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Price difference on different SUP models

Why the price difference on different SUP models? / Porque la diferencia de precio tan marcada en modelos diferentes de SUP?

December 18, 2012 at 8:19pm

Different boards
Why the price difference on different SUP models?
Many people ask me the same question... well, as guidance I'll explain a little for the folks interested in the sport. The board construction is very important. There are three basic methods of making your board:

Generally, everyone starts with EPS foam,

1) Traditional Lamination:
They use 2 or 3 layers of FG above and two below the board. Resin is added and arranged with a squeegee to reach the target. This method is the most economical and turns out to be heavier due to the type of cloth, resin and paint used. The endings of the board are
somewhat irregular and tend to form more "pressure dings" compared to other higher quality equipment.

2) Sandwich Lamination:
Rigid foam and/or bamboo sheets are used between the FG cloths. Then, usually is wrapped in a plastic bag to create a vacuum to remove resin excess to achieve a stronger adhesion and better structural integrity compared to a normal lamination. The final result is a lighter board, and more resistant to impacts and crevice of your paddle and/or body. That's why it is a little more expensive. (Not available in department stores...)

3) Carbon Fiber/Kevlar sandwich Lamination:
The use of these materials, allow the board to be lighter and stronger than other traditional materials. It may or may not be finished with the vacuum process. It is going to be the most expensive board option, but you will get the best performance.
Example of different SUP boards

At the same time, the designer/shaper experience and trademark of the original model will affect the final price.

Writer: Jose Rafols – Owner of Aquatica Dive & Surf and SUP expert.

Thanks Jose and Keep paddling,