I am new to the forum and just finished my first board at a great shaping workshop in Biarritz France and am totally hooked.
I want my next board to have a very strong bottom as that is where I always get my dings but want to do it with the least added weight. I am admittidely hard on my boards so I am thinking about a basalt layer on top of the normal 6oz fiberglass on the bottom for both strength and esthetics. I was wondering what peoples opinion is on this idea or any others that would increase strength without adding a ton of extra weight. As its a nose rider I am not looking for it to be super light but not that much heavier than a normal 6+6 deck and 6 oz bottom. Also if there are any tricks people like when glassing a cotton cloth patch (batik pattern) in the middle of the deck for looks. The board will be approx 9'4" x 23 1/2 x3 1/8 pretty flat rocker and classic nose rider outline if that makes an difference.