Spine-Tek. A collaboration between Channel Islands Surfboards and Shapers Australia. Essentially it is a completely new, and world first of it's kind, stringer system. Based on the principles of elastic energy, Spine-Tek flexes under pressure, (loading up through turns) and returns back to it's normal rocker, providing surfboards with additional drive, speed, power and flow.
Weighing at just 1/4lb, and made from a fibreglass and resin composite, the virtually unbreakable Spine-Tek stringer is installed into the deck of the EPS foam core, and then layered over with E-Glass and Entropy Super Sap Epoxy, (Ecoboard Certified).
The main focus of the Spine-Tek is flex, with the ability to return to it's original shape. This really is a method of converting stored/potential energy into kinetic energy. When you put more weight onto your foot into a turn, the spine will flex.. ie. load up more than a traditional stringer.. When your force decreases through the turn, the potential energy is then converted to kinetic energy as the spine springs back to it's original shape (rocker), thus increasing power, speed drive and flow.
The OG Flyer
Best described as an everyday board for everyday conditions, the OG Flyer was borne in the late 90's by Al Merrick as a solution to his team rider's dilemma of needing more speed in smaller, less powerful waves. He chopped length, added width and decreased rocker from the then-standard overly narrow surfboards, to make the Flyer. The Flyer is without a doubt the most ridden and enjoyed surfboard in all of Channel Islands surfboard history.
The Flyer has a deep single concave running through the middle of the board, which goes into a double concave inside the single between the fins, which then goes into a vee through the tail block. This channels water underneath the board for speed, while the vee directs the water when turning to offer super quick rail to rail transition.
Fins not included, but you can buy a thruster set for just £25 here
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