Harley Ingleby | Thunderbolt Technologies
“There is no question in my mind that Thunderbolt Technologies produces the liveliest, best-performing longboards available. All of my dedicated boards are built with Yu-San’s tech. When it comes time to perform, I wouldn’t even consider riding anything else.” – Harley Ingelby
Harley Ingleby Series, shaped by Billy Tolhurst, is designed with Thunderbolt Technology. Utilizing advanced materials and design elements that decrease weight while taking performance, flex, and control to the next level.
These lightweight epoxy constructions are 100% hand layups. They begin with an EPS foam core with a multi-component flex control system, which provides high-performance flex and twist. Proprietary designs employing internal carbon fiber components are arrayed in the deck and rails for precise flex control and strength.
The core shield PVC shell provides flexible protection to increase the longevity of the boards without compromising flex and twist characteristics. With a substantial amount of carbon fiber and fiberglass in the deck, bottom, and rails, surfboards in the Harley Ingleby Series outperform and outlast traditionally constructed polyester comp boards.
The primary performance difference between Thunderbolt Black (CARBON) or Thunderbolt Red (FIBERGLASS) is in the flexural characteristics of each material.Fiberglass is “stretchier” than carbon fiber, so boards laminated with fiberglass are easier to flex and have a rebound rate that is smooth and consistent. Carbon fibers take more energy to flex but once flexed, the rebound rate is very fast, making the boards accelerate out of turns with added projection.
Lighter surfers will often prefer the fiberglass exterior lamination as they can create more flex and let the internal flex control components of the Thunderbolt blanks come into full play. Heavier surfers who have more ability to flex the carbon fiber boards can get even more power from the carbon fiber rebound.
With that being said, surfers of all sizes and weights can surf the fiberglass laminations and experience the Thunderbolt projection. Generally, save the carbon fiber boards for larger (175+ pounds) or for chasing barrels.