The Difference Between Epoxy and Fiberglass Surfboards

What’s the difference between epoxy and fiberglass surfboards? This can be confusing to those just starting out and thinking about purchasing a surfboard. To the new surfer a Simon Anderson surfboard is a surfboard. There may be different lengths and shapes, but it may not have crossed your mind that surfboards can be made out of different materials.

Read on to learn the difference between epoxy and fiberglass surfboards.


* Fiberglass surfboards will also be occasionally known as PU or polyurethane surfboards. Fiberglass surfboards have been around for over 50 years and are considered a more traditional surfboard. Fiberglass surfboards are made from a polyurethane interior, and then wrapped in fiberglass material, therefore the name. Fiberglass surfboards can have better flex outside in the waves than an epoxy surfboard, but are simpler to damage.

* Epoxy surfboards have a polystyrene foam core and are then coated with the epoxy resin. It is the epoxy resin which gives this type of surfboard its name. Epoxy surfboards kicked off in the 1990’s, but really gained in popularity after the closure of the Clark Foam factory in 2005, which was a tremendous supplier of the polyurethane blanks for the fiberglass board.

Epoxy surfboards pros and cons when compared to some fiberglass surfboard contain:


* Stronger. Epoxy resin can be just as much as 35% stronger in relation to the resin used on a fiberglass board. This makes an epoxy board an ideal selection for those who are beginners and prone to dings, kids and adolescents, those people who are on and off planes in pursuit of the best wave, and those who surf near rocks.

* Floats better. An epoxy surfboard has better buoyancy than the usual fiberglass plank, making it easier to paddle, float, and ultimately get waves, making them a great option for those surfers just starting out.

* Lighter. The polystyrene foam inner used in a epoxy surfboard weighs less in relation to the polyurethane internal in a conventional surfboard, making for a lighter weight under the arm on your way to your local break.

* Less prone to waterlogging. Waterlogging is a term used to describe the occurrences where your surfboard takes in water as time passes. The end result is a yellow surfboard that weighs a ton, and performs like a dog. Because of the manufacturing procedure, waterlogging is pretty much going to occur to your fiberglass surfboard at some stage, either due to dings and dents that let the water in, and in addition included in the aging process of your board. Due to the harder nature of an epoxy surfboard, waterlogging is much less of an issue.

* Some surfers prefer the feel and functionality of a traditional fiberglass surfboard.



The difference between epoxy and fiberglass surfboards comes down to the various materials involved with making them. An epoxy surfboard is made using a polystyrene core and afterward is coated with an epoxy resin. Fiberglass surfboards are regarded as conventional surfboards and have a polyurethane center and are subsequently covered with the fiberglass cloth. Epoxy surfboards are newer in technology, weigh less, float better, and are stronger than a fiberglass board. Epoxy surfboards feel different into a fiberglass surfboard out in the water, and eventually it’ll come down to personal choice as to which satisfies the person best.

DEGR33 (Degree 33) Surfboards is a cutting edge surfboard business based from San Diego, CA. We focus on bringing high end surfboards to the general public for entry level prices.

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