Northcore C-Mat – Surfers Changing Mat
The simplest ideas are often the best and this certainly applies to sports changing mats. This super tough, waterproof bag folds out into a flat 1m diameter circle for standing on to whilst getting changed. It’s the perfect surf mat for use in carparks when getting out of wetsuits. Just throw all the wet gear into the bag, pull up the drawstrings and it’s packed neatly away. The material is fully waterproof and very heavy duty so can be washed down and wont leak if a wetsuit is left inside it. Plus there’s also a handy tarpee pocket for storing wax!
“C-Mat” Changing Mat features:
- ALL NEW DESIGN-Super tough, fully waterproof changing mat
- 1 metre in diameter it pulls up into a bag to hold wet or used sports kit (wetsuits etc)
- Integrated zipped tarpee pocket for storing wax
- Black with Northcore logos
Northcore is a brand producing technical accessories and hardware for the surf, boardriding and adventure sports communities. Our roots are in hardcore cold water surfing, so every Northcore product is tough, practical, of exceptional quality and integrity. At Northcore we love to design, create and be inspired by working with the best athletes and engaging with progressive film making, music, art and photography. It’s what make us tick and it’s what makes our job a true pleasure and privilege.
The consumer culture of cheap throw away goods is damaging on so many levels. So valuing our product durability and longevity is a key element of our brand. We want to make products that have a purpose and are made to the highest quality standards with materials that, where possible, minimise the environmental impact. This way we hope that Northcore products last for many years, if not generations. It's exciting to know that one day some of our products will be handed down from parent to child and beyond. If possible repaired, not discarded. It's important to us that our products are owned and not consumed.
THERE ARE MANY ASPECTS TO SURFBOARD SELECTION THESE ARE THE POINTS TO CONSIDER
Typically surfboards are measured in inches. The length is measured from the nose to the tail. Choosing the length of the surfboard is dependant on your size (weight, height), board type and waves conditions you wish to use the board for.
The widest point of the surfboard is measured from rail to rail. Generally the wider the surfboard the more stable the board, while a board with smaller width maintains better speed and performance.
Surfboard thickness is measured from the top deck to the bottom. The thickness again has a bearing on the board’s performance. Professional surfers will tend to go for the thinner boards as they are lighter and offer better performance.The thicker boards are stronger and because there is more foam under the surfer the boards are more stable.
The bottom curve of a surfboard. Generally the more rocker the surfboard has the more loose (manoeuvrable) the surfboard will be. Where the flatter rocker surfboards will be faster, although they will lack the looseness. The nose is the tip of the surfboard, the nose can vary in shapes and size. Basically the thinner the nose the more response the board will perform, while wider noses are better for stabilization.
Used to increase the strength of a surfboard, a stringer (normally made from wood) runs down the length of a surfboards (typically in the centre of the board from the tip of the nose to the tail).
Boards built with Epoxy, Carbon Fibre and soft boards generally don’t have stringers.
Generally heavier surfers require larger fins to hold the waves better. Although if you prefer to ride a looser (less hold in the waves), smaller fins would be a better option.
Fin configurations have an effect on the ways your surfboards perform.
The following are some of the more common fin configurations.
The single fin was the original fin configuration for surfboards. Based on the idea of the sailboat keel. Single fins are added stabilization and control on the powerful, larger waves, although lack manoeuvrability
Are great for small waves, being fast and manoeuvrable, but when put into tight spots on larger waves, they become hard to control. Popular with Fish surfboards.
THRUSTER 3 FIN
Widely recognized as the standard fin configuration, the thruster answers the shortcomings of the single fin and the twin fins configurations.
The thrusters give you stabilization, control and manoeuvrability in all types of surfing conditions.
This concept was the brainchild of Australia’s Simon Anderson
QUADS 4 FINS
With four fins in the water, Quads boasts an extraordinary amount of holding power in larger surf.
You may think that having four fins would sacrifice speed by creating more drag, but this is not the case.
The both sets of fins are working together on the rail, which makers believe they creates less drag than a board with a centre fin.
The manoeuvrability isn’t sacrificed either, with fins directly under your back foot, the quads are very responsive.
Similar setup to the Twin Fin, although smaller (low profile) fins are generally placed wider (closer to the rails) on the surfboard.
Popular with Fish and Egg / Retro surfboards.
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