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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6 Reasons The Pea Shooter Is Our Ultimate Fun Board

6 Reasons The Pea Shooter Is Our Ultimate Fun Board

6 Reasons The Pea Shooter Is Our Ultimate Fun Board

The Peashooter is one of our most fun boards to surf its got so much potential in any conditions and can be especially fun for a beginner to intermediate surfer. Here are our 6 top reasons the pea shooter is our ultimate fun board.

#1 Can Surf Any Wave

Yep, the pea shooter is one of our most funs surfboards as no matter what the conditions from tinny 1/2 foot surf too well overhead this board can handle it. So much fun in those windy or small surf days and shortboards cant even plane on waves, you can still catch every wave and maximise your time in the surf.

#2 Super Stable

The Peashooter was designed to be really forgiving and beginner friendly making it incredibly easy to ride and even easier to paddle. The high volume and outline combined with thick rails means it will take off earlier in a more stable manner when catching waves. The more volume in the board provides you with extra lift and speed when paddling, meaning when you catch a wave no matter how big or small you’re guaranteed to pop up with ease.

#4 Ideal For The Heavier Surfer

Yep if you carrying a little extra weight or just a heavier set person then the pea shooter is for you, with its wider outline and smooth  flatter rocker this board will paddle so easy and with fuller rails and flatter deck this board is so easy to pop up on especially since it has well over 70 Liters so if your a beginner and 16 stone or under you will have no problem riding this board  and the great thing is the more advanced you the fewer liters you might need to help improve performance.

#3 Perfect For Beginner or Advanced Surfers

The peashooter is really that board that can be used by everyone no matter what your ability. You can rest assured that if a beginner takes it our you know you have got loads of float speed and stability, especially when you just learning to control the board. You can then put this board under the feat of an experienced surfer and they can head out in the quality surf and perform at a very high level.

#5 Get Spotted In The Line-Up

This Boards with its lava resin tint and striking colors will set you apart from the rest, want to be seen in the line up this boards will get you noticed. looking to keep an eye on your friend or son or daughter in the line up this board will be as bright as they come so you can always be seen from the shore.

6 King of the Line Up (Fun Factor)

It’s the most fun board in small waves you can have so fast so easy to paddle you will find endless wave when everyone else in the line-up is struggling to catch even one. if you are surfing outback this board has so much speed and volume you will literally out paddle anyone for a wave giving you more waves and more fun. perfect for the longboarder looking to catch more waves and have more fun whatever the conditions.

STANDARD

Using our Superfused closed cell foam in combination with a bamboo wooden stringer this will be a familiar feel for many surfers duel lamination on the deck and bottom, for a great strength impact to weight ratio and with an impact resistant foam this means far fewer delaminations and better spring longterm in the lifetime of the board, compared to a standard 4x4 lamination our boards come with 10oz of cloth on the deck to resist the pressure and denting you commonly get on other boards.

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Construction

STANDARD

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The BULL…. Our Perfect Surfboard For Every Day

The BULL…. Our Perfect Surfboard For Every Day

The BULL…. Our Perfect Surfboard For Every Day

The Bull is one of our favourites for most of the conditions we get here in the UK windy mushy lumpy waves that aren’t perfect, and yer sure we would all love to be ripping like Kelly Slater on or performance boards in 1 foot mush but in reality we need a little help to create the speed and power required.

The Bull is our answer to the smaller waves of the summer and the windy messy surf of the winter

1 Packed Full Of Volume

The Bull is our most fun short board to date “it does all the work for” just have to sit back and enjoy the ride. The bull is going to thrive in whatever wave condition it in, anything from knee to head high waves to bigger surf, a perfect board for those smaller “mushier” days.

The width and the thickness of the bull means maximum stability while also giving you unparalleled paddle power in the line-up, resulting in you catching more waves easier & faster. It has a slightly narrowed and foiled tail so it will retain that high performance responsive feel in the turns, whilst gliding over flatter sections with ease. The Bull is really going to make those smaller days a whole lot of fun.

2 Its Wide & Super Stable 

This is going to be a great transitional board for beginners or anyone who wants to downsize from a longboard to something a bit smaller. This board is also going to be great for surfers that don’t surf so much on a regular basis as well as advanced surfers who want that little extra speed, power and stability in smaller waves. A great all-around entry-level small wave board.

Overall the Bull is going to be Simple fun and easy to ride, we guarantee this board will make you smile. The bull comes standard as a 5-fin option because it works well as both a thruster fin and a quad fin setup. This board tends to be ridden most often in the smaller surf, but the versatility in the 5-fin setup allows the bull to work in more powerful waves from anything from knee-high to head high.

3 Flat Rocker

One of the most important design aspects of any surfboard is its rocker and the spud stick is no different and as you can see its rocker its pretty flat Its low entry rocker allows it to plane quickly and pick up speed whilst also making paddling super easy. It also has a lot more lift in the tail rocker to allow for hard tight turns without losing speed. This is great for beginner surfers looking to catch more waves or more advanced – expert surfers looking to get shorter in length to leverage the smaller length to improve weight transfer  (nose to tail). Advanced surfers will also love the speed power and flow created on small waves to help boost airs and create tight turns even on the smallest of waves.

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