Differences in Skimboard Fiberglass
There are about 4 types of glass that you should really know about because they determine how your skimboard handles to large degree.
1. E-Glass (Regular Fiberglass)
4. Carbon Fiber (not really fiberglass, but better than fiberglass)
E-Glass (Regular Fiberglass) Traits
The E in E-glass stands for Electrical because this type of fiberglass started out being used for electronics. It turns out that this fiberglass makes for a pretty good skimboard too. It’s the most flexible of the 4 types of clothes that are used and it’s used in both Zap and Victoria skimboards. This means that your board will stand less of a chance of snapping BUT is more sensitive to scratches from rocks, seashells, coral, and things in your garage that bump into it. The flexibility also comes in to play when considering your speed, see the Science Behind Skimming here to see why a stiffer board goes faster.
Texillium & S-Glass Traits
These 2 glasses are similar and well there really isn’t much of a difference between the two. They are different from E-Glass & Caron Fiber though. The S in S-glass stands for Structural since this fiberglass is manufactured a little differently from E-glass resulting in more strength. Both Texillium & S-glass have a tighter weave than E- Glass and therefore make for a stiffer ride. This therefore makes them quicker than E-Glass and more resilient to abrasion and general wear & tear by about 30%, but also more expensive.
Carbon Fiber Traits
With a material that’s stronger than steel and as light as a feather there really isn’t anything like carbon fiber. It makes the fastest boards and makes them nearly impossible to snap. There is one big drawback of these boards, price. But if you consider the longevity and other benefits what’s $200 extra for unmatched performance?
So now you have all you need to know about the clothes used in making a skimboard, want to know about the resins?