The original Super Soft two foam density Flexpad circa 2009. Still in use today.

The original Super Soft two foam density Flexpad circa 2009. Still in use today.

I’ve been developing FLEXPAD products since 1976. It’s important to me to produce the best possible product.
— Jerry Mowe

FLEXPADUSA is part of South Shore Manufacturing LLC. South Shore has been involved in the surfing industry since 1968 in lots of different areas, South Shore brand of surfboards, South Shore Foam blanks, South Shore glassing factories in Costa Mesa and Tustin California and the private label program that manufactured surfboards and sailboards for major surfing related company's all over the world in the 70’s and 80’s. FLEXPADUSA is a resource for craftsman looking for the highest quality sanding and shaping products in the industry. If you would like to know more about the journey of the FLEXPAD product line please feel free to read below!

Our Product Development Story

TIME LINE 1976:

I developed the FLEXPAD for use in my glass shop in southern California.

The original FLEXPAD 1976

The original FLEXPAD 1976

TIME LINE 2005: The Softie shaping pad

The Blue Softie FLEXPAD was developed specifically as a tool designed to finish shape machined surfboard blanks. Constructed of extremely soft foam and used by shapers all over the world it is a time saver in the shaping room.

SOFTIE SHAPING PAD 2005

SOFTIE SHAPING PAD 2005

TIME LINE 2006: 6" sanding pad

The 6" FLEXPAD was developed to offer a smaller version of the 8" sanding pad available in cloth face and Velcro hook 5/8-11 and 14mm hub.

6" FLEXPAD 2006

6" FLEXPAD 2006

TIME LINE 2008:

The original Balsa shaping block with a detachable velcro foam pad was developed to use a 9x11 full sheet of sandpaper or sandscreen.

BALSA SHAPING BLOCK

BALSA SHAPING BLOCK

 

TIME LINE 2009: Development of a new type sanding pad

With the introduction of this new FLEXPAD design comes a change in surfboard sanding tools for 2009. If you have sanded using a FLEXPAD in the past, you know how true they run. My challenge was to make them last longer under heaver workloads and at varying RPM levels. I developed a multi-layer foam combination using high pressure molding and a new flexible hard shell foam that I formulated. The hard shell white foam on top of the pads transfers the cutting edge and the flex point more towards the outside of the pad. This results in less stress on the center area and extends the life of the pad. After months of testing, I received very positive feedback. I guarantee you will not be disappointed with it's performance.

The very first white top FLEXPADS 2009

The very first white top FLEXPADS 2009

TIME LINE 2014: The White Hard and Yellow Soft shaping block

Midget Farrelly asked me if I could create some new shaping blocks made from FLEXPAD foam and utilizing a Velcro hook fastening system size 4 1/2 x 11. The result is the white hard and the very flexible Yellow soft shaping block. They are molded to create a long lasting block that holds it's shape.

WHITE/HARD and YELLOW/SOFT Velcro shaping block

WHITE/HARD and YELLOW/SOFT Velcro shaping block

 

 

 

Dry sanding with a old style FLEXPAD. South Shore factory 1980