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soft board technology

Postby scottnorby » Thu Feb 26, 2015 9:59 am

I have been working with Tom Morey, who invented the boogie board, on soft technology surfboards. Not soft tops or throw away beginner boards....but high performance boards made of softer "memory foam" used in aerospace and car bumpers.

High tech meets soft tech.
The advantages are obvious--throw it in the back of your truck---no dings---no pressure dents---no broken ribs---no eyes gouged out.
For me, I have sustained two injuries (hip and knee) and i see the orthopedic advantage of less impact on the joints.
Not that it would be an old mans board---but it could prevent injury.

I have a 6 foot 4 version of a board that they designed.
But I am asking them to make one much smaller.
Hoping for summer demo versions.
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Re: soft board technology

Postby Salmonslayer » Thu Feb 26, 2015 10:39 am

scottnorby wrote:1.The advantages are obvious--throw it in the back of your truck---no dings---no pressure dents---no broken ribs---no eyes gouged out.
2. Orthopedic advantage of less impact on the joints.
3. Around $400 new


Durability, user friendly and a very good price relative to other choices.

I am assuming this would be a directional board.

Why hasn't it been done for surf boards?

You did not mention performance differences, if any.

I would be interested in demo'ing and buying a board with the advantages you listed as long as there was no significant loss of performance.
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Re: soft board technology

Postby C.J. » Thu Feb 26, 2015 10:52 am

Sounds like a good route for a travel surfboard.

Make it a split board
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Re: soft board technology

Postby scottnorby » Thu Feb 26, 2015 11:25 am

PMCD there is no performance loss at all. In fact the foam allows for more dramatic shapes and "sharp" edges that wont crack your head open.

It has been done for surfboards.
But alas that average surfer is more concerned with "traditional build" than technology.
There is a new breed of younger surfers who are tearing it up on softcore boards---even at pipeline.
Skimboarders have also found the softcore advantage.
But the ego gets in the way for a lot of surfers.

Kiters are much more likely to grab on to technology that makes sense.
Sometimes surfers are "too cool for their own good"

I ride Tom's longboard design in which he won a notable shaping award for.
It is 9 feet long with sidecut like a snowboard.
The sidecut, and soft core, allow the board to twist in the center so the single fin hangs in while on the nose.
Its an amazing board and if beat the crap out of it for 6 years---it wont die.
My other glass boards now feel archaic.
One day, surfing in Seaside, a guy pointed to my board and said "probably not a good day for beginners"
Ive surfed 20 years and had no reason to make an issue of it.
I didnt respond---i just paddled out and hung 5 thru a long barrel right in front of him.
Performance proves the point.
Im an ok surfer, but softcore makes the risks less ...and the risks you take greater.
My surfing improved a lot with such a board.
So now i want them for kiting.

Another great advantage of soft core surf boards----silence.
No chatter.
The longboard is called "the swizzle" and i call it the "silent swizzle".
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Re: soft board technology

Postby scottnorby » Thu Feb 26, 2015 11:26 am

Cj...split board...hmm good idea.
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Re: soft board technology

Postby eric » Thu Feb 26, 2015 12:07 pm

I would totally rock a soft board if it was dope. No more heel dents would be tight.

I have put my foot through my current board 4 times so far, working on the next time now. The repairs are legit, but the board is slowly getting heavier.

If this would eliminate that, I am in 100%.

Make it happen! No need for foot straps inserts though, I mean who uses those anyway?? :D
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Re: soft board technology

Postby C.J. » Thu Feb 26, 2015 12:09 pm

with surfing and skimboarding you're not going to be applying as much force to the board as a kiteboard since 1. behind a kite you are applying high traction force from the kite through the board. 2. we like to jump way higher and land way harder on kite boards. having a soft board might create some new issues/challenges with a kite specific shape.

Still it sounds cool. I have an open mind and would definitely try it and give feedback.

Soft resilient surface but maintains shape is key. I think this is why things like cork inlays on traditional shapes have grown in popularity.

If the shape flexes too much it will sacrifice performance and stability. I know my Naish One inflatable SUP is way harder to balance on compared to an epoxy board. think of balancing on a bosu ball vs standing on a rock.
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Re: soft board technology

Postby Salmonslayer » Thu Feb 26, 2015 12:12 pm

eric wrote:I would totally rock a soft board if it was dope. No more heel dents would be tight.

I have put my foot through my current board 4 times so far, working on the next one too. The repairs are legit, but the board is slowly getting heavier.

If this would eliminate that, I am in 100%.

Make it happen!


I agree. With no perceivable downside in performance, there is no reason not to look at this board technology.

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Re: soft board technology

Postby scottnorby » Thu Feb 26, 2015 12:18 pm

Point taken cj.
But a laminated I-beam or T-beam stringer is very strong.
Flexes but doesnt snap in half.
Reverse the curve on the stringer and it coud be even stronger.
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Re: soft board technology

Postby eric » Thu Feb 26, 2015 12:21 pm

Scott, can you get any of these boards here to try? like, say, this one:

http://www.surfhardware.com/shop/softbo ... -softboard
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