2 Bark SUP Noses - Planning vs Displacement

You hear a lot of terms describing SUPs these days - 'kayak style nose' 'displacement hull'

There's actually no board with a true kayak nose, but more of a surf ski nose/bow using a plum and sometimes a reverse or inverted bow/nose. In any case, this essentially means that the nose is pointed with vee extending from the nose to slightly under the hull. This type of nose is more efficient than a rounded planning hull (flat) seen on most common surfboard style SUPs. The vee helps a board track and slice through the water. Too much vee from nose to tail can make the board tippy.

In this image, the Bark Expedition 14' (red board) has a pointy nose and planning (flat) hull. The board tapers to a square pintail in the rear. The pointy nose helps it cut through wind easier than a rounded nose. The upturned nose helps it rise above bumps and make it easier to surf down waves without pearling (endo) easily. This board is fast and is often used for racing, downwind surfing, and touring. A few friends have used it for overnight trips securing gear on the nose, and I just hear for a guy using this board to paddle this summer from Seattle to Alaska.

The orange/yellow board is the Bark 12-6 Competitor. It's nose is also pointed but with less rocker (curve in the nose) and is a fast racing board. Many friends have used it and won several competitive races. Less rocker means it can surf, but you'd have to stand on the tail to keep the low profile nose from digging into waves and flipping the board over. This type of nose is very common in race boards now, and tends to go over small bumps but will dig into larger waves unless you stand on the tail to raise it above the waves, (which raises the pointed vee nose out of the water leaving a planning hull.)

Both boards are designed by Joe Bark and manufactured by Surftech.

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