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I’m excited to announce the release of our latest research and development project: the “Ghost Tech” EPS construction. EPS surfboards are definitely in right now. I’ve seen more and more in the line up over the last year, so I decided that I wanted to create my own alternate to the PU surfboards that I shape every day.
What Is Ghost Tech?
Ghost Tech is a high density EPS foam blank with a traditional soft wood stringer through the centre. This is combined with epoxy resins and quad axial 4oz fibreglass infused with innegra, laid precisely to enhance the natural flex pattern of the stringer blank. This combination makes for a very well balanced EPS surfboard with highlighted enhancements and no unwanted flex surprises that stringer less boards can have. How Does It Work? At the core is the designed and shaped high density EPS blank. The benefits of this foam is the liveliness in average surf. It gives you extra lift and buoyancy under your feet which really benefits your surfing in the small stuff. After the board is shaped and sprayed with the signature Ghost Tech spray, it’s ready to glass. On the bottom of the board we use a quad axial 4oz fibreglass infused with innegra. Quad axil means that both materials are set at 45 degrees creating an X pattern on the bottom and the rail of the board.
This material runs from the nose, lapping the rail until 1 inch behind the front fins where it’s cut in an arc to balance the flex release and control twisting between you feet. On the deck we apply a second peace of Quad axil innegra cut in an opposite arc as the bottom layer. This laps over and connects the bottom lap to the deck and continues to cover the last 3rd of the board. This creates a livelier feel, quicker tail rocker rebound flex and maximum rail control. The X pattern construction properties of the Quad Axial creates a unique flex pattern that optimises a kinetic flex memory; which amasses energy and then releases it, delivering extra acceleration and drive during transitions (in and out of turns). After this we apply a layer of 4oz fibreglass on either side and the board is laminated.
Is the Ghost Tech construction only for the Ghost model?
We designed this tech with the everyday surfer in mind who battles with the ever changing conditions of their local break. So we chose the Ghost, our all-rounder model to be the test pilot for the technology as it’s a board the gets ridden in just about all conditions. Also the Innegra is white and has a ghost like presence on the board, thus inspiring the name. This construction is available across our entire surfboard range. What do I surf the Ghost Tech in? Depending on what model you decide to get, this tech will increase the liveliness of your surfboard. From our Splinta to our newest small wave machine the Two Fangs, this construction adds an extra spark to your surfing that PU’s can lack. Be creative with it and try one today.
Where are they made?
Just like every A C S O D poly surfboard, the Ghost Techs are manufactured at The Glass Lab in South Tweed Heads, Australia. All of our materials are sourced from leading Australian suppliers in our industry.
It’s been a long time in the making but now it’s finally here and available for you to shred on. The “Two Fangs” twin fin is by far my favourite all round fun board I’ve made yet. The idea for this model came from me wanting a board to surf small shitty waves when we were in the middle of a pretty serious flat spell here on the Gold Coast.
I had the idea to make something close to a keel type twin fin that would hold it’s rail and maintain speed. Most keel twinnys I’ve seen have had a tone vee from nose to tail, so I decided to add a slight single up front which transitions into a double concave right between your feet to create more lift and forward momentum, then vee’d out the tail to maximise rail to rail manoeuvrability. There’s also a pair of flyer I put in late on the rail line which also add a tone of pivot to your surfing, whilst the rest of the board outline stays pretty true to a traditional one.
The first surf that I had on this puppy was insane. Instant speed right from the jump, she held her rails through carves and I could even release the fins and do an actual snap on the right sections. This has continued to keep me and my team riders stoked for the past 5 months while tweaking and perfecting this model.
I hope this little rainbow beauty brings you the same amount of fun that it has for me!
Available on the rack now at Kirra Surf and for custom order at all other A C S O D retailers.
The Monster. speed, drive and release. We have made a few tweaks to the monster coming into summer, one being it new look. A black foam sprays with white future box, 5 fin set up that really pop. Another is the thumb tail, which has added a lot more hold and drive through drawn out carvs. The board jack is riding in this clip is: 5’8 x 19 3/8 x 2 7/16 – volume: 29.26L
Billabong NZ latest clip VICIOUS CHILL features our boy Sean Kettle. Mainly Riding his Splinta in this clip, you see the boys surfing a range of epic spots along the rugged coastlines on New Zealand. Dims of Ketsy’s board below:
Splinta – 5’9 x 18 1/2 x 2 1/4 VOL: 26L
Words from Billabong NZ website.
Vicious Chill explores the contrasting moods of Otago’s wild, rugged and beautiful coastline. Where picturesque rolling relief meets violent seas, where historic villas home rampant Uni students and where calm sheep juxtapose with vicious sea lions. Sean Kettle, Keone Campbell, Creed McTaggart & AJ Matthews slide through the variable surroundings of Dunedin.
Welcome to the South
Film: Cam Neate
With: Sean Kettle, Keone Campbell, Creed McTaggart & AJ Matthews