The new SIC Drifter is a super fun performance surfboard that will take a beating in the waves and on the beach. The Drifter’s full nose allows you to pump into slower, mushier, waves but make no mistake about it this board can drop larger waves. It surfs with tremendous agility and its rails are shaped to bite nice, hang high and turn tight. The outline from its mid point to the hip in the tail will cut, carve, slash with the best of them. The Drifter offers a light weight EPS core and is offered in 2 durable construction options: ACE-TEC and TOUGH-TEC:
With its TOUGH-TEC construction the Drifter offers “Unbreakable performance” that is unmatched by any other board. In ACE-TEC the board is also extremely durable, but lighter and stiffer for more performance surfing. No matter the construction, the Drifter will surely help you whether you are starting out or looking for a board to bang waves in a rocky or reef break without hammering your board.
SHAPED BY JON HENDERSON SANTA CRUZ
SIC worked with veteran Santa Cruz, California shaper Jon Henderson to create the Drifter. Henderson has been shaping boards for more than 30 years and has honed his craft and shapes through his custom brand and while shaping for many other leading surf brands throughout the years. Henderson understands that a shape like the Drifter needs work in waves everywhere and has therefore drawn on his decades of experience to design a board that can be surfed in breaks around the world.
SIC (SANDWICH ISLANDS COMPOSITES)
SIC was born on the island of Maui, Hawaii and it is there that its roots developed in the surfing, paddle boarding, outrigger canoe and more. Today SIC works with some of the best shapers and watermen/waterwomen around the world. This means that all SIC designs are thoroughly tested, refined and validated before they get into the hands of its customers. This methodology has earned SIC its world-class reputation and has produced numerous award-winning shapes which perform at the highest level. All SIC products are crafted with the highest quality materials. The boards are lightweight, durable and eco-friendly. SIC is so confident in its quality that all SIC boards carry a 2-year Limited Warranty.
BOUND BY WATER
We hit up our local lineup and travel across the globe seeking new breaks and new experiences. No matter where our journeys take us, we find our community again at the waters-edge and floating out in the lineup. While we seek an individual experience we are united in our common quest. We are more alike than we are different. We are watermen and waterwomen. We are a community and we are Bound by Water.
After many years of manufacturing thermoformed Surf and Stand Up Paddle boards, SIC now has unrivalled expertise in the field of thermoformed composite construction technology. Recent refinements to our R & D and our production hardware have led to the development of the latest ACE-TEC and TOUGH-TEC processes. These unique manufacturing technologies meet the needs of experienced riders and complete beginners alike.
100% MADE IN FRANCE
ACE-TEC and TOUGH-TEC surfboards are 100% made in France. The factory and our skilled work force are located on the coast in Vannes (Brittany, FRANCE), and it is here that these technologies were born. Based close to Brittany’s wild shorelines, we have easy, instant access to excellent surf, SUP and windsurfing conditions. We are able to test all our products to ensure that they meet the highest standards of performance and durability. It also means that we are in daily contact with production and can carefully monitor quality control. It also provides our skilled workers with a nice quality of life and the unique opportunity to not only build these boards but to get out there and try them for themselves.
THE LIGHTEST EPS CORE
For both technologies , ACE-TEC and TOUGH-TEC, we utilize precision aluminum moulds to manufacture premium quality EPS (Expanded Polystyrene) foam blanks with superior strength to weight ratio and very good compression stability. Each blank therefore follows precisely the shaper’s initial design. The construction is completely watertight, which means that water cannot infiltrate and damage the inner core.
Under heat and pressure in aluminum moulds, we thermoform a durable, impact-resistant polymer skin round a fiberglass and epoxy resin hull, built on a moulded, watertight, EPS foam core. ACE-TEC has been in use for some years now, for manufacturing light weight, high performance Surf and Stand Up Paddle boards.
SUPER-STRONG, LIGHT WEIGHT CONSTRUCTION
With ACE-TEC construction, the epoxy resin - glass fibre composite/ASA (highresistance polymer) skin creates a tough, rigid, light weight shell, protecting the polystyrene foam core. More than just a shield, it’s a fundamental part of the board’s structure. Its mechanics are vastly superior to classic glass/polyester or glass/Epoxy construction, but with similar or lower weight. Its pluses : light weight, high resistance to knocks and distortion, durability, and anti-UV. The external inserts are moulded in to the structure to assure perfect water-tightness.
Under heat and pressure, in precision aluminum moulds, we thermoform a highly durable, impact resistant skin over a moulded, watertight EPS foam core. TOUGH-TEC boards are a major step forward in durability while offering lighter weight, higher performance, and increased durability compared to the older DURA-TEC technology. They are ideal for beginners, schools and clubs.
A HIGHLY DURABLE CONSTRUCTION
Polyethylene is an extremely durable and versatile material. The raw material for the process is polyethylene micro balls, which are melted and extruded into 3 mm thick impact resistant sheets. This becomes the shield of our boards, an extremely strong outer shell for enhanced product lifetime and zero waste during the production process. It also shows a very low material impurity ratio, giving a clean mat finish and pure colour. The Anti-UV treatment prevents yellowing and material degradation. This envelope, together with our moulded EPS foam cores, are key to offering one of the most durable constructions on the market today
Not only is TOUGH-TEC one of the strongest board construction, it is also one of the cleanest. Indeed, every component (Outer shell, EPS foam blank, molded inserts) can be easily separated from each other and fully recycled. Old polyethylene can even be grinded down and made into new boards again. Manufacturing clean products won’t mean anything without committing to clean processes, something we take seriously.