Why Super-Glide is the Worlds Best Synthetic Ice!

The History and Development of Super-Glide.

How it all began:

First introduced to “Plastic Skating” in 1985, Perry Boskus, was a demonstrator for “Glice”, the only product available at the time. He listened to the many complaints,  then in 1999 innovated, invented and improved the product he called Super-Glide creating the “Synthetic Ice” Industry we see today.

As President of Global Synthetic Ice he developed a number of striking innovations, which are listed below. Prior to these advancements, no plastic ice product had ever been successful for public use; they were only used for professional skating shows. These plastics are still being sold today by many companies and customers still frown on the experience.

This was “Plastic Skating” in the 70’s, 80’s and 90’s:

Panels were small 2’ by 4’ size held together with 4-inch splines placed at the corners of the panels. The wood-core panels did not work outdoors due to plastic and wood having different expansion rates. Rinks were held together by wood 2 by 4’s that often splintered when kicked by ice skates. A wet messy surface created by lots of silicone along with poor glide hindered the success of this product.

Successful Synthetic Ice advancements introduced by Florida Skating Inc:

  • First (2000) we eliminated the wood-core and designed a solid core product allowing outdoor usage.
  • We made the panels larger (2000) and two sizes to make a brick pattern creating a stronger assembly.
  • Increased the length of the splines from just a few inches to 4ft. and 8ft. long to cover every section of connected panels. This new spline system was copied by many other companies and is still being sold today.
  • Replaced the wood perimeter with the same material as our surface to deliver a finished appearance while eliminating splinters for customers.
  • After months of intensive experimentation with new gliding materials, we developed our own non-silicone formula creating the “Skate Like Ice”  experience that made us famous. This formula is dry to the touch and unnoticed by skaters.
  • In 2004, we introduced our newest Super-Glide surface material “Ice Blue”. This was also copied by other companies and sold but the glide was so bad it started to reduce our sales as those rinks failed.
  • In 2006, new machinery came online to manufacture Super-Glide. Advanced technology allowed us to do things never done before in this industry. Our modern machinery made production more precise; panels were more consistent and could be made thinner. In addition, we designed a new “Foam Core” surface for home use. 
  • In 2007 we outgrew Florida Skating Inc. and became Global Synthetic Ice and Super-Glide became a registered Trade-Mark around the World.
  • In 2008, we introduced our latest advancement, our Patent Pending Interlocking system (received patent in 2012, #8,129,005 B2) this new method replaced the old spline system with interlocking panels which eliminated expansion and contraction issues caused by outdoor changing temperatures. Our new system incorporates newly designed edge tabs that interlock and keep panels locked, a big advancement over the Dove-tail designs.
  • In 2010, we invented a hockey marking embedding process allowing hockey lines and goal creases. With this invention we now specialized in Full-Size Outdoor NHL rinks.
  • Also in 2010 we invented a Hockey Net Holding system to keep the net in place but also breaks free when hit by a player, just like ice.
  • In 2011, we introduced what would become our biggest selling product, Super-Glide Ultra (replacing the outdated foam core product and “Ice Blue” formula); this expanded the home market as sales of multiple rinks per day became the norm.
  • 2016 – New SLICK matches the glide of ice. Game over.

Competitors were quick to copy the technological innovations introduced by Global Synthetic Ice. To guard against future infringements, manufacturing details of subsequent advances from 2011 on have become trade secrets.

Often Imitated, Never Duplicated!

Since 2000, we have introduced numerous advancements creating the synthetic ice industry. Superior technology ensures our leadership and this has been proven by the thousands of Super-Glide operating rinks around the World.

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