Tuesday, October 17, 2017

Trying out the 7' WL funboard.

Yesterday, we had some surfable waves.  It's been a couple weeks since we've had that.  I paddled out with some friends and had a fun session.  The board works good.  It surfs a little different than the foam one.  This one is much quicker because of the quad set-up.  I really like it.

I'm committed to surfing my wood boards all the time.  The 7' is perfect for the small days and the 6'7" fish is good for anything bigger.  Life is good.

Tuesday, October 3, 2017

Changing from toxic to natural.

There is a big problem with surfing equipment.  Most surfboards are made out of materials that can not be recycled or that are difficult to recycle.  The other problem is the process to make these boards requires oil based toxic chemicals.

If you have a few minutes check out this video.  Unsustainable

I'm guilty of owning some foam boards.  I've been trying for the last 10 years to build wood boards to replace the foam.  My longboards were fun to surf but, I wouldn't say easy.  The heaviness of them made it more of a challenge.

The shorter boards I built were too heavy also.  Then, I started to use balsa.  That made a world of difference.

Since then I've been using a combination of paulownia and balsa.  The paulownia is in the areas of more stress.

I don't want to be political about foam vs. wood.  For me it's about designing and building a board.  It's my hope that the Ormond by the Sea Wooden Surfboard Gathering will be a place where like minded people can come together for a day or two.

Wednesday, September 27, 2017

7' Funboard is done.

I finished it the other day.  I'm happy with the outcome.  The weight came in at 10.8 lbs.  The foam copy board was 10.4 lbs.  It's pretty close when you consider the new board has an extra fin.  I'm really stoked about this one.  Now I just need some waves.

Tuesday, September 19, 2017

Tac and rope the fins.

One of the things I like about the Suncure polyester laminating resin is when it's time to glass-on the fins.  It's easy to tac the fins in place and it sets up fast.  Roping them in is fast and easy also.

Hurricane Irma set everyone back.  I was lucky and didn't have much damage.  Others were not as lucky and some are still without power.

Sunday, September 3, 2017

Funboard gets laminated.

My glassing schedule is simple and fast.  The fiberglass is 4 0z. S-2 grade.  The resin is polyester Sun Cure.  It's really easy for me to work with this product.  

Next up is glass on the fins.

Tuesday, August 29, 2017

You gotta have fun.

It takes a lot of time and work to build a hollow wood board.  When I started it was a good way for me to escape to the shop.  I hope that doesn't change.

Most of the time I'd rather be surfing with friends.  The most important lesson I've learned from build boards is enjoy the moments.  All of them and with practice your life will get better.

Tuesday, August 22, 2017

Board is shaped.

It's a pleasure to shape using hand tools.  I do my shoulder cut passes with a block plane and use the little Stanley 12-101 to fair it in from there.  Fun stuff.

The leash plug got installed so I can laminate the bottom.