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Going beyond your imagination. Do you want to have the lowest possible weight combined with maximum stiffness and durability even the most high-end custom board maker can't beat?

Everyone strives to be different and thus loves individualisation. But do you want to buy a surprise egg custom boards often turn out to be? Or trust in a proven shape by a brand which has continuously been at the forefront of the board development with over 40 years of experience. 

Look no further cause here comes the GRIP D/LAB board range.

At DUOTONE only real game-changer products qualify to carry the D/LAB logo. So what’s so special about these boards to allow them to become the first D/LAB products under DUOTONE Windsurfing?

During the last 3 years our product manager boards Dani Aeberli and our QC specialist Vasin Siritho have worked on a new technology which is exclusive for DUOTONE. We call this FULL CUSTOM CNC.

We use a construction which is one hundred percent identical to the most high-end custom made boards. Instead of using a mould to bring the EPS foam core into its final shape each EPS block gets CNC milled. This ensures maximum precision and saves weight. 

Same as with high-end custom board makers the major advantage lays in the processing. We call this SINGLE PROCESS TECHNOLOGY and it is the key to our industry-leading weight-strength ratio. 

Instead of combining working steps to save time and money every single step follows its individual process. So for example instead of joining the PVC sandwich with the EPS core in a single shot we vacuum-bag the top and bottom PVC shields with the EPS core separately. 

Also instead of using standard 3mm PVC elements for the entire board we use thicker and thinner PVC plates as well according to the stress areas which makes the board lighter yet stronger.

For all D/LAB boards we use our most sophisticated layup which consists of more than 60 individual parts and components (nearly 20% more parts than used for our SLS Premium Sandwich Construction). 

On top we are using the most high-end composite materials available to-date. 

  1. All carbon fibres used are a mix of high strength and high modulus carbon qualities depending on the individual requirements of each board section. Our high modulus carbon used can also be found on high-end products like aircraft’s, Formula One cars or our Platinum SLS masts, booms and extensions. 
  2. Innegra is a high modulus Propylene with unbeatable tensile and ding resistance. It offers a similar tensile strength to Kevlar, but is significantly stiffer. In addition, Innegra is the best composite fibre to prevent dents.
  3. We use our exclusive high performance S_GLASS+ with an extra high silica content which offers much higher tensile strength as well as about 10-20% greater stiffness.
  4. And finally we are using our exclusive DUOTONE SENTEX resin impregnated with silicon nano-spheres which helps us to reduce the weight even further without sacrificing durability. 

Instead of using a similar layup on all boards we use a DISCIPLINE SPECIFIC FLEX CONSTRUCTION for all our D/LAB boards since demands on the different disciplines (wave, freestyle, freeride, racing) and conditions vary quite a lot.

  1. Racing boards are made to offer maximum performance (instant acceleration and V-max). Therefore these boards need be as stiff as possible. To achieve this no compromise stiffness we use a super high carbon content on all FALCON D/LAB layups.
  2. On wave boards though a certain „give“ is essential since these boards are very short and might become too stiff thus uncontrollable using a full carbon layup. Therefore the GRIP D/LAB boards come with a higher Innegra and S_GLASS+ content. These high-tech composites have a much higher tensile strength avoiding breakages after high landings. To still achieve an outstanding "spring-back" characteristics which makes the board more reactive and has a tremendous effect on the acceleration we use unidirectional Carbon reinforcements in longitudinal direction. 

Last but not least even every single board size has an individual layup. That’s the final stage of individualisation in construction.

The result speaks for itself since the D/LAB boards are approx. 500 grams lighter than our SLS boards and up to a full kilo lighter than other serial production boards. And it’s the first time that a production board can compete even with the lightest custom boards out there. 

Yet all of this is achieved without any sacrifice in durability since we always follow our core motto LIGHT DONE RIGHT.

Please note that at least in the first year quantities will be strictly limited - just like a real custom board. That’s why only the most popular GRIP 4 and GRIP 3 sizes will be available in the D/LAB technology.

SHAPE DETAILS

Our GRIP D/LAB boards are constantly evolving designs and constructions to ensure we are continuously at the forefront of development yet with over 40 years of experience. We call them World Cup Wave boards as they are engineered to satisfy the best of the best on all kind of spots around the globe, from jumping-oriented side-on conditions like Pozo to down-the-line groundswell conditions like Hookipa.

Now the most important question you need to ask yourself is which fin configuration best suits your personal riding style:

  • The GRIP 4 with its Quad fin configuration gives you maximum drive and grip for committed rail to rail turns, even in XXL waves
  • The GRIP 3 has a slightly better acceleration due an efficient rocker with a lower-drag entry, which is especially helpful in jumping conditions. The Thruster fin configuration allows for earlier tail release for tighter/slashier turns, even in non ideal waves

YOUR NEW GRIP D/LAB DREAM MACHINES ARE READY AND WAITING FOR YOU TO GO BEYOND IMAGINATION!

No-compromise quad shape
The GRIP 4 shape is 100% tuned to the quad fin setup
FULL CUSTOM CNC TECHNOLOGY
The FULL CUSTOM CNC TECHNOLOGY is one hundred percent identical to the most high-end custom made boards
No-compromise thruster shape
The GRIP 3 shape is 100% tuned to the thruster fin setup
Mini mast track and slot boxes
Weight saving plus maximum PLUG & PLAY through less options
World Cup wave designs
All GRIP boards are designed to work all around the globe from groundswell Hookipa to onshore Pozo conditions.
Grip 4 D/LAB - Unicolor
Slower Waves
SNAPPY TURNS
Fast Waves
MAX. GRIP
Range Of Use
ACCELERATION & JUMPING
Range Of Use
KEEP SPEED DOWN THE LINE
Surfing Style
BACK FOOT SLASHES
Surfing Style
FRONT FOOT CARVING
Freestyle Ability
NEW SCHOOL
Freestyle Ability
CLASSIC
BOARD
VOLUME (L)
WIDTH (CM)
LENGTH (CM)
TECHNOLOGY
WEIGHT (KG) (+/-5%)
FITTINGS
MAX. SAIL SIZE (M²)
RIDER WEIGHT AS MAIN BOARD (KG)
RIDER WEIGHT AS SMALL BOARD (KG)
RIDER WEIGHT AS BIG BOARD (KG)
BEST MATCHING ION BOARDBAG*
Best Size
GRIP 4 D/LAB 76
76
56
222
CUSTOM CNC CARBON SANDWICH
5.50
Fins: 2 x Quad Front (Slot) 9.5 + 2 x Quad Rear (Slot) 14.5 | 3 x Premium Strap | Mini Mast Track
5.3
65-75
70-80
60-70
Windsurf Core 230x58
Best Size
GRIP 4 D/LAB 81
81
57.5
224
CUSTOM CNC CARBON SANDWICH
5.70
Fins: 2 x Quad Front (Slot) 9.5 + 2 x Quad Rear (Slot) 14.5 | 3 x Premium Strap | Mini Mast Track
5.7
70-80
75-85
65-75
Windsurf Core 230x58
Best Size
GRIP 4 D/LAB 87
87
58.5
225
CUSTOM CNC CARBON SANDWICH
5.80
Fins: 2 x Quad Front (Slot) 9.5 + 2 x Quad Rear (Slot) 14.5 | 3 x Premium Strap | Mini Mast Track
5.7
80-90
85-95
75-85
Windsurf Core 235x61
Best Size
GRIP 3 D/LAB 85
85
58.5
219
CUSTOM CNC CARBON SANDWICH
5.80
Fins: 2 x Tri MFC Side (Slot) 11 + 1 x Tri MFC Center (US) 18 | 3 x Premium Strap | Mini Mast Track
5.7
75-85
80-90
70-80
Windsurf Core 235x61
Best Size
GRIP 3 D/LAB 95
95
60
222
CUSTOM CNC CARBON SANDWICH
6.00
Fins: 2 x Tri MFC Side (Slot) 12 + 1 x Tri MFC Center (US) 18 | 3 x Premium Strap | Mini Mast Track
6.2
85-95
90-100
80-90
Windsurf Core 235x61

Main color specs when repairing the board

Grip 4 D/LAB: Top: Pantone 2090 C | Bottom: Pantone 178 C

Grip 3 D/LAB: Top: Pantone 3125 C | Bottom: Pantone 178 C

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D/LAB vs. SLS

All SLS boards are made with our PREMIUM SANDWICH TECHNOLOGY wich is our most advanced semi custom technology.
All D/LAB boards are made with our FULL CUSTOM D/LAB TECHNOLOGY which is the identical technology used on high-end custom made boards.

This leads to the following differences:

1) WEIGHT
The D/LAB boards are approx. 500g lighter than the SLS models. The major weight saving comes through the full custom technology. But it's also down to the smallest details like reduced foot strap plugs, reduced to max foot pads and super light water transfer stickers for the artwork.

2) STIFFNESS
For the D/LAB boards we use a higher carbon content which makes for a more direct riding sensation.

3) DENT RESISTANCE
As with most wave boards on the market, we use S-glass on the PVC sandwich for the SLS boards, while the D/LAB boards are equipped with a carbon-Innegra layer on the outside. Innegra is the best composite fibre to prevent dents. Dents caused by the mast touching the board (during catapults or when getting washed) are mainly an aesthetic issue. But if you want a board that stays dent-free, you should opt for the D/LAB version.

4) PRICE
Innegra is considerably more expensive than S-glass. And apart from the higher carbon content, the FULL CUSTOM D/LAB TECHNOLOGY is much more time and labor-intensive. Therefore the SLS version is 10% cheaper than the D/LAB version.

TechFeature

Bottom Shape

Progressive double concave V front to back - ideal compromise between performance, manoeuvrability and control.

The unique tail channel provides additional grip for the Thruster fin configuration.

FULL CUSTOM CNC TECHNOLOGY

The FULL CUSTOM CNC TECHNOLOGY is a full custom technology which is one hundred percent identical to high-end custom made boards.

Instead of using a mould to bring the EPS foam core into its final shape each EPS block gets CNC milled. This ensures maximum precision and saves weight. 

Same as with high-end custom board makers the major advantage lays in the processing. We call this SINGLE PROCESS TECHNOLOGY and it is the key to our industry-leading weight-strength ratio. Instead of combining working steps to save time and money every single step follows its individual process. So for example instead of joining the PVC sandwich with the EPS core in a single shot we vacuum-bag the top and bottom PVC shields with the EPS core separately. 

Also instead of using standard 3mm PVC elements for the entire board we use thicker and thinner PVC plates as well according to the stress areas which makes the board lighter yet stronger.

For all D/LAB boards we use our most sophisticated layup which consists of more than 60 individual parts and components (nearly 20% more parts than used for our PREMIUM SANDWICH CONSTRUCTION). 

On top we are using the most high-end composite materials available to-date. 

  1. All carbon fibres used are a mix of high strength and high modulus carbon qualities depending on the individual requirements of each board section. Our high modulus carbon used can also be found on high-end products like aircraft’s, Formula One cars or our Platinum SLS masts, booms and extensions. 
  2. Innegra is a high modulus Propylene with unbeatable tensile and ding resistance. It offers a similar tensile strength to Kevlar, but is significantly stiffer. In addition, Innegra is the best composite fibre to prevent dents.
  3. We use our exclusive high performance S-glass fiber with an extra high silica content which offers much higher tensile strength as well as about 10-20% greater stiffness.
  4. And finally we are using our exclusive DUOTONE SENTEX® resin impregnated with silicon nano-spheres which helps us to reduce the weight even further without sacrificing durability. 

Instead of using a similar layup on all boards we use a DISCIPLINE SPECIFIC FLEX CONSTRUCTION for all our D/LAB boards since demands on the different disciplines (wave, freestyle, freeride, racing) and conditions vary quite a lot.

  1. Racing boards are e made to offer maximum performance (instant acceleration and V-max). Therefore these boards need be as stiff as possible. To achieve this no compromise stiffness we use a super high carbon content on all FALCON D/LAB layups.
  2. On wave boards though a certain „give“ is essential since these boards are very short and might become too stiff thus uncontrollable using a full carbon layup. Therefore the GRIP D/LAB boards come with a higher Innegra and S_GLASS+ content. These high-tech composites have a much higher tensile strength avoiding breakages after high landings. To still achieve an outstanding "spring-back" characteristics which makes the board more reactive and has a tremendous effect on the acceleration we use unidirectional Carbon reinforcements in longitudinal direction. 

Last but not least even every single board size has an individual layup. That’s the final stage of individualisation in construction.

The result speaks for itself since the D/LAB boards are up to 500 grams lighter than our SLS boards and up to a full kilo lighter than other semi custom production boards. And it’s the first time that a production board can compete even with the lightest custom made boards out there. 

Yet all of this is achieved without any sacrifice in durability since we always follow our core motto LIGHT DONE RIGHT.

Duotone Premium Strap

High quality closed cell neoprene for maximum longevity. Only black Lycra coating guarantees maximum comfort as well as maximum durability. The strap features measurement markings to allow you to quickly set up and replicate your individual size. Board specific attachments:

  • All World Cup boards come equipped with double-screw plugs to prevent any twist and ensuring the most direct connection to the board
  • All other boards come equipped with single-screw plugs to allow a faster repositioning of the straps plus a more comfortable ride due to a certain "give"


Duotone Premium Strap

High quality closed cell neoprene for maximum longevity. Only black Lycra coating guarantees maximum comfort as well as maximum durability. The strap features measurement markings to allow you to quickly set up and replicate your individual size. Board specific attachments:

  • All World Cup boards come equipped with double-screw plugs to prevent any twist and ensuring the most direct connection to the board
  • All other boards come equipped with single-screw plugs to allow a faster repositioning of the straps plus a more comfortable ride due to a certain "give"


Duotone Pro Pads

8-10mm thick duo density EVA (depending on the board type) provides best dampening comfort and control. The heat pressed diamond grooving pattern protects the EVA against abrasion and provides an extraordinary grip level. We only select EVA colours which don't look dirty after use and will also resist fading after hours in the sun.

Duotone Pro Pads

8-10mm thick duo density EVA (depending on the board type) provides best dampening comfort and control. The heat pressed diamond grooving pattern protects the EVA against abrasion and provides an extraordinary grip level. We only select EVA colours which don't look dirty after use and will also resist fading after hours in the sun.

Rail Shape

Thinned out rails towards the tail and nose for maximum drive.

Rail Shape

Only slightly thinned out rails in the tail and nose, ideal for slashy turns.

Outline

Approx. 6cm longer than the GRIP 3 with a very similar max. width. The narrower nose and swallow tail result in a more curved rail outline in the middle to balance the enormous grip of the 4 fins.

Outline

Approx. 6cm shorter than the GRIP 4 with a very similar max. width. The wider nose and swallow tail result in a more parallel rail outline in the center to balance the slashy Thruster fin configuration.

Mini Mast-Track

The mini mast-track reduces the weight in the critical nose area. It also reduces the risk to misplace your mast base while still providing just the right amount of length adjustment for all riding styles and sail sizes.

Mini Mast-Track

The mini mast-track reduces the weight in the critical nose area. It also reduces the risk to misplace your mast base while still providing just the right amount of length adjustment for all riding styles and sail sizes.

Deck Shape

Reduced dome deck shape results in a more stable/balanced stance, especially in drift & ride conditions.

Deck Shape

Reduced dome deck shape results in a more stable/balanced stance, especially in drift & ride conditions.

FULL CUSTOM CNC TECHNOLOGY

The FULL CUSTOM CNC TECHNOLOGY is a full custom technology which is one hundred percent identical to high-end custom made boards.

Instead of using a mould to bring the EPS foam core into its final shape each EPS block gets CNC milled. This ensures maximum precision and saves weight. 

Same as with high-end custom board makers the major advantage lays in the processing. We call this SINGLE PROCESS TECHNOLOGY and it is the key to our industry-leading weight-strength ratio. Instead of combining working steps to save time and money every single step follows its individual process. So for example instead of joining the PVC sandwich with the EPS core in a single shot we vacuum-bag the top and bottom PVC shields with the EPS core separately. 

Also instead of using standard 3mm PVC elements for the entire board we use thicker and thinner PVC plates as well according to the stress areas which makes the board lighter yet stronger.

For all D/LAB boards we use our most sophisticated layup which consists of more than 60 individual parts and components (nearly 20% more parts than used for our PREMIUM SANDWICH CONSTRUCTION). 

On top we are using the most high-end composite materials available to-date. 

  1. All carbon fibres used are a mix of high strength and high modulus carbon qualities depending on the individual requirements of each board section. Our high modulus carbon used can also be found on high-end products like aircraft’s, Formula One cars or our Platinum SLS masts, booms and extensions. 
  2. Innegra is a high modulus Propylene with unbeatable tensile and ding resistance. It offers a similar tensile strength to Kevlar, but is significantly stiffer. In addition, Innegra is the best composite fibre to prevent dents.
  3. We use our exclusive high performance S-glass fiber with an extra high silica content which offers much higher tensile strength as well as about 10-20% greater stiffness.
  4. And finally we are using our exclusive DUOTONE SENTEX® resin impregnated with silicon nano-spheres which helps us to reduce the weight even further without sacrificing durability. 

Instead of using a similar layup on all boards we use a DISCIPLINE SPECIFIC FLEX CONSTRUCTION for all our D/LAB boards since demands on the different disciplines (wave, freestyle, freeride, racing) and conditions vary quite a lot.

  1. Racing boards are e made to offer maximum performance (instant acceleration and V-max). Therefore these boards need be as stiff as possible. To achieve this no compromise stiffness we use a super high carbon content on all FALCON D/LAB layups.
  2. On wave boards though a certain „give“ is essential since these boards are very short and might become too stiff thus uncontrollable using a full carbon layup. Therefore the GRIP D/LAB boards come with a higher Innegra and S_GLASS+ content. These high-tech composites have a much higher tensile strength avoiding breakages after high landings. To still achieve an outstanding "spring-back" characteristics which makes the board more reactive and has a tremendous effect on the acceleration we use unidirectional Carbon reinforcements in longitudinal direction. 

Last but not least even every single board size has an individual layup. That’s the final stage of individualisation in construction.

The result speaks for itself since the D/LAB boards are up to 500 grams lighter than our SLS boards and up to a full kilo lighter than other semi custom production boards. And it’s the first time that a production board can compete even with the lightest custom made boards out there. 

Yet all of this is achieved without any sacrifice in durability since we always follow our core motto LIGHT DONE RIGHT.

Rocker Line

Slightly more nose and tail rocker. The tail rocker balances the enormous grip of the 4 fins.

Rocker Line

Disconnected Rocker: faster surfing scoop-rocker line in the center combined with more rail rocker due to the progressive V in the tail. The slightly reduced center rocker prevents the Thruster fin configuration from releasing too early.

Mini Side Slot Boxes

The mini side slot boxes no longer offer any adjustment to prevent misplacing your fins. Now all adjustability for different riding styles and sail sizes is done through the center fin(s) only - Plug & Play and lighter weight!

Mini Side Slot Boxes

The mini side slot boxes no longer offer any adjustment to prevent misplacing your fins. Now all adjustability for different riding styles and sail sizes is done through the center fin(s) only - Plug & Play and lighter weight!

Fin Configuration

Quad for maximum drive and grip.

Fin Configuration

Thruster for better acceleration and earlier tail release.

Bottom Shape

Progressive double concave V front to back - ideal compromise between performance, manoeuvrability and control.

Bottom Shape

Progressive double concave V front to back - ideal compromise between performance, manoeuvrability and control.

The unique tail channel provides additional grip for the Thruster fin configuration.

FULL CUSTOM CNC TECHNOLOGY

The FULL CUSTOM CNC TECHNOLOGY is a full custom technology which is one hundred percent identical to high-end custom made boards.

Instead of using a mould to bring the EPS foam core into its final shape each EPS block gets CNC milled. This ensures maximum precision and saves weight. 

Same as with high-end custom board makers the major advantage lays in the processing. We call this SINGLE PROCESS TECHNOLOGY and it is the key to our industry-leading weight-strength ratio. Instead of combining working steps to save time and money every single step follows its individual process. So for example instead of joining the PVC sandwich with the EPS core in a single shot we vacuum-bag the top and bottom PVC shields with the EPS core separately. 

Also instead of using standard 3mm PVC elements for the entire board we use thicker and thinner PVC plates as well according to the stress areas which makes the board lighter yet stronger.

For all D/LAB boards we use our most sophisticated layup which consists of more than 60 individual parts and components (nearly 20% more parts than used for our PREMIUM SANDWICH CONSTRUCTION). 

On top we are using the most high-end composite materials available to-date. 

  1. All carbon fibres used are a mix of high strength and high modulus carbon qualities depending on the individual requirements of each board section. Our high modulus carbon used can also be found on high-end products like aircraft’s, Formula One cars or our Platinum SLS masts, booms and extensions. 
  2. Innegra is a high modulus Propylene with unbeatable tensile and ding resistance. It offers a similar tensile strength to Kevlar, but is significantly stiffer. In addition, Innegra is the best composite fibre to prevent dents.
  3. We use our exclusive high performance S-glass fiber with an extra high silica content which offers much higher tensile strength as well as about 10-20% greater stiffness.
  4. And finally we are using our exclusive DUOTONE SENTEX® resin impregnated with silicon nano-spheres which helps us to reduce the weight even further without sacrificing durability. 

Instead of using a similar layup on all boards we use a DISCIPLINE SPECIFIC FLEX CONSTRUCTION for all our D/LAB boards since demands on the different disciplines (wave, freestyle, freeride, racing) and conditions vary quite a lot.

  1. Racing boards are e made to offer maximum performance (instant acceleration and V-max). Therefore these boards need be as stiff as possible. To achieve this no compromise stiffness we use a super high carbon content on all FALCON D/LAB layups.
  2. On wave boards though a certain „give“ is essential since these boards are very short and might become too stiff thus uncontrollable using a full carbon layup. Therefore the GRIP D/LAB boards come with a higher Innegra and S_GLASS+ content. These high-tech composites have a much higher tensile strength avoiding breakages after high landings. To still achieve an outstanding "spring-back" characteristics which makes the board more reactive and has a tremendous effect on the acceleration we use unidirectional Carbon reinforcements in longitudinal direction. 

Last but not least even every single board size has an individual layup. That’s the final stage of individualisation in construction.

The result speaks for itself since the D/LAB boards are up to 500 grams lighter than our SLS boards and up to a full kilo lighter than other semi custom production boards. And it’s the first time that a production board can compete even with the lightest custom made boards out there. 

Yet all of this is achieved without any sacrifice in durability since we always follow our core motto LIGHT DONE RIGHT.

Bottom Shape

Progressive double concave V front to back - ideal compromise between performance, manoeuvrability and control.

The unique tail channel provides additional grip for the Thruster fin configuration.

FULL CUSTOM CNC TECHNOLOGY

The FULL CUSTOM CNC TECHNOLOGY is a full custom technology which is one hundred percent identical to high-end custom made boards.

Instead of using a mould to bring the EPS foam core into its final shape each EPS block gets CNC milled. This ensures maximum precision and saves weight. 

Same as with high-end custom board makers the major advantage lays in the processing. We call this SINGLE PROCESS TECHNOLOGY and it is the key to our industry-leading weight-strength ratio. Instead of combining working steps to save time and money every single step follows its individual process. So for example instead of joining the PVC sandwich with the EPS core in a single shot we vacuum-bag the top and bottom PVC shields with the EPS core separately. 

Also instead of using standard 3mm PVC elements for the entire board we use thicker and thinner PVC plates as well according to the stress areas which makes the board lighter yet stronger.

For all D/LAB boards we use our most sophisticated layup which consists of more than 60 individual parts and components (nearly 20% more parts than used for our PREMIUM SANDWICH CONSTRUCTION). 

On top we are using the most high-end composite materials available to-date. 

  1. All carbon fibres used are a mix of high strength and high modulus carbon qualities depending on the individual requirements of each board section. Our high modulus carbon used can also be found on high-end products like aircraft’s, Formula One cars or our Platinum SLS masts, booms and extensions. 
  2. Innegra is a high modulus Propylene with unbeatable tensile and ding resistance. It offers a similar tensile strength to Kevlar, but is significantly stiffer. In addition, Innegra is the best composite fibre to prevent dents.
  3. We use our exclusive high performance S-glass fiber with an extra high silica content which offers much higher tensile strength as well as about 10-20% greater stiffness.
  4. And finally we are using our exclusive DUOTONE SENTEX® resin impregnated with silicon nano-spheres which helps us to reduce the weight even further without sacrificing durability. 

Instead of using a similar layup on all boards we use a DISCIPLINE SPECIFIC FLEX CONSTRUCTION for all our D/LAB boards since demands on the different disciplines (wave, freestyle, freeride, racing) and conditions vary quite a lot.

  1. Racing boards are e made to offer maximum performance (instant acceleration and V-max). Therefore these boards need be as stiff as possible. To achieve this no compromise stiffness we use a super high carbon content on all FALCON D/LAB layups.
  2. On wave boards though a certain „give“ is essential since these boards are very short and might become too stiff thus uncontrollable using a full carbon layup. Therefore the GRIP D/LAB boards come with a higher Innegra and S_GLASS+ content. These high-tech composites have a much higher tensile strength avoiding breakages after high landings. To still achieve an outstanding "spring-back" characteristics which makes the board more reactive and has a tremendous effect on the acceleration we use unidirectional Carbon reinforcements in longitudinal direction. 

Last but not least even every single board size has an individual layup. That’s the final stage of individualisation in construction.

The result speaks for itself since the D/LAB boards are up to 500 grams lighter than our SLS boards and up to a full kilo lighter than other semi custom production boards. And it’s the first time that a production board can compete even with the lightest custom made boards out there. 

Yet all of this is achieved without any sacrifice in durability since we always follow our core motto LIGHT DONE RIGHT.

Duotone Premium Strap

High quality closed cell neoprene for maximum longevity. Only black Lycra coating guarantees maximum comfort as well as maximum durability. The strap features measurement markings to allow you to quickly set up and replicate your individual size. Board specific attachments:

  • All World Cup boards come equipped with double-screw plugs to prevent any twist and ensuring the most direct connection to the board
  • All other boards come equipped with single-screw plugs to allow a faster repositioning of the straps plus a more comfortable ride due to a certain "give"


Duotone Premium Strap

High quality closed cell neoprene for maximum longevity. Only black Lycra coating guarantees maximum comfort as well as maximum durability. The strap features measurement markings to allow you to quickly set up and replicate your individual size. Board specific attachments:

  • All World Cup boards come equipped with double-screw plugs to prevent any twist and ensuring the most direct connection to the board
  • All other boards come equipped with single-screw plugs to allow a faster repositioning of the straps plus a more comfortable ride due to a certain "give"


Duotone Pro Pads

8-10mm thick duo density EVA (depending on the board type) provides best dampening comfort and control. The heat pressed diamond grooving pattern protects the EVA against abrasion and provides an extraordinary grip level. We only select EVA colours which don't look dirty after use and will also resist fading after hours in the sun.

Duotone Pro Pads

8-10mm thick duo density EVA (depending on the board type) provides best dampening comfort and control. The heat pressed diamond grooving pattern protects the EVA against abrasion and provides an extraordinary grip level. We only select EVA colours which don't look dirty after use and will also resist fading after hours in the sun.

Rail Shape

Thinned out rails towards the tail and nose for maximum drive.

Rail Shape

Only slightly thinned out rails in the tail and nose, ideal for slashy turns.

Outline

Approx. 6cm longer than the GRIP 3 with a very similar max. width. The narrower nose and swallow tail result in a more curved rail outline in the middle to balance the enormous grip of the 4 fins.

Outline

Approx. 6cm shorter than the GRIP 4 with a very similar max. width. The wider nose and swallow tail result in a more parallel rail outline in the center to balance the slashy Thruster fin configuration.

Mini Mast-Track

The mini mast-track reduces the weight in the critical nose area. It also reduces the risk to misplace your mast base while still providing just the right amount of length adjustment for all riding styles and sail sizes.

Mini Mast-Track

The mini mast-track reduces the weight in the critical nose area. It also reduces the risk to misplace your mast base while still providing just the right amount of length adjustment for all riding styles and sail sizes.

Deck Shape

Reduced dome deck shape results in a more stable/balanced stance, especially in drift & ride conditions.

Deck Shape

Reduced dome deck shape results in a more stable/balanced stance, especially in drift & ride conditions.

FULL CUSTOM CNC TECHNOLOGY

The FULL CUSTOM CNC TECHNOLOGY is a full custom technology which is one hundred percent identical to high-end custom made boards.

Instead of using a mould to bring the EPS foam core into its final shape each EPS block gets CNC milled. This ensures maximum precision and saves weight. 

Same as with high-end custom board makers the major advantage lays in the processing. We call this SINGLE PROCESS TECHNOLOGY and it is the key to our industry-leading weight-strength ratio. Instead of combining working steps to save time and money every single step follows its individual process. So for example instead of joining the PVC sandwich with the EPS core in a single shot we vacuum-bag the top and bottom PVC shields with the EPS core separately. 

Also instead of using standard 3mm PVC elements for the entire board we use thicker and thinner PVC plates as well according to the stress areas which makes the board lighter yet stronger.

For all D/LAB boards we use our most sophisticated layup which consists of more than 60 individual parts and components (nearly 20% more parts than used for our PREMIUM SANDWICH CONSTRUCTION). 

On top we are using the most high-end composite materials available to-date. 

  1. All carbon fibres used are a mix of high strength and high modulus carbon qualities depending on the individual requirements of each board section. Our high modulus carbon used can also be found on high-end products like aircraft’s, Formula One cars or our Platinum SLS masts, booms and extensions. 
  2. Innegra is a high modulus Propylene with unbeatable tensile and ding resistance. It offers a similar tensile strength to Kevlar, but is significantly stiffer. In addition, Innegra is the best composite fibre to prevent dents.
  3. We use our exclusive high performance S-glass fiber with an extra high silica content which offers much higher tensile strength as well as about 10-20% greater stiffness.
  4. And finally we are using our exclusive DUOTONE SENTEX® resin impregnated with silicon nano-spheres which helps us to reduce the weight even further without sacrificing durability. 

Instead of using a similar layup on all boards we use a DISCIPLINE SPECIFIC FLEX CONSTRUCTION for all our D/LAB boards since demands on the different disciplines (wave, freestyle, freeride, racing) and conditions vary quite a lot.

  1. Racing boards are e made to offer maximum performance (instant acceleration and V-max). Therefore these boards need be as stiff as possible. To achieve this no compromise stiffness we use a super high carbon content on all FALCON D/LAB layups.
  2. On wave boards though a certain „give“ is essential since these boards are very short and might become too stiff thus uncontrollable using a full carbon layup. Therefore the GRIP D/LAB boards come with a higher Innegra and S_GLASS+ content. These high-tech composites have a much higher tensile strength avoiding breakages after high landings. To still achieve an outstanding "spring-back" characteristics which makes the board more reactive and has a tremendous effect on the acceleration we use unidirectional Carbon reinforcements in longitudinal direction. 

Last but not least even every single board size has an individual layup. That’s the final stage of individualisation in construction.

The result speaks for itself since the D/LAB boards are up to 500 grams lighter than our SLS boards and up to a full kilo lighter than other semi custom production boards. And it’s the first time that a production board can compete even with the lightest custom made boards out there. 

Yet all of this is achieved without any sacrifice in durability since we always follow our core motto LIGHT DONE RIGHT.

Rocker Line

Slightly more nose and tail rocker. The tail rocker balances the enormous grip of the 4 fins.

Rocker Line

Disconnected Rocker: faster surfing scoop-rocker line in the center combined with more rail rocker due to the progressive V in the tail. The slightly reduced center rocker prevents the Thruster fin configuration from releasing too early.

Mini Side Slot Boxes

The mini side slot boxes no longer offer any adjustment to prevent misplacing your fins. Now all adjustability for different riding styles and sail sizes is done through the center fin(s) only - Plug & Play and lighter weight!

Mini Side Slot Boxes

The mini side slot boxes no longer offer any adjustment to prevent misplacing your fins. Now all adjustability for different riding styles and sail sizes is done through the center fin(s) only - Plug & Play and lighter weight!

Fin Configuration

Quad for maximum drive and grip.

Fin Configuration

Thruster for better acceleration and earlier tail release.

Bottom Shape

Progressive double concave V front to back - ideal compromise between performance, manoeuvrability and control.

Bottom Shape

Progressive double concave V front to back - ideal compromise between performance, manoeuvrability and control.

The unique tail channel provides additional grip for the Thruster fin configuration.

FULL CUSTOM CNC TECHNOLOGY

The FULL CUSTOM CNC TECHNOLOGY is a full custom technology which is one hundred percent identical to high-end custom made boards.

Instead of using a mould to bring the EPS foam core into its final shape each EPS block gets CNC milled. This ensures maximum precision and saves weight. 

Same as with high-end custom board makers the major advantage lays in the processing. We call this SINGLE PROCESS TECHNOLOGY and it is the key to our industry-leading weight-strength ratio. Instead of combining working steps to save time and money every single step follows its individual process. So for example instead of joining the PVC sandwich with the EPS core in a single shot we vacuum-bag the top and bottom PVC shields with the EPS core separately. 

Also instead of using standard 3mm PVC elements for the entire board we use thicker and thinner PVC plates as well according to the stress areas which makes the board lighter yet stronger.

For all D/LAB boards we use our most sophisticated layup which consists of more than 60 individual parts and components (nearly 20% more parts than used for our PREMIUM SANDWICH CONSTRUCTION). 

On top we are using the most high-end composite materials available to-date. 

  1. All carbon fibres used are a mix of high strength and high modulus carbon qualities depending on the individual requirements of each board section. Our high modulus carbon used can also be found on high-end products like aircraft’s, Formula One cars or our Platinum SLS masts, booms and extensions. 
  2. Innegra is a high modulus Propylene with unbeatable tensile and ding resistance. It offers a similar tensile strength to Kevlar, but is significantly stiffer. In addition, Innegra is the best composite fibre to prevent dents.
  3. We use our exclusive high performance S-glass fiber with an extra high silica content which offers much higher tensile strength as well as about 10-20% greater stiffness.
  4. And finally we are using our exclusive DUOTONE SENTEX® resin impregnated with silicon nano-spheres which helps us to reduce the weight even further without sacrificing durability. 

Instead of using a similar layup on all boards we use a DISCIPLINE SPECIFIC FLEX CONSTRUCTION for all our D/LAB boards since demands on the different disciplines (wave, freestyle, freeride, racing) and conditions vary quite a lot.

  1. Racing boards are e made to offer maximum performance (instant acceleration and V-max). Therefore these boards need be as stiff as possible. To achieve this no compromise stiffness we use a super high carbon content on all FALCON D/LAB layups.
  2. On wave boards though a certain „give“ is essential since these boards are very short and might become too stiff thus uncontrollable using a full carbon layup. Therefore the GRIP D/LAB boards come with a higher Innegra and S_GLASS+ content. These high-tech composites have a much higher tensile strength avoiding breakages after high landings. To still achieve an outstanding "spring-back" characteristics which makes the board more reactive and has a tremendous effect on the acceleration we use unidirectional Carbon reinforcements in longitudinal direction. 

Last but not least even every single board size has an individual layup. That’s the final stage of individualisation in construction.

The result speaks for itself since the D/LAB boards are up to 500 grams lighter than our SLS boards and up to a full kilo lighter than other semi custom production boards. And it’s the first time that a production board can compete even with the lightest custom made boards out there. 

Yet all of this is achieved without any sacrifice in durability since we always follow our core motto LIGHT DONE RIGHT.

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YOUR PERFECT SAIL MATCH

Quote Daniel Aeberli - Product Manager Boards

»DURING THE FINAL DURABILITY TESTS IN TENERIFE WE HAD ASKED A COUPLE OF LOCAL GUYS TO SAIL THE GRIP 4 D/LAB HEAD TO HEAD AGAINST LAST YEARS GRIP. BEING 800 G LIGHTER YET EVEN STIFFER, THE D/LAB ACCELERATES SO MUCH BETTER AND FEELS SO LOOSE THAT THEY COULD NOT BELIEVE THAT IT HAS THE SAME SHAPE.«

— Daniel Aeberli - Product Manager Boards

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