Jeff 'Doc' Lausch embraces stringerless foam
Surfersvillage Global Surf News, 4 August, 2014 - An industry that has seen little technological innovation in the last sixty years is on the brink of being changed forever. Varial Surf Technology (Varial) has introduced its latest surfboard, a new foam material called Varial Foam, made from an advanced aerospace formula and a new chemistry to surfboards all together. The board is 25% lighter yet stronger as compared to a standard surfboard.
The strength of Varial Foam eliminates the need for a stringer or any other strengtheners that current surfboards require. The compressive strength of the foam makes the board highly responsive to riders by transferring energy directly through the core to the water’s surface; all without compromising flex which is critical to a surfboard’s performance. The lighter yet stronger board makes for a surfboard unparalleled to any other.
Jeff 'Doc' Lausch with a Varial board at Surf Expo in January 2014
“I have been working with the Varial Foam guys in developing this new foam for about a year now,” said Jeff ‘Doc’ Lausch, owner and shaper of Surf Prescriptions, a worldwide surfboard manufacturer located in Huntington Beach. “We have dialed in the formula and it is one of the best surfboard foams ever. Not only is it easy to work with, but the consistency, the speed and performance are amazing. ”
Varial’s first high-modulus core surfboards were made from aluminum honeycomb, the highest-modulus of all core materials. Honeycomb cores were developed during the space race for making lighter and stronger parts than would have ever been possible with wood or foam.
During the honeycomb board R&D process, Varial developed a new, high-modulus surfboard foam for use in the rails. The intention was to also provide this foam to surfboard shapers in blank form. The Varial Foam line of foam blanks captures much of the speed and responsiveness of Varial’s honeycomb boards while maintaining the shaper-friendliness of foam blank surfboards construction and allows shapers to sell surfboards at a competitive price point. Varial Surf Technology was founded in Santa Barbara in 2005 by two lifelong friends, Edison Conner and Parker Borneman.