Tri-fin boards, now in their 20th year, thrive in high wind applications. Brian's Tri-fin concept is different from the traditional Tri-fin because the side fins are set at an angle of 20°. This important feature distinguishes Open Ocean as the only Tri-fin on the market with this 20° angle. 


This angle reduces drag, produces lift, enhances early planning, adds control in high wind, choppy conditions and improves upwind ability. It also allows harder, tighter turns and overall, produces more efficient trim to your board for high-wind control and early-planing ease. No other board carries these features.

     Everybody knows that side fins create drag. BUT, power overcomes drag, and in high-wind sailing there is lots of power. You can only go as fast as the speed you can comfortably control. Sailing in strong wind, and rough and bumpy conditions isn't about being efficient. It's about how much power you can hang on to and with more control, the more power you can apply. In high-wind sailing you have design and you have ability. And with the best ability one always needs design.




                                                                                                                 BOARD CONSTRUCTION

                                                                                  We offer three different board technologies at Open Ocean!



Open Ocean invented the term Poly-Rite  which is a hybrid between a glass board and an epoxy board. We first produced the Poly Rites in 1992 and have been making them ever since. Poly Rites are the heaviest of our technologies. A proven workhorse for rough conditions here in the Gorge. Although many people think these boards are nothing more than a glass board and just for the record, Open Ocean has not made a glass board in 21 years. The Poly-Rite technology has been the bread and butter for Open Ocean for all these years. This technology produces a stronger, lighter board then your traditional glass board. A Poly-Rite  is a urethane core which was for many years produced by Clark Foam And now produced by U.S. Blanks. We crossbred the glass board world with the epoxy high density foam sandwich world and produce what we call Poly-Rite technology. This technology of sandwiching high density foam to the bottom of the board with a carbon glass layup on the decks produces a stronger much lighter board than your traditional glass board which is still resistant to water absorption.



Close cell Epoxy C.C.E.


This technology was developed for our mid-weight boards and produced for the past 14 years. It would be for a customer looking for something lighter than our Poly Rites but not as light as a traditional epoxy. The core is made from a close cell polystyrene which will not absorb water. This core is vacuum bagged with high density foam and the carbon layup on the deck which produces a very durable mid-weight board. We produce many boards from 80ltrs to 100ltrs in this technology.



Traditional Epoxy T.E.


This is our traditional epoxy line that we produced many many years ago. Once we moved to the Gorge we stopped producing them but in the last four years, brought our epoxy line back. We can produce this technology in any volume a customer likes from 50 l to 250 L.  We use a EPS expanded polystyrene core  which will need to be vented and vacuum bagged with high density foam sandwich and a carbon layup deck. This is Open Ocean's lightest technology.



Colors, graphics


We can produce alot of different colors because they're custom! Although there is a limitation to what anybody can do, most limitations are brought on by time and money. Normally we asked the sailor to pick two colors. These two colors are use on the deck and the bottom of the boards. Each year we have a different standard graphic formats that we use on the decks but because we're a custom shop we can do different things. If you have a desire to have something special you must draw up or send me a photo and at that time I can tell you if there is an added cost. The graphics on the Poly Rites and the epoxy's are the same but due to the polystyrene cores that the epoxy boards are produced with, have to be produced in pastel colors because polystyrene has a lower melting point than the urethane cores. . These colors reduce the temperature of the core and reduces problems. The polyester Poly Rites made from urethane cores have a much higher temperature rating then the epoxy EPS cores.





                                                                                                                  WHAT IS CUSTOM ??

In the mid 80's, custom boards were the top of the line. Custom boards, or glass boards being basically a handmade board which was shaped, airbrushed and fiberglassed. This got the reputation for what is known as a custom board or now days, a glass board. The term used today as glass board only came to be when epoxy sandwich entered the market in the late 80's but for lots of us, custom boards take it to the root of what it really is, a custom made board. Webster defines custom as "made to order, according to customers specification for needs". No matter what ability a sailor is at in their life, a custom windsurfing  board can satisfy their needs and in many cases, advance their sailing ability. We have made boards for the smallest women to the biggest man. This group of sailors in the production world have been totally written off . The production board companies produce their designs with a average weight person in mind. If you're not an average weight male, you do not get the full design of the manufacturer. Sometimes the word customs is threatening to an average sailor who doesn't believe they know what they need or what they don't need in a board. We have built thousands and thousands of custom boards for the average sailor's abilities and needs. If you get the board you really need, then you will advance much faster in the sport of windsurfing. The worst thing a sailor can do is buy too far advanced of the board and in many cases too small too soon will only frustrate you. And in many cases set you back in the sport of windsurfing.


If you were to call me and place an order, here are some simple questions that we ask everybody that I've made a board for.


1. How much do you weigh?


2. What conditions are you sailing in ?


3. How much volume do you think you need?


4. What shape of tail would you like? Diamond, square, round pin, swallowtail?


5. Colors?


6. Type of finbox system?


7. Multi- fin or single fin board?


Believe me, these are simple questions that can be answered on the phone and many times we ask somebody if they have a favorite board. We will ask them to describe this board possibly take some measurements of this board so we can relate to where they're at in their sailing.




POLY-RITE BOARDS      -      $1495.00

Available in:  55, 60, 65, 75, 85, 90 L

The biggest board we can produce is 8'8"


Close cell Epoxy C.C.E.    -     $1695.00

available sizes 60, 65, 70, 75, 80, 85, 90, 95, 100, 105, 110L

The biggest board we can produce is 9'0


Traditional epoxy E.T.     -    $1695.00

Available sizes 60, 65, 70, 75, 80, 85, 90, 95, 100, 105, 110, 115, 120, 125, 130, 135, 140L


Weight of these boards vary due to volume and length sizes produced and tri-fin or single fin.





Club Open Ocean

  Club Open Ocean is a service to our customers that believe in our product. We are offering products to our customers from Chinook Sailing, DaKine, No Limitz.

  You're a special customer to us and we believe that you deserve the best price possible for your other sailing  needs  so the next time you're looking for products from these companies please contact us for possible special offers!





I've put together this series of six videos to give you some information that will maybe help you have a better understanding and make things easier for you to move into the right direction to find a board you're looking for in the easiest way possible.

  Please view them in order 1-5 or if you like, go to the sixth video "Summary" and you might find that is all the info you need.


   Do you want to go fast and be in control in all conditions or do you want to constantly be changing your fin to match your sail and hope that your single fin doesn't spin out just as you set your rail for the jibe of a lifetime? Do you want a board that rides the swell like a surfboard? Do you want a board that is light, stylish and bomber?

If  you've answered "Yes!" to any of these questions then you might be in the market for a custom Tri Fin board.