So I picked up an epoxy NS board off craigs list this past winter. Its in great shape and the guy I bought it from, I got the impression he got it and decided he didn't like surfing. I have never surfed an epoxy before and I have to say that after about 5 sessions... I am really enjoying how this board surfs. 1st off its super light. even lighter then an old 6'6" nev from the mid/late 90's I have laying around my garage, which is paper thin.
It also seems like its more float even though its pretty thin and the speed I can generate down the line is really surprising to me. I would say it feels like its just about to squirt out from under me as i'm making my bottom turn.
Anyone have indepth experience between pu v epoxy boards to shed some light on the normal performance differences? I think if I were to pull the trigger on a new board right now I would go with epoxy.
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Thread: Epoxy Boards..
Last edited by MFitz73; Jul 4, 2013 at 07:47 PM.
Jul 4, 2013, 08:06 PM #2
Technical differences aside, if you like it and are happy with its performance, that's what matters.
Jul 15, 2013, 03:36 PM #3Junior Member
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I've been saying for almost 10 years, I need to pick up a new board. But, since I moved from the beach 2.5 hours inland 10 years ago (for work), I only get to surf a couple of weekends a month from May-Sept (my mom still lives in Atlantic Beach). So every summer I say I'm going to buy a new board and haven't. I was looking around this weekend and found a retro fish for $350. I asked the guy at the shop about it and he said it's shaped out of VA beach. It was a Mike Dolsey. I had never heard of it since I hadn't done any real research into a new board in over 10 years. So I picked it up. I rode it all weekend and enjoyed the hell out of it. I got home last night and started looking around and found a few negative comments on surfing forums. I was a little bummed this morning and regretting the purchase even thought so far it's been a good ride. But after reading your comment, "if you are happy with it, that's what matters" I realized there's nothing I can do now but ride it until it falls apart or doesn't. If it does, I won't buy from that shop again. If it holds up and continues to ride good, awesome. Nothing I can do now but ride it out. Thanks!
during epoxy's heyday, right after the fall of clark foam, I tried 5 different eps/epoxy boards (2 pop-outs and 3 hand shaped) from 2 different brand/techs. Loved their strength, but felt the performance was lacking in some key areas. Until I try every tech, I can't totally write off epoxy...but I can't see myself buying anything with eps foam, again. As it is, HydroFlex "Natural" (epoxy over poly foam) is the only current tech I would maybe consider worth my time.
Jul 5, 2013, 12:33 AM #6
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Jul 5, 2013, 07:40 PM #8
If it's super light, it's probably polystyrene foam. Sometimes there's a label that says "EPS" so any repairs are done with a compatible resin system. If there's no label, and your board is clear, check out the foam... if it has a sort of grainy sparkle is probably PU foam. If you examine closely and see a totally flat, smooth surface under the glass... or can detect little beads... the core is likely polystyrene... EPS... or pherhaps XPS/XTR... not likely, but you shouldn't rule it out.
Jul 5, 2013, 02:06 AM #10Member
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ive had a bunch,some of the best surfers i know ride them and like the performance,probably what prompted me to try.theyre definately worth a look,and a huge upside being theyre much less toxic to the environment,and the people who make them.kelly slater was riding one at snapper rocks and won.i certainly didnt see anything negative with his performance as opposed to him riding a poly.