Some technical details

Avoiding delamination and warping of your board As we pull out our band new board and go play in the water, we rarely think just how much stress is at play both outside and inside the board. Nowadays, most boards that will cost over $1000 reach that price because of the type of construction and materials used. An SUP goes through far greater stress and loads than a small surfboard. Loads are much more similar to those encountered on a windsurfing board. It makes sense to demand a sandwich construction board for your SUP or Windsurfer. You can gain tremendous strength and own a lightweight, responsive board as a result. However what many boards are missing, is pressure equalization through core and outside temperatures. If you take a board from a warm environment and place it on cold water, the resulting temperature difference will cause the board to attempt to implode, or suck up any air (and water) that may be allowed to enter the core. Later as the board cools down, if outside temperatures rise ( if you leave the board inside a closed bag, or inside a car or hot garage, the opposite will occur. The pressure from the expanding air inside the board's core will put tremendous strain and compromise the structural integrity of the board.  In extreme cases, boards have blown up and became "balloons". Below is a picture of a Squid board under construction. A Goretex vent has been installed and a deflated latex glove taped around it to test its function. In a more 5 minutes out in the sun, the glove is inflated with air! From the very beginning we have been using Goretex vents that constantly equalize the pressure inside the core, to match ambient temperature and pressure variations . The vents allow air to escape or to ingress onto the board, but totally block water molecules. The board could be submerged under a 20' of water and no water would come inside!! So with Squid boards, you can leave and forget the board whenever, no worries !! The end result is a board that is not constantly being stressed from imploding or exploding forces, resulting in a much better performing and longer lasting board.  When we started Squid Designs in 2008, using Goretex vents, no manufacturer used them.  I found this perplexing.  I believe most reputable brands will have them on their boards in the future. Super glossy boards. We try hard to make our boards as beautiful as we can, but we try not to compromise the quality of the construction in the process. Most super shiny boards will utilize a polyester top coat that is highly transparent and will exude a beautiful glossy surface. This coat adds weight  and is brittle, in particular after about 6 months, the magic time when polyesters degrade and become brittle. We finish our boards with a urethane based product that is much more expensive but protects the epoxy construction from UV rays, while maintaining a satin finish to best show case the wood. We can , however, make the boards with the glossy coat upon customer request. Carbon fiber or wood? Wood sandwich is great way to utilize nature's own " Carbon Fiber". Carbon is best used in tension, and unfortunately it is found in many areas compression areas because of looks or just so it is " made of carbon".  SUP boards go through cycles of compression and tension, and a properly constructed wood sandwich will  produce a superior board that is not only stronger, but also faster on the water. This is particularly important in distance paddling and wave boards. Both the nose and tail area are protected with a block of Paulowina wood, known for its super light weight ( almost same as Balsa) but with the important advantage that it repels water and is a hardwood. It is also super green - planted trees grow harvest size in 3 years. Our oven is not for baking cookies. It cooks boards up to 16' long. It brings up a notch the strength and toughness of the boards  

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