Build a Hollow Wood Surfboard

Building 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. …
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Learn how to repair your surfboard, shape your own, and make your own surf stuff. Being able to make and repair your own surfboards and equipment really opens up your surfing experience. So go ahead, get experimenting!

Ready to shape your own surfboard? Learn all about the basics of shaping here.

Glassing and sanding a surfboard is arguably the most challenging part of the process. Find some tips and advice to make this step easier.

Experimenting with making and foiling your own surf fins can be extremely rewarding. That’s how the Wave Arcade project got started! Learn how to make your own fins.

Not all types of resins can be used with every type of foam. Figure out what type of resins you can use with EPS and PU surfboard blanks.

Hemp is an excellent alternative to fiberglass cloth. However, it can be challenging to work with. Find some tips here.

If you’re interesting in making a more eco-friendly surfboard, bio-based epoxy resins are a great choice. Compare your choices here.

You don’t have to go all out when shaping your first surfboards (nor should you). Here are some tips when shaping boards on a budget.

Choosing the right blank is a big part of making a good board. Find out how Marko Foam’s Recycled EPS Blanks shape.

Just like boards, surfboard fins can get some abuse too. Learn how to fix your fins here.

Learn how to do all sorts of ding repair for your surfboard.

Check out our picks for the best surfboard planers for mowing foam.

A proper sanding is important for any glass job or ding repair. Check out our top picks.


Quick answers to some of the most common questions about surfboard shaping & repair.

Can you repair a snapped surfboard?

While it’s one of the more difficult repairs, you can indeed fix a buckled or snapped board. There’s a chance it’ll feel different once it’s fixed, but it can live to surf again.

How do you repair a surfboard?

The specific steps will vary depending on the type of repair, but most involve cleaning and sanding the damaged area, filling in any divots left behind, and adding a new patch of fiberglass.

How do you shape a surfboard?

Shaping a surfboard comes down to planning, patience, and focus. Design what you want to make, shape the blank with a planer, rasps, and sanding, and the fiberglass and sand it.

When should you repair your surfboard?

You should repair your surfboard if you notice or suspect that it’s taking on water.

Where to buy surfboard blanks?

You can buy surfboard blanks direct from the manufacturer, surfboard supply shops, and some of your local surf shops. If you’re only buying a small quantity of blanks, you’ll probably want to pick it up as shipping can get expensive.

Why are shaping rooms blue?

Many surfboard shaping rooms are blue because it helps you spot shadows and differences in the surface of the blank more easily. You can find shaping rooms in a variety of colors. Pretty much anything other than white will work.

Can you use an angle grinder as a sander/polisher?

You can find sanding/polishing pad attachments for many types of angle grinders. The main thing you’ll need to think about is the speed. Angle grinders are typically spinning much faster than a sander – if you want to convert it, you’ll need to make sure it will go slow enough.

How do you stop fiberglass itch?

Fiberglass can be a pain to work with – it’s going to itch if you don’t take the right precautions, and sometimes even if you do. Some remedies for fiberglass itch include a cold water rinse, sticking tape over your skin, and rubbing yourself down with a wet microfiber cloth.


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