LOGIN | REGISTER

Page 2 of 2 FirstFirst 12
Results 11 to 17 of 17
  1. #11
    Join Date
    Mar 2008
    Location
    wb and you can find me at crystal and sweetwater and all over wb.
    Posts
    1,538
    i have to say epoxy. i have to epoxies and one is a tuflite flyer i hate it. it has no flex really and is thick which is good for some stuff. then i have a green room surfboard shaped in wilmington by jimmy keith he has been researching his epoxy and found a magic mix that is basically a special bond between the foam and the fiberglass. which makes it very strong very light and doesnt yellow. out of these 2 shortboards i gotta say jimmy keith as it is true that his boards are very strong if it can break my nose in 2 places. merrick aint so strong. but i would have to say epoxy all the way.

  2. #12
    ive ridden eps boards... not really a fan. theres nothing like a poly blank i my opinon. i love resin x. i have 2 boards done in it with poly blanks. awsome flex and durable. i love the stuff every custom i will buy in the future will be glasses with it.

  3. #13
    Join Date
    Jul 2008
    Location
    Wilmington
    Posts
    740
    Images
    19
    Quote Originally Posted by wbsurfer View Post
    i have to say epoxy. i have to epoxies and one is a tuflite flyer i hate it. it has no flex really and is thick which is good for some stuff. then i have a green room surfboard shaped in wilmington by jimmy keith he has been researching his epoxy and found a magic mix that is basically a special bond between the foam and the fiberglass. which makes it very strong very light and doesnt yellow. out of these 2 shortboards i gotta say jimmy keith as it is true that his boards are very strong if it can break my nose in 2 places. merrick aint so strong. but i would have to say epoxy all the way.
    I'm sure anyone else who reads this will have no idea what you are talking about. I am his surfing buddy/classmate, so I know what he's talking about. Let me translate.

    He has two "epoxies." One of them is an Al Merrick flyer Tuflite wich he claims has no flex and is really stiff. The other epoxy is shaped by Jimmy Keith (he also shapes for Greenroom) is actually an eps core with aerialite fiberglass cloth. The resin is Greenroom's micro-brewed epoxy designed sepecifically for their cloth so that the flex characteristics are on-par if not better than standard pu/polyester systems, and they resist uv damage and are overall more durable. He then goes on to say how the Greenroom board must be very durable to be able to break his nose (body part on face) in 2 places, without the board being damaged.

    As for my own opinion. I also own a board shaped by Jimmy Keith, and he probably makes the best epoxy shapes on the East Coast for sure. And it's great that it's epoxy resin and not pop-out sandwich crap, which I think has given the majority of surfers a misconception towards "epoxy" surfboards. Plus, if you're a garage shaper and/or do a lot of ding repairs, epoxy has next to no odor, and is actually pretty easy to use, as long as you don't mind your dings to not be color-matched. Also, it is wise to work with epoxy at room temperature with low humidity.

    When there are shapers out there like jimmy Keith, I don't know why anyone would want to buy a polyester surfboard for the same, or even more money (yes, I see those $700 CI sticks hanging in the surf shops). Especially local guys in the Wilmington area. First off, you can drop buy his shaping bay and TALK to him about what board you want, and he's a really nice guy to work with, plus you got the durability of epoxy. Honestly, if you can find a shaper who uses epoxy the way Jimmy does, there's nothing to lose... and more to gain.

    Most people can't afford a new board every few months, so it's only logical to go for something that will last a while, heck! i've been using my board for almost year (I got it in march of 09), and i've only gotten a few dings, which I repaired almost immediately. Functionality-wise, my board is as good as new.
    Last edited by terra-firma intolerant; Mar 8, 2010 at 10:41 PM.

  4. #14
    Join Date
    Aug 2009
    Location
    Monmouth Beach, NJ
    Posts
    2,319
    Well said, brother.

  5. #15
    Join Date
    Nov 2009
    Location
    in the grace of the most holy FSM
    Posts
    2,839
    i'm still riding pu/pe...tho my father swears by eps.

    the so-called "epoxy" boards that surftech, boardworks, & the like are utter crap. they're not surfboards, they're pool toys at best.

  6. #16
    Join Date
    Sep 2008
    Location
    Red bank
    Posts
    44
    Images
    315
    Personally i like epoxy. Ihave a 5'8 custom chemestry and a 5'10 byrne tuflite and the tuflite is stiff but i really like it because it is really fast and easy to paddle. The chemestry is really light but i havent surfed it much.

  7. #17
    Join Date
    Jul 2008
    Location
    Long branch
    Posts
    664
    Images
    16
    Quote Originally Posted by absurfer View Post
    Personally i like epoxy. Ihave a 5'8 custom chemestry and a 5'10 byrne tuflite and the tuflite is stiff but i really like it because it is really fast and easy to paddle. The chemestry is really light but i havent surfed it much.
    i had a custom 5'7 chemistry with glass ons, and it was the best board ive ever had... mine was 5'7x17.5x2...............i miss it