Wednesday, October 1, 2008

Bioboard put to the test in Tavarua

Here's our take on the ever popular bat tail quad.....bioboard style!
Dims: 6'5" x 19 1/2" x 2 5/8"
Weight 6.5 lbs.

Ice9 Cane Formula foam, Hemp deck patch, Bioepoxy lamination. We installed the Pro-Box fin boxes (w/ adjustable fin cant) setup with Futures Vector II's Scimitar 451 fins (Thanks to Larry Allison).

This board wound up going with our friend Jay Robertson from the Big Island of Hawaii on his 2 week jaunt to Tavarua. Although this shape was more geared toward mushy, smaller wave punting, it got put to the test in heaving overhead barrels anyway. Jay said he was really amazed by the board's durability and passed it around to friends. Lucky for us, prolific surf photog and Tavarua pioneer, Tom Servais, was there to capture Jay getting some insane cover-ups (see above photos). 

Here's what one of his friends from Oahu, Dolan, had to say about it:

"..... I rode the quad fin you gave Jay and was impressed with the construction quality and design. The board was a bit wide in the tail for me and the barreling waves we had but rode fast and was able to turn it in the critical turns, again the tail made hard turns a bit difficult but that may have been because we had such good fast waves....What I can tell you is my overall impression of the materials. I am very impressed with the materials you're using and was talking it up within our group. The board was light and stiff and had a overall good aesthetic appeal. I recall seeing absolutely no deck pressures after a week of surfing hollow waves and hard turns. The material is strong and light. As an environmentally-oriented person I am willing to sacrifice a little bit of flex in the blank in order to have a more environmentally sustainabale board that is not toxic and will last longer than the typical polyester board. I have a bunch of old boards under the house I never surf because they are old beat up and have huge pressures on the deck and the like. I would much rather have a couple of good boards that last a long time. "

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