Fibreglass vs. Epoxy. Which surfboard is best for you? – CHOICE


Fibreglass surf boards have ruled the waves for decades. But now there’s a new kind of board on the market and it claims to be stronger, lighter and faster Epoxy boards are genuinely factory pop outs that are finished with an epoxy resin. You’ll find epoxy boards sold under labels like surtech, tuflite, body works and firewire. Their known for being very boyant and easy to paddle. Which is why they can be good for beginners. The dury is still out whether they can match fibreglass for performance. We asked five surfers with different levels of experience to try them out. They compared an epoxy board with a fibreglass model of the same size and design. All in all they trialed eight boards. We also tested the boards in the Choice lab to find out whether epoxy really is more (HELP) than fibreglass This is the Byrne 6 1 HP Epoxy. This is so much more boyant and so much easier to paddle Getting on the waves and stuff like that is heaps easier and going through the flat section of the waves it helps you a lot. It’s pretty much the same when I tested the both of them, it’s just the tuflite is a bit more boyant when you’re paddling it. The tuflite is a bit more slippery on the wave because it’s up a bit higher. I would probably stick with the fibreglass. This is the Byrne 6 1 tuflite. A little bit better, a little bit faster. Maybe a bit too much boynce for my weight. But over all, it’s pretty good, it’s nice and fast. This one’s a tuflite, 7 ft easy rider. When I first tried it out, initially felt really nice. It felt good, it paddled really well through the break. Little bit high in back drive. Took a couple of waves to get used to. But by the end I was getting enough speed to go through the certain flat sections. Tough to say, I probably would lean more towards a polyester board. It was very fun. Surfs almost like a short board. Paddles very well, maneuvers very well. By the end of smaller, flat sections it seems to bob a little bit. But on the open It hits up the wave a lot better Yeah it looks nice, It paddles easily. Easy to carry but it’s not very fast. I think I would probably still stick to the tuflites for the bigger boards though. Just cos they seem not too different from tuflites, as they are much lighter and easier to use. Epoxy floated and paddled like really easy. A little bit harder to duck dive and a little bit harder to turn, a bit stiffer. Definitely paddled better. Probably choose the blue one as the epoxy was a little too thick. If you round the rails. This is tuflite, This ones heaps better, Faster, keeps the speed up no matter where you are on the board. Pretty much all round seems better. The fibreglass is very tanky board, definitely a board of point or something Yeah chunky and hard to surf. Yeah it sort of feels better than the fibreglass board because it’s a bit lighter. The other is heavy on your turns, really enjoyed this board. It rides really well, you can see it’s pretty light when you’re turning it. It felt good. To me it felt better than the other board, the other fibreglass board. It’s a bit more responsive. It’s a lot easier to get used to. 1, 2, 3 Beautiful I think a tufliter’s edge just a bit on most of them If I had to choose one I preferred I would prefer the blue tavish (HELP) fibreglass one. My second would be the girls blue tavish A, was pretty good, I enjoyed that one and that was a a tufflite. The finest board I rode today was probably the 8 4 blue fibre glass one. The best one to paddle was probably the epoxy easy rider 7 ft. But the most high performance was the 6 1 Epoxy I guess I like (HELP) the short board, It’s fibreglass. But I also really liked the tuflite malibu, It was just a lot of fun, really cruisey and easy to use. With the small boards for me I think the surfek were probably better. The mid in between boards, probably the fibreglass boards are better The long board well yeah, I think the tuflite was better. For more details about whether epoxy really is better than fibreglass. Check out choice.com.au

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