keel Quad and slightly straightening the outline to allow for a bit more width in the nose and tail. The nose was then cut in to a triangular shape and more nose kick was reintroduced with bevels and a channel concave to exaggerate the nose rocker. Fins and deck placements are proportional as before. The first one was shaped quickly so it flowed without too much thought and “fingers crossed” it was not a waste of time. First ride and there is a bit of uncertainty due to its short nose, but you work out how to balance your weight after a few runs and it all feels normal again.”
How do multi-fins allow you to do this?
“Four fins allow for a separate pivot point on each rail, one under your heel and another under your toes. Do not think of them as four fins, more as two teams working together. The front fins provide leverage for the rear fins creating drive similar to a thruster. This allows you to build straighter and wider tails challenging traditional design ideas.”
How does the board work, and does it feel much different to a traditional shape?
“We’re still in the early stages of testing but both the smaller and larger versions of the board are working really well in a variety of conditions. The main difference between the more traditional shape is felt on the wave. With the shorter length you notice that you can turn really tight off the top or the bottom and maintain or increase your speed throughout. The board fits perfectly in to the pocket of smaller-medium sized waves and as a result you can transition quickly through your turns linking more together. Since the first few initial runs I’ve had on the board the general sailing ability and efficiency has felt just as good as the regular shapes.”
And finally, what’s the deal with the PWA now?
“Yeah, as far as I know nothing has changed but I need to contact the PWA to figure out what the situation is and whether we can work something out. At the moment the fee’s are too expensive and aren’t feasible for SSD to pay when I will be the only team rider on the Tour. It would be a shame if I am unable to compete because I’m riding a different board to everybody else and am not sponsored by a larger board company.”