Surfboards - epoxy or fibreglass?

Find out which is best with CHOICE’s round up of the latest surfboard options.
 
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  • Updated:10 Dec 2007
 

01.Hit the surf

Surfboard
Once daylight savings kicks in and the temperatures rise, the sand, surf and sun start to occupy many people’s thoughts. A new surfboard for Christmas may also be on the agenda, either getting back into surfing to recapture past glory days or maybe pestering the parents about learning to surf for the first time.

Recently, a new type of mass produced epoxy surfboard has arrived on the market which the makers claim is more suitable for novice surfers than the traditional fibreglass surfboard. Surftech are the largest manufactures of this type of board at the moment, producing the Tuflite board, with other companies producing epoxy boards or using different materials and processes than the traditional method including Firewire and Resin8.

All the companies advertise these boards as generally being more durable and more buoyant than a traditional fibreglass board, ideal characteristics for people wanting to get back into surfing after a long layoff period or beginners who may require a bit of help when paddling for a wave.

Please note: this information was current as of December 2007 but is still a useful guide today.


Video: Surfboard comparison

Video: Surfboard comparison

We test a wide range of epoxy and fibreglass boards to see which comes out on top.

We test a wide range of epoxy and fibreglass boards to see which comes out on top.

 
 

 

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