CFT construction = unique lamination process

If it were easy, everyone would be doing it…

Stretch Boards has an exclusive construction process that, believe it or not, is something that most other board builders don’t want to touch.

There are key factors to building a quality board that will both outlast and outperform the industry standard. Quality of materials, attention to detail, comprehensive understanding of all parameters involved, experience and a whole lot of patience are some of the ingredients in a vast recipe.

For the past decade Stretch has been utilizing a self made formula for providing what we feel is the best custom built board construction for performance surfing available in the world today. Here’s the “wet work” portion of the CFT formula:

 

 

nathan fletcher CFT standard construction. photo: hankfoto

nathan fletcher CFT standard construction. photo: hankfoto

direct sized RWG 6oz. bottom laminated over marko foam 2.1pcf core with 1/8" bamboo stringer = CFT standard

direct sized RWG 6oz. bottom laminated over marko foam 2.1pcf core with 1/8″ bamboo stringer = CFT standard

bamboo veneer, pigmented epoxy color lamination and marko eps foam core.

bamboo veneer, pigmented epoxy color lamination and marko eps foam core.

each board with Stretch's exclusive CFT construction is built in california

each board with Stretch’s exclusive CFT construction is built in california

william aliotti racing through a gutter bomb on his CFT std construction lil buddy. photo: Andrew Christie

william aliotti racing through a gutter bomb on his CFT std construction lil buddy. photo: Andrew Christie

wiggolly = CFT medium construction with no deck channels for strength, trampoline POP! and flex to match his strong legs. photo: joao brognoli

wiggolly = CFT medium construction with no deck channels for strength, trampoline POP! and flex to match his strong legs. photo: joao brognoli

like board design, glassing schedule on each board can be custom tailored to suit rider style and/or preference.

like board design, glassing schedule on each board can be custom tailored to suit rider style and/or preference.

pigmented color lamination for abstract epoxy resin swirls are nothing to be afraid of.... kinda.

pigmented color lamination for abstract epoxy resin swirls are nothing to be afraid of…. kinda.

nathan fletcher isn't thinking about higher foam density, increased cloth layers or chemical composition of the glass on his board. he's got other things on his mind. photo: Daniel Russo

nathan fletcher isn’t thinking about higher foam density, increased cloth layers or chemical composition of the glass on his board. he’s got other things on his mind. photo: Daniel Russo

higher viscosity when setting fin boxes improves structural integrity and reduces "creep" to assure proper cant angles

higher viscosity when setting fin boxes improves structural integrity and reduces “creep” to assure proper cant angles

 

All Stretch boards containing the CFT logo are manufactured in Santa Cruz, CA with premium materials sourced domestically. All boards built in our factory are shaped by William Riedel, glassed with epoxy resin, heat cured to 135ºF and finished with a Teflon acrylic sealant coat. Shaping, glassing and color work are all done in-house. Each board, whether a custom order or stock configuration, is individually made to order. Lead times for new boards vary between 3-10 weeks. Please call for more accurate production schedule.

 

Construction base

 

EPS/EPOXY

 

– Known in the industry as an “alternative construction option”, Stretch has mastered this as a board building method for over 30 years.

 

CFT std

 

– Formerly known as EPS TECH, the exclusive Stretch Boards construction includes deck channels, Marko Foam 2.1 pcf EPS blank, Resin Research epoxy, 1/8” bamboo stringer, bias weave 4oz. direct sized S-glass and 6oz. direct sized RWG E-glass. Individually built in Santa Cruz, CA by William Riedel

6oz. RWG bottom/6oz. RWG + 4oz. D/S bias weave S-glass deck

 

CFT light

 

– Same finish quality and durability as the CFT std but incorporates a 3-ply appelcore stringer, 4oz. RWG E-glass substitution for 6oz. and 1.9pcf density Marko Foam EPS blank. Will yield to pressure dents slightly more so than CFT std build. CFT light option is for those who want a featherweight and higher flex performance board that will far outlast that crippled PU/PE with team glassing bought off the rack.

4oz. RWG bottom/4oz. RWG + 4oz. D/S bias weave S-glass deck

 

CFT medium

 

– Additional cloth layers for increased durability from CFT std with minimal weight gain and flex more closely related to polyurethane.

6oz. RWG + 4oz.RWG bottom /6oz. RWG + 6oz. RWG deck

2.1pcf marko foam blank with 1/8” bamboo stringer

*2.3pcf-2.5pcf and 3/16” or ¼” bamboo available upon request

 

CFT heavy

 

– Common in towboards, guns* and longboards where greater overall mass and stiffer flex is desired.

6oz. RWG + 6oz.RWG bottom /6oz. RWG + 6oz. RWG deck

2.5pcf marko foam blank with 1/4” bamboo stringer*

* for boards above 8’0” = 6.5mm ply or 3/8”-1/2” bass or t-band option

**large guns may get 2/3 or ¾ length additional patches of varying 4oz. or 6oz. deck and/or bottom

 

 

LEGACY

 

– Cork and Bamboo composite build option engineered and manufactured in-house. CFT std base construction shaped from a core with bamboo bottom and cork deck and rails. Dampens chatter and slows flex return in textured conditions and/or high speeds while continuing to offer performance and increased durability.

 

* LEGACY light/medium/heavy available via custom request.

 

PU/EPOXY

 

– Polyurethane blank custom shaped by William Riedel to your specs and glassed in-house with Stretch CFT epoxy glassing procedures.

 

 

ECOBOARD

 

– The ECOBOARD Project program “verifies” the use of “qualified” sustainable materials in surfboards to have a significant reduction in environmental and toxic impacts vs. “typical” business practices for the surfboard building industry. Your custom Stretch board qualifies for an ECOBOARD through the use of Marko’s Envirofoam blank and/or Entropy Resin.

 

* more info can be found here: http://www.sustainablesurf.org/ecoboard/benchmark/