Surfboard construction has come a long way since the days of wooden boards. Foam blanks were introduced in the 1950’s and revolutionized Surfboard construction. In the last few years, space age technologies have begun to re-revolution surfboard construction. Below is a breakdown of some of the most popular types of construction in use today.
Polyester is the traditional type of Surfboard construction in use since the 1950’s. A shaped polyurethane blank is glassed by hand using fiberglass cloth and polyester resin. several layers of resin are applied to the board before it is sanded and given it’s final finish. These boards simply feel good, look clean and ride unreal.
Epoxy Surfboards are made with either an EPS (Expanded Styrene) or an XPS (Extruded Polystyrene) blank. The EPS blank is a beaded foam which is much like those found in beer coolers. It is an open cell foam that absorbs water like a sponge if exposed to water. The Extruded blank has a closed cell core and is much more resistant to compression and damage. Fiberglass cloth and epoxy resin are used to hand glass the blank. The glassed blank is then finished in the traditional method. Using epoxy resins create a more lightweight durable board.
SLXC Epoxy pioneered by Global Surf, the SLXC features a stringerless carbon railed blank which is glassed using vacuum bag technology. The combination of stringer removal, carbon biaxial rails and biaxial deck fibers helps keep the surfboard from twisting in a turn keeping the flex from nose to tail. This makes the board feel very responsive and alive under your feet.
The evolution continues from the technology that started it all. Our E2 range offers the ultimate in durability – and diversity! From new school cool to old school rules, we have it covered under the E2 series with a wide range of shapes and graphic designs to take your performance to the next level and beyond. A vacuum molded Epoxy Foam and Fibreglass sandwich wrapped in a ballistic skin ensures that this board can stand up to almost anything. Look to the busiest hire centers around the world, everywhere! If they can handle this abuse year on year imagine how long it will last in normal situations. This year we step it up a notch with our polished satin finish and evolution never looked so good – are you ready to come along for the ride?
Future Flex, another technology pioneered by Global, the blank is a high density EPS. The key to the flex pattern is the parabolic carbon fiber frame constructed with the laminate. The carbon fiber frame is designed to maximize speed and drink while maintain a flex pattern that flows in the wave.
X-2 Epoxy. The x-2 is a sandwich construction that uses wood and epoxy as the sandwich material. Wood sandwich is a way to create a lightweight durable board with improved board and deck strength.