Surfing FAQ

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  • How much do these boards weigh?

    Our unique production process allows us to strategically modify our board weights to virtually any target.  Most surfers tend to like the weight of a conventional 4+4/4 polyester and get a little grumpy on lighter or heavier boards.  Thus we target our weights to be just a couple of ounces lighter than conventional 4+4/4  polyesters.

  • Why is a snowboard company making surfboards?

    It may sound like a long drawn out R&D program, but we’ve been working on alternative surf constructions (non-polyester, non-sailboard) since the early 80’s. There are 5 important reasons why we are launching the Waterboarding Division now:

    1. Industry standard surfboards are too dang fragile. Lib tech will set a new standard for durability. Squeeze our rails!
    2. Industry standard surfboards are too dang toxic to the craftspeople and the environment. Lib Tech will set a new standard of responsibility to surfboard craftspeople and the environment.
    3. Current industry standard shapes can often be a bit retro-whacky and underperforming. Lib Tech will handcraft unique, progressive, high-performance shapes that excel in inverted skysurfing or just trimming down the line (Huntington-Hop not necessary).
    4. Much of the surf industry is outsourcing boards to the cheapest labor markets in the world. All of our boards are handcrafted one at a time by us in the USA with love.
    5. We are very passionate about surfing and still get butterflies when thinking about it.

     

  • Do you make longboards, skimboards, wakeboards or SUPs?

    No but our surfboards are great!

  • Why isn’t Kelly riding Lib Techs?

    High Road Answer: We have the utmost respect for Kelly and what he has done as an ambassador for Channel Islands Surfboards. Some day when his chapter with CI is in its twilight, we hope to have the honor of slipping a few Lib Techs into his vast quiver.

    Real Answer: Are you kidding! If he does anything less than win a World Title every year, you will all blame his new board!

Construction

  • What is that silver stuff on the side?

    NEW ELASTOMATRIX PERIMETER DAMPENING WEB
    The metallic fibers on the rails are rubberized to give the boards a silky smooth ride even in choppy conditions, and are Dang Difficult 2 Ding (2D2D).

  • What are our leash plugs made of?

    LIB TECH LEASH PLUG
    Leash plugs feature anodized 6061 T6 aircraft aluminum pins and a super light fiber-composite cup.

  • What is up with the honeycomb?

    NEW 2D2D VOLCANIC ORGANIC BASALT HONEYCOMB TECHNOLOGY
    Strong, light, lively, impact resistant, resists heel dents, additive free, volcanic organic pop.
    Damn Difficult 2Ding!

  • Is it epoxy or polyester?

    Instead of toxic industry-standard polyester or old-fashioned epoxy, we use a new chemistry we call LVR43 HIGH REBOUND MATRIX that has higher elongation, extreme ding resistance, and responsive rebound.

  • Will they rot?

    100% closed cell foam won’t absorb water… won’t rot.

  • Do Lib Tech Waterboards have soul?

    While not 100% certain, we’re pretty sure that they don’t have soul. Although somewhat adept in the world’s religions, most don’t seem to specifically address this issue.

  • Will I get pressure-dent foot wells?

    Not likely. The concave deck will give you the grip qualities of the best foot wells without the negative qualities of a deck that is disintegrating and killing your board.

  • Can I really go into a surf shop and squeeze the rails on a Lib Tech?

    Yes.

  • What is the Speed Texture Base Finish?

    Lib Tech Waterboards have a finish on the bottom similar to a mini-version of a golf ball texture to help break friction. You can rub your fingernail down the base of a Lib Tech and hear the beautiful sound of speed- potential.

  • Are your boards molded?

    No more molded than a traditional polyester/PU surfboard.

  • How’s the flex?

    Awesome……….feels very similar to a new polyester/PU but with higher pop energy that will keep on going and going. Higher Ollies Guaranteed!

Craftsmanship

  • Where are they made?

    Every waterboard is hand made by surfers in the USA near Canada at the world’s most environMENTAL board factory!

Environmental

  • Is it epoxy or polyester?

    Instead of toxic industry-standard polyester or old-fashioned epoxy, we use a new chemistry we call LVR43 HIGH REBOUND MATRIX that has higher elongation, extreme ding resistance, and responsive rebound.

  • What is the core?

    It is a brand new core called, LIGHTWEIGHT POWERPOP AIRSPRING CORE. Our exclusive closed cell alloy formula will not absorb water, is springy like a trampoline, contains up to 50% recycled content, and uses ozone friendly blowing agents. All offcuts go back into the process of making new blanks. This is a new formula that didn’t exist a year ago.

  • What are your surboards made of?

    We have completely redesigned the surfboard manufacturing process from the bottom up. Our new process shares nothing in common with contemporary surfboards and snowboard manufacturing. Over 30 intricate pieces go into each board, yet only the 10/24 stainless fin screws are status quo to the surf world.”“With our new process called “Isotropic Fusion” we are building super ding-resistant boards that have high energy return (liveliness) and a silky-smooth timbre even in choppy surf. We have a new foam chemistry, new fibers, new vibration dampeners, a new matrix, new fin boxes, our own fins, even our own lightweight leash plugs, and much friendlier manufacturing methods that have eliminated sandpaper, tape, paintbrushes, dust clouds and toxic solvents.

  • Are they environmentally friendly?

    Yes they are environMENTALLY Nice, take a look at our environMENTAL page for more info.

Fins

  • How many fins come with a board?

    Each 3 Fin Box Board includes 4 adjustable fins featuring 2 M.I.L.F. Technology side fins, 1 Lib Standard Trailing fin, and 1 special bonus Spinfly Trailing fin.
    Each 5 Fin Box Board includes 5 adjustable fins featuring 2 M.I.L.F. Technology side fins, 1 Lib Standard Trailing fin, and  2 special bonus Spinfly Trailing fins.

    Most surfboard companies don’t include any.

  • Can I use other companies fins on them?

    Yes, our fin boxes are compatible with Pro Box, FCS, and all FCS dual tab style fins.

  • Are the fins adjustable?

    Yes! Industry leading 5 /8ths of an inch fore and aft adjustable positioning, chemically and physically integrated, compatible with Pro Box, FCS, and all FCS dual tab style fins.

    Start by positioning fins in the center of each micro-option slot. SCREW 6-8 TIMES BEFORE SURFING.
    You can fine-tune for wave conditions or your surfing style. Bring fins closer together for looser surfing, spread fins apart for longer arcs, or play with asymmetric fin positioning just because you can.
    This waterboard comes with a bonus spindly trailing fin which is fun for extra glide speed in small waves, spinning and flying.
    *Always claim any spinning activity whether intentional or not*

  • Will my screwing habits really stay about the same?

    Our screwing proclamation may be a little inaccurate. Some surfers may have to screw twice as much, and some will need to screw 6-8 times as much before surfing. Many surfer’s screwing habits will remain about the same. Your past screwing habits really do matter: Futures, glass-ons, Bahne, FCS.

  • Why don’t you have registration marks on the fin boxes and fins to help with fin positioning?

    We do. The checkers are a basic guideline to help with fin positioning. Just count checkers and half checkers from one end of the fin to the box edge. Because so many brands of fins can fit our fin boxes, we came up with checkers that can work as a positioning guide with any brand of fins. And checkers = speed.
    If you are still confused, try a felt pen.

Rippers

Shapes

  • Who shapes them?

    Mike Olson and Jeff Henderson shape them.

  • So I just spent 2 years growing a braided dread beard……..are you going to make thick heavy fish boards with plywood skegs and colored resin swirls?

    A: No

    Q: Okay……how about any sort of retro Funfisheggs?

    A: No

    Q: But I really want to try a Lib Tech………what should I do?

    A: Try a “high” performance Lib Tech shape with our “Rasta Poly” color option. Save the planet. Join a drum circle. Surf above the lip.

  • What are the bottom contours on your boards?

    For all models we utilize “Skipping Rock Technology” with varying degrees of shallow single concaves. We used to shape deeper single to double concaves in the eighties and nineties, but found the shallow single to have better feeling qualities overall for our style of high-performance shortboards………….raw speed with less rail drag. Many bottom contours work well. We like our combination a lot.

  • Can you do customs?

    Yes but we’re currently offering stock models as a starting point so you have a baseline to customize from in the future.

  • Why are there rail channels on every board?

    Rail channels add strength to the board and grip for your hands. Whether grabbing while ramping or gripping while duck-diving, you’ll soon feel naked without them. Rail channels make it fun to be caught inside!

  • Why are all the decks concave?

    We’ve been shaping concave decks into our surfboards since 1980. Concave decks add 4 main positive properties to a surfboard. Concaves produce extra gas-pedal power for gouging turns, extra foot grip for skysurfing etc., they add strength to the deck due to the complex contour of the fiber orientation, and concave decks are super comfy and fit like a cradle on your belly.

  • Why doesn’t Lib Tech list thickness dimensions?

    Conventional thickness dimensions are typically measured from the center of a board on the stringer and don’t tell a very complete story. Board volume is a much more helpful measurement in understanding how high your chin will be above the waterline while sitting. Board volume is becoming the new standard for basic buoyancy guidelines. Due to our deck concaves and bottom concaves, thickness dimensions from the middle of the board would not be helpful in any way to understanding Lib Tech Waterboard buoyancy.

Support

  • What if I somehow do get a ding?

    In the rare case of a ding, we recommend not repairing unless absolutely necessary. None of the components in Lib Tech Waterboards will absorb water.

    We recommend using stickers, wax, hot-melt glue, etc. or anything to avoid polyester, epoxy, sandpaper and sanding. Dust and sanding sucks. Polyester, epoxy, and UV resins can all be used if absolutely necessary.
    We favor epoxy over polyester for strength and safety. Never let any unhardened resin come in contact with your skin. Always remember, razor blades instead of sandpaper if possible.

  • Do you offer a warranty on your surfboards?

    No. You bought it, you break it… if you can.

Technology

  • What is that silver stuff on the side?

    NEW ELASTOMATRIX PERIMETER DAMPENING WEB
    The metallic fibers on the rails are rubberized to give the boards a silky smooth ride even in choppy conditions, and are Dang Difficult 2 Ding (2D2D).

  • What are our leash plugs made of?

    LIB TECH LEASH PLUG
    Leash plugs feature anodized 6061 T6 aircraft aluminum pins and a super light fiber-composite cup.

  • What is up with the honeycomb?

    NEW 2D2D VOLCANIC ORGANIC BASALT HONEYCOMB TECHNOLOGY
    Strong, light, lively, impact resistant, resists heel dents, additive free, volcanic organic pop.
    Damn Difficult 2Ding!

  • Is it epoxy or polyester?

    Instead of toxic industry-standard polyester or old-fashioned epoxy, we use a new chemistry we call LVR43 HIGH REBOUND MATRIX that has higher elongation, extreme ding resistance, and responsive rebound.

  • What is the core?

    It is a brand new core called, LIGHTWEIGHT POWERPOP AIRSPRING CORE. Our exclusive closed cell alloy formula will not absorb water, is springy like a trampoline, contains up to 50% recycled content, and uses ozone friendly blowing agents. All offcuts go back into the process of making new blanks. This is a new formula that didn’t exist a year ago.

  • What are your surboards made of?

    We have completely redesigned the surfboard manufacturing process from the bottom up. Our new process shares nothing in common with contemporary surfboards and snowboard manufacturing. Over 30 intricate pieces go into each board, yet only the 10/24 stainless fin screws are status quo to the surf world.”“With our new process called “Isotropic Fusion” we are building super ding-resistant boards that have high energy return (liveliness) and a silky-smooth timbre even in choppy surf. We have a new foam chemistry, new fibers, new vibration dampeners, a new matrix, new fin boxes, our own fins, even our own lightweight leash plugs, and much friendlier manufacturing methods that have eliminated sandpaper, tape, paintbrushes, dust clouds and toxic solvents.

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