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Stand-up paddle boards reinforced by low carbon fabric

Oxeon : 10 March, 2014  (Application Story)
BlkBox Surf is an American brand and manufacturer of Stand-Up-Paddle (SUP) boards that is using TeXtreme Spread Tow carbon fabrics to achieve weight savings and mechanical performance benefits, together with a pro[rietary resin known as Resin-X.
The BlkBox SUP boards are the latest TeXtreme surf board application hitting the market after earlier successes by North Kiteboarding, Fanatic Windsurfing and Hydroflex surfboards. 
 
TeXtreme Spread Tow carbon fibre reinforcements are used in applications and products requiring weight savings, improved strength and stiffness. In general, TeXtreme achieves weight savings of about 20-30% on the finished composite parts, compared to conventional carbon fibre reinforcements.
 
Besides surf boards, current applications for TeXtreme Spread Tow carbon reinforcements involve bicycles, America’s Cup boats, Formula 1/NASCAR cars/Le Mans cars, ice hockey sticks, golf shafts and advanced aerospace parts.
 
BlkBox owner and shaper Matt Campbell is a former professional snowboarder, snowboard designer and paint & coatings engineer. BlkBox Surf is the culmination of Campbell's knowledge and passion for design, engineering and board sports. With his knowledge of coatings formulation, it was natural for him to begin tinkering with resins.  He eventually came up with his own proprietary amnd patented resin formula that dampened vibration, offered improved flex characteristics and wouldn’t yellow in the sun. Resin-X was born. Using Resin-X, Campbell is able to produce a lighter, stronger surfboard with better performance characteristics.
 
“TeXtreme offers all the best properties of unidirectional carbon in a woven fabric that creates a lighter, stronger surfboard or paddleboard. Our athletes have won race series championships the past three years in a row on our standup paddleboards made with TeXtreme” says Campbell.
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