X-2 Molded Epoxy, the term molded epoxy comes from the fact that this type of board is produced in a mold that was created off of a master shape. Every board that comes out of a specific mold has identical dimensions. X2 is a type of Molded Epoxy, it is the proprietary type of molded epoxy used only by Global Surf Industries. X-2 Epoxy construction is a multi-layered sandwich construction using epoxy resin, woven fiberglass and sheets of thin wood veneer wrapped around a Nanoweld EPS core. This construction method produces a light, extremely durable surfboard that's particularly strong on the deck. The durability and strength of X-2 Epoxy is great for any board but makes them ideal for SUP's and bigger volume boards. X-2 Epoxy boards feel solid under your feet and can take an absolute beating while maintaining their appearance for many years.
We recommend X-2 molded epoxy boards for: surfers who like to travel, bigger surfers and heavy beach break conditions where other boards are prone to breaking.
EPS surfboards are made from an expanded polystyrene foam core. EPS is a type of foam, also known as styrofoam or bead foam. Polystyrene beads are expanded to their desired density by using steam and a variable quantity of beads in a mold. EPS foam is hand shaped like a P/U blank and is fiberglassed by hand again like a polyester glassed surfboard. On the rack and finished, besides being lighter, it’s nearly impossible to tell an EPS board apart from a polyurethane. But if you looked closely at the two different blanks, you’d notice the size of the EPS cells are bigger. EPS blanks are glassed with epoxy resin and need to be repaired with epoxy resin as well. People confuse hand shaped EPS/epoxy boards with molded epoxy boards. People typically mean molded epoxy when they say "epoxy" not EPS. EPS boards are lighter than a polyurethane construction. Because of the strength to weight ratio, EPS is great for high volume and high performance surfboards.
We recommend EPS for: the surfer who needs a high volume board or the advanced surfer who is riding very high performance, light boards.
PU generally means a polyurethane blank combined with polyester resin. Polyurethane is a type of plastic foam, the most common type used in surfboard manufacturing, usually employed together with polyester resin. Polyester or PU construction uses traditional materials and laminating techniques to produce a strong, reliable surfboard with high quality finishes. Polyester construction will perform in all surf conditions and can be adapted to suit a wide variety of surfboard models. PU boards can be completely customized and is a great choice for all abilities, custom paint jobs and easier repairs.
We recommend PU for: all abilities, surfers who want traditional materials, who want to customize their board.
FutureFlex represents the very latest in surfboard technology and design. Future Flex is a proprietary product used only on our Global Surf Industry surfboards. The FF construction process combines a stringerless, high-density custom shaped EPS core laminated with biaxial fiberglass, epoxy resin and a parabolic carbon fiber frame. The carbon fiber frame within the laminate is the key to the performance of these boards. Designed to maximize speed and drive while minimizing twisting, FutureFlex boards essentially store and release energy as the surfer transitions through a turn. The result is a fast and lively, highly responsive surfboard that's perfectly geared for high performance surfing.
SLX epoxy construction produces a controlled flex pattern by combining the versatility of epoxy materials with the added advantage of reduced weight. SLX epoxy is a proprietary product used only on our Global Surf Industry surfboards. All SLX boards have an EPS core with a high-grade timber stringer, which is laminated by hand using epoxy resign, biaxial fiberglass and a specialized construction process. Featuring a high strength-to-weigh ratio, and designs CNC milled directly from the shapers files. SLX boards feel light, responsive and are very sensitive under your feet. These boards are extremely versatile, easy to ride, and can be used in wide variety of conditions.
Carbon Vector (CV) construction delivers unmatched performance by harnessing the flex characteristics of epoxy and the strength of carbon. CV combines a stringerless, high-density custom shaped EPS core laminated with biaxial fiberglass, epoxy resin and a distinctive carbon fiber webbing, (positioned on the bottom and around the rails). The carbon fiber webbing serves to evenly distribute tension across the entire surface area of the board to produce a lively, yet controlled flex pattern with remarkable memory recall. The biaxial fiberglass on the deck serves to add strength and also help prevent delaminating. CV boards feel fast, light and highly responsive in all conditions. Created by GSI to compliment a range of board models and designs, this construction has proven to have superior flex properties over our other board technologies by up to 20%.
The length of a surfboard is the measurement from the tip of the nose to the tip of the tail. Finding the right length surfboard can be frustrating so we will try to keep it simple. If your board is too big you won't be able to control it well and if your board is to small, standing up and catching waves will be difficult. The goal is to find the surfboard that is the right fit for you, what we consider when we recommend a proper length is your height and weight, your ability, the type of waves your riding and your age.
Height & Weight: We want to make sure you have enough float for your size. If you're to heavy for a board you will float to far below the water line and feel sluggish, if you're to light for a board you will float to high above the water line and you will have trouble with control.
Ability: A newer surfer will have more success on longer, slower waves otherwise known as point breaks or reef breaks. A longer board works best on slower waves. As you progress and get more skilled if you are still riding slower waves the length of your board may not change. You don't always go to shorter board just because you're becoming a better surfer. A more skilled surfer has more leeway with the length of a board
Wave Type: Think of waves as fast and slow, as we mentioned above slower waves that tend to have longer rides are point breaks. Quick waves that break fast and close to the shore are beach breaks. Point breaks require longer boards, beach breaks require shorter boards.
Age: As much as we hate to admit it we slow down as we age, sometimes the shoulders don't paddle are well, legs don't pop up as quick. We like to take age into consideration so that when we make a board recommendation we get the full picture.
For most people there isn't just one optimum length or model board, we take all your info into consideration and give you some options. For example, if you should be riding a 9'0 Magic model but a 9'0 doesn't fit in your apartment we will find a solution like a 8'6 Mega Magic as a 2nd choice option. The Mega Magic is shorter but wider so you get your float in a slightly shorter board.
The width of a surfboard is the measurement from one rail to the other at the widest point of the board, usually at the middle of the board. The wider the board is, the more stable the board will be in the water.
The thickness of a surfboard is the measurement of a board from deck to bottom at its thickest point. The thickness of the board determines how buoyant the board is (the thicker the board the more buoyant), how well it paddles and how maneuverable the board is in the water.
The square tail can be considered the original tail design, today there are a variety of tail designs which function in different ways and in different conditions. Most of our high performance longboards have the Rounded Squash tail, which is a diamond tail with rounded corners. By rounding the corners you get smoother turns... and less dings without the points on the rails.
The rocker is the curve of the surfboard from nose to tail when looking at it from the side. Nose rocker refers specifically to the curve of the board at the nose section. The greater the curve of the nose rocker is, the less likely the nose of the board is to dig in to the face of the wave. The tail rocker is the curve of the board at the tail. A more extreme tail rocker results in a more maneuverable board.
The precise measurement of the foam inside your surfboard or the product of your board's overall length, width and thickness.
An art tool that sprays paint using an air compressor, this is the most common method of painting a surfboard. Color options are virtually endless. You can airbrush both PU or EPS blanks.
Liquid Tints can be added to polyester, epoxy and vinyl ester resins to achieve a colored transparent resin which will allow light to pass through which allows the center stringer to show. Resin tints are only used on PU boards they cannot be used on EPS foam boards.