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SURFBOARD CONSTRUCTION

What is Thunderbolt Silver Surfboard Technology?

2023年10月17日

What is Thunderbolt Silver Surfboard Technology?

Fiberglass Lamination Classic Feel with Enhanced Response Hand-Crafted Thunderbolt Silver is a surfboard construction that gives you the most classic riding feel. The laminate uses 6oz + 6oz fiberglass on the deck and 6oz + 4oz fiberglass on the bottom, making itheavier than other constructions. This increases the feeling ofglide and cruise, and enables traditional riding. Of course, it has the performance and flex of Thunderbolt, and so delicate board control such as quick pivot turn and setup in the wave pocket is easy. You can enjoy old-school log riding such as hang five and hang ten on small wave, and...

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The History, Current State, and Future of Polyurethane/Polyester (PU) Surfboards

2023年5月12日

The History, Current State, and Future of Polyurethane/Polyester (PU) Surfboards

PU boards have been around since 1957, when a resin salesman walked into the surf shop owned by Hobie Alter and handed him a chunk of polyurethane foam for the first time. Before that, cutting-edge surfboards were made out of balsa wood, with a hard, plastic shell made of fiberglass and polyester resin. Balsa had a number of advantages, not the least of which was how light and buoyant it was. It had been adopted from airplane wing technology and adapted to the ocean, and for most of the 1950s was the universally accepted standard for surfboards. But when Hobie...

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DoubleDart from …Lost: The Future of Carbon Fiber Surfboards

2022年12月8日

DoubleDart from …Lost: The Future of Carbon Fiber Surfboards

DoubleDart Surfboard Construction from …Lost Carbon fiber surfboards are all the rage, but that wasn’t always the case. In fact, a short 10 years ago, there were hardly any carbon boards available. …Lost was one of the first surfboard companies to offer a full-deck carbon fiber construction offer with it’s BlackDart construction, and in many ways helped to usher in the current era of hyper-futuristic board construction. And now that the rest of the world has caught up and there are dozens of carbon fiber boards available from various brands, …Lost has upped their game once again with a refined...

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What is Firewire Surfboards’s Helium Technology?

2022年9月1日

What is Firewire Surfboards's Helium Technology?

Helium Technology Surfboards A look inside: The Seaside built in Helium Tech – an ultralight EPS foam core with flex controlled in the rail from nose to tail; a blend of paulownia and balsa wood. Aerospace composite deckskins make you feel like you’re creating footwells in the deck, but it often looks new even after a month of surfing. Ridden by everyone from Kellly Slater and Stuey Kennedy and Pacha Light. It’s our lightest surfboard ever, shaped from a 0.8 pound EPS  blank with flex controlled at the rails similar to Timbertek.  When describing Helium compared to LFT in his Gamma shape, Kelly Slater says “On...

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Black Sheep Carbon Fiber Construction from …Lost

2022年8月19日

Black Sheep Carbon Fiber Construction from …Lost

Black Sheep Built Matt Biolos on Black Sheep Built Surfboards   …Lost has always been the black sheep of the surfboard industry, intentionally going against the grain to create boards that are fun and functional, rather than trendy. Ironically, that “no cares given” approach and commitment to boards that ride as well as they look has led to …Lost being one of the trendiest and most popular board brands on the market. But Matt Biolos’ committed following of world-class team riders and loyal customers hasn’t made him any less of a black sheep, which is why …Lost’s latest board construction process...

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LightSpeed Surfboard Technology by...LOST

2022年8月10日

LightSpeed Surfboard Technology by ...LOST

…Lost’s LightSpeed       Light Speed is …Lost’s proprietary construction process for building the world’s most advanced surfboards. Combining lightweight EPS foam, high-strength epoxy resin, Rapid-Reflex carbon fiber and Innegra fibers that help dampen vibrations, Light Speed boards are extremely lightweight, fast down the line, and proven through thousands of hours of R&D by the world’s best shapers and surfers. The proprietary fiberglass blend and woven carbon fiber adds strength and pop, loading up under the feet and providing a lively feel through turns, while the two aligned center exo-stringers on both the deck and bottom of the board...

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Surfboard Construction Guide (Hawaiian South Shore May 2022 Newsletter Part 2 of 4)

2022年6月8日

Surfboard Construction Guide (Hawaiian South Shore May 2022 Newsletter Part 2 of 4)

Surfboard Construction Guide I get the same question every day, “What is the difference between and epoxy board and a fiberglass board?”  First of all, all surfboards have fiberglass. Epoxy is just different type of resin. It is questions like this that made me realize the consumer really has no idea what they are buying.  I made up this list of types of surfboard construction to help customers understand the different types of construction.   PU or polyurethane production is traditional surfboard construction. This was started in the early 60s and to this day is an industry standard.  It’s just one...

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Firewire’s I-bolic Surfboard Construction

2022年5月26日

Firewire’s I-bolic Surfboard Construction

Firewire’s I-bolic Construction   Firewire has spent the past year innovating newer, better construction processes for its wide range of boards—which is pretty impressive, since it already led the industry in futuristic tech. The best option is the Ibolic Construction, which replaces the LFT construction. Ibolic was designed around the fact that many of Firewire’s more futuristic shapes had pretty complex bottom contours, particularly the vee quad concave bottom used on many of Tomo’s boards. This “performance hull” contour is quite involved and is difficult to glass with a bottom skin, which was the typical process used for the LFT...

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Surfboard Construction Guide

2022年5月12日

Surfboard Construction Guide

Surfboard Construction Guide: What is the difference between an epoxy board and a fiberglass board? I get the same question every day, “What is the difference between and epoxy board and a fiberglass board?”  First of all, all surf boards have fiberglass.  Epoxy is just different type of resin.  It is questions like this that made me realize the consumer really has no idea what they are buying.  I made up this list of types of surfboard construction to help customers understand the different types of construction. (1) PU or polyurethane production is traditional surfboard construction.   This was started in the early...

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WHAT IS HYFI 2.0?

2022年2月10日

WHAT IS HYFI 2.0?

WHAT IS HYFI 2.0? Our unparalleled epoxy technology, HYFI, is a unique multi-layer construction that feels like nothing else out there. Think of it as a futuristic exoskeleton for a surfboard that allows it to be lighter and stronger than ever before, while still maintaining the ideal spring-loaded flex for maximum performance. Now, in the last 5 years since it was first released, we’ve taken everything learned to improve each aspect – the performance, flex, speed, materials used and manufacturing processes.   View this post on Instagram A post shared by Hawaiian South Shore Surf Shop (@hwnsouthshore)   SCALED ENGINEERING...

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Cutting-Edge Combination of Nature and Technology - TimberTek

2021年4月28日

Cutting-Edge Combination of Nature and Technology - TimberTek

Cutting-Edge Combination of Nature and Technology When most people think of Firewire, they think of TIMBERTEK. These are the brown, wooden-decked surfboards that first put the company on the map. Combining lightweight EPS blanks with a laminated wooden skin and proprietary parabolic rails, these boards look good and perform great. They are strong, lightweight, and snappy, utilizing the strength of paulownia wood to supplement the strength and flex of the EPS foam and epoxy resin. Paulownia is a fast-growing tree that produces strong, light timber, perfect for use in surfboard construction. By utilizing this wood in their construction process, Firewire...

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Blog-Ezra Rod on Thunderbolt Technology Surfboards-Surfing News Hawaii-Hawaiian South Shore

2021年3月26日

Ezra Rodriguez on Thunderbolt Technology Surfboards

Tell Us About The Thunderbolt  Surfboards You’ve Ridden... Thunderbolt. Well Thunderbolt came into my life about five years ago when Mr. Sumitomo, Yu Sumitomo gave me a phone call that began my journey with the Thunderbolt team. A good friend of mine that I’ve surfed professional longboards with for years, Kapono Nahina, gave me the original call that told me I needed to try this construction. I went to Hawaiian South Shore and that’s when I started my relationship with Dave. His awesome staff down there set me up and I tried my first Thunderbolt Harley Ingleby HIHP model designed by Billy Tolhurst. It changed...

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…Lost’s C4 Board Construction

2021年3月24日

…Lost’s C4 Board Construction

…Lost’s C4 Board Construction Along with a wide variety of fun, creative shapes, Matt Biolos and the team at …Lost  have revolutionized the surfboard industry with their C4 construction process. C4 boards are built with sustainably harvested cork that adds extra strength and dampens wind chatter and high-speed vibrations, yet maintains the lightweight feel of a modern shortboard. These composite boards use a 1.5-pound EPS foam core wrapped with the harvested cork and layers of fiberglass, adding tensile strength to the deck without creating the flicky feel that a lot of epoxy boards suffer from. The best part is that...

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Blog-Who and What is Thunderbolt Technologies?-Surfing News Hawaii-Hawaiian South Shore

2020年12月17日

Who and What is Thunderbolt Technologies?

    Mark Nelson founded Carve Sports, Inc. / VERITAS SURFCRAFT in 2014.  Since that time, Mark and his team have partnered with Yu Sumitomo of Thunderbolt Technologies, and elite longboard surfers including CJ Nelson, Harley Ingleby, Ben Skinner, Taylor Jensen and Kai Sallas.  Together with their shapers, this team has created exceptional lineups of high performance and classic longboards and fun shapes and established distribution of their boards in most major surf markets around the world.  Brands include CJ Nelson Designs, Harley Ingleby Series by Tolhurst Surfboards, SkinDog Surfboards, Flying Diamonds Fins, Taylor Jensen Series and Kai Sallas Longboard...

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Blog-The Difference Between Firewire’s LFT and Helium With Rob Machado-Surfing News Hawaii-Hawaiian South Shore

2020年10月16日

The Difference Between Firewire’s LFT and Helium With Rob Machado

Firewire is known for leading the surf industry in terms of modern, high-tech board construction, and recently they have added a number of different construction options to their boards. Two of the most popular—LFT and Helium—provide similar all-around benefits such as light weight and durability, but also have their own specific advantages, depending what you are looking to do on your board. Rob Machado has been designing boards for Firewire for the past few years, and has a lot of experience on both types of construction. He recently did a little video to explain the difference between the two, and...

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Blog-What is HYFI Construction?-Surfing News Hawaii-Hawaiian South Shore

2020年10月1日

What is JS INDUSTRIES HYFI Surfboard Construction?

WHAT IS HYFI? Our unparalleled epoxy technology, HYFI, is a unique multi-layer construction that feels like nothing else out there. Think of it as a futuristic exoskeleton for a surfboard that allows it to be lighter and stronger than ever before, while still maintaining the ideal spring-loaded flex for maximum performance. Jason Stevenson and his JS label (famous for the tractor logo) have been producing some of the most high-performance surfboards on the planet for more than two decades. No one questions the design elements of these boards, and a number of guys on the world tour ride them, including...

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How Timmy Reyes Helped Create the Helium Hydroshort

2020年8月25日

How Timmy Reyes Helped Create the Helium Hydroshort

Helium Hydroshort  California’s Timmy Reyes has been a free surfing fixture for two decades. From his young days as an up-and-coming grom to his current legend status as a feral explorer of frigid barrels, Timmy has been shaping surf culture since he was an adolescent, and his edits continue to get us pumped up to drive a bit farther, pull on some rubber, and have an adventure. As it turns out, Timmy Reyes is influential in the surfboard design realm as well. Timmy got on one of Kelly Slater’s Hydroshorts (made by Tomo) a few years back, built in Firewire’s LFT...

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Blog-The Strange History of the …Lost Rocket, and the Inevitable Dominance of the Rocket Redux Carbon Wrap-Surfing News Hawaii-Hawaiian South Shore

2020年7月24日

The Strange History of the …Lost Rocket, and the Inevitable Dominance of the Rocket Redux Carbon Wrap

There are few board designs that have stranger stories than the …Lost Rocket. Back in the mid-2000s, Shane Beschen needed a board for his mini-grom Noah, and together with fellow …Lost pro surfer and shaper Noah Budroe scraped a broken blank into a straight-railed, low-entry rocker, wide-tailed, super-concaved speed demon. But then Shane ended up borrowing the board from his son, and found that the thing went ballistic. He brought the design to …Lost, where the design team tweaked it a bit and created what came to be called the Rocket—one of the most popular boards of the late 2000s....

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2020年6月7日

Firewire Woolight - A New Approach to Surfboard Construction

Firewire WoolightA New Approach to Surfboard Construction For all of the advances that we have seen in board design over the years, one thing has remained pretty much unchanged—the way that we actually construct our boards. Although a variety of epoxy and EPX boards have popped up over the past two decades, the number of truly original innovations can be counted on one hand. For the most part, the majority of our boards are built exactly as they were in the late 1960’s—a block of polyurethane foam is shaped and then laminated with fiberglass and resin. Companies such as Firewire...

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GETTING TO KNOW DANN MANN - The Mind Behind Many Of The Surfboards You’ve Ridden

2019年4月4日

GETTING TO KNOW DANN MANN - The Mind Behind Many Of The Surfboards You’ve Ridden

Kelly Slater's Surfboard Designer      Slater's Surfboard Designer When Kelly Slater calls you up and asks you to design a board for him, you know you have made it as a shaper. However, when Slater rides that board and then decides to add it to the Slater Designs line, you really know you have done something special. That’s exactly what happened to Dann Mann, when his FRK design became the latest in the Slater Designs arsenal. Mann had been around a long time before Slater invited him to join the SD team—in fact, he’s been a master shaper for...

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