:: Evolution + EPS + Epoxy = E3 ::


Sometimes it takes a swift kick in the head to realize the reality of things. For Uhuru, this reality check came in the form of the closure of the principal worldwide supplier of surfboard foam, Clark Foam. This sudden shift in supply left surfboard manufacturers at a crossroads, either cut your losses and close up shop or look for viable supply alternatives. At Uhuru we chose to press on and seek the resources necessary to keep the custom surfboard market alive and well in the U.S.A.


Through our research and development we found EPS Foam (Expanded Poly Styrene aka 'Styrofoam') to be a very sound, safe and environmentally friendly (it recycles) material to use at the core of our surfboards. EPS has uses beyond surfboards and therefore there are thousands of suppliers in the U.S. alone. What this means is with so much supply, we never have to worry about shortages or surfboard foam suddenly becoming unavailable.


EPS foam does not pair well with traditionally Polyester resin used in standard surfboard construction. Polyester resins will eat through EPS foam and what was once a surfboard will now resemble a thick milkshake. Enter Epoxy resins. Epoxy resins are more environmentally friendly, less wasteful and offer greater strength in the final surfboard lamination (glass job). The added strength characteristics of the Epoxies allows for lighter core materials (EPS foam) and thus the final product, your surfboard, can be both lighter and stronger than traditional surfboards.

Sounds great, why aren't more companies making Epoxy surfboards?


There are a few reasons; First, surfboard manufactures like people can easily become set in their ways. Traditional surfboard construction techniques have been in place for over 40 years without much change. Many shops have been set up for the use of traditional materials for years, they know how to work with these materials so why change. Second, Epoxy construction is more costly. Let's face it, competition in the surfboard market is fierce. If board A (standard) looks and performs the same as board B (Epoxy) but one has a cheaper price tag, chances are the buyer will go for the savings. The truth is, when considering cost you have to also consider value. An Epoxy surfboard will generally last longer than a traditional surfboard. If you did the math, we think you would find that the dollar per wave cost of an Epoxy would be lower than a traditional surfboard.


Currently, Uhuru offers both standard and Epoxy construction surfboards. Both have their benefits. The true decision is yours based on your feelings, beliefs and ultimately 'the ride'. Our belief is that eventually the benefits of Epoxy resin based surfboards will become so evident that they will become the standard in the surfing world. Give one a try, we think your going to like them!