There will be a few things happening in 2011, primarily with board development. I'm working on a new SXE model called not surprisingly SXE3, a new Mollusc, a new DSC and you can't help but work on more small wave boards. We will continue to refine and hopefully improve most of the range,probably drop some models out while bringing new ones in.

This year is the 30th anniversary of the Thruster's unveiling at the 1981 Rip Curl Pro Bells Beach contest, so that's a decade for every fin.

Machines - I'm very excited about the way our machine is cutting the pre-shapes we use, and that is cleanly and consistently, giving me a great foundation to work from. With the APS machine cutting consistency I can really get creative on the software program and develop the designs beautifully. What this means to you is that custom orders or the Simon stock boards you see in the shop will be accurate with the right balance of rail volume, thickness distribution, rocker curve and outline curve.

Surftech –
We are introducing the XFC and Mollusc models to the Surftech Tuflite range this year. So if you are a fan of the sandwich construction boards have a look at our small range in Surftech Dealer Shops.

In the XFC model the 3 board range are all single to double concave, rounded square tails and FCS fin system.
The XFC dimensions -
6'6 x 20 x 2 11/16 6'4 x 19 x 2 1/2
6'2 x 18 3/4 2 3/8
In the Mollusc the 3 boards are all FCS including -
6'10 x 21 x 2 3/4 Swallow tail single to double concave with vee at the swallow.
6'4 x 20 1/4 x 2 5/8 Roundtail single to double concave
6'2 x 20 x 2 /12 Roundtail single to double

Surftech also have a new range called Ultraflx, which is a new style epoxy board with interesting flex patterns.

You can check out my range of boards and get info on these technologies if you go to the Surftech website:
They are not listed in the US Surftech website as yet.

The Ultraflx range includes 4 XFC boards all rounded square tails, and 4 DK quad model boards all swallow tails, and all featuring the FCS fin system.
The XFC's include -
6'3 x 19 x 2 7/16 single to double concave
6'2 x 18 3/4 x 2 3/8 single to double
6'1 x 18 5/8 x 2 5/16 single concave
6'0 x 18 3/8 x 2 1/4 single concave

The DK boards are single to double concave but with vee in the back half of the board on the bottom, the double concave cuts through this moderate vee deepest at the forward fins and still substantial at the swallow tail.
Dimensions include -
6'0 x 20 1/4 x 2 1/2
5'11 x 20 x 2 7/16
5'10 x 19 3/4 x 2 3/8
We will be adding to the Quad Ultraflx range with a 6'6, 6'4 and 6'2 DK board.

Team - To see a few waves of Adam Robertson surfing his home turf way down South of Torquay last week go to: http://vimeo.com/18523644 . See you in the surf,Simon


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