Mister Bennetts rides a Unifoil with what is reported to be a very flexy mast. MFC are rumored to be very flexy as well.
Is he wrong to do it? Or is the mast “special” in how it flexes (the manufacturers will insist it is of course.) Or is it all just BS and no one really knows like every other part of surfing?
I maintain that no one knows enough to say and that your technique adapts to your gear and is specific to what you like.
Bennetts (and James Casey) say that when turning the loading and unloading of the mast flex helps them. This tracks with what surfers have said for years. This was also the basis of hating epoxy boards as they were too stiff and “had no life.” So which is it folks?
I don’t know, but I want to see this discussion. Please tag those folks who know if you can. I want to hear what people are saying and have a trackable discussion. Someone get Erik from Progression Project, AB, KDMaui, and all the other experts on here to hash it out. There’s no right in my opinion, but I’m honestly sick of hearing something become
“truth” for like 4 months only for the hot new gear to come out and be 100% different from last month’s “truth.”
What’s my goal here? To get people to finally admit that no one really knows anything just yet. Favorite moment of the year was hearing Cliff from Unifoil tell Erik A that he was trying to make a beginner foil when he made his fastest and most high performance foil. That honesty was refreshing and made me laugh out loud. We need more of that and less marketing hype.