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 to experimenting!
Surfboard Shaping Guides
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.
Surfboard & Fin Repairs
Learn how to do all sorts of ding repair for your surfboard.
Just like boards, surfboard fins can get some abuse too. Learn how to fix your fins here.
DIY Surf Projects
Surfboard Shaping & Repair FAQs
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.
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.
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.
You should repair your surfboard if you notice or suspect that it’s taking on water.
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.
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.
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.
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.