Sky High Giveaway | 30% Off Select Snowboards, Skis and Apparel + FREE SHIPPING! orders over $75 – Excluding Surfboards | 1-800-840-6153

Sky High Giveaway | 30% Off Select Snowboards, Skis and Apparel + FREE SHIPPING! orders over $75 – Excluding Surfboards | 1-800-840-6153

Sky High Giveaway | 30% Off Select Snowboards, Skis and Apparel + FREE SHIPPING! orders over €75 | 1-800-840-6153

Surfing FAQ

Find answers to the most asked questions below:

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About

  • Can you do customs?

    Unfortunately we cannot currently offer custom shapes or graphics, but you can always paint your board to make it your own!

  • Where can I test one out?

    You can contact a store near you to see if they have any Waterboard shop demos, also sign up on our Facebook Page/Mailing List to get notifications of upcoming demos.

  • What shops carry your waterboards?

    Please use our Store Locator to find a shop near you.

  • What online stores carry Waterboards?

    We sell them online on this website, you can also use our dealer locator to find other online dealers.

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

    No but our surfboards are great!

  • 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.

     

    –  Mike Olson

  • Where are they made?

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

  • Are they environmentally friendly?

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

  • 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.

    DO NOT USE POLYESTER RESIN.

    Epoxy, and UV resins can all be used if absolutely necessary.
    We favor epoxy 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.

Construction

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • Are your boards molded?

    No more molded than a traditional polyester/PU surfboard.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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 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 is up with the honeycomb?

    Our Hexzylon Fiberfoam skin is the work engine that also greatly enhances ding resistance and break strength while also introducing an element of dampness to the whole board, meaning these boards have a silky, smooth ride even in choppy conditions… like a musical instrument with fine tuned acoustics.

  • 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.

  • 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.

Fins

  • How many fins come with a board?

    Lost models do not include fins. Each Lib Tech model 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. Fins can be purchased separately here: Fins

  • 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*

  • 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