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New Found 2014 Bodyboards Features Explained

A quick question and answer session with Rob Barber to get things explained in simple lingo. robfoundboard_10 This is an awesome new range with some incredible new features, but what do the technical terms mean... 1.     In layman’s terms, what is Skintec? A high impact and durable composite material is used as a compression pad to avoid the dreaded elbow divots and creases. We’ve all seen a good board begin its slow death when elbow divots appear! These are created through flexing the board in to swooping bottom turns and cutbacks. The Skintec’s main aim is to stop this and to create better projection for a longer period of time. So more bang for your buck! Skintec is also supplied on some of the models as an underlay (a layer between the deck skin and the core) to create an all over strength to the board. The Skintec is also seen in some models as a strip that runs the length of the rail, creating a compression strip that improves projection in a similar way than the Parabolic rail system works on the NMD boards. All clever stuff that Mitch Rawlins reckons is the key to having your boards keep its life for longer. So very good news for your average rider! 2.     Thermaflex What is Thermaflex? The combination of a Skintec underlay and Exo mesh layer (many of us Brit’s call it x flex) negates the need for a stringer in a board.  For a long time we have been considering what works best in our chilly waters and this could well be the answer. It’s big news for us Brit’s. It offers great flex and strength but has no stringer. So it’s a touch lighter and doesn’t just have recoil focused on the central shaft, but across the whole board. Think about that for a minute… a board with out a stringer. It makes sense to lessen the rigidity of a board in our Baltic waters, but it keeps the recoil, winning! 3.     Full Torsion Stringer What does a Torsion stringer do? Found have a technique called precision stringer inlays.  It means that they can place the stringer in to the board’s core during the first stages of production rather than boring it through the core at the end. This technique means that the stringers a perfectly placed and don’t move. This has been a problem with some other brands. The Torsion stringer takes this process to the next level. An elliptical stringer is placed in the board’s core before the board is shaped. The benefits of this means an obvious improvement in strength, less weak points and a huge benefit when you twist through a turn as you get a seamless distribution of projection across the board. Also worth noting, the board isn’t any heavier than a normal single stringer board. Important to remember the position of the stringer when plugging the board. 4.     Single Torsion Stringer What is a Single Torsion Stringer? It’s quite simply the next step on from the standard stringer system that we’ve been using for the last 8 years or so. It has domes at the end, which help to spread the torque when the stringer is flexed so the system works more efficiently. It also benefits from the Precision Stringer Inlay system (it’s positioned in the boards core at the beginning of the boards shaping process). The main difference between a normal stringer and a Torsion stringer is that it is more responsive so each time that you flex the board you get a really good recoil. Which means more speed and control. Again, this is no heavier than a normal stringer. As a point of interest, they are generally 30” long; so bare that and the domed end in mind when plugging the board. Check out the Found 2014 boards technical information below: boards1 boards2 boards3 innovation plugginguidelines
  • December 13, 2013
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