Frequently Asked Questions
Absolutely. Every single one of our boards, poly and EPS, are handbuilt from the ground up. We have some of the best craftsmen in the world working with our brand and we take great pride in our building process.
Our long-time Japanese friend Yu Sumitomo and his team of builders from Thunderbolt Technologies Japan are the geniuses behind our production boards. They are 100% the only people in the world building boards of this quality with these performance characteristics.
Not that much. A traditional surfboard known as a “poly” board is a board made with a polyurethane foam blank and glassed using polyester resin. An “EPS” surfboard is made out of an expanded polystyrene foam blank and glassed with epoxy resin. Either form of the blank can be used to build a board using nearly the same traditional shaping and lamination processes.
The primary performance differences are in the flexural characteristics of each material. Fiberglass is “stretchier” than carbon fiber, so boards laminated with fiberglass are easier to flex and have a rebound rate that is smooth and consistent. Carbon fibers take more energy to flex but once flexed, the rebound rate is very fast, making the boards accelerate out of turns with added projection.
Lighter surfers will often prefer the fiberglass exterior lamination as they can create more flex and let the internal flex control components of the Thunderbolt blanks come into full play. Heavier surfers who have more ability to flex the carbon fiber boards can get even more power from the carbon fiber rebound.
Surfers at all size can surf the fiberglass laminations and experience the Thunderbolt projection. Generally, save the carbon fiber boards for larger (175+ pounds) or for chasing barrels.
We have recommended fins for all of our models on each of our surfboard product pages.
No more than any poly board. Dark colors melt wax no matter what the building process is. We highly recommend keeping any and all surfboards in the shade or a bag to get the most life out of them.
Life happens and if you need to repair a ding, use the same repair process as with any Epoxy board. Epoxy resin only(!) is the key thing to remember. We recommend using a professional to repair boards to keep them as close to original condition as possible.
Shipping costs by region:
- U.S. – $125
- New York – $175
- Hawaii & Alaska – $250
- Outside US – Please call (760) 650-4321
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