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New construction: 

http://business.transworld.net/85257/features/lib-tech-cofounder-mike-ol...

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In my opinion: 

The closing of  Clark Foam and the  mad scramble to search for new higher tech alternatives was/is the best thing that ever happened to surfboard design / construction....

 It forced one to think of other  refreshing  alternatives......... Not the same old shit.....

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kiterider wrote:

In my opinion: 

The closing of  Clark Foam and the  mad scramble to search for new higher tech alternatives was/is the best thing that ever happened to surfboard design / construction....

 It forced one to think of other  refreshing  alternatives......... Not the same old shit.....

from the other side of the planet.

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cheers huie

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huie wrote:

kiterider wrote:

In my opinion: 

The closing of  Clark Foam and the  mad scramble to search for new higher tech alternatives was/is the best thing that ever happened to surfboard design / construction....

 It forced one to think of other  refreshing  alternatives......... Not the same old shit.....

from the other side of the planet.

[IMG]http://i537.photobucket.com/albums/ff336/HUIESHAPES/DSC00960.jpg[/IMG]

cheers huie

I wish you'd post pics of your boards more Huie.

Always an inspiration

You are all singing, all dancing crap of the world.

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The boards look great!

The important thing here is the tech.  And I have to hope / wonder if LIB will pimp their tech like other companies, offering other shapers designs built in the LIB tech process?

That would be awesome (:

T.

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great innovation, built in the USA.  Good to see more people thinking outside the box.   But the real question is any ride reports??

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...Hi Huie, that stuff is not the same as you showed in your picture.

anyway, what these fellas is avoiding is that if you have new materials or build method is for something...I mean, to surf the same way that you surf with normal building board (that by the way, you CAN do anything on a wave, the problem is the guts and the materials fatigue) why you need these fancy build?

They should go ahead an try other designs in the planshape

The planshapes we use with normal building are right with the type of building and hydrodynamics

but who knows if its right with these materials combo?

-in other note, I really prefer to see advantage in the other surf related stuff, that are all crap, like wetsuits, leashes, pads, etc

All bad designed, bad choosen materials, do not last more than couple dozen sessions

Why not people ask for better with those and always try to push with boards?

Because they are corps, no one know where to knock knock the door and if you know, still the guys will not listen you...

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reverb wrote:

...Hi Huie, that stuff is not the same as you showed in your picture.

huh i dont follow you?

anyway, what these fellas is avoiding is that if you have new materials or build method is for something...I mean, to surf the same way that you surf with normal building board (that by the way, you CAN do anything on a wave, the problem is the guts and the materials fatigue) why you need these fancy build?

They should go ahead an try other designs in the planshape

The planshapes we use with normal building are right with the type of building and hydrodynamics

but who knows if its right with these materials combo?

reverb i was just wanking around haaa''

but the material you see on that rail is for impact it provides no stiffness as i seek to have my rails nuetral and not interfere with  the skin core combination

i have been painting the rail to hide the fabric  if grids and nets are fashionable no need to paint

my builds work,  ( after all these yrs i can get a design to gether)

these dont fall apart  full stop.

-in other note, I really prefer to see advantage in the other surf related stuff, that are all crap, like wetsuits, leashes, pads, etc

All bad designed, bad choosen materials, do not last more than couple dozen session

haaa'' this includes most surfboards

Why not people ask for better with those and always try to push with boards?

Because they are corps, no one know where to knock knock the door and if you know, still the guys will not listen you...

all to true  but i have only ever made surfboards so its not my worry

  cheers huie

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Interesting build. Looks like resin infusion.

Guessing they are using this product for the core: http://nida-core.com/english/nidaprod_nidfoam3d.php

I wonder if they are using molds. The rail almost looks like a seperate piece attached to the core during the build process.

They've got a great reputation with their snowboards, pretty unique to see that transition from snow to surf manufacturing. Would love to see more of the build.

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Shoot, sorry I didn't see this thread before posting a new one,

LIB TECH ROCKS!

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Ok, they look interesting...for sure

Why do they rock?

Do you have one of their boards?

Interested in how they ride, paddle, etc.(really I am)

How do you repair one?

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woody1962 wrote:

Ok, they look interesting...for sure

Why do they rock?

Do you have one of their boards?

Interested in how they ride, paddle, etc.(really I am)

How do you repair one?

Their snowboards are INCREDIBLE - most innovative brand on the hill, so I'm very excited to see these surfboards in action! Sounds a lot like the same kind of construction they use for snowboards (ie: heat/pressure mold or some method fusing all components together in a press

Certainly takes the "shaping" aspect out of it, but man I'm excited about this. If their surfboards are anything like their snowboards, these things will become the wave of the future (libtech is the company that gave snowboarding reverse camber, reverse sidecut and magnetraction: all of which are being copied by other companies as a standard now). 

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i want one of those libtech boards . hey huie i got a eps i done with full carbon and it looks really techy. but the carbon is in long strips and it looks like lotsa little pinline. i mite post a picture. surfed it in solid indicators yesterday and it went ok. good not worrying about smashing holes in the rails on the rocks. the carbon was a bitch to cutlap over foam. mite do it over the bottom lam next time

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rubber rails of course are a no brainer. been dreaming about that one for ages. surfboards should be softer and have rounded noses. rubber rails and inflatable bottom skin with an inlaid bladder like a surfmat would be cool maybe use that to have adjustable bottom contours. soft layer on the deck with the foot arch and kicker built/molded in so you dont need a stupid grip.

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ah yes

holly returns.. 

gunz blazin..

2004 here he was 10 years ahead

talking basalt glass with greg and bert.

a minimum of 120 degrees of motion in 6 weeks and I'll be back
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hi bernie! how you doing mate. scoring some nice rides i hope

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Mahalo Paul..

still recovering from Knee surgery in december.

hope to get off walking with a cane and back in the water by the end of next month if I can actually stick to my PT schedule.

I think those who don't remember Holly should search delbert pumpernickle's(sp?) posts way back whne he was throwing bits and pieces of his advance tech stuff our way before his daughter got sick and he quit posting.

Personally I learned allot from those days from him and Mike(sabs) posts.

can't wait to see his stuff..

sounds like an ifoam core like what george is using these days and some other new high tech stuff they scrubbed off the aero space industry inthe northwest.

looking at the cost of a high end snowboard these days I'd say they might end up being over priced for the typical "bro-deal" unemployed surfer dude.

a minimum of 120 degrees of motion in 6 weeks and I'll be back
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I just caught the bit about rubber rails and concave decks. Loving what these guys are doing.

Some kite companies have been using rubber rails, but kiteboards take much more abuse to their rails. Rad concept though, love the fact that they are doing their own thing.Still trying to wrap my head around what's going on in their core to handle the rubber rails. I wonder if they are using rolls of urethane and shaping it, our using liquid and molding it?

They may still be too far ahead of their time though. Guys are just barely starting to get the concept of concave decks and rubber rails are going to confound the average surfer.

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Give them time in design the interesting factor is no tech has been used in current surfboards? that being said design will follow.Most that post here are older surfers and the surfers of today are pushing the bounderies  into new realms that we only dreamed of fly awaay kick out versus controlled air? Remember seeing Davey Smith doing airs at the pit in the 70's you get the idea his idols were Bertelmann and Buttons but he had already added to that low gravitational surfing style his own twist.They may be making surfboards for a new generation of surfers so for us any old board will do really but its fun to dream,main thing is you get out there and enjoy the  ride would love to try one too but if it it doesnot fit  it does not invalidate it i am sure there will be some young  gun who will make it fly to the revolution!!!!

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Great 28 minute interview with Lib Tech founder Mike Olson talking about the surfboards: http://www.boardistan.com/

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Update:

looks like 3M provides the secret sauce for Lib surfboards: 

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lib tech dont build carving boards tho. so it would seem are more consumer driven. carving and boardercross imo are asthetic and relevant tecniques. flip tricks and big air are a current trend but no more relevent or difficult to master then other styles of boarding

"The biggest and most important extreme sport event, the X Games, were held for the 16th time in Aspen from 26th to 29th January, 2012, and Kessler boarders were once again extremely successful. Nate Holland (USA) followed on from his win at the last SBX World Cup and secured 1st place in the competition in Aspen. After Norway’s Stian Sivertzen tumbled, Holland took the lead and confidently won the gold medal. Sivertzen’s compatriot, Jayson Hale (USA) was able to make his way through the chaos and won the bronze medal for Kessler. Unfortunately, Lindsey Jacobellis was sidelined for the women’s SBX contest due to an injury. However, Alexandra Jekova (BUL) delivered another medal winning performance, as per her previous World Cups, and made her way to the victory podium for Kessler winning the silver medal. The result:  Kessler cleans up the medals at the Winter X Games in Aspen winning more than 50% of the awarded medals."


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good luck with your knee bernie

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and I'll bet the concave deck is interesting too - wonder if thats aimed at paddling control or if they're taking a page out of skateboard tech and hoping it will allow for easier kickflips on surfboards

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Weather we like it or not I have a feeling surfboard materials and tech are about to blow up.  I worked in the snowboard industry for a while and they practically have NASA levels of engineering and tech going into there boards.  Who know's 20 yrs from now the snowboard industry could be feeding off surfboard tech.   Its a constant evolution of learning from are past materials and shape and progessing that to the future.  

    I'm really surprised no mag that I know of has done a hands on review of the boards yet.

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PNGmangi wrote:

Weather we like it or not I have a feeling surfboard materials and tech are about to blow up.  I worked in the snowboard industry for a while and they practically have NASA levels of engineering and tech going into there boards.  Who know's 20 yrs from now the snowboard industry could be feeding off surfboard tech.   Its a constant evolution of learning from are past materials and shape and progessing that to the future.  

    I'm really surprised no mag that I know of has done a hands on review of the boards yet.

This is why I like surfing better than snowboarding now... kinda hard to build your own decent snowboard in your garage

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I looked at some yesterday...

Looked space age, thin, and a bit heavy compared to most hpsbs.

TaylorO

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I do think they're taking a step in the right direction, but to really progress the sport and the materials we use someone needs to take a scientific approach and test each individual material to see what its merits and downfalls are. Kind of like what some people on sways do. 

That being said, I'd love to get my hands on one and try it out. I'd also love to see them take other shaper's shapes and produce them with the same technology, just to see if all these fancy new materials actually make a difference. 

It is nice to see someone use technology from another industry in mass produced surfboards. It's been too many years of foam and fiberglass. (Although so far that's worked pretty well...)

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Here's a test video if anyone wants to see it... They seem super thin but seems bouyant enough. I'm curious how it handles in bigger surf. 

This kinda makes me wanna put a concave into my next deck too - wonder how that would affect the feel of the bouyancy points though

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