FIT OCEAN Boards are robust and made for extreme conditions as well as long term use. Drop stich with high-quality nylon garn, smooth PVC cut out by computer and glued in perfect circumstances with 179K ZEBEC™-glue is, what makes the boards extremely durable. Together with our shape concept they build the foundation for the unmatched longevity and performance of FIT OCEAN boards. Go to the limit and beyond…
CONSTRUCTION – How does it work?
The extra Rigid PVC deck and bottom are connected by thousands of nylons called drop-stich, to keep the functional shape.
HEAVY DUTY LIGHT CONSTRUCTION (HDSL)
Lady, Malibu and Magic Glide are lightweight and robust made in the Heavy Duty Light construction. This is 2 layers on top of the dropstich for the hull. These layers are melted together forming one thick layer of PVC which is stiff and very light. This construction is appropriate for shorter non-planing boards. Light Boards can be fragile, especcially when the PVC is only 0.55 mm thin, like some of our competitors use. FIT OCEAN uses a thicker PVC layer for increased durability and stiffness. Still our boards are among the lightest on the market. New for 2018 we use a stronger dropstich material which allows the board being already usable as of 10 PSI for riders under 80 kg. Riders over 80 kg can still pump to 15 PSI. Less pumping, more paddling!
PREMIUM CONSTRUCTION (PDLL)
Windglide, Cruise, Speedster, Allround Wave and Ultra are lightweight and super stiff. Made in the Premium construction which can be pumped up to 20 PSI. This is 3 layers on top of the drop-stich, this makes a board super stiff. Modern technology like the premium construction molds the layers (instead of glueing them together like some competitors). Molding saves 30% weight compared to gluing, yet keeps extreme stiffness and is more eco-friendly. The extreme stiffness is appropriate for fast planing boards.
HYBRID INFLATABLE CARBON CONSTRUCTION
The Ultra 12’6 & 14” are made in Premium construction and additionally have a hard carbon stringer glued to the deck for extra stiffnes and speed. This is hands-down the closest an inflatable can come to a composit hardboard. Because the carbon fibres are laid all in the same length-direction, you can still roll it up. This technology is licenced from Inflatable Composite™ (US Patent 8273427) and made in the USA.
Left – right: The carbon material on a roll. Swiss design how to apply. Glued to the deck. Finished board rolled like a normal SUP.
FIT OCEAN – fin box inside the hull of an iSUP
FIT OCEAN is the Swiss brand for inflatable Stand Up Paddle Boards. A problem we saw with the inflatables, was that the finbox glued on the bottom of the board, causes drag. We produced a finbox with US fin box system that can be glued inside the hull, just like with hardboards. FIT OCEAN boards are made in a premium factory that used their double chamber technology to secure air tightness. We noticed the board has a better glide, is faster, turns better and also is very stable. After 2 years testing we are now using it in our production boards. For example in the FIT OCEAN Ultra 14ft iSUP, which won in its catagory in the 2018 Glagla race.
QUALITY INSPECTION BY THE SWISS TEAM
All FIT OCEAN boards are factory tested. Boards are pumped to 15 PSI and surpass a 72 hr inflation test. Additionally our FIT OCEAN Swiss Quality Team inspects locally in the factories each and every single product, before being shipped.