soft board technology

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Re: soft board technology

Postby scottnorby » Sat Aug 15, 2015 11:18 am

Eric,
Sorry for the late reply Ive been busy.

We can connect the dots at some point.
Right now the board is nomadic------out on the road with another kiter, and Jason Slezak is up next to ride it and gopro his session.
Scott R took it to the gorge and was going to give Jason a session on it.
But the wind didn't cooperate so the board is coming back to Seattle again.

If you, or anyone, is heading to hood river soon.....please let me know.
You can use the board, as long as you give Jason a gopro session on it while you are there.

if anyone is heading that way please pm me.

Here is another video of surfing the board in California a couple weeks ago.
https://vimeo.com/135988292
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Re: soft board technology

Postby KitesofFury » Sat Aug 15, 2015 3:21 pm

Yes. I would love a 5'4 for strapless airs.
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Re: soft board technology

Postby scottnorby » Sat Aug 15, 2015 3:29 pm

Well fury.....hit up the website and drop and email to silencersurfboards@gmail.com

We could make a 5'4 but the 5'6 is already designed and ready to ride.

We are looking at making the 5'6 and the 5' (pocket rocket) .

I recommend the 5'6 so you can paddle surf it also.
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Re: soft board technology

Postby scottnorby » Sun Aug 16, 2015 4:03 pm

I have two to demo. And two guys in the area have them so you will likely see them at jetty.
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Re: soft board technology

Postby scottnorby » Thu Aug 20, 2015 1:41 pm

Backordered but we are getting a couple orders out for some locals.
If anyone is interested just pm me.
I am asking them to shape a few for PNW guys and ship for free.
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Re: soft board technology

Postby scottnorby » Sat Aug 22, 2015 12:30 pm

PNW boards being shaped now.
Zach's is up first.
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http://silencersurfboards.com/2015/08/2 ... ng-shaped/
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Re: soft board technology

Postby scottnorby » Mon Aug 24, 2015 7:52 pm

Zach---weve been trying to reach you. Need to know what rail color you want?
And what fin setup? 1,2,3,4 or 5 fins.
Fcs or futures?
Its your lay up....

Please email me or the gmail.
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Re: soft board technology

Postby eric » Tue Aug 25, 2015 8:37 am

I think PSKite can answer for Zach.

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Re: soft board technology

Postby BeRad » Sun Oct 09, 2016 9:36 pm

So what's the verdict on these boards? Anyone besides Scott (and maybe Zach) end up adding one to their quiver?

With all my money going towards foiling related gear these days I can justify spending exactly zero dollars on dedicated kite gear but I figure with two young kids that are learning to surf this board may be able to replace a "hardtop" for traveling assuming I can kite and occasionally paddle it and my kids can play around in the shorepound with it relatively safely.

Just curious if anyone has some first hand experience riding it or has a used one they'd like to part with?

Scott,
Is this board essentially the same thing that was offered back in the day by Tom and then CatchSurf?
From the pics they all look to be the same board. What exactly did "Silencer" change? (your website leaves a lot to be desired...)
Also, I noticed you posted a new video which looks like Surflight may now be shaping the boards.If so, any reason for the change?

https://vimeo.com/177913946

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Re: soft board technology

Postby scottnorby » Mon Oct 10, 2016 8:22 am

The website/blog is not up to date and is being redesigned for the new boards.

The older photos and videos (2015) on the website show a board similar to a Catch Surf, yes.
Those old boards were prototypes.
But the core of these old silencers, and the shapes are quite different from Catch surf.
Catch surf boards are well built but do not have hand shaped rails and are not high performance.
Fun to surf but nothing you would want to try and kite with.
The 2015 Silencer did not have urethane coated rails either.

The 2016 boards were made with licensed Surflight technology, yes.
Parabolic stringers for strength and proper flex.
EPS core
Epoxy 6oz top and bottom
EPP softer foam on the rails.
Then coated with cush skin (1/4" thickness)
Rails are double coated with urethane similar to skateboard wheels...very tough stuff.

There are a few guys riding the 2016 boards which were made with this technology.

However, the 2017 five six has a flatter rocker and sharper rails than what those riders have now.
The 2017 version of the FIVESIX will be going into production soon.

Surflight has been making tough surfboards with this technology for 15 years and they are well tested.
As an example: Mark Occhilupo (world class surfer) has purchased two he rides at home in Australia.
There are a few hard chargers surfing Jaws (off maui) and many guys charging the north shore of Hawaii where the boards are made.

Since the technologies Silencer and Surflight used were so similar it made sense for the two to merge.
Jim Richardson (Surflight owner) is at home on the North Shore finalizing a couple of necessary material needs.
The cushy skin on the boards is a proprietary design Jim worked on perfecting for many years.

There hasn't been anything posted on the website lately because of the many changes in the works including two dedicated manufacturing facilities in California and here in WA.

The 2017 five six will be available as soon as the skin manufacturing is complete.
Also, the boards can be made custom---or designed from measurements, or a scan,of an existing surfboard you love.

PM me and I will see how I can get mine to you so you can check it out.
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