There are plenty of different Surfboard Construction Types available to you when
placing a surfboard order, but how can you tell the difference between them? Especially, when it comes to choosing the best
surfboard for beginners, you'll find
a wide variety of surfboard blank types, each with its unique characteristics. Understanding these differences is crucial to ensure your board performs exactly as you want, and
we've compiled a list of these blank types available through our different manufacturers at Boardcave.
Check out our US shapers
to find which
manufacturers use different blank types during their surfboard construction process and use the patented Board Engine
to find the right surfboard for you today.
Polyurethane (PU) foam
is more dense than Expanded
Polystyrene (EPS), providing a smoother ride with additional flex.
The Pyzel - Shadow
in standard PU Construction.
Polyurethane Foam with Epoxy Resin is an upgraded version of your traditional PU board with a high grade wooden
stringer and laminated using fiberglass cloth and an exclusive epoxy resin. It is proven to be 5 times stronger with
a lively flex pattern, also helping reduce yellowing over time. Please Note, Epoxy surfboards can take up to 4 weeks
longer to manufacture. View our range of Epoxy Surfboards
The Haydenshapes -
Darkside in PE Construction.
is lighter and more durable then traditional PU. Epoxy resin
is stronger and less prone to dings and pressure dents. Please Note, Epoxy surfboards can take up to 4 weeks longer
The DHD - 3DV in
EPS (Epoxy) & Carbon Wrap
The Carbon Wrap focuses on the flex pattern of a surfboard, allowing for additional stiffness through the nose of
the board. However, with the carbon spaced out between the feet, it gives the tail extra spring with quick response
and more force.
The Lost Surfboards Baby Buggy in Epoxy Carbon Wrap
FutureFlex is a parabolic carbon fiber frame, that is constructed within the board. Designed to maximize speed and
drive, whilst maintaining a flex pattern for smooth release and flow. The structural design of the frame minimises
twisting of the board, which results in a board that is less likely to snap and crease. Please note, Futureflex does
take longer to manufacture.
The Haydenshapes -
Hypto Krypto in Future Flex
Varial Foam allows you to eliminate a stringer or any sort of reinforcement other than glassing as standard. This
unique foam has a constant density throughout and can be made using either Polyester or Epoxy resins. It is
lightweight and due to the rigidity and spring back of the foam naturally, gives you flex properties like you have
never felt before.
Surfboards - Beaker in Future Varial Foam Construction with a black tint.
201 EPS Epoxy
201 standard EPS epoxy technology consists of a lightweight EPS blank with a timber stringer, epoxy resin and a
slight blue tint, keeping the board whiter for longer. Please Note, Epoxy surfboards can take up to 4 weeks longer
The SUPERflex technology has no stringer with a carbon fiber net across the bottom of the board and carbon fiber
rails for a lightweight lively feely. SUPERflex has a unique flex pattern that offers quick release for high
201 Tri-Flex consists of carbon fiber rods inlayed along the EPS foam deck, acting as the boards stringer, providing
strength, while carbon rods inlaid around the foams bottom rails allow for twist and flex.
PU & Carbon Strip
As mentioned before, PU foam is more dense then EPS, providing a smoother ride with additional flex. This
construction options also includes a carbon strip on the bottom stringer of the board for additional
PU & Carbon Tail
This lightweight PU blank is more dense then EPS, providing a smoother ride with additional flex. This construction
option also includes carbon tail reinforcement for additional strength.
Magic Fiber is exclusive to Eye Symmetry Surfboards and uses a stringerless EPS construction with an aramid fabric
wrapping across the deck and over the rails and two carbon strips on the bottom for added strength and less pressure
dints. Magic Fiber boards are very light and strong.
A new construction method offered by DHD Surfboards
combines both Polyurethane and EPS foam for a more lively board through the center and out the tail, yet with the
weight and flex properties needed through the rails and at the nose of the board.
An environmentally friendly construction from Gary McNeill
, BioFlax surfboards are extremely light and durable. These high performance surfboards use recycled
materials, making BioFlax surfboards
the choice for the environmentally
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