Varial foam Article/Ride Reports?


OTF status
Dec 11, 2019
So no ride diffefence? Interesting.

I like the poly varials I have but might Try epoxy for the added durability.

I was also thinking 64/6 layup, I’ve only ridden 44/4. Any thoughts from those who’ve had both?
646 feels like normal PU 444 weight to me. I had a Varial glassed 444 for a while that I sold still brand new. Felt too light. 444 varial be fun for like a plasmic or small wave setup, but for a shortboard it felt crazy light. I would probably never get 444 varial, 44 deck and 6 underneath at a bare minimum


Miki Dora status
Jul 13, 2020
San Diego
My 646 is 5’5 x 20.25 x 2.45 so I don’t know that I’d notice the glass specific flex difference from my 444 5’8 x 19.75 x 2.32 but the weight under arm difference is significant.

I was tripping on the weight of the 444 before I threw a pad, fins and layers of wax onto it. Now it just kinda reminds me of a team light, but lighter.

neither has been an issue in afternoon onshore chop. I think I would stick with 646 on anything not worth having in team light, if that makes sense.
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Gerry Lopez status
Apr 6, 2014
S. Redondo
How do you guys compare spinetek to varial? Thinking of pulling the trigger on a happy everyday...
I had a Spinetek Fever that was a favorite for over a year. I think the waves I surf on average are too short to really get a bead on any flex differences between the two. I'll probably keep going with Varial due to the durability, the foam density seems to keep the fin boxes more stable and if I do get a ding, it won't absorb water.