Pirate Water Sports Brings American Made Stand Up Paddle Boards to the South East
Stand Up Paddle Boarding, or SUP boarding, is the fastest growing market within the water sport industry. The health and exercise element, along with the exhilaration of gliding across the open water, has made this the sport to try!
We just launched both our website and our facebook page, providing our clients access to our products, discounts, accessories, and news.
Our official unveiling of our 2012 Hatteras boards will be at the Carolina Cup SUP event, April 27th - 28th in Wilmington NC. Here, you will have the opportunity to demo some of our boards, chat with our shapers, and meet The Pirate, our founder.
Our shapers bring 25+ years of shaping experience, insuring every board has met our strict quality control process. Each board goes through multiple quality control checks. We are not a mass-production facility – we take pride in our boards and it shows in the finished product.
Although most of the production boards on the market use 1.0 – 1.5 PSF foam, we at Pirate Water Sports begin with the highest quality EPS foam blanks available. All of our blanks are a minimum of 2.0 PSF foam. This provides a tighter cell structure, providing strength, lessening molecular space for water infiltration, and insuring extreme durability. Once the shape is cut on our CNC machine, we hand sand and finish the blanks to insure a level of detail that is not seen on import or mass produced boards.
After we have the perfect shape, we apply the graphics and airbrush artwork. This is applied directly to the foam – not on top of the Epoxy. By putting the paint and graphics on the inside of the exterior shell, you will never have to worry about your paint chipping, peeling, or wearing off. Most production board companies spray the paint on the outside of the board. After a few uses, the paint will scratch, chip, and show signs of aging.
After we have completed the artwork phase, its time to apply the fiberglass cloth. We use a minimum of two layers of cloth on our boards. The bottom has a layer of 4oz and a layer of 6oz cloth that each wraps the side rails a minimum of 3” on to the top surface. On the top of our boards, we use two layers of 6oz, both overlapping the rails a minimum of 3” unto the bottom side. This process provides 3 layers of 6 oz and 1 layer of 4oz fiberglass cloth overlapping the rails. Your board will be stronger and your rails will provide the added protection needed to help protect against rail damage and fractures.
Each board begins the glassing process with has a hand applied Epoxy Hot Coat. Once applied, the board goes to the UV curing room to insure an even and consistent curing. The Epoxy coating is the most important part of insuring a waterproof system that is strong enough to provide years of service. Once the board has fully cured, each board is inspected and sanded. The hand-sanding process prepares the board for the second layer of Epoxy Hot coat. Hand applied again, this adds another layer of exterior protection, strength, and durability.
Each board is finished with a professional buff and polish. A final quality control inspection – and your board is ready to enjoy the water. SUP Boarding is the fastest growing segment in the water sports industry. Paddle boarding gives you the chance to experience nature, enjoy the water, and stay in shape. Don’t settle for the sub-standard overseas imported boards. Pay once and buy the best.
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Pirate Water Sports is committed to providing the highest quality SUP boards for the benefit of all SUP riders and water sport enthusiasts.
Each of our EPS foam boards are hand formed and shaped, and finished with the highest quality Epoxy coating. Our boards carry one of the highest warranties in the industry, with all American labor and materials.
Our boards are made by professional surfers - for surfers. Don't settle for imported products that are poorly built. Pay once and own for a lifetime.