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The 3 Types of Stand up Paddle Surfboard Construction

If you’re serious about stand up paddle surfing, then you this article is for you. There are a lot of people who take up the sport for fun or for recreational purposes but on the opposite side of the spectrum are those who are dedicated to the sport and really want to become experts at it. If you’re part of the latter group, then this means you must also learn all that you can about your equipment. So to start you off on this learning quest, let’s take up one of your most important tool: the stand up paddle board.

There are several methods of building a stand up paddle board. This article will help you familiarize yourself with your paddle board’s construction.

1. Traditional Polyester (PU)

Most custom-made stand up paddle long boards or short boards are constructed with a polyurethane core (PU blank) and are then shaped and covered with fiberglass fabric and polyester resin. This involves three processes: first, the shaper molds the blank following the instructions of the rider. Afterwards, the glasser lays the fiberglass sheets over and above the board, and then he saturates it with polyester resin. Then the polisher sands the stand up paddle board to make sure it’s smooth and shiny.

2. Traditional Epoxy

These are similar to the traditional PU stand up paddle boards but are constructed using different materials. The form cores used are the closed cell type, similar to what beach coolers are made of. Also, instead of a polyester resin, epoxy resin is used. This results in a lighter and stronger board.
3. Pop-Out

Pop-outs are the crowd favorite because they are light and very durable. Using a shape mould that is the result of lots research and development, a foam blank is crafted and is then subsequently covered with fiberglass and epoxy resin using a method that involves extreme heat and pressure. The process results in a shell that lasts longer than the ones made via the traditional method. The stand up paddle board is then painted over and the resulting product has a plastic-lie finish.

This is by no means an exhaustive explanation of all three types of construction but, now that you’ve read this, the next time you step up on your stand up paddle board, you’ll know exactly what’s keeping you afloat.


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