2011 TOMO MPH (Modern Planing Hull)

By Daniel Thomson.

“For me, it’s all about top end speed. The more speed I can generate; the more radical my performance potential becomes”.


The Modern Planing Hull (MPH) is a design category for modern high performance surfing. Based from the 20th century planing hull research uncovered by Richard Kenvin and the ‘Hydrodynamica project’ including the Lindsay Lord [the Navel Architechture of planing hulls of 1946], and Bob Simmons planing hull surfboard designs of the early 1950’s. However the TOMO MPH is more closely akin to modern hydro-plane board sports of wake and kiteboarding. The past and present of planing hull board sports is meshed with modern surfboard design and technology to create a ultra modern and unique surfing experience.


The TOMO MPH is like an extension of a surfers body. A mind surfing experience…. just pick your lines, and the board does the rest. Almost, like you can forget about a board beneath your feet altogether and just interact with the energy in the wave.

I am convinced that the modern planing hull design will allow surfers to experience higher levels of personal performance. I also strongly believe that the MPH design will provide a platform for top professional surfers to take surfing to newlevels of ‘Ultra high performance’.A design capable of executing the aerial manoeuvres only attempted in the skate,snowboard and wake disciplines, whilst still excelling onwave face with incredible speed, flow and power. The fundamentals of all true performance surfing.


TECHNICAL INFO

18 months of rigorous development and testing since first MPH concept in April 2009. I have achieved a harmonious balance of the following design properties. Lower drag and increased Thrust is achieved through applying:

- A Parallel (straighter) foiled outline with forward widepoint

- Fluid amplification curves, outlines and rocker. Typical Hydrofoil / Aerofoil curves } provides significant drag reduction and higher levels of Dynamic surface planing lift.

- Balance of Volume in relation to surface planing lift. {L = CL P2 SV2}*SIMMONS FORMULA: Efficient planing surface provide effective lift to counteract the riders weight. Therefore a reduction of physical length, area and volume is necessary.


Naturally, the lower drag and higher degrees of dynamic surface planing lift result in increased speed. Both acceleration and top-end. With an increase of the potential speed of a surfboard design requires equal degrees of control. The balance of these two aspects is crucial to a successful surfboard design.


I have set out to achieve this without compromising with drag induction. This can be achieved by applying:

- Lengthening of the hard edge (further lift and drag reduction) combined with modern, low volume, medium/ boxy rail profile for sensitive and forgiving rail transitions.

- A parallel fin placement ( 0 degrees tow) will provide excellent control with negligible drag.

- Complex Channel and Concave bottom contours and calculated angular and vector tail profiles have also achieved positive results with low drag control through radical directional changes.

- Custom Designed Power-Drive Fins and Keels (Thomson designed): flex engineered hatchet fins provide increase drive and acceleration through turns with the low drag properties of smaller overall surface area and ability of the fin tips to instantaneously adjust (flex and load) to changing laminar pressures engaged by the rider and environment of the wave, providing constant forward thrust.

MPH SCALE RECOMENDATIONS

The MPH is a at the forefront of modern refinement and hence a smaller more efficient package to the traditional hp shortboard, using more effective planing shapes and yhr redistribution of surface area to counteract the reduction in size and volume.


Larger surfers, don’t be deterred, the MPH scales perfectly to suit just about any surfers needs. If you can ride a regular hp shortboard – you can ride a MPH.


More comfortably, in fact!


Please refer to the following sizing recommendations.


6 “ - 8 ” shorter than traditional all-round Shortboard. [reduction in length in relation to the surfer ability] : 6” for Surfers of average ability or fitness, 7-8” for advanced to professional surfers.


Same width as customer’s ideal width for all round shortboard or general wave conditions. (Daily Driver)


Same thickness as generally ideal for the customers weight.


Example: if you ride 6’2” x 18 ½” x 2 ¼” HP Shortboard of Average to good level rider . You will ride 5’8” x 18 ½” x 2 ¼” MPH .

MPH (DUAL)

DUAL MPH

In a true hydrodynamic platform. The Dual fin range of MPH offers the most pure high performance ride. True To Simmons design in all the fundamentals  of outline, Aspect Ratio and parallel double foiled keels, the highest speed records can be challenged, and the freest ride for free-minded performers.

The MPH Dual Fin Range includes the Jet MPH and V1(P), V2(P) and V3

VECTOR

JET MPH

The Vector is a small wave demolition machine. Ultra sensitive ride, meaning if you even think about turning, your already there!

The type of board that will want to do 3 turns in the space a regular board will do 1.

The vector loves to keep moving rail to rail with startling speed and will eat even the most weak flat face wave for breakfast. Because The Vector is tuned for grovel Due to the deep complex quad concave and will start to redline in waves overhead.

Available with - Quad or Dual Power drive fins.

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JET MPH

JET MPH

JET MPH. The Tomo classic Hp tail on the new MPH platform equals performance upgrade.

The Jet MPH Is the user friendly all round dual fin MPH design.

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V1(P)

V1 P

Like The V1 Afterburner in the Hydrofoil range but with the more compact and efficient MPH package, The channelled Dual fin combination is dialled beautifully for a high speed and high control feel for waves knee high to double overhead or as big as one dares to tackle large waves on a micro board.

The V1 (p) will hold its own!

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V2(P)

V2P

A freestylers daily driver.

Similar to V1 (p) in performance and ride feel with very strong control and predictable ride in a wide range of conditions. V2 will ride like a much larger board in a tiny package with a top end speed to burn.

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V3

V3

If a F-22 could transform into a surfboard, it would be a V3 MPH. I believe this design incorporates more aerodynamic design aspects than any other surfboard in the world and hence I believe it could well be the fastest.

It’s a good thing considering the physics of water and air behave the same, just in different densities of fluid. Drag feels almost no existent and drive is strong. With a ride which can only be described as high speed abandon, the V3 is for the free minded..…

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MPH (TRI)

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In traditional tri fin configuration, the Tri Mph range  are wave demolishing machines.

The more economic plane shape of the MPH lends itself perfect for pocket attack. The Tri MPH is formulated for ultra high performance competitive attack .Parallel outline provide solid drawn-out hacks and radical aerial potential in small to overhead wave conditions.

The MPH Tri Fin Range includes the Nano, Transition and Psyko

NANO

NANO

The Nano is the stock MPH hull and a true example of a 21st century modern thruster. It is a user friendly all rounder but a radical performer with free flowing speed and a very natural controlled ride. Effortlessly Fast, loose yet predictable, drivey yet radical, the Nano ticks all the boxes.

The rider really feels as the though they can pull off any manoeuvre they dare attempt at any moment. A pure high performance experience . Thruster .

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TRANSITION

TRANSITION

The transition tail was a concept I designed first time at the Sacred Craft surfboard show in San Diego 2009. it adds a little more bite through turns as a swallow tail would for traditional shortboard however the diamond central point make the board pivot and change direction sharper than the Nano.

This also means it’s a touch more sensitive which requires a more finesse approach. Thruster . (Also available with pointed nose)

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PYSKO

PSYKO

The Psyko is the newest model in the MPH range. Designed with the intent of gaining a more surgical feeling underfoot. The double bump flyer accelerates the water flow before cleanly releasing from a pulled in vector pod.

This combination sharpens the natural turning radius without inducing significant drag and a quad channel combination works in harmony with the tail design for precision attack in critical sections of the wave. Excellent all rounder. Thruster or quad.

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MPH (QUAD)

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The Quad range is a harmonious transitional design between the radical free-flowing attack of the dual fins and the “on the button” pocket pivots of the tri range.

The Quad power-drive keels deliver the highest sensitivity and life-like ride of all the MPH designs.

Ultra high speed, flowy transitions with radical overtures and vogue looking calculated tail angles which are genuine 100% performance function.

The MPH Quad Fin Range includes the Richter, Vector and Matrix Models

RICHTER

RICHTER

Pretty much an accurate description of how this model rides. This tail is a combination of a V1 and transition and has an ultra modern vibe about it.

Bite when it needs it, releases in all the right places and the trademark low drag feel synonymous with the MPH. Suitable for a wide range of conditions. Thruster or power drive quad.

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VECTOR

VECTOR

The Vector is a small wave demolition machine. Ultra sensitive ride, meaning if you even think about turning, your already there! The type of board that will want to do 3 turns in the space a regular board will do 1. The vector loves to keep moving rail to rail with startling speed and will eat even the most weak flat face wave for breakfast.

Because The Vector is tuned for grovel Due to the deep complex quad concave and will start to redline in waves overhead. Quad for Dual Power drive fins.

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MATRIX

MATRIX

Curves are not taboo in Tomo tail design because the Matrix model puts them to good use. By adding a touch of drag to the tail tips your gain a touch of control and smoothness of transition. Probably barely noticeable though because its still an MPH outline and you will be still flying. Designed for smooth, clean all round ripping and very user friendly.

Probably barely noticeable though because its still an MPH outline and you will be still flying. Designed for smooth, clean all round ripping and very user friendly.

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