New fused carbon tape made here in Oz

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Surfboard manufacturing supplier Sanded Australia has developed a “Thermal-bonded non-woven carbon tape” to be used in the construction of surfboards and it’s made right here in Australia.

Composite rail tapes have become an important part of surfboard construction and with the rise of EPS/Epoxy surfboards, carbon rail and stringers tapes have become more function over fashion as they help with the flex/strength performance of the surfboard.

The major benefit with our Fused Carbon Tape is to create a product that can be laminated completely flat in prominent areas of a surfboard, which helps increase tensile strength and add less weight than other tapes. The aim of the Fused Tape products is to take out the extra steps that a woven rail tape sometimes add to the surfboard build– the woven tapes get raised edges, which means glassers and sanders have issues of resin build up and sand throughs in finishing the surfboard.

In contrast, Fused Tape sits flat as a piece of paper, so the issues are reduced and the production can be finished quicker.

“We are not the first to make this product for surfboards but we are the first to get it manufactured here in Australia.” said John Dowse, owner of Sanded Australia. “We are very passionate about supporting Australian industry, in our business we always look for an Australian option of product before we go overseas and sometimes we just work out ways to make it in Australia anyway. “

“We gave ourselves a big challenge on this one. Not only the machine had to be purchased to cater for the manufacture of this type of composite in Australia, but we had to adapt the machine for our use, to make our tapes more eco-friendly," which we did by getting rid of the throwaway plastic backing, "straighter, and easier to use than all the competitors tapes out in the market."

"We are so stoked with the results and that we can offer individual styled, customised tapes from 40mm tapes right up to 400mm deck patches with very quick turnaround times made right here in Australia!.“

Sanded Australia launch their Fused Carbon Tapes today and they're available for sale through our Sanded Website and our retail store at Long Jetty, Central Coast, NSW, Australia.

To find out more about this and other great Australian made surfboard supplies visit

About Sanded Australia:

Sanded Australia was originally started in 2010 to help surfers learn more about other styles of board making materials besides the traditional Surfboard Poly/PU path. From then on it's been an on-going search to find new types of materials and develop products that would work to create lighter, better, stronger and different Surfcrafts. We now work with some of the top surfboard manufacturers around Australia and the world, introducing them to new hybrids and materials to influence the performance of their surfboards.


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surfstarved commented Friday, 12 Oct 2018 at 9:01am

Nice one John. I laminated a board with your 3oz flax yesterday and it looks sick! Love what you're doing and that you're doing it with so much passion and integrity. Keep it up!

Don't let the bastards grind you down

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spidermonkey commented Friday, 12 Oct 2018 at 1:38pm

Can you tell us will it have similar properties as carbon uni?

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sanded commented Friday, 12 Oct 2018 at 1:52pm

Thanks Surfstarved!
Love having guys like you using our products!
We intend to! We have a few things planned this summer which will be awesome alternatives !

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sanded commented Friday, 12 Oct 2018 at 2:04pm

Hey Spidermonkey
A normal Carbon uni is about 90-95% strands going vertically the other 5-10% is just holding it together. With fused you still have the same Carbon, we use 3k Carbon from the best manufacturers in the world. So the carbon is set up in the same configuration as a Uni (vertically) but instead of woven together we bond it together in a thermal process. Which makes it flatter and easier to glass and sand. Brands which are already using this type of Carbon is CI, Lost, Pyzel, Super , JS just to name a few.
We are just about to do some different fibers also like Basalt and maybe Flax

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JosephStalin commented Saturday, 13 Oct 2018 at 4:04pm

Had this in Russia long time, stuff is tough as woodpeckers lips