Fiberglass surfboards have been around a long time. Epoxy surfboards were introduced to try to compete with the fiberglass design. Unfortunately, boards made of epoxy have a few disadvantages when compared to fiberglass boards. Some of these disadvantages include customization, flex, cost, and responsiveness. This article will discuss some of the disadvantages of epoxy surfboards when compared to those made of fiberglass.
One of the first disadvantages of epoxy surfboards is customization. Many surfers like to customize their board specifically for themselves. Fiberglass boards can be customized easily. However, epoxy boards can’t be customized except to change the flex and tune the rails. Many people also don’t know how to work with epoxy correctly, a problem you won’t experience with fiberglass boards as most shops know how to work with them.
One of the next disadvantages of epoxy surfboards is their flex. These boards are extremely stiff. This stiffness causes the board to have a tendency to behave unpredictably. This is a problem whenever you’re surfing in anything other than perfect conditions. Fiberglass boards are much less stiff, so you don’t have to worry about them behaving unpredictably in certain conditions.
Epoxy surfboards work well on waves that are lower than the height of your head. However, you will likely experience problems if you ride a wave that is taller than you are. This is due to the fact that epoxy surfboards are light and very buoyant. Therefore, it may be harder to bury a rail when you need to turn. These boards will be harder to control whenever you’re going fast.
One of the final disadvantages of epoxy surfboards is their cost. The materials used to make these boards cost a lot more. You can usually expect to pay at least $50 more for epoxy surfboards than you would for those made from fiberglass. Some boards can cost as much as $150 more.
These are some of the disadvantages of epoxy surfboards when compared to the fiberglass variety. Unlike fiberglass boards, those made of epoxy can’t be customized except to change the flex and tune the rails. Epoxy surfboards are also much more stiff, so they will have a tendency to behave unpredictably in certain conditions. One of the biggest disadvantages of these boards is that they cost more than fiberglass. You can expect to pay from $50 to $150 more for a surfboard made from epoxy.