Working with Hemp Cloth for Surfboards & Fins

Working with hemp

Creating handcrafted surf fins is a challenge. There are a variety of different ways to do it – each with their own strengths and weaknesses in terms of process difficulty, total hours, and the performance and appearance of the final product. Wave Arcade surfboard fins have gone through a lot of different iterations. And honestly,…

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Building a Hollow Wood Surfboard

Build a Hollow Wood Surfboard

The Hollow Redwood Mini-Simmons Surfboard Building a hollow wood surfboard can be a good first step into exploring alternative surfboard materials and manufacturing processes for yourself. Making a hollow wood board yourself also gives you a better understanding and appreciation for some of the really, really nice wood boards you can find online, on Instagram,…

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Surfboard Nose Shapes

Surfboard Noses

Just like every other aspect of surfboard design – the nose doesn’t exist in isolation. The surfboard’s nose can influence how the board will paddle, float, catch waves, and drop in. In general – a bigger, wider nose equals more buoyancy and paddle power and stability. A narrow nose can help with maneuvering and dropping…

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How to Make Your Own Wetsuit Koozies

Wetsuit Koozie

You may or may not have seen Wave Arcade’s own upcycled wetsuit koozies. If not, check them out, they’re groovy. And they keep beers real frosty. They’re also one of the first ideas that sparked the Wave Arcade project. And the best part yet – they’re a super simple way to upcycle your old surf…

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What are Surfboards Made of?

Surfboard Materials

Depending on your creativity, curiosity, and patience, a surfboard can be made out of as many or as little materials as you want. And the end result can be as toxic or as sustainable as you want. The mix of materials used to produce the final surfboard will have unique effects on its final weight,…

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Do Surfboards Come With Fins?

Do Surfboards Come With Fins?

Do Surfboards Come With Fins? Surprising as it might be, since you’re going to need a good set of fins to get the most out of your new surfboard, most surfboards do not include fins. Crazy, right? Some surf shops will make this pretty clear – either with a sticker on the board or included…

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Parts of a Surfboard

Surfboard Anatomy

I think I’ve written about each individual part of a surfboard, so why not provide an overview of all the parts together? This is what comes together to form the final shape and design type of the board after all. Like I’ve stated before – none of the components of a surfboard exist in isolation.…

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Surfboard Art

Surfboard Art

Surfboard art is an excellent way to customize your hand-shaped board or add some style to an old, dingy looking surfcraft. You’ve got a few options when it comes to surfboard art depending on what stage you plan on applying it to your surfboard. For example: You can apply artwork and paint directly to the…

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Surfing Workouts & Fitness

Surf Fitness

One of the often overlooked areas of affected how a particular surfboard performs is changing the surfer that’s trying to ride it – that’s you! One of the common answers to “how do I get better at surfing?” is often surf more. And while that’s certainly true, it’s kind of a cop out. Yes, to…

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EPS Surfboards

EPS Surfboard Blank

Since Clark Foam’s closure in 2005, EPS surfboards have gained popularity. They’re still a foam surfboard just like its predecessor, polyurethane foam (PU), but boasts some unique characteristics of its own. EPS foam performs, shapes, and looks different from PU. What is an EPS surfboard? An EPS surfboard describes a board made out of expanded…

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