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Exploring the world of two-piece surfboards: the ideal travel companion?

Surfing has witnessed numerous innovations, but the two-piece surfboard is particularly notable. Originating from Karl Pope's 1964 patent, it has evolved significantly, with Mike Becker at Carbon Compact enhancing its design and construction. These surfboards now balance strength and flexibility, offering performance comparable to traditional single-piece boards.

Author: andrew@selogroup.co - Posted on: March 21, 2024

Travel Friendly design –

  1. Ease of Transportation: The two-piece longboard’s design allows for quick disassembly, making it highly portable. This feature is a boon for surfers traveling by air or with limited vehicle space. 
  2. Durability in Transit: These surfboards are engineered for resilience during travel. The robust construction, especially at the connection points, ensures that the board remains stable and undamaged, providing surfers with confidence that their board will endure the rigors of transit.
  3. Storage Solutions: The compact nature of two-piece longboards when disassembled is a significant advantage for those with limited storage space. 
  4. Travel Cost Savings: The collapsible design can lead to savings on travel costs. Given that airlines often charge hefty fees for oversized baggage, the ability to break down the surfboard into a more manageable size can reduce or eliminate these extra charges, making it a cost-effective option for frequent travellers.

Juan Hernandez from The Inertia, in his experience with the Carbon Compact collapsible system, found it impressively comparable to traditional surfboards. The additional weight from the carbon rods was minimal, and crucially, it didn’t compromise the board’s integrity. The board demonstrated resilience and did not show any predisposition to breakage at the joints, a common concern with two-piece designs. This testing validates the Carbon Compact system as a robust, performance-oriented solution, offering the practicality of a collapsible board without sacrificing the essential qualities surfers seek in a high-performance surfboard.

The advent of the two-piece longboard surfboard marks a significant innovation in the world of surfing, particularly for those bitten by the travel bug. While traditional longboards will always have their place in the surf community, the two-piece design offers a compelling alternative for those prioritizing ease of travel and storage. Its performance, though slightly different, does not stray far from the classic longboard experience, making it a worthy consideration for surfers looking to explore the world’s waves with less hassle and more freedom.

For further reading you can check out:
https://naturesshapes.com/carbon-compact
https://www.swellnet.com/news/design-outline/2019/03/08/sunova-story-two-parts
https://www.theinertia.com/rad-gear/radgear-thats-it-oversized-baggage-fees-can-officially-go-away-forever/