Build your own surfboard

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We’ve covered snowboards and longboards on previous Mondays, but it would be a shame not to mention their precursor the surfboard. [biscuitdough] suggested this online book by Stephen Pirsch for getting started with board building. The introduction does a good job of covering why you would want to pursue this and also reasons not to. It even suggests that reading the guide would help you if you plan on ordering a custom board. Make sure you check out the “Helpful Links” section for a description of their small wave design. (photo via)

Comments

  1. First post.

    I am such a fucking hypocrite.

    (I’d make actual comments but I gotta get to class.)

  2. kiddanger says:

    its just board shaping.

  3. So… I didn’t know there was a difference between a longboard and a surfboard… or at least that there were different lengths of surfboards. Wikipedia is my friend! Anyhow, there aren’t many surf spots near where I’m at, though Alaska does apparently have some good surf spots in remote areas. I’ve heard some really experienced people surf the bore tide in the Turnagain Arm: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tidal_bore

    Also… I have a dirty dirty mouth up there! Sorry ’bout that. :(

  4. Hybrid says:

    Wtf mate? Lame lame lame lame lame. these snowboard,longbord,surfboard things…they arent hacks. A hack in my opinion is making an already existant object do a completely different job or do its current job even better/cooler. Making your own surfboard is just simply making your own surfboard, you havent hacked anything. Hell I made my own pb&j sandwich today, maybe I should submit that to HAD.

  5. ray says:

    hybrid>>
    These are hacks because a lot of people don’t really know if or how they can build a board. I love these ‘hacks’. <3 Think about it this way: A (good) skate deck costs ~$150 and the bigger companies will often try to cut costs by using cheap material or printing methods; why not make sure that you’re getting exactly what you want? :)

    -r.

  6. kiddanger says:

    if you are paying 150 dollars for a skatedeck,then you are getting ripped. a skate deck cost 20 bucks, a complete cost 80-120 max for a good parts too. not no toy ‘r’ us crap.

  7. miko says:

    So it’s not really a hack, it still is aimed at DIY people, who I think you’ll find a lot of “hackers” are. I welcome these links.

  8. mike says:

    kiddanger: depends on what kind of board. i paid 200 for my loaded vanguard, which I could have reproduced at home (if i really wanted to go through the trouble of vertically laminating a skateboard deck) for much cheaper.

  9. Jcl236 says:

    does anyone know a place i can find foam online that doesn’t cost as much as 1 of the surfboard blanks?

  10. omegakidd says:

    im still confused why people are still posting “first post.” I bet there have been many complaint posts about it, but still, just quit it, it’s annoying. It’s nothing that special to have first post.

  11. bobmearly says:

    No, dont cheap out on the foam blank. $50 is reasonable when you consider the quality. I’d try http://www.FoamEZ.com for foam and http://www.lulu.com/content/351647 for more detailed instructions.

  12. Hank Veritanly says:

    were can i find a old surfboard for around 50$ that can be delivered over night

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