“All our surfboards are laminated using our unique vacuum technology.”
All Appletree boards are produced using a revolutionary production method that is completely unique in the surfing and foil surfing world. This technology is developed by Appletree Surfboards and all boards are produced in our own brand new production facility in Portugal. This way we can completely control the boards production. From acquiring the finest raw materials available to attracting the best craftsmen in the business. All custom boards are available in different strength and weight options, all the info on this can be found here.
50K CLOSED CELL FOAM
It all starts with the core and every board we make starts with a foam core of our very own 50K closed cell foam. This foam is formalized exclusively for us, it is not used in any other board in the market.
The foam can withstand 50.000 kg per square meter, while staying very light, and most of all very flexible. Another plus of our 50K foam is that it is closed cell, meaning that the foam will not take in water, and the board will not blow out when it gets hot. Any small crack or ding does not need immediate repair. Eventually a repair is advised, but you can first finish your well deserved session or trip!
50K foam is not easy to shape, all commercially available shaping machines will have great trouble shaping it and hand shaping is not possible. At Appletree surfboards we use our own shaping machines that we built and control ourselves. This way we can not only shape the foam, but we can also create channels and extreme contours, straight from the machine.
All our surfboards are laminated using our unique vacuum technology. After the core is shaped with our custom CNC and hand finished by our skilled craftsmen, it’s time for the lamination to give the board it’s final strength.
Surfboards can be finished in both glass fibre and carbon fibre, but both go through the same lamination. The laminate is applied to the blank dry, both the top and the bottom, additionally fin boxes and leash plugs are installed. Then the whole package goes into a vacuum bag and under pressure is injected with epoxy resin. This way the whole lamination is much tighter and requires almost no more work. This way of laminating results in the best fibre to epoxy ratio, leaving the boards both lighter and stronger. We are able to produce carbon boards at a weight under 2.5 kg while keeping them ultra strong. normal glass fibre boards finish under 3 kg depending on the volume.