This is why I've never really gotten boards from Indo and always bring them with me.This is my experience, could be totally subjective and just me.. But in terms of durability, it seems like PU can be hit or miss.
The most durable board I've ever had was shaped by a local Bali guy. After 1 year it was basically unscathed. Got another board from him and it's still quite strong, but not as strong.
Have one Bali Christenson Carrera that's a goddamn tank, you could pound nails with it. And another that has pressure dents after riding it just three times.
And heavier glass is great but if the foam is soft underneath the glass can only do so much.
If there was a way to know that I could buy a PU board that's 100% guaranteed to be tough as nails, like a few of the boards I've had, that would be great.
But more often than not it seems like PU isn't as strong as I'd like.
This seems to be the case, picked a few boards up over there and the foam seems to be quite soft. Heard it can be the humidity that gets into the blanks that causes this problem?And heavier glass is great but if the foam is soft underneath the glass can only do so much.
I have a theory on this... I think the key variable in determining strength is how close the blank size matches the board size.This seems to be the case, picked a few boards up over there and the foam seems to be quite soft. Heard it can be the humidity that gets into the blanks that causes this problem?
If you love quads go buzzsaw and 2x4 step up but ya can go 5 box for thruster option but make sure to get FU#2 fin set with boards. If you like short and stubby many buzz models and other models depends on what you like on bottom concaves. My buzzsaw and 2x4 step are easy transition both go single nose to double out tail.It's funny, I was actually thinking about that. Those gutter rails...
I've never owned a Stretch board in my life though. If I want to get a good wave shorty and a step up, what models would you go with?
It would be helpful to know where you surf in Indo, what size/types of boards you're looking for, and what your general dimensions are especially thickness.
Right off the bat, I think XTR is a fine option but you'll find that most of the durability comes in the form of dent resistance and water intrusion resilience. Good but not that impactful for breakage which is what I'm assuming you're referring to.
Dark Arts, I really don't know. They definitely feel very strong / touch but I'm not sure what would happen if a solid Uluwatu lip landed on one. Also, Indo can have a lot of wind/chatter and Dark Arts has a unique feel that I think is a pretty big gamble for the price.
I'd echo the recommendation on Stretch if you want something super resilient. Of course, you have to dig his shapes but we all know they clearly work in Indo. Go CFT for your shortboard and legacy construction on a 2x4 or Lil Buddy as your step up.
Yes!im going left field here and recommending murray bourton out of currumbin, hes spent years surfing indo himself and is a shaping legend.
All his boards are glassed with double diagonal glassing. I have an EPS with 6+4/6+4 diagonal and its 5 years old and looks new other than yellowing.
Boards with diagonal glassing are very very hard to snap
the other thing I love with muzz is that you get a no bullshit fast turnaround honest board.Yes!
I mentioned diagonal glassing above, and had my Bourton Reef Swallow in mind. Sleek Indo step-up, glassed 4+4/4+4 diag. Still going strong after 4 1/2 years.