Surfboards - epoxy or fibreglass?

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  • Updated:10 Dec 2007

04.What to look for

Fibreglass surfboard

  • Fibreglass surfboard cross sectionPolyurethane blanks have been the traditional choice for the core of a surfboard since the 1950s.
  • A wooden stringer is incorporated into the core, running the full length of the board to give it extra rigidity.
  • A fibreglass cloth is then laid over the blank like a sheet and cut to shape. The board is then covered in a coat of polyester resin with the shaper controlling the thickness of the resin depending on the properties required for the surfer.

Epoxy board

  • epoxy surfboard cross sectionStyrofoam material is used as the core for the board with fibreglass material and epoxy resin poured into a mould. This results in a hard outer shell and a soft, lightweight inner core.
  • The board is then hand sanded and polished ready to use.



  • Surfboard finsFins are an important part of the boards’ performance and can be altered to suit both the surfing conditions and your experience. Generally, a larger fin area to will give you more drive through the wave while smaller fins will allow you to 'skate' across the wave. When fitting your fins, make sure the central fin is concave on both sides and concave on the outside for the fins on the left and right side.
  • A leg rope is a crucial piece of equipment, as it means you don’t have to swim back to shore every time you fall off your board. A standard length leg rope of around 7 or 8 feet should be fine for most situations, unless you plan on going out in very large surf then you may want something a little longer.

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