EPS vs. PU
So, you’ve just got your head around the multitude of surfboard shapes out there and now you’re dealing with the core issue at hand. PU/PE vs. EPS/Epoxy; we are going to help you navigate these terms among the whitewash of information so you don’t look like a total kook out in the water.
PU - Polyurethane Blank with Polyester resin
PE - Polyurethane Blank with Epoxy resin
PU/PE is a heavier foam than EPS/Epoxy which creates a sturdier board that sits lower in the water. You would want to ride a PU/PE on days where the water is a bit messy to allow for a more smooth ride and to help keep your rail under. PU/PE is also a great pick as it has more flex and feel and gives more of a hold in barreled waves.
EPS/ Epoxy - Expanded Polystyrene a.k.a styrofoam
Think of these boards as the lightweight of the group. Weighs less, a bit snappier but still a whole load of fun. EPS/ Epoxy boards are the newest to the market and are great for the surfer who loves to get air and go fast, they are more buoyant and sit higher in the water which allows for speed, glide and whip. EPS/Epoxy boards are more environmentally friendly as EPS can be recycled and is often combined with bio resin and fibreglass alternatives such as flax cloth.
Both designs have different characteristics that are going to offer slightly different performance benefits. What it really comes down to is a personal preference and how you ride. We suggest giving both a go without any preconception and see what surfs best for you.