Surfboard Design

 

Eco-Friendly Surfboards: A simple cost benefit analysis

It’s the quest for a more sustainable board.  Many surfboard companies and blank producers are looking towards creating boards made of natural and renewable materials, or at least using resources that are more environmentally friendly than the traditionally toxic surfboard-making [...]

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School of Fish

Commentary by Sean Mattison It’s two-foot, semi-clean and you can’t figure out what board to ride. Although the mood often dictates what one rides, the conditions lead your inclination. Board design reflects not only the shaper’s mood, but their surroundings [...]

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The Original Fish

Have you ever looked at a vintage board from the 70s or 80s and wondered how a shaper could finish that thing and think it could work? Asymmetric wings, 11 channels, six fins and a reverse rocker, and some poor [...]

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Tim Bessell’s Parabolics

Fresh, clear epoxy, bright white foam, two stringers up the sides, light blue rails, Tim Bessell’s parabolic surfboards are a new species in the development of surfboard design.    It’s not necessarily a new technology, but a return to old experiments [...]

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The Reef Board Build Off: San Diego board builders shape for charity

Surfing’s inspiration, surfboards imagined by shapers but rarely designed, will take center stage attention at the Action Sports Retailer (ASR) trade show this month. Thirteen surfboards by 12 shapers plus one from a Reef team rider will be auctioned for [...]

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Springing into the Limelight

The parabolic stringer is nothing new.  A picture that hangs in longtime La Jolla shaper Tim Bessell’s office bears testament to this.  Taken by Ron Church in 1963, a Huntington crowd looks on as Corky Carroll runs by.  Under one [...]

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What’s SUP?

I spent one September afternoon in Del Mar scratching for pieces of an incoming NW swell that had been broken up by afternoon winds. After a long summer of mediocre surf sessions that included much of the same crappy waves [...]

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The T stands for Technology: Surftech “flexes” their muscles with the TL2

The newest offering from Surftech sounds like a model of robot from the Terminator movies. The TL2 boards represent the most advanced surfboards on the market today to accommodate the rapid evolution of  the sport. Research and development has been [...]

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