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Channel Islands introduces SPINE-TEK
A collaboration with Shapers Australia to launch SPINE-TEK; a precision engineered stringer spine utilising a unique composition of fibreglass and resin. SPINE-TEK is based on the principles of elastic energy, to flex under pressure and then return the surfboard back to its natural rocker, providing surfboards with a more lively and responsive feel.
Performance through innovation, SPINE-TEK® is a world’s first with its unique fiber-based composition, delivers optimal flex based performance through the principles of elastic & kinetic energy. Through this process the surfboard loads up on energy and then releases, generating additional drive, speed, power & flow.
Weighing a mere ¼ of a pound and installed in the surfboard deck, SPINE-TEK replaces the traditional heavier timber stringers and is virtually break free.
SPINE-TEK is uniquely compatible with both polyurethane/polyester (PU/PE), and expanded polystyrene/epoxy (EPS/Epoxy).
The SPINE-TEK concept focuses the importance of flex to provide increased efficiency to turn (the ability to redirect body mass faster and at more acute angles).
The result is increased efficiency (the way the board moves through water), the Spine helps a surfer achieve greater output from less input; a lighter amount of force required through the bottom turn to create more acceleration for the top turn.
Some surfers will simply push/try harder (use more force) to achieve a more powerful response (bigger turns, more pop for punts etc). Maximizing this efficiency is also a way minimize surfer fatigue and maintain energy.
A critical component is the ability of a product to be able to change shape (distort) and then return back to its optimal form (shape) with force. The SPINE flexing is loading up on energy (this load process is ‘storing energy’ = Elastic Potential Energy). When the board responds back to its natural shape (the boards rocker curve), this stored energy is converted to Kinetic Energy (the energy of motion). In simple terms, the surfboard loads up on energy (potential) and then the boards springs back with energy (kinetic). In surfing terms.. Speed, Power, Drive, Flow.
The black box 3 surfs well in average waves and makes the most out of poorer conditions and easy to get good carry through mushy sections. Feels good to paddle and easy to get into waves. Had a surf the other night in some clean small waves and the board was fantastic. Really responsive, and carried good speed and drive out of turns. Loads of fun. Very happy with the board.
This is my new go to wax. It is sticky and stays on the board really well. If you want a sticky wax that has true grit grip but does not build up, this is a good choice. Some of the waxes kind of just stay on and build up and are not that sticky. This one stays on for a solid two- three hour session and sticks to you really nice. I can ride, fly, spin, barrel, spiral, quantum shift, quasar, and trapeze all the while staying on the board... me my board my balance and this wax... Sticky Bumps... improve your ride...
Very cool i luv it
Quality service with quality products ! Have bought multiple boards from this shop, never any issues !
Good quality happy with the purchase