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Why Bamboo? The Bamboo Advantage.

Why Bamboo?

Wappa boards are created stylish, well built and affordable, while respecting the Earth .
Bamboo accomplishes these goals. Paddle boards made with real bamboo are strong and durable, naturally beautiful and Earth friendly.
That’s the Bamboo Advantage!

Environmentally Friendly

  • Bamboo is a renewable resource. It’s can be harvested in 3 years compared to 25 years for wood.
  • Harvesting bamboo does not kill a bamboo forest. Harvesting actually induces the plant to produce more new shoots.
  • Bamboo can grow in degraded soil.
  • During regeneration, the bamboo plant’s root system stays intact preventing soil erosion.

The Bamboo Wappa Uses

  • Wappa only uses Moso bamboo.
  • It grows mainly in the Zhejiang province of China known historically as the Kingdom of Bamboo.
  • Moso is one of the hardest varieties of bamboo. With a  tensile strength up to 40 kN/cm2 it easily surpasses timber fibers (approx. 5 kN/cm2), or even mild steel (36 kN/cm2).¹
  • Janka Hardness Test results show that Moso is comparable to the hardness of European Oak (6280 kN).¹

Superior Materials

  • Bamboo has the highest strength-to-weight ratio of any natural fiber¹.
  • In structural engineering tests bamboo has been shown to have…
    • Higher tensile strength than many alloys of steel.
    • Higher compressive strength than many mixtures of concrete.
  • Higher strength-to-weight ratio than graphite (precursor of carbon fiber)¹.

Bamboo in a Composite

  • In a composite environment like a Wappa paddle board, bamboo veneer is a good substitute for fiberglass because it’s stronger.
  • Bamboo laminates are lighter and stronger than fiberglass. Bamboo epoxy laminates are twice the strength at equal weights¹.
  • A stand up paddle board made with real bamboo weigh at least 15% less than boards made only from fiberglass and epoxy.

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Wappa Bamboo Technology

Strong, light and naturally beautiful.
Wappa board construction process results in stand up paddle boards with an amazing strength to weight ratio.

Better Quality Materials

  •  Real bamboo. 1 mm thick. Industry leading.
  • Heat embossed diamond grooved deck pad by 3M to reduce board weight.
  • Embedded SUP handle for easy transport.
  • Three dimensional fiberglass for a thicker impact resistant outer skin with increased overall hull strength.
  • Environmentally friendly epoxy resin with 31% biological content (ASTM D6866 test).
  • Standing layer of reinforced glass under the deck for additional support.
  • Premium kiln dried bamboo veneer.
  • Automotive quality paint.
  • FCS leash attachments and fin boxes.

Practical Design

  • GoPro® mount attachment located at the nose.
  • Ergonomic SUP Handle for easy carrying.
  • Hassle Free Gore-Tex® Air Vent for automatic breathing of your board.
  • 5 mm thick deck pad provides a comfy grip. while quickly shedding water.

High Caliber Construction

  • Sandwich construction method.
  • Vacuum bagging to reduce the amount of epoxy and lighten the board.
  • Extra layer of fiberglass along the rails for extra stiffness which guards against snapping if the board nose dives.
  • Computerized machine shaping for consistent exact shaping every time.
  • Followed by hand shaping for perfection.
  • Fin boxes and SUP handle are set in high density foam blocks for added strength.
  • Experienced craftsmen (9.5 yrs on average).

Superior Core

  • EPS foam core with a density of 22 kg/m³.
  • Made from 25% recycled material.
  • CAD designed, machine cut and hand finished for the perfect shape.
  • Stringerless.
  • Lightweight and resistant to moisture absorption.

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