Posts Tagged ‘Surfboard’

Funboards And Hybrid Surfboards

Friday, November 11th, 2011

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Degree33 Surfboards

 

The funboard and hybrid fish surfboard are perfect for the surfer who needs a board to tackle multiple types of waves and conditions. Designed to be wide and thick for stability and ease of paddling but shorter in length for great maneuverability and rocket-like response as you turn up and down the wave.

 

Both types of surfboards could be called transition boards as they could be used to transition from a longboard to a shortboard. Great for surfers of all levels.

Is Your Surfboard Eco-Friendly?

Monday, August 1st, 2011
Waves: they get greener with eco-friendly surfboards

Waves: they get greener with eco-friendly surfboards

 

Is your surfboard environmentally friendly? What is the total carbon footprint of your surf quiver? The Surfboard Carbon Calculator is the new online tool that measures the carbon emissions associated with the production of surfboards.

 

There are two calculators: a simple and a full version with with over 190 variables. You type in the dimensions, the resin type, the fins and plugs used, the foam, the ding repairs made, etc. In the end, the tool will calculate a final value.

 

The Surfboard Carbon Calculator is a way of engaging and educating the extreme sports enthusiasts to more eco-friendly practices in daily surfing. You can find it here.

 

Every year, more than 750,000 surfboards are made with a total carbon footprint of around 220,000 tons of CO2. It’s our duty as surfers to reduce this, as it usually costs between 1-2% of the retail value of a surfboard to carbon offset it, e.g. £4.50 ($7.00 or €5.00) to carbon offset a 6ft PU Shortboard.

 

Carbon offsetting is an amazing way of making already made surfboards green, and can make our sport sustainable. Alessandro Piu, Angus Murray, Lucia Griggi are the first ambassadors of the green surfboard movement.

 

Decarbonated, the developer this online tool, is an extreme sport based environmental consultancy company run by Rick, a Surf Science Graduate, and Matt, MSc in Environmental Management. Source: SurferToday

Recycled Beer Can Surfboard

Wednesday, June 15th, 2011

A recycled beer can surfboard that actually can be used to enjoy the pleasure of riding waves. When Richard Quinn Morrison started out the “Enviro Surf Art Series” concept, he never thought how far he would go.

 

That’s why this 6′2″ Fish beer channeled bottom surfboard is so unique. The surf artist survived a car crash and returned to creation with a “new creative hunger and vision to push the boundaries of what he thinks is art and what is not”.

 

Recycled beer can surfboard

Recycled beer can surfboard

 

 

Morrison uses the most unthinkable techniques to create strange, innovative and stunning artwork. At the same time, he surfs his waves in sunny California.

 

Empty beer cans are useless, but when “embedded” in a surfboard they get a total new vision. At the same time, they invite you to enjoy and share a laugh with your surf friends right after a nice surf session.

 

The sculpture uses two wood stringers and quite a few beer cans (72!), from six brands, collected by friends at a local bar. Then, FCS fins are added and surf’s up. The recycled beer can surfboard will be tested in real surfing scenario, in the next weeks.

 

Remember a basic rule: don’t drink while surfing or you’ll be fined. Source: SurferToday

Choose The Best Surf Fins

Tuesday, June 14th, 2011

Fins play a decisive role in surfing and surfboard performance. Surfers tend to believe it’s all about shaping and surf skills, but fins have evolved much over the last 10 years. So, how should we choose a set of new fins?

 

There are nine major characteristics in a surf fin: material, base, depth, sweep, area, cant, toe, foil and flexibility. That’s why surfers should pick fins carefully by adjusting their surfboard to their experience in wave riding.

 

Cutting water lines

Cutting water lines

 

Molded fins are the most common kits available in the market. They often are seen as custom fins and come with the usual surfboards sold in a surf shop. There’s also the resin transfer molded (RTM) fin, a high tech unit designed with aerospace-based concepts. The RTM has a layer of honeycomb foam. The fiber glass fin has a stiff base and a certain amount of tip flex.

 

Surf fins can be stiffer or more flexible. The most resistant fins ensure more driveability while a softer kit is provides more safety. They can be inserted in a wider or narrower base, in the surfboard fin box, depending on your speed/drive preferences.

 

Shorts fins are great for “slide surfing” because there’s less friction in the water. Longer fins may avoid wipe outs, but will also slow your wave rides. If the overall fin area (base plus depth) is bigger it will be harder to turn and carve.

 

The sweep of a fin is very relevant, too. If your fins are strongly angled backwards, your bottom turns and cut backs will be more rounded. With the cant angle of a fin you may determine the responsiveness of your surfboard – decreasing the cant will ride you faster in a straight wave line.

 

The toe angle is the angle relation to the stringer. It can be angled inward or not. If the front of the fins is closer to the stringer, making an inverted “V”, any slightest body balance will get a response by the surfboard.

 

Finally, look for the importance of the foil. Like in an aircraft wing, you can get curved or foiled fins. In hydrodynamics, the more pronounced the foil, the slower you’ll surf a wave and a lift will be created under the surfboard. Source: SurferToday

Surfing Madonna

Wednesday, June 8th, 2011

A “Surfing Madonna” has mysteriously appeared in the city of Encinitas, California. The surfing mural has been installed underneath a train bridge on Encinitas Boulevard, in April, and is attracting hundreds of onlookers.

 

Surfing Madonna: come on, it's gorgeous

Surfing Madonna: come on, it's gorgeous

 

The artwork is basically a 10-foot stained glassed tile mosaic with Lady of Guadalupe on a surfboard. Nevertheless, the gorgeous artistic installation is being considered offensive because of its religious message.

 

Local authorities are planning to remove the “Surfing Madonna”, but many admirers say the eight panels should be kept as a symbol of tolerance, free speech and cultural expression.

 

James Bond, the Encinitas Mayor, believes that destroying the artwork is not the best solution. The anonymous artist has probably spent up to 100 hours designing the “Surfing Madonna”. Its materials may cost $1,000.

 

Citizens of Encinitas are divided. Some say this is a representation of God close to human beings and others believe this type of art may open a bad precedent, as it invites everyone to express their beliefs.

 

Meanwhile, if the “Surfing Madonna” gets removed from underneath the train bridge, there are alternative new homes for the artwork. Three owners of Encinitas businesses have offered a wall in which to display it. Source: SurferToday

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