We are not and never will be a company that is trying to breech new levels of sophisticated design and technology. Our shapes progressively advance from year to year as do the materials we use for construction, however, the core of what we do and how it’s done remains the same.
The majority off all performance surfboards can be divided into two groups…Polyurethane (PU) or Epoxy. However, these terms can be slightly misleading as “Polyurethane” refers to the blanks used for PU surfboards and “Epoxy” refers to the resin that is used on Epoxy surfboards. Epoxy resin is mostly used on blanks that are made specifically for Epoxy (Polystyrene) but, you can actually use Epoxy resin on a Polyurethane blank. PU blanks are glassed with Polyester resin, if you tried to use the Polyester resin on a Polystyrene blank, it would melt. Getting confused yet? Good, it can get even more confusing when you start breaking down the construction…Molded, EPS Epoxy, XTR Epoxy, PU Epoxy, PU Poly…then we can start getting into Parabolic Stringers, No Stringers, Dual Density, Carbon Rails…etc.
With that said, we are going to try and make it very simple for you and we are going to offer two different constructions: PU (Polyurethane) & XTR (Epoxy).
Traditional surfboards are constructed using polyurethane foam, fiberglass, and polyester resin. With all of the advancements in manufacturing technology surfers always seem to come back to the PU boards. The main reason for that is because there is nothing that can replicate the buoyancy, flex and responsiveness of a PU board. Although PU boards are not as strong as some other technologies the blanks are actually heavier and denser. It’s the density and weight that creates the amount of buoyancy you get with a PU board, which in turn determines how your board is going to plane on the water. Ideally you want the perfect amount of sink so you cut through a choppy surface without bouncing or slapping.
XTR Boards are constructed using extruded polystyrene foam, fiberglass and epoxy resin. For years we messed around with the various types of polystyrene blanks and epoxy resins and we struggled with finding consistency in our finished product. The solution was XTR. Javier at XTR is way ahead of the curve with epoxy manufacturing as he has been manufacturing epoxy surfboards for more than 20 years. XTR boards are lighter and stronger than traditional PU surfboards, they are also more buoyant than traditional boards which will definitely affect the ride in rougher conditions. XTR boards are a part of every team riders quiver as we all love them on the right days.
As everything in life, it comes down to personal preferences and what you prefer as an individual. PU… Epoxy??? Who cares, go surf!