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SUP Reviews - Sunova Style 9'6 2017
SUP Reviews - Sunova Style 9'6 2017
Sunova Style

This board has a super interesting shape. For me, it was reminiscent of a Donald Takayama style performance nose rider longboard. It has a huge squared off spoon like nose with loads of bottom shape, straight parallel rails with lovely rounded tops into a sharper edge, going down to super pinched-in, performance looking pintail. In terms of finish, it looks…

2 weeks ago

It was time to put in Larry's hard yards and get his 25L prone foilboard flying with the wing! What a frustrating yet rewarding way…

3 weeks ago

App World Tour Barbados Strike Mission with Sean Poynter, 2018 World Champion - anyone else wanting to book some flights after watching this!

1 month ago

Novelty waves and jetty starts on the Axis 92 wing and Sunova 4'0

2 months ago

After a few weeks on focusing on the surf SUP, Casso gets back in the saddle of the bucking bronco!

2 months ago

James Casey on the GoFoil NL160 and Duotone 5m Unit - Good luck trying to get Casey off the water this weekend!

3 months ago

Andrew Cassidy takes out his Sunova 10'0 Style in some four-foot juice last weekend!

11 months ago

James Casey flew over to Maui to chase a swell and scored some nice empty waves on the Sunova Surfboards Flash!

11 months ago

James Casey heads out on a sunset session at home, on his new Aviator with Go Foil 140!

11 months ago

Downwind Foiling is a tricky part of the sport; in this video, James Casey shares a few tips while on the famous Gerroa Run. Check…

1 year ago

James Casey foil surfing Hawaiian reefs with Derek Hama and Benoit Carpentier #gofoil #sunovasurfboards

1 year ago

Tow foiling the southwest, supfoiling in the morning and towfoiling in the arvo

2 years ago

After a grueling race at the Balmoral SUP X we all recovered and got into a race stand up paddle technique clinic hosted by James…

Issue 3

We’ve some of the new 2017 gear on test this issue, including boards from F-One, RRD and Sunova along with paddles, clothing and footwear from Body Glove, Prolimit and RRD.

4 years ago

Sunova Surfboards by Bert Burger: Shaper of the year 2007. Creator of the Parabolic Balsa Rails Construction. Contact us: [email protected] Bert Burger's Parabolic Stringer Since 1991 Sunova has wrapped the entire outline of each of our ‘woodies’ in a half inch of balsa wood, giving us the parabolic rail, or the parabolic stringer as some people prefer to call it. This creates a timber frame which allows our boards to bend and importantly, twist through turns and spring back with incredible liveliness. This projects the rider through maneuver after maneuver. Whether you are surfing your Sunova surfboard for your first day, or your thousandth day, this responsiveness represents the trademark feel of a Sunova. The stiffest section of the board is removed from the centre stringer to the rails. That in itself would reduce the loss of energy in twist-off. A stiffer rail means better drive and control. Combine that with the use of Balsa for maximum flex return and the rail becomes spring-loaded. With every turn, every pump down the line, the springy timber rail is contributing to forward drive. You'll learn to use it fully, work the twang, drive around sections from way behind, and carve through full roundhouse cutbacks where the loaded bow lets fly. We can vary the amount of timber and the rail profile to flex differently for different wave types and surfers. Balsa Wood In addition to its use in the Parabolic Stringer, Balsa Wood is used on our decks and bottoms as a sandwich material. With the highest strength to weight ratio of any wood, and nearly the lightest wood on the planet, Balsa can create space between layers of fiberglass (by being sandwiched between them) without adding much weight to the board. Our full Balsa skinned surfboards feel alive and sensitive with a very natural flex and instant flex return. Balsa has individual patterns and grain meaning no timber skinned boards will look the same. Strength and long term durability are also at their greatest with timber. Sandwich Construction Increased strength through engineering. By using two layers of fiberglass, and separating them with a thin layer of balsa, we are able to allow load on the outer layer of fiberglass to be distributed through the balsa so that a much larger area of internal fiberglass can contribute to bearing the stress. Thicken the sandwich material (balsa) and the increase in distance between the internal and external layers of fiberglass will spread the distribution of load, and exponentially improve the strength of the total sandwich. This is why Sunova surfboards can be BOTH lighter AND stronger. Different types of composite components have vastly different properties. When combined together they form an alloy giving the best properties of each which all adds to the structure. A consequence of this is that different combinations of materials give unique performance characteristics. Through the model range you will notice that particular models will be built with a well defined combination of materials. These combinations have been constantly refined over the years. Things like flex, rate of flex return, shock absorption, loading force, and fatigue resistance, which all contribute to feel, are carefully matched to the intended design of the model and its rider. Different rates of flex return and loading force are necessary for different types of boards. How a small wave board flexes is very different to how a big wave board should flex. The loading force required for a 100 kg surfer is different to that required for a 50kg surfer if both are to project out of a similar turn with similar speed. Morphlex With composite construction, the deck skin transfers load from your feet through to the rails. The rails push down lower than the centre of the board. This forces the bottom to become concave as it pushes into the cushioned bottom. The next step is then using the profile of the deck to morph the board into a different rail to rail cross section as the board is loaded under the weight of a turn. So, you've got a board that is at its flattest when unweighted or pumping flat sections then the rocker increases and brings a concave into play for control when you're tight in the pocket of a powerful wall. Our Morphlex models are designed to gain every advantage from a flexing board. The shape of the deck influences the shape of the bottom when it bends and twangs. It brings you into closer touch with the wave and reduces the time between what you want to do and actually doing it! Flex All surfboards bend, and as boards have become thinner and lighter the degree to which they bend has increased. The thinner they go the weaker they get, both in terms of breakage and spring-back. It's about how quickly the bending material springs back to its original shape. In conventional surfboard construction, the materials have limited spring-back characteristics and the result is that energy applied in turns is lost or sponged-out. So, high performance board design has evolved to compensate for this through the use of deep concaves. A concave bottom will help maintain a desirable rail curve as a board bends and twists under pressure in a wave wall but the increased surface over which the water must run across the bottom in turns creates excess drag. The bottom contour has evolved from the need to compensate for a centre stringer and a flexing rail line in lightweight, high performance boards. Sunova's Composite Construction and Parabolic Rails are designed to give a board no such compromise. The springback - or flex return - is generated at the rail. This gives a Sunova the feeling of being projected out of each turn. Expanded Polystyrene (EPS) Our Expanded Polystyrene (EPS) foam is made up of small Styrofoam like balls. This EPS foam is very light; even the foam in Pro weight PU boards weighs about 3 or 4 times more. This allows us to create some of…

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