Composites Fibreglass International and Force 9 are working together on sustainable solutions for the surf industry
With these fully recycled composite surfboards, the landscape of surfboard manufacturing could change forever
Using Composite Fibreglass International’s Armacell Struct core (a fully recycled PET structural core material), Force 9 have developed a new fin box technology giving greater strength and performance to the critical fin area of surfboards. These sustainable solutions for surfboard manufacturing could lead the way for change and innovation in the years to come.
Who is Force 9?
Force 9 Surfboards have been manufacturing premium performance surfboards of all shapes and sizes for over 35 years, using the finest quality materials, quality craftsmanship and the newest technologies available.
You can shop their surfboards here.
Benefits of composite surfboards
- Beginner surfers will particularly enjoy the benefits of composite surfboards. Composite surfboards are easier to handle, lighter, and float better, giving them a better chance of catching the wave. The beginner will also appreciate that the lighter surfboard means less impact and injury when colliding with the board.
- Weigh less. A standard fibreglass surfboard may weigh around 15 kilograms. Composite surfboards come much lighter than that, having an enormous difference when dragging your surfboard down the beach or over the rocks.
- Float better. Composite surfboards float better due to their lighter weight and the type of foam in the centre, providing better buoyancy. Beginner surfers will find it much easier to catch a wave with a really buoyant surfboard.
- Less dingable. Composite surfboards are extremely tough and durable, whereas traditional fibreglass surfboards are prone to dings, cracking and erosion.
- Don’t get waterlogged. Once a traditional fibreglass 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 won’t float as well. Secondly, the surfboard starts to discolour, delaminate, and if you let it go on for long enough, rot. Eventually the water logging will force you to buy a replacement. Composite surfboards are very durable to ensure these concerns won’t be for you.
- Last longer. Composite surfboards last much longer.
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