The Vader Approach

VADER Radvocate: Lee Pickering

VADER strives to deliver quality high performance shortboards, fish and alternative surfboards with affordability being king. Check the 2016 range available online Australia wide.

All VADER boards as of September 2016 have been 100% upgraded to Bennett Blanks (AU), HEXCEL glass (USA) & Dion Chemicals resin (AU) which means STRONGER, LIGHTER and WHITER boards. VADER shapes are designed using 3D CAD based software, this allows the boards to be tweaked to perfection before they are then precision cut on a CNC shaping machine down to the millimeter, then hand finished to guarantee perfect shapes every time. Pop outs you ask? Most of the boards you ride today, like Channel Islands, Rusty etc. are machine cut and hand finished. Is that a pop out? I’ll let you be the judge… Why do we do it this way? Because it is the most accurate and efficient way to make perfect surfboards. VADER is no different in quality to any of the worlds biggest brands.

All VADER boards are made from “PU” Polyurethane Foam, which is still the most common construction of surfboards today. A technology decades old, where a polyurethane foam blank is shaped then covered in polyester resin & fiber glass cloth to provide us with the most cost effective, fastest production custom surfboard available. This construction has a generally shorter life span than other newer technologies, however a familiar feel sees the majority of the worlds best surfers still riding this technology many generations later.

All VADER boards come with FCSII Performer Glassflex fins – a reliable all-round fin for a diverse range of surfers, conditions and board types. Well proportioned template with Inside Foil Technology (IFT) delivering a balance of drive, pivot and hold. Designed for surfers wanting a combination of speed and maneuverability with flow between turns. Formulated to replicate the flex and memory properties of hand-laid fiberglass. It’s advantages over other composite fin materials include stiffness, a more positive flex pattern (nice tip flex, little base flex) and remarkable flex memory.

VADER believes surfing is more than just a sport – it is a way of life, a way of mental and physical self-development, where there are no winners or losers. Whoever surfs always wins in regard to humbleness and companionship. Surfing develops self-knowledge with physical and psychological abilities essential to one’s daily life. Vader is inspired by the true spirit of surfing and its riders’ lifestyle, a soul surfer approach and a free rider state of mind.

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