In the past years surf buoyancy want a big issue. Most of the surfboards were made the same way and you could tell how the surfboard will float by the look, width, thickness of the stick. but with new materials and technologies and boards made from EPS, epoxy composite, hollow carbon fiber, “S-Core”, or glassed from the dozens of different polyurethane and other blanks available this is no longer the case. To try and sort things out, there is a new Surfboard Buoyancy Test.
Surfboard Buoyancy Testing determines the BUOYANCY RATING of a surfboard. Buoyancy Rating will make it possible for you to compare and choose the board most suited to your body weight, surfing ability and wave conditions. Surfboard Buoyancy Testing has found there is a relationship between a board’s buoyancy and the surfer’s body weight and surfing ability. Selecting a board outside a certain range can hinder performance. It is now possible when purchasing a new board to choose + or – the buoyancy and find out what works for you. There can be a dramatic difference between an identical EPS and standard PU board. With a buoyancy rating you can pick either board based on the buoyancy instead of guessing using the length + width + thickness. If you want so see the buoyancy chart, go here.
People at Surfboard Buoyancy Testing are now looking to spread the buoyancy rating and are looking for surfboard manufacturers and retailers to include the rating on their surfboards. Sounds like a good idea.