Shape Your Own Surfboard

Have you ever wanted to shape your own surfboard?  I did, but thought it was going to cost a ton of money.  In fact, I didn’t even know where to get the tools and materials.  That problem has been solved.  Thanks to Foam E-Z, if you have a few hundred bucks and a free Saturday, you can make your own surfboard.

foam e-z surfboard supply shop

Foam E-Z is surfboard material supply shop in Orange County, CA.  They sell blanks, fiberglass, resin, tools and everything else you need to make/repair surfboards.  They also have a shaping room out back that you can rent out by the hour.  Pretty sweet deal.  It comes stocked with all of the tools you need.

how to shape a surfboard

For about $50-100 you can buy a big chunk of foam like this.  They have blanks in every size from shortboard to retro to longboard.  They also have PU & EPS available.  I would strongly recommend PU for your first board since EPS is much harder to work with.

greg kroleski shaping surfboard

They sell a few DVDs that teach you how to shape.  I got Shaping 101 by John Carper of JC Hawaii.  After watching that DVD about 4 times you should have a pretty good idea of what you’ll need to do to make your first board.

greg kroleski surfboard shaping

You can rent the shaping bay by the day or hour.  Its $10 an hour if you have your own tools, $20 an hour if you need tools and $50 for the day.  Professional shapers can make a board in an hour or two, but your first board will probably take more like 5-6 hours.  That being said, just rent the room for a day, its a fun way to spend a Saturday!

surfboard shaped from rear

The setup is just like the shaping rooms your favorite shapers use.  The lights on the side are there so you can see even the smallest imperfections in your surfboard.  Because they are to the side, bumps and scratches cast shadows that make it easy to know where you need to sand.

surfboard shape from above

I decided to finish working on my asymmetrical surfboard.  I had a great conversation with Carl Ekstrom about the benefits of them and wanted to try it out for myself.  The right half of the board is based on a 6’3″ squash tail thruster I really like and the left half is based on a 5’11” round tail thruster that is super smooth.  My idea was to create a board for Newport rights that raced down the line and held a nice wide cutback.  I think it will be fun for places like Upper Trestles and Rincon as well.  Who knows though… maybe it won’t work at all.  Either way it was fun to make!

greg kroleski asymmetrical surfboard

If you would like to try shaping a board, here is what you need to do.  Call Foam E-Z at 1(714)896-8233 or just visit their website.  Order the Shaping 101 DVD.  After you’ve watched it a few times, reserve the shaping bay for the day.  They are located in Westminster, CA which is just by Costa Mesa and Huntington Beach.

If you don’t live in So-Cal, you can still order a blank and the tools you need.  You can also get most of the tools at your local hardware store.

Seriously, go shape a board, its a ton of fun and will make you appreciate your other surfboards!

Source: Surfscience

SurfScience Custom Search by Google

We just got done installing a new search function on our site. The custom search engine by Google will make it easy to find what you’re looking for on SurfScience.  Located at the top right of every page, the search bar is the best way to find what you want faster than a speeding Mick Fanning.

surfscience google custom search

Basically it’s the same Google you know and love but… it only searches OUR website and blog. Pretty cool!

The results display on a new page of the site and make it easy for you to keep reading.  You don’t have to worry about jumping back and forth between different websites.  Its all done within our framework.

Our favorite part of this new tool is that it will keep track of all of the terms that our visitors search for. If we see a lot of people are looking for something that we don’t have much information about, guess what we’re going to do? Thats right, go learn more about it and write some great new articles.

So go test out the custom search feature yourself here. Some fun searches to start with if you can’t think of anything else: “thruster” “channel islands” “surfing tips”

Source: Surfscience