The Don Nose Rider is a mix of our all round performance Don model with a more traditional Noserider. Up front is a wide nose, low entry rocker and teardrop concave – a sure fire combination for stability and tip time. But unlike a traditional noserider with soft rolled rails and vee bottom, the Don NR combines a hard rail and double concave vee in the tail of a more modern longboard.
Torq ACT surfboards are the world’s first EPS/Epoxy Pre-Preg surfboards. The technological advantages are immense, but the most significant advantage is 100% controlled process with ZERO surplus resin.
On any surfboard the resin’s function is to hold the fibre in place. It offers little structural integrity of its own, little flex and little impact strength. As a material without the fibre it is heavy and brittle. Any surplus resin is dead weight – resisting flex, adding weight.
With Pre-Preg process the perfect amount of resin is added to the cloth by machine, before the shaped blank is laid up – zero surplus, zero dead weight.
WHAT IS PRE-PREG?
Pre-Preg means the glass fibre weave is pre-impregnated with resin and hardener (kept cold to prevent curing). The fibre resin material is called a Pre-Preg matrix which is cured under high pressure and high temperature in a fully controlled environment.
This ‘baking process’ results in the strongest form of laminate.
Greatest strength to weight ratio. Typically, strong boards are heavy and light boards are weak (or stron and light boards are very expensive). Torq ACT boards have a super strong 6oz+4oz lay up on deck and bottom with an extra 6oz deck patch but they weigh around the same as a light glassed PU board.
Most importantly, they respond better. The feel of these boards is like no other surfboard – they are incredibly responsive. The unhindered flex and zero dead weight means all of the energy that you put through your feet is delivered into the turn with none of the ‘deadening’ effect from the resin.
FLEX / RE-FLEX
The idea of flex in surfboard performance is really only half of the picture. Flex is easy to achieve and represents the loss of energy rather than the return of it. The important aspect of flex is re-flex; the ability of a material to return to its shape; releasing the energy stored when flexed.
Launched in 2012, torq surfboards created a new standard in the epoxy surfboard market, offering an unmatched combination of strength and performance. This year sees the innovation step up a gear, with new shapes, new graphics and new technologies. The torq range now offers 4 types of boards for all levels of surfer.
Torq TEC; Torq Epoxy Composite offers our user friendly performance shapes in our most advanced epoxy lay-up to date. Using a mix of Biaxial, plain weave fibres and Carbon, these boards offer the best strength to weight ratio on the market.
Torq X-Lite is a brand new Epoxy technology developed specifically for performance boards. This is stronger and more Eco than a traditional PU/Polyester board. This new innovative technology is used exclusively on the Channel Islands model, the POD MOD
Torq Epoxy Technology or TET represents a revolution in Epoxy surfboard technology. Built using the latest in EPS/Epoxy materials; the Torq Epoxy Technology combines a lightweight EPS core with Biaxial fibreglass cloth, Epoxy resin and our unique Shield Skin.
Our Soft Deck board uses an additional PE deck skin over a full laminated core to offer a safe first time learning option in this durable easy surfing range.
THERE ARE MANY ASPECTS TO SURFBOARD SELECTION THESE ARE THE POINTS TO CONSIDER
Typically surfboards are measured in inches. The length is measured from the nose to the tail. Choosing the length of the surfboard is dependant on your size (weight, height), board type and waves conditions you wish to use the board for.
The widest point of the surfboard is measured from rail to rail. Generally the wider the surfboard the more stable the board, while a board with smaller width maintains better speed and performance.
Surfboard thickness is measured from the top deck to the bottom. The thickness again has a bearing on the board’s performance. Professional surfers will tend to go for the thinner boards as they are lighter and offer better performance.The thicker boards are stronger and because there is more foam under the surfer the boards are more stable.
The bottom curve of a surfboard. Generally the more rocker the surfboard has the more loose (manoeuvrable) the surfboard will be. Where the flatter rocker surfboards will be faster, although they will lack the looseness. The nose is the tip of the surfboard, the nose can vary in shapes and size. Basically the thinner the nose the more response the board will perform, while wider noses are better for stabilization.
Used to increase the strength of a surfboard, a stringer (normally made from wood) runs down the length of a surfboards (typically in the centre of the board from the tip of the nose to the tail).
Boards built with Epoxy, Carbon Fibre and soft boards generally don’t have stringers.
Generally heavier surfers require larger fins to hold the waves better. Although if you prefer to ride a looser (less hold in the waves), smaller fins would be a better option.
Fin configurations have an effect on the ways your surfboards perform.
The following are some of the more common fin configurations.
The single fin was the original fin configuration for surfboards. Based on the idea of the sailboat keel. Single fins are added stabilization and control on the powerful, larger waves, although lack manoeuvrability
Are great for small waves, being fast and manoeuvrable, but when put into tight spots on larger waves, they become hard to control. Popular with Fish surfboards.
THRUSTER 3 FIN
Widely recognized as the standard fin configuration, the thruster answers the shortcomings of the single fin and the twin fins configurations.
The thrusters give you stabilization, control and manoeuvrability in all types of surfing conditions.
This concept was the brainchild of Australia’s Simon Anderson
QUADS 4 FINS
With four fins in the water, Quads boasts an extraordinary amount of holding power in larger surf.
You may think that having four fins would sacrifice speed by creating more drag, but this is not the case.
The both sets of fins are working together on the rail, which makers believe they creates less drag than a board with a centre fin.
The manoeuvrability isn’t sacrificed either, with fins directly under your back foot, the quads are very responsive.
Similar setup to the Twin Fin, although smaller (low profile) fins are generally placed wider (closer to the rails) on the surfboard.
Popular with Fish and Egg / Retro surfboards.
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