LOGIN | REGISTER

Page 1 of 5 123 ... LastLast
Results 1 to 10 of 43
  1. #1

    Rocket Scientists and Surfboards

    This is pretty refreshing to hear. I came from a ski background before getting into surfing and I could never understand how it's an accepted fact in surfing that boards will not last. These brainiacs seem to be ready to put that to bed. Does anyone have any experiences with these foam blanks by Varial? Curious to know how they perform.

    http://www.grindtv.com/action-sports...m-outer-space/

    http://varialsurfboards.com/

  2. #2
    Join Date
    Jul 2013
    Location
    Maine
    Posts
    624
    Interesting stuff, but I'm not sure 25% strong gets it done. Maybe it does.

    I was a skier long before I started surfing too. Initially I had a hard time getting my head around the so-call "pressure marks" you get all over the deck. So standing on your board puts dents in it? Really? I hope these dudes make it work. Can't say for sure how much a 30% more expensive blank impacts the final cost of the board, but I doubt it's very much. Short board blanks are what, $70 tops? 30% on top of that means the shaper pays $90 for the blank.

  3. #3
    I work in the outdoor industry, IE camp/ski/travel/cycle/outerwear etc, and I am curious to know about the longetvity your ski equipment. As an avid snowboarder, surfer, and whatever else I can do to stay active I have yet to find an activity where the equipment lasts more than a few seasons, forget forever...

    this is interesting though, I wish they would make expensive stuff like cars and homes more withstanding to the elements and require minimal upkeep

  4. #4
    Join Date
    Jul 2009
    Location
    Out Killing Gnomes
    Posts
    2,284
    Quote Originally Posted by Ryan McCall View Post
    I work in the outdoor industry, IE camp/ski/travel/cycle/outerwear etc, and I am curious to know about the longetvity your ski equipment. As an avid snowboarder, surfer, and whatever else I can do to stay active I have yet to find an activity where the equipment lasts more than a few seasons, forget forever...

    this is interesting though, I wish they would make expensive stuff like cars and homes more withstanding to the elements and require minimal upkeep
    I agree Ryan. Same thing here, my skis wore out, my rock climbing shoes, rope, etc wear out, my guitar strings get old and dirty and so too a surfboard will not last forever. Is there any piece of sporting equipment that can last forever?

  5. #5
    Alright, I know nothing lasts forever, but I feel like I'm satisfied with the condition and performance of my skis for at least three years before I start thinking about how it's time to replace.

    With surfboards though, that time-frame is much shorter. Between pressure marks, dings, repairs, etc. a surfboard just shows wear so much faster.

    The biggest difference for me is that with a pair of skis, they can take a beating and keep on going. Surfboards take a beating and need $100 repairs to keep on going.

  6. #6
    Quote Originally Posted by salzsurf View Post
    Alright, I know nothing lasts forever, but I feel like I'm satisfied with the condition and performance of my skis for at least three years before I start thinking about how it's time to replace.

    With surfboards though, that time-frame is much shorter. Between pressure marks, dings, repairs, etc. a surfboard just shows wear so much faster.

    The biggest difference for me is that with a pair of skis, they can take a beating and keep on going. Surfboards take a beating and need $100 repairs to keep on going.
    Other than breaking boards not one of my boards have needed professional ding repair. Just some education and viola a 15 dollar repair kit goes a long way. My go to board turned 3 this summer, it looks like a pepperoni pizza that went through a meat grinder, but it goes like nothing else I have ever ridden. I think alot has to do with ability, I also found that once I progressed at surfing my deck started lasting longer, as for the bottom, I repair it every few weeks or so. I surf/paddle over boulders pretty regularly, but thats the way the cookie crumbles.

    Surfboards are like shoes, they break in and feel great, then get floppy and turn to ****

    Also, about your skis taking a beating, most people that take care of their skis that get them repaired with proper ptex and tune ups are dropping a couple hundo every season. How many days a year are/were you skiing vs. how many days a year your surf?
    Last edited by Ryan McCall; Oct 24, 2014 at 01:41 PM.

  7. #7
    Join Date
    Oct 2013
    Location
    Atlantic City
    Posts
    2,546
    Quote Originally Posted by rcarter View Post
    I agree Ryan. Same thing here, my skis wore out, my rock climbing shoes, rope, etc wear out, my guitar strings get old and dirty and so too a surfboard will not last forever. Is there any piece of sporting equipment that can last forever?
    try firewires.
    also, my softop (tm) longboard by surftech is well into its second decade of regular use and looks it but
    its integrity is just fine. after the millenia i always wondered why guys bought technology from the '60's.

  8. #8
    Quote Originally Posted by Ryan McCall View Post
    Other than breaking boards not one of my boards have needed professional ding repair. Just some education and viola a 15 dollar repair kit goes a long way. My go to board turned 3 this summer, it looks like a pepperoni pizza that went through a meat grinder, but it goes like nothing else I have ever ridden. I think alot has to do with ability, I also found that once I progressed at surfing my deck started lasting longer, as for the bottom, I repair it every few weeks or so. I surf/paddle over boulders pretty regularly, but thats the way the cookie crumbles.

    Surfboards are like shoes, they break in and feel great, then get floppy and turn to ****

    Also, about your skis taking a beating, most people that take care of their skis that get them repaired with proper ptex and tune ups are dropping a couple hundo every season. How many days a year are/were you skiing vs. how many days a year your surf?
    I get in about 20 days on the hill now. Used to be closer to 40, but surfing took over priority in the winter. I'll sharpen the sticks and wax them up at the beginning of a season and then I'm good to go. I have a buddy with all the gear for it so it only costs me some beer.

    Harder for me to estimate the total surf days over an entire year in unpredictable Northern NE, but it's a lot higher. I'm hesitant to do my own board repairs and don't have the space. I need to buy a beater to hone my craft upon once I do have the work area.

  9. #9
    Join Date
    Feb 2012
    Location
    Carolina Beach
    Posts
    565
    Salz,

    You don't need a lot of room for most repairs. And unless you really effed your board up, a basic repair is easy and actually hard to mess up. Good idea on experimenting on an old board. We are attempting a total rework on a board found in a dumpster.

  10. #10
    the shops will tell you their boards are tough when they only put 2oz glass on 'em.

    if you want your board to be tough, get 6oz glass. it's slightly heavier but will extend the life of your board three fold. and unless you're a pro, it's not gona make a huge difference

    I've had a custom shaped with 6oz glass for three years now and it's barely got a ding.
    and I like the "heavier" feel because I surf it in the winter when there's hard offshores a lot.