The theory of asymmetrical surfboards is straight forward enough. As someone once explained to me: you’re only on one rail at a time. So, why not build a board that plays to the strengths of your toeside rail and your heelside rail? Damn symmetry!
Apparently, Mason Ho got the memo. Or, better yet Matt “Mayhem” Biolos is again dipping his toes into asymmetrical waters with a new model (called the “Maysym”) and put one under the feet of his product test extraordinaire.
Here’s the skinny from Mayhem himself courtesy of the …Lost website:
“My first foray into asymmetric designs was in the winter of ‘92. I was influenced by the best snowboard I had ever owned (up to that point) a NITRO ‘PYRO,’ twin tip, asymmetric snowboard. It was the first board I ever rode that I could properly carve a heel edge on. It spurred my interest in the concept, but I only made a couple asym surfboards at the time, and soon lost interest.
“Around the turn of the century, after reading an asym article in the Surfers Journal in 1999, I re-visited them, making a few HPSBs, for an early Mentawais trip. One of which was easily one of my all-time best boards to that point. Once again, I soon neglected the design. About ten years later, inspired by the resurgence of asym popularity, we made a few for Aaron ‘Gorkin’ Cormican, with a winged swallow on the toes and a round pin on the heels.
“This specific board, the ‘MAYSYM,’ is based around our ‘V2-StubRocket,’ a small wave specific spin-off of the original ‘Rocket’ (which was popular when I started developing this board). I worked on it periodically for over five years and feel that due to the work of guys like Ekstrom and young Ryan Burch, among others, to popularize asymmetric designs, the time is becoming right to actually offer these designs to the public. For me, asymmetries help most when applied to high volume boards. On a narrow/thin, low volume board, the surfer can easily control the tail on heel or toe edge, thus it’s very rare to see high-level surfers using them on high-performance short boards (although I believe there is room to develop and improve them in that genre). With wide tails and high volume to body weight ratios on small wave boards, for average surfers, the big tails can easily start to get in the way. Precise surfing can become a casualty to wave catch-ability, and ease of speed generation, especially on heel turns (back side bottom turns or front side pocket turns are most affected). So, I began to take surface area out of the heel rail on my wide Rocket tails, turning them into round tails, and then slowly offsetting the center line, as well as adding more rail rocker to the wider side of the tail, and other subtle adjustments to try and neutralize the difference between heel and toe body mechanics. The MASYM is the result.”