Stringer Selection

Stringer Selection

US Blanks currently offers six wood types for stringer selection: Basswood, Red Cedar, Dark Wood (Cedar Alternative), Old-Growth Redwood, Balsa, and 4mm Unidirectional Plywood, available in three options: Poplar Ply, High-Performance Ply, or Team Ply.

Additionally, we offer Appelcore Stringers, Powerline Stringerz, PVC stringers, and Colored Foam Inserts.

Our in-house mill capabilities allow us to offer any thickness of wood stringer, including wedges. Some limits are set by the length or width of wood available. Our red cedar comes 6″” wide and will not fit all rockers, and our plywood has a length limit of 8’1””.

Multiple stringer T-bands, off-set stringers, and Models A’s are all part of our custom stringer capability, along with any conceivable straight cut.

Parabolic rail stringer configurations are also now available in a variety of different blanks sizes. Our standard parabolic templates can be used in any of our shortboard sizes to suit your finished board dimensions and requirements. For a list of our template outlines and configurations please refer to the parabolic specification pages at the end of this catalog.

WOOD STRINGER OPTIONS

Balsa Wood

Basswood

Cedar

Dark Wood (Cedar Alternative)

Old-Growth Redwood (limited availability)

Unidirectional Poplar Plywood

Team Plywood

High-Performance Plywood

 

OTHER STRINGER OPTIONS

APPELCORE STRINGERS

Appelcore Plywood is a uni-directional, US produced, basswood veneer that not only adds a very responsive flex pattern and strength to the surfboard, it also offers an customizable color aesthetic.  Each 1/12” veneer can be dyed to a multitude of color options, and then laminated with any color combination to make up each 3-ply panel.  With standard colors including Natural, Black, Brown, Red, Blue, Green and Yellow these stringers provide and aesthetic “pop” and uniqueness to the appearance of any surfboard. Click to learn more about Appelcore Stringers.

POWERLINE STRINGERZ

Powerline Stringerz are a non-woven polymer material laminated into a 4-ply panel.  This relatively new product is gaining in popularity not only for the strength and flex characteristics that it adds to the surfboard, but also because of its retention and resistance to fatigue.  The material does not breakdown and maintains a consistently repeatable flex pattern over time.  It is lighter than wood, impervious to water, and shapes well with both machine and hand tools. Click to learn more about Powerline Stringerz.

PVC

As EPS blanks / epoxy boards became more popular, the usage of PVC material for stringers increased.  PVC is a lightweight plastic that adds slightly to the strength and flex of the finished board without adding much weight.  With epoxy laminations being so strong, some feel that a regular solid wood or ply stringer adds too much rigidity to the board.  For those who find they need just a little more control than a completely stringerless board, PVC adds just enough flex and rigidity without going all the way to a conventional stringer.  PVC is available in 3mm and 4mm in colors Red and White.

COLORED FOAM INSERTS

Our Colored Foam can be used as a stringer insert to create unique aesthetic for your blank.  Straight cuts, wedge cuts, or any conceivable configuration can be used with our standard range of colored foams to produce a completely custom surfboard blanks.

STRINGER CONFIGURATIONS

Here is a small sampling of stringer configurations and glue-ups that we offer. More can be found by following out Instagram feed @USBlanks

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The Bonefish by Dean Edwards: comprised of over 1,000 different offcuts from 47 different colored blanks, collected over the course of 10 years and glued-up over the past 2 years. The entire board (except for the resin) was built from material that was headed to the landfill. "The fins are plywood and fiberglass scrap. Even the sandpaper was previously used!" Dean's goal was to inspire others to re-purpose waste and attempt to reduce what we use. More photos and full story are on our blog. #RecycleReduceReuse
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