XTR Surfboards

Discussion in 'All Discussions' started by Kyle, Jun 12, 2018.

  1. Kyle

    Kyle Well-Known Member

    Sep 9, 2011
    Fellas,

    I was checking out some site for ordering a board for a trip around the corner and came across this website: http://epoxysurfboards.com/

    Have any of you guys ever ordered from them? Interesting site with some different tech. They will shape something unique or the will modify an already existing shape from one of the big boys. I have always thought about boards I like but wanted to change something about them (dims, nose, tail). Seems like this would be the way to go. Thinking about ordering a modified V3 stealth. Any info to offer?

    Much appreciated.
     
  2. Ghetto

    Ghetto Well-Known Member

    58
    Aug 21, 2014
    Could be rad.
     

  3. LBCrew

    LBCrew Well-Known Member

    Aug 12, 2009
    I've never ordered from them, but I can tell you that XTR refers to "extruded" polystyrene foam. It's the same kind of foam as EPS, but it extruded rather than "expanded." It's just a different process, which does not result in beads of foam that are fused together. The foam comes out of an extruder, rather than a mold. It has been around for a long time, and is proven to produce quality boards, as long as the construction is good. The problem with extruded polystyrene traditionally has been getting a good bond between the skin and the shaped blank that resists delamination, particularly when subjected to heat.

    The old solution was to actually perforate the skin. People didn't like that because water would seep into the board through the holes, and while the foam won't absorb water, it still lead to issues. Newer construction methods may prevent these issues... or may have come up with other solutions to the problems XTR has traditionally had.

    Basically what I see from the website is a CNC'd blank, hand finished, then laminated. You can customize the shape easily with a couple clicks of a mouse, and no stringers to worry about. Carbon or other stiffeners laminated into the skins provide stiffness and control flex.
     
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  4. Barry Cuda

    Barry Cuda Guest

    Sounds as if "extruded" is nothing more than coffee cup foam beads....lol.
     
  5. Ghetto

    Ghetto Well-Known Member

    58
    Aug 21, 2014
    I'm a poly kind of fella, so I'm afraid I can't provide any insight.
     
  6. Kyle

    Kyle Well-Known Member

    Sep 9, 2011
    Thanks for the info on the foam LB.

    I was really more interested in the easy customization on Lost and Tomo shapes. I am assuming Lost, CI, Tomo all licensed the CAD software for their boards?
     
  7. HaoleNJ

    HaoleNJ Well-Known Member

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    Nov 17, 2010
    I’ve had xtr boards in the past but never ordered through the website. I liked the board and I think the tech is good. Their are people on surfer mag design forum who swear by it and know more about the process. You could look there for more info. I plan on ordering more xtr boards in the future.
     
  8. JayD

    JayD Well-Known Member

    Feb 6, 2012
    Where are you going?
     
  9. Not zaGaffer

    Not zaGaffer Member

    12
    Nov 14, 2017
    I live 2 miles from their factory and I've owned/own a couple. Out of my Coils, FCDs, and XTRs; I like the XTRs best. They ride and feel a lot more like polyurethane than a regular polystyrene blank and XTR's glass jobs are top notch and very strong. Their only downside is that they're very heat susceptible, so don't leave them in your car. Javier aka Javi, the guy who owns it, absolutely rips. Excellent customer service too.

    Pretty much every Tomo handshape I've ever seen was shaped on XTR foam and glassed at Epoxy Pro.

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  10. jaklsurfs

    jaklsurfs Well-Known Member

    437
    Apr 26, 2015
    On the xps foam with the pinhole style of venting ,the pinholes just get full of junk from the wax and dirt ,the gore tex membranes on the deck plugs rot after a few years ,the venting is more of an issue with lighter weight foams and skinned boards (firewire,sunova) and HWS .
    polyurethane foam does not need venting
     
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  11. jaklsurfs

    jaklsurfs Well-Known Member

    437
    Apr 26, 2015
    850 for a 6'2" delivered ,is that a good deal?
     
  12. Barry Cuda

    Barry Cuda Guest

    It is if you need to be part of the "in-crowd"........
     
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  13. Exit98

    Exit98 Well-Known Member

    553
    Aug 3, 2008
    It is if you're tired of riding 60 year old PU/PE 'technology.'
     
  14. Kyle

    Kyle Well-Known Member

    Sep 9, 2011
    12 days split between El Sal, Costa and Nica. Was just gonna do Nica but with all the crap going on down there I split it up and if it's still bad down there I'll just stay in Costa.
     
  15. Kyle

    Kyle Well-Known Member

    Sep 9, 2011
    Nice thanks for the info.

    As far as the $850...if I want a Tomo, I'm going to have to pay that anyways. At least now I can get custom dims and layout. At least that's how I rationalize it.
     
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  16. LBCrew

    LBCrew Well-Known Member

    Aug 12, 2009
    Neither does EPS, although the superlight foams, like they use in SUPs and prone paddleboards, are often vented because there's so much air between the beads. Heat that air up, and it will expand so much it will blow the lamination/skin off the blank.
     
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  17. Kyle

    Kyle Well-Known Member

    Sep 9, 2011
    Ordered a custom Tomo Death Star. Will pot pics and ride report when I get back from south of the border.
     
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  18. oipaul

    oipaul Well-Known Member

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    May 23, 2006
    My whole quiver is either xtrs or eps. have only dinged one so far, they are durable and lightweight.
     
  19. Barry Cuda

    Barry Cuda Guest

    If I need the further light weight of an epoxy board, I will go take a pee before going surfing. If I need the further weight reduction of an strs, I will add in taking a poo.
    Pee + poo = epoxy board.
    Barrys' board weight formula for moronic surfers.
    You are all welcome!!
     
  20. Kyle

    Kyle Well-Known Member

    Sep 9, 2011
    Have 3 EPS boards and 3 PU boards. I have started to prefer EPS over the last few years so hopefully I will like the XTR.

    Thanks for the info boys, made pulling the trigger on this purchase a lot easier for me.