“What is a rocker table and how does it help me build a wooden surfboard?” I hear you say. Let me enlighten you.
In order for us to understand what a rocker table is and how to use it, we first need to understand the term ‘rocker’. Every type of surfboard will have a different rocker, ranging from weak to strong. The rocker is the curve of a surfboard from the nose to the tail, looking from its profile. It is often observed that more advanced surfers will ride boards with more rocker, while beginners will start with flatter boards. A surfboards rocker has a huge effect on how the board reacts on the water; how easily it turns, how fast it glides, how well it keeps speed.
A rocker table is one of the most useful tools you can have when you build a wooden surfboard. It is a table made of incremental steps of different heights that match the exact rocker of your board. It can be created out of a huge variety of items and materials you may have lying around. It’s as simple as finding a hard flat surface and stacking the items you have available to mimic the board’s rocker. We have previously used wood, books, bricks, metal. Although a rocker table is not necessary for all boards, they can ensure that a board doesn’t flatten out over time.
You may be thinking, yes that’s all well and good but how do I work out how much rocker my board should have? Well, we have just brought out a full range of rocker tables to help you out! Our rocker tables are designed in a similar way to our boards, you get all of the parts and all you have to do is put it together like a jigsaw.