Nine Lights is committed to making boards that are more environmentally sound. Our boards are shaped from recyclable EPS foam, covered with natural timber, and glassed with low VOC epoxy resin.

Combining these materials results in a board so strong it will outlast a traditionally made board, so less end up in the trash heap.

The strength of the board comes from the outer skin, allowing the foam core to be very lightweight. Fiberglass is layered on either side of the wood sheeting, creating a strong I- beam structure that absorbs tension and compression. This means you’ll have less chance of breakage and you’ll get far less dings.

Why wood?  -- Wood is used as the sheet material that covers the foam core because of it’s built- in structure. It’s a natural composite material and is less prone to fatigue than most high- tech materials we have today. Weight for weight it’s stiffer than steel. Wood provides a springy flex and lively performance that doesn’t diminish over time.

Combining these materials results in a board so strong it will outlast a traditionally made board, so less end up in the trash heap.

Manufacture

Most of the time, when you hear the words composite surfboards, you think of factories overseas pumping out board after board. My philosophy is to offer the structural benefits of composite boards without the anonymous and unsustainable nature of mass production. I like to craft each board by hand and pass that personal connection on to the customer. The image of the sole craftsman laboring in his shop may be an antiquated notion, but I wouldn’t want to live in a world without it.

- Full Composite -

This is the strongest way to build a board. It starts with a hand shaped blank made from 1 lb. EPS foam. This is an extremely lightweight and flexible foam, which makes the finished board have a lively and responsive ride. A layer of fiberglass and wood is vacuum formed around the blank, creating an incredibly ding resistant skin. Solid wood rails are then laminated around the board, further strengthening it. A light and durable epoxy glass job finishes off the process.

- Openface Sandwich -

The Openface construction method offers most of the strength of the full composite, but with a bit more flex. The shaped blank is covered with wood skin only on the deck. The bottom is covered with a layer of denser 2 lb. EPS foam. This effectively creates a board with conventional epoxy surfboard strength on the bottom and full composite strength on the deck, where the strength is really needed. These boards are very light, high performance, and much stronger than a conventional epoxy board.

- Flatbread Tech -

This is a composite foam board built to be lightweight and very responsive. It's made in three layers, with the center being the lightest. Building the board in layers allows the strength to be concentrated on the outside where its needed and the interior core to be light and flexible. There is also no center stringer to inhibit the flex. These boards are usually lighter than a comprarable poly board and as strong as a conventional epoxy. An additional balsa perimiter stringer can be added for additional strength and and spring depending on the riders weight.

- Bionic Epoxy -

A lightweight core with a special glassing layup. Bionic Epoxy uses an extra lightweight, stringerless core combined with a double lamination technique that puts the strength in the rails, so they act like perimeter stringers. It's like having carbon rails without having to look like you have carbon rails.

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