GregK wrote:If they are light and as ding-resistant as claimed but still flexible like a lightly-glassed PU/polyester surfboard, then they will be a revolutionary game-changer. Stiff sandwich boards with water-thirsty styro cores will be old-school.
I haven't kited with one yet, but looking to soon, next time I'm in Vancouver I'll be checking them out at a surf shop that's stocking them. Will post when I do get a chance to ride one ...
Looking at the materials readily available that would accomodate that honeycomb matrix the density seems rather high. (heavier than Dcell) http://nida-core.com/english/nidaprod_nidfoam3d.php
Although compression toughness would be AMAZING the weight would be VERY high would like to pick one up before actually buying it.
Hopefully they managed to get them (or someone else) to make this in lower density foam. Or they made it themselves, Anyone connect a hotwire cutter to a chicken wire fence?
Well designed board nonetheless, Rubber rails and the filled honeycomb are some smart things done to address problems with existing surfboards . Realistically when designing a board, corecrush is usually the limiting factor making the board stiffer, heavier or just more fragile than you would otherwise like to design it. Don't understand why honeycomb isn't employed more in surfboards. EPS will absorb water anyway so why not just go honeycomb....I guess difficult to shape, and expensive etc. This appears to be an elegant solution that address this. I would be concerend that a resin honeycomb may be more brittle and heavier than some "proper" core materials.
Have to agree with Taut though a bunch of jargon trying to hide their secret sauce but so little actual information given about the board. Posting the weight would have taken me off the fence. as to whether it was awesome or a piece of wood.....That stated, I like my kiteboards a little heavy as it keeps them from fucking off when the wind get's heavy. So a LITTLE weight in our case would be a good thing.