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February 06, 2018

carbon rails › surfboard › usc ›


Magic Mutant

Custom magic little USC Mutant bound for Sydney town . The dimensions are 5'8 by 19 3/4 by 2 9/16th , litres 29.46 . 

Deck art is Red Black Inverted Flower of Life .

The Courier collected this surfboard on Tuesday and it was delivered to Sydney CBD on Friday. Door to Door service Three days by road Gold Coast to Sydney is not bad at all .

A little tip regarding freight .

The best way to receive your board quicker is to have it delivered to a business address between 9am and 5pm . Freight companies much prefer dealing with a business than a residential address. Also making sure someone can sign for it and the receivers end !

February 06, 2017

alien › carbon rails › surfboard › usc ›


Charcoal Step Up

Alien Step-Up for Nick , getting ready when this wave drought breaks on the East Coast of Australia

Custom dimensions : 6'0 by 19 3/4 by 2 3/4 , 33.29 litres.

Artwork is Light Charcoal Resin Tint , check out all the designs here

 

Green Machine

 

Custom foam spray on the deck of this USC Performance Plus built for Jason.

Dimensions are 5'11 by 19 by 2 5/16 , litres 26.83. Instead of the standard pin tail or rounded pin , Jason ordered a swallow tail set up . Which allows a little more area in the tail pod , equals more hold and bite at higher speeds and two distinct pivot points with the swallow design .

Designed for good  to really good waves , well when it's pumping ! Kind of like Indonesia this week , get over there !

Mentawais Surf Tax

Our good mate Harry updated the quiver and headed over to the Mentawais in early August . Trying to get in before the all new Mentawai Surf Tax takes effect . Yes SURF TAX, you can read all about this new tax here at Surfline website.  But basically every visiting surfer will pay from $76 US upwards to surf the Mentawais Region , depending on the length of your stay . Hit the link above or go to the Jakarta Post for the original  breaking story .

Staying near playgrounds area at the Mentawai Surf Retreat  ,he managed to score a variety of waves from fun little setups like Pit Stops

Where he rode his USC TP1 model, perfect for those smaller days in tropics.

Then when conditions turned on he headed round the corner to a much intense set up called Bank Vaults . Its a fast , shallow barreling wave with a heavy inside section .

 

Formula Energy surfer Mike Harris Harry

This type of wave Harry jumped on his USC Hi Performance model . Locked and loaded and looking for some travel time !

Carbon Copy

Flex is a bit of buzz word at the moment when it comes to surfboard design. Materials like Carbon , Kevlar and Inegra are common now when ordering a new board. How does flex relates to the performance aspect of a surfboard ? 

Flex allows your surfboard to build energy through turns when the surfboard's materials change shape.

As you drop into a fast, steep bottom turn, your surfboard's foam will bend or flex into the turn.

This results in more rocker and stored energy. As you come out of this turn and aim for the lip the foam snaps back to its original shape, releasing the stored energy and shooting the surfer out of the turn. A surfer will turn this burst of energy into acceleration, propelling himself into the next maneuver. While the flex characteristics can help your surfing, creating a surfboard design with flex in mind presents challenges. First, the surfboard must walk the line between flex and strength. Secondly, after repeated compression and expansion, a surfboard's traditional wood stringer will weaken, giving it a "dead" feeling.

The recent emphasis on flex resulted in questions regarding stringer placement. A board with a center stringer will be less flexible along the center. However, its rails will flex and wobble which can cause the board to slow. This is called torsion flex. The closer the stringer is to the rail, the more strength or spring it will have along its perimeter which is where the board primarily makes contact with water in turns. It also supports the rail to maintain more of its original rocker shape while the flex comes from the center of the board.

The USC Range is designed with this in mind , using a high quality carbon composite multi directional carbon tape placed along the deck rail line .This type of carbon stores the flex more efficiently than say a single directional carbon .

USC Surfboard Carbon Rail with Gold Pin Line

 This is close up of the woven or multi directional high quality carbon we use on the USC range .

The advantages of using this high quality material which is used in aircraft ,spacecraft builders like NASA, and other highly technical industries which demand excellence is simple

  • Performance
  • Quality assured
  • Longer life span
  • Aesthetics  

Most other Surfboard manufacturers use the single directional carbon composites which actually consist of a low grade carbon and doesn't deliver the same qualities as the uni directional version .

The single directional is fine for small areas like tail patches to prevent heel or toe depression and wear and tear but lacks when compared to the uni directional version especially for performance . 

Formula Energy Surfboard Performance model

 However if you are looking at the stringerless parabolic rail design ,make sure you take a closer look at the carbon used along the rails. The single directional will deliver a lesser performing surfboard and structurally weaker than the multi directional carbon which is  a better performing ,longer lasting quality made surfboard .

Thats why our tag line is : "BUILT TO LAST & DESIGNED TO PERFORM". Make sure you take a closer look !

August 26, 2016

art › carbon rails › nemo › usc ›


Big Nemo

Big Boy Nemo ! With an altered Flower Of Life pattern . If you look closer you will see Grey Petals with Blue Triangles in the background . Its called Tweaked Blue Grey Flower Of Life 

Formula Energy Nemo SurfboardThe Flower Of Life is a sacred geometrical pattern that can be linked to many ancient cultures and civilizations

It is a common symbol of many spiritual and religious teachings around the world. The Flower of Life has been found all over the world in many different religions. It is one of the oldest sacred symbols known to man. It is a geometrical shape that is made up of multiple overlapping circles of the same size .

There is a lot mystery surrounding this ancient pattern ! 

Dimensions on this USC Nemo are 6'4 by 19 3/4 by 2 9/16 , 33.43 litres 

Lot Of Love

Lot of love went into  this surfboard for Tomas its a  USC Hi Performance model

On the bottom is a Resin Tint design called , Three Way Grey Light Blue Charcoal Resin Tint .
Featuring,cleaner deck lines, improved rocker, more forgiving rails and overall a much better, way improved surfboard, all designed for easier rail to rail transitions, and noted quickness coming back out of turns, tail shape "Squash Tail".

 

Formula Energy Surfboard

The Squash Tail design is the most common tail shape you see on modern performance surfboards . 

Talking tail shape can become a little confusing but here is a simple way of understanding some basic ideas. 

Think of a more angular tail as creating more angular, square turns ,like a square tail. A rounder tail will create more elliptical, smoother turns, for example a rounded pin tail.

Take the Squash Tail, a square tail that has been rounded off !

Its Very responsive, the squash tail design provides all the surface and planing area of a round tail, contributing to speed and lift and helping to maintain speed in slower spots.

The rounded corners provide a bit more bite and control than the round tail, and the square end allows the board to release. The corners allow for more pivotal, abrupt turns off the bottom or on the face, but will provide less release off the top. This tail design relies on the thruster, tri-fin setup to maintain control. The squash is the most popular tail for a short-board.

 

Bat Tail

Jacob's custom Bright Blue USC Nemo . Custom Dimensions are 5'2 by 18 3/4 by 2 3/8 , 23.97 litress

Formula Energy Surfboard USC Nemo bright blue foam spray Bat Tail

And of course its got the unique Bat Tail set up ! Similar performance aspects to the swallow tail design , some surfers remark, it adds a little more stability with the extra centre point , but essentially it's a cosmetic point of difference. Really hard to make , but it does look super "cool" !

Nemo Formula Energy Bat Tail Surfboard

 

Black Resin

Harry is a really patient guy and we thank him for waiting a little longer than normal for his custom Nemo !

He wanted the blackest surfboard we could build . Black resin tints are possibly the hardest boards to build , if you strive for perfection !

This USC Nemo deadline got blown out the window ! But we think we delivered on this shooter...

Formula Energy Surfboard USC Nemo jet black resin tint On our social media feed , well known Shaper  Rodney Dahlberg at @dahlbergsurfboards commented on our Instagram feed 

Probably the hardest board in the World to make especially EPS/Epoxy! Don't leave in a hot car!!@formulaenergy

 

Very true, you definitely don't want to leave this board in a hot car for very long .

Although this board is a PU blank with Polyester resin it's still a valid point . The amount of thought and processes that goes into a black resin surfboard is incredible .

We are super stoked how it came out ! Black On Black !

Black Resin Tail close up Futures

Black USC Nemo custom dimensions, 5'8 by 19 1/2 by 2 1/2  28.43 litres for Harry 

Nemo Black Resin Tint

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