The S-Lab is a creative space for our designers, shapers, scientists, engineers and technicians to experiment with the latest materials, production techniques and shape files. This facility allows our team to research and develop in a controlled environment ensuring our products meet stringent benchmarks and quality control measures.
Physically, the S-Lab occupies more than to 4,000sqft of space in our Gold Coast head office. This facility has dedicated sectors for design, shaping, photos, film and rigorous product testing. The purpose of the S-Lab is to develop, hone and refine our products to ensure we remain at the forefront of innovation, quality control and product development within the surf industry.
The S-Lab isn't just a space; it's a reflection of our constant commitment to PROGRESSION.
Every board we produce is designed right here in The S-Lab. It all begins with an idea, a challenge and a chance to create something new and exciting for our followers. Using the latest CAD based software allows our lead designers and co-shapers to easily explore and manipulate board shapes in real time with extreme precision…. This is where your board's journey begins.
ART & DESIGN
The Art department in S-Lab brings your board to life with artistic flare. Our team of talented artists designs every visual element from the ground up working synonymously with our shapers to ensure consistency in our product objectives. The team starts with a sketch pad and hand draws all model logos and design elements which are then transferred to a digital format to speed up production. The end result is a board that not only rides well but looks the part.
The S-Lab has its own content creation department which allows for the seamless transition of products to market. With dedicated photographers, videographers and team riders each and every product is tested and shot providing an in-depth view of how the product looks and performs.
RESEARCH & DEVELOPMENT
In The S-Lab we are constantly experimenting with custom materials and new equipment to produce our boards. We work closely with material manufacturers to explore the various strengths and weakness of a variety of material compositions and weaves to ensure our products are at the forefront of board construction.
The Surfboard Warehouse Research & Development facility (S*LAB) incorporates some of the world’s most renowned shapers, engineers and scientists to help develop, refine and redefine the surf industry.
With the ever increasing use of computer technology within the sport industry; The Surfboard Warehouse are leading the way in product testing by incorporating CAD design and Hydrodynamics into their research and development projects.
Through the use of Computational Fluid Dynamics (CFD) we are able to simulate water flow, waves and quantify the way in which a surfboard will interact with a wave in a virtual environment with the use of our CAD prototypes.
Using CFD, it is now possible to explore the intricate behaviours and differences between models and designs to increase performance of new products before being built, and thus allowing for better designs, shorter development time and an end product that has been backed by science.
With the help of CFD technology, we are now able to support our shapers with real data to assist in the refining and evolution of their board models and ultimately provide our team riders and customers with the better performing boards.
Drag & Lift Analysis
CFD Analysis on drag and lift to improve board speed
Paddle Blade Analysis
Analysing the power and performance of paddle designs
SUP Friction Analysis
Testing Stand Up Paddleboard performance
The Surfboard Warehouse utilise the latest composites, lamination techniques and proprietary technology to ensure they are on the forefront of innovation and design.
The Research and Development team have designed several patented products such as the Ergo Handle which offers superior comfort and grip whilst transporting your stand up paddleboard. Through the use of these patents The Surfboard Warehouse is able to offer products with a real point of difference.
Here is a list of S*Lab’s most used technologies:
A bamboo timber inlay is infused with fibreglass during lamination to dramatically increase the boards strength and impact resistance
An outer layer of Carbon Fibre is utilised for its incredible strength to weight properties offering unmatched performance
Carbon Infused Cloth
A combination of Carbon Fibre and Fibreglass cloth is used in high impact areas to offer increased durability without compromising flex
Compound Fusion Technology
This combination of Unidirectional, Bidrectional, Quad Axial and/or Volan Cloth offers unmatched strength properties
Strategically placed strips of Unidirectional Carbon Fibre Composite increase longitudinal strength properties
High Density Moulded Blank
High density moulded Expanded Polystyrene (EPS) is used for its increased strength, consistency and compression resistance for a superior core
Patented by The Surfboard Warehouse, this SUP handle provides the customer with superior grip and comfort when carrying their board
Stand Up Paddleboards are installed with Core Vents to allow the board's foam core to breathe during changes in temperatures
Double Drop Stitch
Double Drop Stitch is incorporated into our line of Inflatable SUPs to reduce board flex and increase their rigidity and strength by fusing the top and bottom layers
The Surfboard Warehouse manufacture on a large scale utilising high grade composites and the latest industrial equipment in order to ensure consistency, quality and a product that truly performs.
Through the combined experience and knowledge of Tim Beban the company owner and 2x World Champion Beau Young; The Surfboard Warehouse has been able to manufacture a unique range of affordable board designs for everyone and any skill level.
Our high grade composites are sourced from industry leaders from all over the globe; such as Bennett Blanks in Sydney, Shapers Australia on the Gold Coast and even produce our own range of quality composites used in our manufacturing facilities.
Each and every board design starts with several prototypes made in our Miami S*Lab facility
Once shapes are confirmed, blanks are cut or moulded to shape, ready for the production line
All boards are finished by hand with varying composites and constructions
Stringent quality control measures are implemented during every stage of the manufacturing process to ensure our products meet our manufacturing guidelines.
The S-Lab uses state of the art ground breaking technology to test and examine every element of a board's construction. S-Lab Technicians complete ultrasonic not destruct tests (UNDT's), composite tests and density tests on every product allotment to ensure the highest levels of quality control.
Other tests performed for quality assurance purposes are as follows:
Scans multiple materials thickness using ultrasonic waves; removing the need for an internal examination in some instances
Volumetric Mass Density Test
Identifies the density of composite layers
Identifies if water has penetrated through the exterior shell
Permanently monitors and records the boards temperature to ensure quality control
Inspection of the boards lamination adhesion and bonding properties
Measures the thickness of each specified composite layer