The inlaid patterned film is the most durable method for using the Sharkview concept. It consists of our specially produced 50 micron polyester reflective film with perforations. Our patented perforation method allows the resin to pass through the film bonding the blank film, and glass layers together. The weight of the film is negligible and depending on the type used will only add 80-100 gm to the board. The pattern can be made from the size of the perforation and as its made mechanically can never fade or vary. Several methods of using a standard 70/30 (70% remaining 30% removed) film can have as limited visual range and the varied holes but this can have variation and cannot not be calculated as easily and the pre cut holes.On the positive side other methods allow for the board makers creativity or personalised designs to be used.
Full destructive testing by CSIRO will be carried out in the next year and the expected result from our test suggests 15-23% stronger with 3-5% reduction in flex compared to a normal board. We will provide a link as it is completed.As the inclusion of the film needs a higher skill level than the average board maker Sharkview has been working with the best and most innovative Shapers and Glassers to refine the methods and procedures. They have access to our inlays and understand the process each being the leading board makers in the area. Custom made boards will be available once training and testing is completed (mid 2018).
Depending on the preferences of the board maker the following variations may be available As well as our defined pattern custom made versions. These allow for greater creativity and individual preferences. we have come up with a set of guidelines to get the camo effect with the board makers.
Our decals are made from our high grade polyester film with an adhesive we have been testing and using in the water on the hull of our research vessel without any lifting issues for 2 years. Decals are available from our Newcastle showroom
How to fit Decal
If you have attached a sticker or decals to a surfboard boards before this is no different only bigger. If your not confident then take to a board maker or other professional window tinter’s or even sign makers. To do it your self here are a few hints to make the job easier. You will need a scissors box cutter and sponge. Take your time if you rush you can get ripples. Grab a mate 4 hands is much easier then 2 and use a table or workbench not the ground- kitchen tables and benches work well. Click here to read the steps or watch the videos below.
The initial concept for the wetsuits was to use a reflective materiel and mimic fish scales method exactly. The highest reflective wetsuit materiel available was a titanium coated neoprene which was less reflective in comparison to the boards and offered limited flexibility than other wetsuit materials. A wide variety of shapes, patterns and contrast levels were tested in the pool by our propitiatory MOE techniuque. Once the best performing balance was obtained the size, contrast and brightness levels were transferred to the final base pattern Soft Grey 7.4 called Fader. The versions were then tested for a Sharks vision and the final best overall performing 2 made up in Lycra body suits for in water testing against previous suits and black controls. This base pattern was the most effective and is a highly viable camouflage for the surface. The shapes, colours, brightness and contrasts work in conjunction to disrupt the outline and the lighter sections form a neutral background on which the prevailing water colour is least effected.
1. Fader Full flex Chest zip Mens and Womens
The Chest zip Fader Made here in Australia by by XXXXXXXXX is constructed of the highest quality Materials:
2. Fader back zip Mens and Womens
This is the more economical option but with the same camouflage effect.
3. Size Chart
For a more custom option 1/2 sizes are available on request and some colour variations. For example full camouflage pattern instead of black torso. Open Size Chart
If you cant decide which colour is the best for your area we have a solution. In an ideal world you would have a range of suits for each habitat and background like a golfer with a set of clubs. But the price of wetsuits makes this difficult. Now you can have a cost effective over suit that could be used where your regular suit is not as good then you get the best of both. The right colour and the right suit. Better still what if the over-suit was reversible with 2 pattern then you have doubled the use so you can have both colours. With one high quality wetsuit and 2 over-suits give you 5 possible habits and light level patterns. Now that’s a range that will match the surroundings better than any 1 suit. Available in.
1 Base Camouflage Fader Grey Light and Dark
Surfers, Ocean Swimmers, Divers, Spearfishers or any other surface activity
The Base Camouflage is 50-80% less visible than a black wetsuit. It is designed for distances of 8 to 20 m in bright sunlit water when viewed from underneath or laterally. The lighter version for midday and darker for early morning or overcast conditions.
2 Base Camouflage Fader Blue Light and Dark
Surfers, Ocean Swimmers Divers, Photographers and Spearfishers
To meet the requests of surf Photographers that need to be less visible on the surface as well as under water the Fader was overlaid with overlaid with a light and darker blue. The blue version is aimed at tropical water or clear water and as the contrast levels are the same as the Base its effectiveness will be similar in the right blue colour water but less so in other colours. This pattern out performed every spear fishing wetsuit tested and has been tested by underwater photographers as well as spear fisher to reduce fish being spoked
3 Base Camouflage Fader Green with FaderDark Blue
Spearfishers, Divers Photographers
For darker water or area of higher vegetation the Fader was tweaked to green which is also proving highly effective in less visablity water and were the background is darker. Further development on specific versions for underwater photographers (W1/W2) and coral backgrounds (C1/C2) are due for release Mid 2018.
The material of the pads is l EVA (Ethylene-Vinyl Acetate copolymer) with marine grade 3M adhesive that is water and corrosion resistant seawater. Ideal shock resistance and tensile strength, strong and good shockproof/cushioning performance. Eva is recyclable and non toxic
Colours: Light Grey, White, Checkerboard
7 foot with 6mm or 7mm with stainless swivels either in Clear or Grey
Soft socks and travel covers in single and and double board with our logo
These are the most translucent fins we have been able to find and are the overall best option. Measures by our MOE method they have a visual range underwater of 4-8m depending on angle
Application Kit Set
PB5 was what we consider our 1st perfect board in tests it had an underwater visual range of 3.2m. It will be available from 5'10" to 6'4" on order. We a White deck 6'2" and a Grey deck 6'1 in store with more to come.
Bondi Blue is aimed for more tropical water and may outperform the PB's in that rich dark blue water. We have 2 in store now 5'11" with white and a 6'2 with blue deck.
JBay green was made specifically for that beach and the colour range found there. It would also be a good match for Victoria, South Australia and other similar locations. This board is a Cross Breed 6'5' and is under offer but short baod versions are able to be ordered.
Prototypes 6' and 6'2 we have a few test boards that we re polished to bring closer to our 5m ocean minimum. Thses can be ataken out for test rides and are for sale.