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When poly boards are the best choice …

Two-pak on the tarmac ready for takeoff and headed to an Indo archipelago. 6’3” x 18 3/4” x 2 9/16” #Supertyphoonsurfboard step-up and a 6’1” x 18 7/8” x 2 7/16” #Flyin71 HD for Jacob from Malibu. Jacob is 42/5’11”/175lb/lifer

It is my opinion that for good waves that have plenty of pushback and power, poly boards are the best way to go if you are looking to keep the rail in the water for the longest amount of time, and displace the biggest sprays. So we went that route on this two-pak. 

Jacob is also really hard on boards, so we built these out of a higher (green) density blank from @arctic_foam  then glassed them with 4oz Hi-clear direct size glass from @colanaustralia 

  • This glass has a strip of carbon / basalt woven right into it for added break strength over the stringer; a higher strength to weight fiberglass that adds longevity while accentuating performance and a responsive overall lightness to the board. 
  • Also glassed using wider laps (where the glass wraps around the rail) further increases break strength. Important also is the sand job so that no weave gets exposed. 
  • I like to compare it to a knight’s suit of chain mail; if there’s no chinks in the armor, the more protected the knight will be. 
  • The carbon tail patches reinforce the toe and heel sides so you don’t push through the rails from jamming hard turns. Where a lot of companies now use varying rail strips as ‘flare’ with low price tissue paper style designs that don’t actually add any strength at all, this is actual thinner tightly woven glass with the carbon more concentrated in the spot where your back foot jams the hardest; providing the most strength in the most key place. The carbon known for its lightweight strength is aligned perpendicular the the rail to warp and flex with the torsion of the board, so you get the structural upgrade with no inhibition of flex in the tail. 
  • We’ve also been using a new enviro poly resin that is an acrylic base as opposed to the traditional oil based 249a resins. Not only is it better for air quality it actually yields a stronger lamination as well, double bonus. And we’ve added a customized UV inhibitor / optical brightened so the boards have the most beautiful polar white pop to them, and stay whiter longer than any other poly board fabrication I’ve ever seen. 

So, by spending a little more on higher grade materials you can greatly increase your boards strength and longevity, it’s aesthetic look, and its performance. And that equals a better value and more fun in the water. 

—Todd