We use an amazing blend of industrial materials to create our line of Tribal Paddleboards. Our secret is the state of the art process that we adopted and the incredible detail used to construct these high quality boards. Other uses for this type of technology have been in building floating docks, high-pressure rescue lifting bags and military grade combat rafts.
This material lets us build inflatables with flat surfaces that can be inflated to rock-hard rigidity. With our Tribal Boards, you get hard-shell performance along with the easy transportation and storage of an inflatable.
Tens of thousands of fine threads are inside our boards actually connecting the top of the board to the belly of the board. The process starts by joining two pieces of polyester woven support fabric with thousands of fine polyester thread lengths. This base material is made in strips from five to ten feet in width, and up to 500 needle heads may be used in the setup. Each needle sews a continuous, evenly spaced thread, back and forth between the two pieces of woven fabric, locking them together into an incredibly strong unit.
Next, the air-tight coating is applied to the outer surfaces of both sides of the material. The sidewall material is made of polyester base fabric that is coated on both sides. Polyester thread is used throughout because it is strong, durable and has very little stretch. Our “Dimple-Tech” and "Channel Grip" surface gives you tens of thousands of mini dimples to provide you optimum grip and performance.
The actual assembly process involves labor-intensive adhering of the sidewall material to the top and bottom pieces of the material. Then a wide seam tape is glued over each lap seam for a bomber, air-tight final product. What you have now is a super strong construction that can be inflated to pressures up to 15 pounds per square inch (psi), more than double the working pressure of other technologies.
When you're out on the water, your Tribal Board will turn, cut and perform like a fiberglass board yet still folds easily.