Jack Buckingham Reviews The Predator Surfboard !!

Jack Buckingham Reviews The Predator Surfboard !!

JACKS REVIEW
Our Team Rider Jack Buckingham has been surfing The SBS Predator model for over a year now, he’s surfed it in small waves, big waves, pumping waves and mushy waves. So we thought who would be better to give you the lowdown, on how the predator stands up after a year of surfing.  Jack’s review gives you an idea of just how particular we are and how much testing we put our boards through, to make sure they not only surf incredibly well, but they last the test of time too!

 

 

Jack Buckingham

This is without a doubt the best small wave surfboard I have ever ridden

Jack is an SBS Boards Team rider and sponsored surfer who creates daily vlogs about his surf adventures around the UK coast line. Jack regularly surfs for hours a day, creating some great in depth and raw videos that showcase whats it’s like to be a surfer living in the UK. Jack shares the trials and tribulations of surfing in the winter, those daily struggles with cold water, usually pretty windy and rubbish conditions, all in his endeavour to search for those perfect waves. 

The Predator  

The Predator is one of our favourite all-rounders and one of our best-selling surfboard. It’s designed with the perfect balance of high-performance features and modern comfort.

For Jack’s style of surfing, he needed a board that was fast, loose and able to take on almost any waves. The board had to be responsive and adaptable enough to be surfed well in small waves, but really hold well in bigger surf, that’s where the Predator comes in with its hybrid outline, that is shorter, wider and thicker than your average surfboard. It’s got plenty of volume and width upfront under your chest, which is then pulled back into a more refined, rounded pin tail, giving the board a really unique riding style.

The volume up-front gives it that ease of use when paddling and pumping down the line, whilst the pulled in tail keeps it smooth, fast and responsive allowing you to be more agile in tighter sections of bigger waves.

It’s got a super flat rocker throughout, with a little more lift in the nose to help take on the bigger drops, whilst the added extra foam under the chest area really improves paddling speed and catching waves.

ABOUT THE SHAPE

Its widest point is a little further up the board than most conventional shortboards,  allowing for a wider nose and width that is carried through the entire board, giving great speed on any size wave.

It’s gradually pinched down into a foiled rounded pintail, giving less volume in the tail, so you retain that instant rail to rail response of a performance shortboard. It has been slightly tapered in the tail and the nose, giving it a balanced and stable feeling, with a tone of forgiveness in turns. The board’s graduating single concave forces water towards the fins to help generate speed and drive, giving incredible grip in your turns, especially in bigger waves.

The Predator is a really fun, fast and light all-around board that’s going to give you the confidence and speed in bigger waves, as well as the paddle power and wave count in smaller surf. ideal for intermediate – expert surfers.

After 1 year of surfing our Predator surfboard, jack’s board is still in great condition and ready for another year of intense surfing. if you want to check out some of Jacks most recent videos, check out his channel in the link below.  

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Why We Only Make Epoxy Surfboards

Why We Only Make Epoxy Surfboards

Why We Only Make Epoxy Surfboards

At SBSboards we ensure that every Surfboard is designed and manufactured to the highest possible standards using only the best materials available. We continually strive to better ourselves with every board we make, repeatedly improving board design, tuning performance and construction materials, all in our endeavour to create great performance surfboards that are light, strong and durable for any wave rider.

From our very inception SBS boards have favoured the higher performance materials such as epoxy and now use exclusively only Epoxy resin on all our shaping and manufacturing of our surfboards and SUP ranges. We have the belief and mission statement to make the best surfboards we can with the highest performance possible, which is why we chose Epoxy. Over the years the feedback from customers and Team riders on the performance advantages and construction benefits have always been positive. We have found that epoxy is the superior resin and is our number one choice.

Why is Epoxy better than traditional methods

Epoxy surfboards are stronger, lighter & tougher than traditional construction techniques compared to the cheaper materials like (PU) polyester/polyurethane fibreglass boards. It’s widely known that epoxy surfboards are around 30% lighter and 20% Stronger than traditional polyester/polyurethane fibreglass boards and it’s for this reason we use Epoxy “ As who doesn’t want a lighter, stronger surfboard”

Stronger

We are so confident in our construction techniques at SBS Boards that we regularly demonstrate its strength and toughness compared to other poly/pu. This high strength and durability gives us the confidence that if you drop or knock an SBS board it is less likely to break or dying compared to a standard poly/pu board, therefore helping your SBS Board to stay stronger for longer giving you great value for money as you won’t have to replace your board as often.

 

 

 

 

Whiter

The epoxy resin can be much brighter and whiter which is why our boards are some of the brightest and whitest in the UK. Not only this it helps maintain the rigidity of the construction longer keeping that fresh board look and feel for longer

 

 

 

Lighter

Epoxy Resin is well-known for laminating a lot lighter than polyester on surfboards This allows for a stronger strength to weight ratio helping to keep the board lighter and the glass fibre to flex more efficiently. If you have ever picked up an epoxy EPS and then a standard PU polyester board you will notice the massive difference in weight. This weight difference can lead to huge differences in your surf performance as it can give the board incredible flex speed and response making your board feel super sensitive and responsive and also helping to lower your swing weight in turns 

 

 

Better Flex

Epoxy is more flexible than polyester (PU) and maintains the lively flex pattern over time that is typically associated with a new board. Throughout our range, we use Epoxy and EPS construction. which allows us to make lighter, stronger, faster, stiffer, more buoyant and more responsive surfboards than a standard PU construction. Our boards will also keep that lively flex and “pop” over time whereas a more traditional poly-board might become less responsive and flexible with use. The quicker and more responsive flex from Epoxy surfboards especially in our new rapid flex surfboards giving your faster acceleration in the turns and more speed over flatter sections.

Our Construction   Our superfused, closed cell EPS foam core is stronger than standard Eps foam plus its more water resistant not allowing any water to pass through and keeping your boards free of water should you get a ding. Our superfused high-density EPS foam core is much lighter than a polyurethane core found in a traditional POLY/PU board. This makes for a less toxic and more environmentally friendly board, that is stronger and lighter than a typically POLY/PU Board. The foam used in the construction of the cores in the majority of SBS Boards is a superfused expanded polystyrene (EPS) comprised of tiny beads fused and almost welded together to form a strong lightweight core, with a lower impact on the environment and less hazardous to Human health.

If you compare an SBS Surfboard to a typical standard polyurethane surfboard you will immediately feel the difference in weight instantly. POLY/PU construction typically uses a three-pound foam (1.3kg) which means if you had a one-foot cube of foam it would weigh three pounds, expanded polystyrene (EPS), is typically a one-pound foam (453g). Therefore on average, you can lose a third of the weight just from the foam making a huge difference between the 2 types of construction. Using EPS and epoxy allows us to make stronger lighter more buoyant boards, in turn improving paddling speed, planning speed as well as reaction time on the board by decreasing swing weight and making the board feel very responsive with a very reactive flex.

Throughout our range, we use Epoxy, EPS as this construction technique allows us to make lighter, faster, stiffer, more responsive, and stronger surfboards. Our boards will also keep their pop over time whereas a more traditional poly-board might become more flexible with use. We are so confident in our construction techniques at SBS Boards that we regularly demonstrate its strength and toughness compared to other poly/pu. This high strength and durability gives us the confidence that if you drop or knock an SBS board it is less likely to break or ding compared to a standard poly/PU board, therefore helping your SBS Board to stay stronger for longer giving you great value for money as you won’t have to replace your board as often.

There has been increasing movement over the last decade towards alternative sustainable materials such as ECO foams, carbon fiber or a natural combination of epoxy resins, something as a surfboard manufacturer we are continually exploring and developing to try and use sustainable new age materials that are less harmful to the environment and human health whilst being stronger and lighter than the older styles of surfboard construction.

This is the main reason why you might see some of the best surfers in the world competing on the world tour using epoxy boards, 11 times world champion Kelly Slater seems to ride them pretty regularly pushing and developing boards that have a lower carbon footprint and last longer and still perform, this can only be great for the sport of surfing.  

Higher Performance

Epoxy surfboards maintain their lively flex longer than PU boards, that flex is generally quicker and more responsive giving your faster acceleration in the turns and more speed over flatter sections. Epoxy Resins have some incredible performance advantages over polyester Just to leis a few… Epoxy Resin has much Better adhesive qualities as well as superior strength and flex properties. Structurally epoxy surfboards exhibit greater tensile strength meaning more durable in the surf and to dings. Epoxy strength and modulus are close to double that of polyester, thus its Improved resistance to fatigue and microcracking. This helps to keep that original flex for years were as the flex responsiveness can be lost over time on a PU board. This also helps reduced degradation from water ingress giving the epoxy a much higher resistance to osmosis.

Better for the environment

We use epoxy resin because it’s much stronger and less toxic than polyester resin. Polyesters resins contain styrene which is subject to increasingly stringent controls on emissions. Epoxies do not generally cause any problems with atmospheric pollution and epoxy resin has 75% fewer VOCs (Volatile Organic compounds) contained in the resin itself and two-thirds fewer VOCs are released into the atmosphere than from polyester resin (VOCs are a source of air pollution and can be a significant health hazard). 

In our view epoxy is the resins of the future with numerous of different concoctions and applications,Research into renewable, bio-based, epoxy resins such as “super sap” is producing some incredible results, especially when compared to polyester which is less tunable, cheaper more toxic and more, brittle.

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How To Fix A Surfboard Ding

How To Fix A Surfboard Ding

How To Repair A Surfboard  Fast

We have all been there… you’re travelling through a far-off exotic country, you are just about to go out for a surf and the waves look great, but you find out you got a ding from your last session or you damage your board on the way there… what do you do? Some surfers might sit out the session, some might use the handy old gaffer tape or a spare sticker to help keep it watertight and psychos among you might just go in any way, you know who you are…

But what if you had the ability to do a pretty good patch up job on the run to help make your board as good as new.

Its always good to know how to fix your surfboard dings and making a half decent repair can keep your stoke levels at an all-time high. Having a quick solution to make your board watertight and still perform at the highest level that you can do instantly is a must-have skill for every surfer. Especially if you are on a long surf trip having a quick repair guide could make all the difference.

Remember this is a quick patch-up job to get you through your trip or a few sessions and not a comprehensive fix but its just the bare essentials you need to have in an emergency ding repair kit to get you through.

Essential Items

  • Solarez Epoxy Resin kit with (coarse) grit sanding pad.
  • Swiss Army Knife/ pen knife/ scapel
  • Sand Paper (Fine 120-180 grit) small sheets
  • Fibreglass (various sizes or patches) – Get some patches of Fibreglass cloth before you go. (from local shapers or internet)

EXTRAS

  • Sanding block
  • Scissors

Step: 1 Dry Your Board Out:

To ensure your patch job repair lasts you have to dry your board out. if you just been surfing and had a collision in the water with another surfer or got to close to someone’s fins or just dinged it jumping in off the rocks you will want to make sure all the water is out before you make the repair

To get rid of the water there are a few things you can do firstly a few diehards will suck out the water themselves, but if you don’t fancy that leave your board in sunlight or a hot place and the sunlight should evaporate the water soon enough

Step 2: Clean Up

You can’t start fixing your board until you have good foundations so clean up around the dinged area, remove dirt, wax, or any broken stickers and sticker residue, use a wax come or a credit card to remove the wax and any residue left near the ding.

Step 3: Remove Broken Fibreglass

Check first to ensure the cutting area is clear, then see how far the damage goes up your board, cut away any broken fibreglass that’s lost or cracked giving you a clean strong edge to bond with your repair, use the pen knife for this and make sure its sharp, this will help to cut cleanly. (this can be tricky with a blunt blade) Remember to remove the broken fibreglass and any debris left in the ding.

Step 4: Apply Epoxy (Solarez)

Now its time to fill your ding, when applying solarez make sure you do it out of direct sunlight in a shaded place, this will ensure the resin doesn’t set too quickly. Apply a small amount of Solarez directly on to the dinged area ensuring it goes all the way in to avoid any air pockets forming. Try and use more resin than you need and make sure all the edges of the repair are covered to get a watertight seal. To help stop dripping use tape or cardboard to help move the resin around in place.

Once the ding is fully covered apply clear plastic sticky tape over the area to help compress the resin down and flatten the top to make sanding easier.

Step 5: Place In Sunlight (Wait To harden) 

Take the board and place it in direct sunlight and leave it for 3-5 minutes or 10-15 minutes in partial sunlight or a cloudy day, depending on sun levels. The resin will start to harden but leaving longer is always better.

Top Tip – try not to make the repair on a cloudy or rainy day or even at night as it won ‘t cure and the resin will remain soft.

Step 6: Sand Down Resin Until Flat

Once your resin is fully hardened take the sandpaper and start to sand down the excess until its flush with the board. Use the sandpaper to help shape the resin if the ding is in a difficult spot like the nose tail or rails. Sand until flat and remove excess dust.

Step 7: Cut Fibreglass Cloth

Use the scissors from the pen knife or regular scissors to cut a patch from the fibreglass cloth bigger than the size of your ding. A square or a rectangle is best and give yourself a few centimetres overlap each side to help bond the glass to the board.

Step 8: Apply Solarez To Board

Before you apply your fibreglass cloth you need to apply your base layer of solarez to the dinged area, this ensures the fibreglass has something to stick too. Use a piece of cardboard to move resin around keeping an even layer all over the repaired area.

Step 9: Apply Fiberglass And Top Layer Resin

Place your cut out piece of fibreglass cloth over the resin and then apply a top layer of resin over the fibreglass to ensure its fully saturated and covered.

Step 10: Leave To dry

Once fibreglass has been fully applied, ensure all the fibres are covered, place out in the sun for 5-10 minutes to ensure fully cured.

Step 11: Sand Down Flat And Clean Up

Now that the resin is hard we can begin the final stages of sanding, your repair is almost done. Use the sandpaper just as before to sand down the resin until smooth, ensuring not too hard to expose the fibreglass. Once you have got the repair flat and smooth with no lumps wipe off all the excess dust with an old rag or water, visually inspect it and make sure there are no lumps or holes that you missed.

Step 12 Surf

Now you finished your repair you are good to go, surf and enjoy the waves, remember this is a temporary repair and not guaranteed to keep your board watertight for years but should be enough to get your board through a surf trip and a few surf sessions.

For the best repairs, it’s always a good idea to consult your local surf shop or ding repair shop and get it professionally fixed if you are unsure of what to do.

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Why I Love Surfing In The UK !!

Why I Love Surfing In The UK !!

One of the best cinematic surf clips I think we have seen this year representing the UK surf scene

If you a surfer in the UK you might know the hard grind of the winter swell freezing cold water and wind almost no sun and full length 5’4 wetsuits will all the accessories just to catch a few waves. Sometimes It can be tough to get motivated and you might be dreaming of surfing paradise someone else in the world, Bali, Australia or the canary islands. But I think sometimes we forget the simple pleasures of being a surfer in the Uk with some of the most incredible scenery with its beautiful rolling hills and cliff faces on to deserted beaches its one of the most beautiful places to surf in the world in our opinion. Jacks Video highlight just that the beauty of the whole thing from searching for waves to catching a few clean sections on a beautiful sunny day with your mates with some crystal clear water.

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