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Faster, Lighter, and Stronger: The New Tricked-Out Surfboards
CULTURE
Faster, Lighter, and Stronger: The New Tricked-Out Surfboards
by Ami Kealoha
on 23 February 2006
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On 5 December 2005, a day now known as “Black Monday” in the surfboard industry, the major manufacturer of the foam “blanks” that form the board's core, Clark Foam, shut its doors, ending an almost 44 year monopoly on the market. No one knows exactly why owner Grubby Clark ceased production (he cites increasing regulations and pressure from the EPA, who denied the claims), but the resulting upheavals in surfboard-making technology and materials may be one of the biggest developments to shake surf history in recent history.

Two recently-introduced lines, Salomon S-Core and Nev Future Shapes, are unlike anything surfing has ever seen, using new materials in radically different ways. The S-Core’s hollow design (based on airplane wing construction) and the Future Shapes’ unique parabolic design represent the cutting-edge in new surfboard technologies.

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