Authors: Flyboy Wakesurf
We thought we’d share with everyone our newest effort. We’ve made a few changes and thought we’d detail those for you here. The first is a refinement of the concave deck. We’ve mentioned this concept before, but also felt that it’s probably not really a production board concept. The concave, really seems to be most useful when matched to the riders foot size. We’ve finalized this concave, based upon THAT concept – James’ foot size, plus the thickness of his favorite traction from Agenda.
You can see the two lines that run the length of the board, that’s what marks the boundary of the concave. You’ll also notice the carbon deck patch on teh tail. Mostly that is designed to minimize the amount of heel denting that James puts on a board during a season. That patch is ON TOP of a full length bamboo deck skin.
One of the other changes we’ve made is in the core foam. Here you’ll see the logo from Marko Foam.
Marko Foam makes a great product, but we work almost exclusively with a 1 pound density foam and our cores are stringerless. Marko hasn’t offered anything that was suitable for our purposes until recently. The growth in popularity of SUPs has not been lost on Marko Foam and they started molding EPS in lower density EPS foam. You can imagine a 10 foot long SUP that was several inches thick would weight a ton, unnecessarily, if made with a heavier density foam.
We have been chomping at the bit to try this new foam out. What Marko does is mold blanks very similar to the way that polyurethane blanks are molded. In the surf industry, Marko is known for it’s EPS surfboard blanks, but that is just a profit center within a much larger company. They mold EPS for insulated containers, packaging, construction, custom molding for everything from medical products to kids foam gliders. More than likely you’ve used some of their EPS foam products over the years. They also mold in other foams, besides Polystyrene including Polyethylene Polyurethane and Polypropylene.
The take away is that they know molding and foam, so it’s natural they would enter the surfboard blank market. Their claims are that molded blanks provide a more uniform foam than large block molded EPS foam. Block EPS foam comes in HUGE buns, like the size of your kitchen! The contention is that the interior of those large buns are not as densely packed as around the exterior. This was definitely true with POLYURETHANE, but EPS is constructed differently, so we aren’t sold on that concept, just yet. BUT, we do know Marko Foam Products knows molding and EPS foam! There are more bits and pieces and we’ll share those in a later post.
Here it is again, all tractioned up.
We’ll hopefully get a test ride tomorrow and come back with some feedback!
Thanks so much for following along, we appreciate it.