SHAPES & CONSTRUCTIONS
BOARD DEVELOPMENT & SHAPE DESIGN
All of our shapes are developed based on personal interest and in community with our surfing and rapid surfing friends. All of our shapes are tested in the ocean, on rapids or both. We believe surfing rapids helps us to get things top notch since they (rapids) allow us to intensify our testing time – actually standing on board – in a lab-style situation. We gained a lot of experience on how to handle a touch more foam in a shorter outline in the past – with rockers adjusted for drive and concaves for ease in handling and needed release and agility. This constant feedback complements the experience of our shapers in Spain and allows us to progress our ideas and to make them fit for surfing oceanic waves and rapids alike. Trust us, there is a German style method to this madness working with general base principals and scaling rules and ratios to adjustment for specific situations and needs. In principle it is all about hydrodynamics and behavior of fluids over bend objects. Practically, our shapes need to feel good under your feet and provide new perspectives on waves and rapids. We are on it!
BOARD CONSTRUCTIONS & ADD-ONS
For starters, there are a few things to care about when looking at construction. Overall, we tried to keep it simple here, yet added the specific needs of Rapid Surfers to our offer. As PU construction still represents the global standard, all descriptions are based on comparisons with PU.
Flex: The overall bend in shape when adding pressure over length or lateral.
Spring: The capacity of a core construction to return to its original state after being flexed.
Buoyancy: The natural flotation of a foam core material based on its density per kg.
Durability: The resistance to breaking, foot wells, pressure dings and everyday wear off.
Ding resistance: The glassing’s capacity to deal with pinches and shocks through hitting rocks and walls.
Plug strength: The fin plugs resistance to shocks or heavy usage.
U Construction – the world’s standard
A polyurethane foam core with a wooden stringer. Glassed in 4-4/4 cloth and Polyester resin. Most likely still the standard you will find in most surf shops on the planet. Standard PU core construction is used as a benchmark for weight judgment of all other constructions available. Use Polyester or Epoxy resin for ding repair.
Flex is natural, medium-strong spring, buoyancy standard, durability good, ding resistance average, plug strength standard.
RPU Construction – Rapid PU
A polyurethane foam core with a wooden stringer. Glassed in 6-4/4 cloth with an extra ding resistant volan frame covering rails and part of the deck. Box saver for increased shock and break resistance of fin boxes included. Slightly heavier in weight than PU. Use Polyester and Epoxy resin only for ding repair.
Flex is natural stiff, medium-strong spring, buoyancy standard, durability extended, ding resistance better, plug strength increased.
EPS RRFLEX Construction – high Performance, super low weight
An expanded styrofoam core with carbon rod layups for super dynamic flex design and durability increase. Glassed in a 4-4/4 and epoxy resin (super sap). Lighter in weight than PU. Use Epoxy resin only for ding repair!
Flex is natural dynamic, strong spring, buoyancy increased, durability extended, ding resistance better, plug strength standard.
Rapid EPS RRFlex Construction – Shockproof high performance
An expanded styrofoam core with carbon layups for flex design and durability increase. Glassed in a 6-4/4 cloth with an extra S-Glass layer and more ding resistant Epoxy resin (super sap). Box saver for increased shock and break resistance of fin boxes included. Lighter in weight than PU. Use Epoxy resin only for ding repair!
Flex is natural dynamic, strong spring, buoyancy slightly increased, durability good, ding resistance increased, plug strength increased.
An additional, extra strong foam bed around the plugs topped with reinforcing carbon patches to prevent plugs from breaking. Mostly used by rapid surfers to save them time working their fin plugs post session. Will help heavy footed surfers to protect twin plugs from extra large fin paddle leverage.
Carbon patches on the deck to prevent fin plugs punching through due to repeated heavy usage. Will slightly increase the stiffness of the tail yet add another two years to using the board.
Step Up Glassing
Reads 6-4/4 technically, means that a 6oz layer of glass replaces 1 4oz deck layer while the ship layer is 1 6 ounce layer of cloth. Increases durability by approximately 30 percent. Adds weight that will add stability to your bigger wave experience.
The shiny retro-styled top-coat made from a specific resin and needs some extended polishing. A lot of work, a lot of bliss.