Chilli Toucan EPS Review

What the Chilli Surfboards site says about the Toucan EPS:

‘The Toucan is a redefined version of the Bird’s Eye. This year, we’ve added a rolled deck for easy rail to rail surfing. Dropping 2”-3” in length from your regular shortie, allows you to make up the volume in width and thickness, creating your new summer board. By pulling the wide point of the board up under your chest, we have given you a platform to push off and generate speed. Combining the new rail with a single to double concave and squash tail lets you jam your back foot, creating a fast, more fluid ride.

Built using the latest in EPS/Epoxy materials; the XF technology combines a lightweight EPS core with Biaxial Fibreglass Cloth and Epoxy Resin: Biaxial Fiberglass has about half of its fibres aligned along the length of the cloth (0 degrees) and about half across the cloth (90 degrees) lending itself as a perfect option for creating a controlled flex pattern. Expanded Polystyrene (EPS) foam is a version of polystyrene foam typically found in the core of Firewire surfboards.

EPS is typically the lightest of the three foams used in surfboard construction resulting in a much lighter board translating to increased buoyancy and floatation. Basically the lowest density or lightest board will float you the best! The advantage of better buoyancy is added paddling speed and increased manoeuvrability allowing you to ride a smaller board. EPS foam core is also less likely to deteriorate over time! Epoxy Resin is a healthier alternative to polyester as epoxy emits 50-75% fewer VOCs (volatile organic compounds) than polyester resin, which means a decrease in harmful chemicals in the shop and the environment in general. In fact, epoxy is a common household item, safe to use without a mask and with only moderate ventilation. Epoxy is lighter than polyester. Under most circumstances, resin makes up a large part of a completed board’s overall weight. Not only is epoxy lighter than polyester, but less is needed per coat. This ends up meaning a lighter surfboard – a big plus for most surfers. The biggest bonus However is the durability and strength of epoxy resin. All XF boards are constructed using a 36gram EPS core with a high-grade timber stringer, each board is hand laminated using epoxy resin and biaxial fibreglass on the deck providing a lighter, stronger board that feels fast and responsive under your feet increasing performance in a wide variety of conditions!’

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Image Source: Chilli Surfboards

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What people are saying about it:

This right here is a great small wave performance board for those wanting something that is lightweight and floaty without compromising on speed and drive. This is a thruster set up and there are a heap of standard board sizes/dimensions for you to choose from. The Toucan is made with EPS foam which is a super light foam with a lot of buoyancy/floatation. The advantage of better buoyancy is added paddling speed and increased maneuverability allowing you to ride a smaller board.” – Girl Surf Network

This thing is light, paddles well and surfs well.” – Gumtree

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