Surfboard Blanks

Surfboard Blanks

What are Surfboard Blanks Made of? Surfboard blanks are made out of a few different materials – most are some sort of foam, but you’ve got natural, more eco-friendly options too. Types of surfboard blanks: Polyurethane foam (PU) – either virgin, partially recycled, or algae-derivedExpanded Polystyrene (EPS) – either virgin or partially recycledExtruded Polystyrene (XTR/XPS)Wood…

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Fiberglass Cloth and Alternatives

fiberglass

Fiberglass cloth is typically what is used to strengthen and waterproof a foam surfboard – or any type of surfboard really. It’s one of the key components of a durability of a surfboard. There are a few different types of fiberglass you can choose from – each with its own weight, flex, and appearance characteristics.…

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PU Surfboards

PU Foam

Surfboards come in all different shapes and sizes – that’s obvious. But there’s also variations to a surfboard’s core. And just like every design element of a particular board, the surfboard’s core material is going to have an effect on the way it performs in the water. Beyond performance, a surfboard’s core also has the…

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Surfboard Evolutions

surfboard evolution

The evolution of the surfboard is an interesting thing to think about – especially when you start experimenting with different boards and building your own equipment. Riding boards from different eras of surfing or designing boards in the spirit of something old feels a little bit like time travel. Especially on a wave – if…

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Surfboard Stringers

stringer

A surfboard stringer can serve both functional and aesthetic purposes in surfboard design. And just like everything else, different variations of stringer material and layout can affect how your surfboard is going to perform. What’s a Stringer? A stringer is the piece of wood (or other material) that typically runs down the center of a…

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Surfboard Rocker

Rocker

Rocker is another important design element of a surfboard. It has a big influence on the types of waves and turning capabilities a board is best suited for. Outline shapes alone really aren’t enough when trying to determine which board to ride for which wave – the surfboard’s rocker is going to tell you how…

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The Surfboard Outline

Outline

The shape, or outline, of a surfboard plays a major role in how the board is going to perform and which surfboard design-type it could be classified as. The shape is the result of lines coming together to form something that’s either going to direct water flow in a way that works or in a…

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Tales of Surfboard Tails

Surfboard Tails

The tail of a surfboard is an important aspect of its overall design. The tail marks the exit point for water flowing around the bottom of your board and affects the speed, hold, and turning characteristics of your surfboard. Common Surfboard Tail Designs Below is a breakdown of some of the common tail shapes and…

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In Defense of the Wooden Surfboard

Wood Surfboards

I started Wave Arcade with the goal of creating an eco-friendly surf brand. I’m also a big advocate for experimenting with your surfing. So naturally, I became interested in more natural surfboard materials. Wood and wood-like materials (bamboo, agave, cork, etc.) are some of the best ways to build more sustainable surfing products. Just like…

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