DEGREE 33 SURF BLOG
EPOXY SURFBOARDS: PROS VS. CONS
February 24, 2020 8 Comments
Epoxy surfboards started to become popular in the 1990's. Prior to that for the last 40 or so years, traditional fiberglass surfboards were what the masses surfed with.
Click the link & see for yourself. It's a short but painful read.
Mark it up to me being a crotchety old codger, but it really bugs me that some in the industry continue to promote this ignorance.
There is no such thing as an "epoxy surfboard", and to contrast it with a "fiberglass surfboard" (which also really doesn't exist) is just stupid. As if a surfboard with epoxy resin doesn't have fiberglass in the lam, or composite skin, really?
I guess the blog entry does contain a few valid points, but mixing it in with false and misleading statements is just plain irritating to me.
Maybe I'm just being picky. This sure does seem to be the way the corporate surf industry is heading: keep 'em ignorant, and spoonfeed 'em with half truths and false ideas, like this...
* (epoxy surfboards) Don't get waterlogged. This is a pretty important consideration. Once a traditional fiberglass board gets dinged or cracked, the water starts to leak into the surfboard. Two things then start to happen. Firstly the surfboard gets heavier and will not float as well.(Think about the weight of a wet towel versus a dry towel.) Secondly, the surfboard starts to discolor, delaminate, and if you let it go on for long enough, rot . Eventually the water logging will force you to get a buy a replacement. Epoxy surfboards are nice and durable so this won't ever be a day to day concern for you like it would be in a traditional glass board.
(epoxy surfboards) Weigh less. A traditional fiberglass surfboard may well weigh 30 pounds. Epoxy surfboards come in a lot lighter than that. This can make for an enormous difference when lugging your surfboard down the beach or over the rocks to get in the water.
With all the horror in the world today, does it really even matter anymore?