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James "Chilli" Cheale

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James Cheale has become the shaper to the stars with his innovative surfboard shapes.

James"Chilli" Cheale , Current "It Guy" in the world of highperformance surfboard shaping for the WCT and WQS world tourcompetitors.    Currently, his boards are available in the US through Lost surfboards.    He … see full wiki

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Chilli surfboards rip!

  • Aug 29, 2008
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Up to date I've owned three surfboards from Chilli.  The first one I owned was in 2006 which was a 6'4" 19" 2.5" shortboard model.  At the time it was the only model available by Chilli in the US which was being licensed and manufactured by Lost surfboards in San Clemente.  I have since come to realize that that model is actually his A2 model which was originally designed for Andy Irons.  The board worked really well when the waves had some push but being in Southern California where it's more prone to mush than push and the fact that I put on some pounds, I decided to sell it off in a cash+trade deal with a guy on craigslist.  The second Chilli board I owned was a 6'6" 19 3/8" 2 5/8" of the same model which turned into my magic board during my heaviest days.  I took this board to Mexio, Hawaii, and Bali along with surfing it here in Socal.  This board was prone to the same issues as the last in terms of needing a strong wave.  It worked amazingly well in open ocean reef breaks but when it came to the local surf it just wasn't working as well.  The third Chilli board I've owned is the one that I'm currently riding.  I purchased it through Hot Batch distribution which has since taken over the distribution of Chilli surfboards in the US.  Hot Batch has been able to expand the line of boards to several different models.  The model I chose to buy was the CN curve model which is his original magic shape and more of an all around shape where the A2 was more of a high performance shape.   The twist to this board that is different from my other is that this is made from EPS(expanded polystyrene=styrofoam) instead of the normal polyurethane(PU) surfboards.  The reason why I wanted to try this out is that EPS is known for it's extremely light weight to strength ratio but improved buoyancy properties as compared to normal PU surfboards.  Overall, my experience with Chilli surfboards has been extremely positive.  I'm still evaluating my most recent surfboard purchase but after a few uses I definitely think this has magic potential.

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August 07, 2009
Is EPS vs PU just in regards to the core of the board, or can either be coated with fiberglass or epoxy? Surftech's boards all seem to use their "Tuflite" technology which they say is EPS with epoxy fiberglass. Now I'm really confused.
August 07, 2009
I think because of the bonding properties of the material only Epoxy is primarily used for EPS and Fiberglass is used for Polyurethane. Not all EPS is the same though. Tuflite uses a technology where they blow the EPS into a mold without a stringer and then apply epoxy taking away the flex properties leaving the board stiff where as my Chilli above is a pre-fabricated shape with a stringer that has epoxy applied to it which leaves the board with flex and much closer to PU but still with the strength of epoxy.
 
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