The Timepiece by Fourth Surfboards

[vc_row][vc_column width="1/1"][vc_video link="https://vimeo.com/149280136"][vc_column_text]Harty talks through the Timepiece, a board he loves to surf himself and a board thats guaranteed to make you enjoy your next surf.[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column width="1/1"][vc_row_inner][vc_column_inner width="1/2"][vc_column_text]Here’s the blurb, It’s a new school approach to timeless flow and style.

Mid lengths are fun to surf. They are the original ‘shortboard’ of the first generation of high performance surfers, but the time piece takes it a little further… They are perfect to jump on when the waves are bad, and that’s fine if all you want is an easy rider. However, when you start feeling the concave, hard edges with low rails and pulled in tail you can start tearing them about whatever the waves are like.

So if your looking for a board that will really put the fun and enjoyment in your surfing then the Timepiece is worth a look.

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Introducing Emily Williams

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[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column width="1/1"][vc_video link=" https://vimeo.com/147711278"][vc_row_inner][vc_column_inner width="1/2"][vc_column_text]You probably haven’t heard of Em Williams, she’s a young Welsh lady who has more froth than most and more drive than a lot of the groms we see. She got bags of technique and isn’t scared to have a dig in bigger waves.

We have been making Em boards for a number of years and seen her progress every year. We took her to the Mentawaii’s on the Fourth trip in 2015 and we didn’t really know what to expect. The result, she thrived and enjoyed every second. She was up for every surf, bigger waves, smaller days, on shore days, mid day baking hot heat surfs the lot.

So here is Em, enjoy.

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Superfused E.S.E Technology coming to Fourth Surfboards

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OK, so I’ve gone through the characteristic benefits of this construction method. Just in case you are a board-geek like me I thought you may like to read a little bit about  how it’s done and what materials we use during the process.
We are using ‘Superfused EPS Foam’ from US Blanks. It has a tighter fusion and cell structure due to the moulding process of the blank, this means the blank takes less resin and offers a tighter flex pattern than the standard EPS blanks available on the market. If you weren’t already aware, standard EPS foam has a tighter flex than standard construction boards, so Superfused blanks are a massive step up in that respect. These blanks are around 25% lighter than standard blanks, so with the added flex properties you can see where the added performance comes from when riding the board.
When the board is laminated it happens in a heat controlled environment using ‘resin research’ epoxy resin.
‘Resin research’ epoxy is ground breaking stuff, not only is it over 40% bio content it is also the strongest, lightest and brightest epoxy on the market. It isn’t just safer to use and better for the environment, it is also the best performing resin we could get our hands on. Given the characteristics of the foam and the resin, this surfboard as a product uses less resin per foot than standard construction surfboards, meaning the weight is further reduced. It all plays a part in why this construction method is so special.

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Hexel S-glass fibre glass is used to laminate the board along with the epoxy resin. S-glass is pound for pound the strongest woven 4oz cloth available on the market. Offering up to 4x more tensile strength than other available cloths on the market. As standard we apply two layers of s-glass to each side of the board. If you want your board even lighter you can opt for a single layer on the bottom of the board, as is normal for most standard construction surfboards….  This, however amazing it feels under arm, doesn’t really utilise the real benefits of the Superfused E.S.E technology. The strength to weight ratio really is amazing – All the while gaining flex recoil instead of having a stiff, non flexing, pop out feel like some EPS epoxy sandwich construction surfboards have (mentioning no names).

Finally the board is heated in a hot box over night at 35 degrees, this ensures curing times are sped up during the first 72 hours of the board’s life. Heat is a really important factor when using epoxy resins, the right temperatures must be maintained in order to exploit the epoxies characteristics.
Once the board has been in the hot box, we apply a 100% sand finish to the board which we believe is the strongest and lightest method to finish a surfboard. This finishing process is standard on all of our boards and is a testament to our factory staff that they can use this finish on our epoxy boards as well. Flatter sanding, sharper edges and resin gloss give these boards the Ferrari finish they deserve.
When you bring everything together to form the Superfused E.S.E construction method you are left with a stronger, lighter more durable board that has better flex recoil compared to standard construction boards….. Is it a wheel re-invention? No – it’s just another way of making a surfboard that characteristically can improve the life span of the board and the enjoyment you get from surfing. Better for longer.  We are always looking to offer more options whether that be shapes, materials, construction methods or simply aesthetics…. We want everyone to ride the right board for them.

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From China to Lavaca, Fourth teams super Sunday

From China to Lavaca, Fourth teams super Sunday

Sunday 6th December 2015

When one of the team has a great day it’s something to shout about when two do it’s reason to celebrate. This weekend two of our top riders showed that they have what it takes to mix it with the big leagues.

First off, Tom Butler. Our top big wave surfer on the team, Tom got a last minute call to the Lavaca XXL Invitational Big Wave event in Spain. Tom has been based in Ireland this winter looking to tame the beast that is Mullaghmore head, his previous two winters in Nazare saw him and his tow partner Seb Stutner win and XXL award. Concentrating on paddeling big waves this year Tom was in the perfect place to get a call up to this major European big wave event.

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Butler at the Lavacaxxl event 2015

It wasn’t easy to get an idea of what was going with a Spanish webcast, but word emerged on Tom’s athlete page that he had placed 2nd in the final. Within 3 days Tom had gone from no invite to the comp, to taking 2nd out of 32 surfers and cementing his place in the top tier of European big wave surfers. An amazing day for Tom and for us at Fourth Surfboards, bring on the WSL Big Wave World Tour for 2016, finger crossed.

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Lavaca XXL

Tom said “I gave the day my all and only needed to stand up on a second wave to win. I surfed the biggest wave of the final maybe of the day a huge left 12 mins into my 45 minute final. The end of the wave clipped my heels after trying to pull into the barrel.I then took a 20 min beating five big waves on the head nearly got washed into the rocks, eventually got rescued, swim back in for board change paddle back to the peak I had 10 mins and couldn’t find another wave. We’re so stoked for you Tom, 2016 is going to be a huge year for you.

Now onto China. 

Adam ‘Bearman’ Griffiths is in the WSL Jeep Longboard event in China. After breaking his leg on the run up to the event last year and only just making it back to some level of fitness in time for competition Adam was determined to make it further in this years only WSL longboard competition.

2015 has been a good year for Adam, he finished 3rd on the European events guaranteeing his place in China but also lifting and re gaining his confidence. After a close semi final at the Boardmasters event in Newquay his home wave, Adam went onto another 3rd in Portugal this November.

However the world events are another level, the Americans, Australians and South American surfers are on point and thrive on the big stage. It always seemed that Adam would be the almost guy in these events, start with a high eight point ride, need a low score and either fall through nerves or just not get the waves needed in time. With his confidence peaking, this year has been a turning point and Adam cruised his first heat.

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Adam progressing through heats and into round 3

Into Round 2 he drew a hard heat, but this time the nearly man dug it out and pulled out the score when he needed it most. Waiting until the last minute of his heat Bear got the score and won the heat progressing into round 3. Proof that he has what it takes to make it further on the biggest stage in surfing and a great boost of confidence going into a tough round 3 heat.

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After his last minute winning wave.

Into round 3 Ad now takes on Taylor Jensen. As hard a heat as you can think of, its like having Slater in your next heat. However as they say if you want to win you have to beat the best and based on his last performance we have every confidence that our man can make through this next round and into the sharp end of the competition.

It’s not every day that two of your surfers achieve big things and show their true ability and talent. We couldn’t be more proud of the lads. If you want to follow Adam’s progress head to the WSL site. If you want to keep up with what the guys are doing all year round head their Facebook pages and keep up to date with two of the UK’s top pro surfers.

Adam Griffiths and Tom Butler