Stab in the Dark 2018: ECOBOARD EDITION

You might have guessed it by now – we’ve partnered with Stab to make this year’s Stab in the Dark an ECOBOARD-focused affair. Watch this space for more as things unfold, but here are a couple of teasers from Stab:

https://stabmag.com/news/now-announcing-your-stab-in-the-dark-surfer/

https://stabmag.com/news/stab-in-the-dark/

We cannot wait to see Mick Fanning surfing and testing the high-performance ECOBOARD sleds later this year!

For now, here’s a little more detail on why the ten board quiver is all blacked out in 2018:

  1. Firstly, no polyurethane.
  2. Secondly, the materials had to meet Sustainable Surf’s ECOBOARD criteria
  3. And thirdly, the boards needed some sort of tech; whether that be carbon fibre strips, inegra wrapped tails or a funkier core was up to the individual shaper.

The only problem is that these technologies are instantly recognisable. And since many shapers have a patent on their preferred techs, their boards would no longer meet our indistinguishable criteria. We toyed with painting on black ‘stringers’, or covering the boards in a coloured resin, but through correspondence with all our shapers the simplest and most aesthetic solution was a simple coat or two of black paint over the board.