Surfboard Stringers

A surfboard stringer can serve both functional and aesthetic purposes in surfboard design. And just like everything else, different variations of stringer material and layout can affect how your surfboard is going to perform. What’s a Surfboard Stringer? A stringer is the piece of wood (or other material) that typically runs down the center of

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Surfboard Shaping Guide: Getting Started

Shaping your own surfboard is something that can blow the roof off of your overall surfing experience – it can get you thinking about design elements and performance characteristics you’ve probably never thought about before. Shaping a surfboard can be fun, challenging, frustrating, and messy. And it can be extremely rewarding to surf something that

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Surfboard Rocker

Rocker is another important design element of a surfboard. It has a big influence on the types of waves and turning capabilities a board is best suited for. Outline shapes alone really aren’t enough when trying to determine which board to ride for which wave – the surfboard’s rocker is going to tell you how

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The Surfboard Outline

The shape, or outline, of a surfboard plays a major role in how the board is going to perform and which surfboard design-type it could be classified as. The shape is the result of lines coming together to form something that’s either going to direct water flow in a way that works or in a

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Finless Surfing

When the first fins were introduced and popularized in the 1930s – ‘40s, it changed surfing forever. Stability, control, and turning – which were all once extremely difficult on the heavy, traditional finless surfboards – were now attainable. Fins allowed surfers and surfboards to progress into a whole new era. In 1935, when Tom Blake

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Surfboard Tails Designs

The tail of a surfboard is an important aspect of its overall design. The tail marks the exit point for water flowing around the bottom of your board and affects the speed, hold, and turning characteristics of your surfboard. Common Surfboard Tail Designs Below is a breakdown of some of the common tail shapes and

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The Wooden Surfboard

I originally started Wave Arcade with the goal of creating an eco-friendly surf brand. I’m also a big advocate for experimenting with your surfing. So naturally, I became interested in more natural surfboard materials. Wood and wood-like materials (bamboo, agave, cork, etc.) are some of the best ways to build more sustainable surfing products. Just

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