Let's Talk Race Board Construction...
LET’S TALK Race CONSTRUCTIONS….
We are always pushing ourselves at ONE to only bring you the best gear, have a read below as we have a pretty cool release coming soon.
So as you will notice at ONE ocean sports we have a few different constructions and we thought now would be a good time to explain a little about each and where each constructions strength and weakness are.
This is as it sounds and is a thin carbon skin over a foam core, we use this construction on a lot of the race boards as we can get good weights and still keep good overall strength in the board. It allows us to make a very stiff race board and a board that has a great feel. Probably one of the downsides is it can be a bit fragile to hard knocks and with only quite a thin skin it can ding. We at ONE do Carbon skin boards in a range of levels with Standard Carbon and Ultralight.
The models we use carbon skin technology (Standard and Ultralight) on are….
14ft & 12’6ft STORM
14ft & 12’6ft EVO PRO
Over the years we have been bringing into the ONE line up the PVC sandwich boards, this construction we feel is one of the best on the market it offers very high strength to weight ratios and also allows for a very responsive flex in the boards. On the race board side we offer 3 different constructions in the PVC sandwich.
Where the molded PVC boards really stand out is durability they can handle the knocks far better and one of the reasons we use this construction so much is the strength we get when taking these boards into the waves
This is a PVC wrapped top and rails with a wood bottom in a full epoxy glass layup, this is a little heavier than the other constructions but every thing else stays the same so you still get one of the best shapes in a very tough construction.
This is a fully wrapped PVC boards with a epoxy half carbon to half glass mix, this construction is really the best of both worlds giving amazing durability and a weight that is equal to most top brands full carbon boards if not even lighter.
Now this is the top end it is FULL PVC wrapped and Full carbon board it offers the best in weight to strength that the market has.
Boards in the MOLDED PVC construction are
14ft EDGE 2.0 series
14ft EVO 2.0 Series
All production SURF sup's
All production foil and crossover foil boards
NEW AND NOW SLOWLY BEEN RELEASED:
Yes that’s right this is something we have been working on now for a while and feel the time is right to now slowly start introducing the NEW ONE HOLLOW technology.
Right now we only have 2 models in the Hollow tech but this will expand as we slowly build new molds.
Why hollow? well do you want a advantage over your competitor then this will be why!
“Lighter stronger and stiffer are just the start!”
Having most of the boards weight right under the standing area and reducing the swing weight in the nose, getting a board that feels so alive under your feet that nothing comes close this is HOLLOW.
Who is hollow for? I guess its first target is the racer the person who wants the best, it will not be a board at the budget end but will be a board for those who want high end quality it will be the board you buy when you want it to out last everything else.
For those that already paddle Skis or any kind of hollow craft this will give you that feeling that you might have lacked when trying standard stand up paddle race boards.
So what are the down sides to hollow? Well one of the biggest down sides is you have to make a mold so changing shapes all the time is not possible and this is why we are bringing them in over time. We have started with our 14ft STORM series and will be adding sizes as we go, we have chosen boards that have been tested and proven to be race winning boards that also are user friendly. This has been part of the ONE goal from the very start and our main objective is to make fast boards but to keep them super user friendly so that the normal person can paddle and feel super comfortable on and this will continue right though our whole line up.
So what boards are made hollow right now?
Right now we have the following ready to go.
14 x 23 STORM 2.0 (Wider Sizes are being worked on NOW)
17'11 x 23 Unlimited
I know what you are thinking and these are just for the pros and top end racers and yes they are but these were the test shapes and the ones we have been able to put the hours into, we are now looking at expanding the 14ft STORM “HOLLOW” line with the wider sizes so if you are interested please contact us so we can get some feed back on the perfect widths to make!!
FINAL NOTE - Keep an Eye Out for ONE Team Rider Kenny Kaneko at this years Molokai 2 Oahu as he will be racing on a 17’11 x 23” HOLLOW Unlimited.
We hope this has given you a little more insight into what we here at ONE are about!!