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:
Eco-Tech offers a lower carbon footprint than other constructions by utilsing a moulded EPS foam core in conjunction with sustainably sourced bamboo and Paulownia timber. This eco-friendly construction offers superior strength, flex and impact resistance when compared to traditional PU surf craft
Tuff-Tech is the latest in high tech construction; utilising military grade polycarbonate Tuff-Tech composites to ensure a longer product life, increased product protection and unmatched durability. A must have for hire fleets and commercial applications
Volan-Tech is a multi-layered lamination that uses standard fiberglass cloth in addition to tradition thick volan cloth for improved impact resistance, increase trim and glide and unmatched strength properties when compared to standard fiberglass construction.
Carbon-Wrap offers unmatched performance and incredible strength to weight properties with the use of a full 3K Carbon Wrap laminate in conjunction with standard fiberglass. Carbon-Wrap will improve board performance, enhance flex and withstand higher impacts than standard fiberglass construction.
Carbon-Fusion is a unique blend of carbon fiber weave and fiberglass cloth when increases compression resistance, assists flex and overall board durability. Carbon-Fusion is strategically placed on the board to offer superior performance without compromising the boards weight.
Hyper-Flex incorporates strategically placed carbon strips of unidirection carbon fiber to essentially store and release energy as a surfer performs a turn. In turn, the board is fast, lively, highly responsive and perfectly geared to performance surfing.
Extreme Core Technology utilising a High density Moulded Expanded Polystyrene (EPS) Foam for superior strength, foam consistency, compression resistance and minimal wastage. For a superior core always choose E-Core.
Dura-Stitch represents the latest in I-SUP construction. Utilising double drop stitch and fusion technology, Dura-Stitch Isups are stiffer, stronger and superior in every way
The Ergo-handle is one of the most comfortable SUP handles available. It is designed with a larger recess which offers a superior grip and increased comfort during travel. If you carry your board to the beach, then you won't want a SUP without it.
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
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