Custom paint your new or old surfboard

Custom Paint Your New or Old Surfboard

Have an old board at home that is just screaming for a new,

cooler paint job? Now you can do it yourself at home with a

little work and some creativity.

To begin with, you need to have the right equipment.

Colorful spray paint, low stick masking tape, a razor

knife, and a bottle of clear acrylic sealant are the key

items needed.

Also if you are redoing an old used board, you will need

either wax remover or paint thinner.

First, when using an old surfboard, you will want to take

your time cleaning all of the wax off. Then you will want

to use the wax remover.

This will insure all the wax is removed along with any

residue. Wax will work against your painting efforts so

even though this may be a painstaking task, make sure you

do a thorough job.

Time to design your original artwork. But think big. Bigger

graphics will show up better and with all the work your

doing, you will definitely want to show off your work.

This is one case where bigger IS better.

Be creative. This design will tell your story. The next

step is to tape your board from rail to rail all the way

across and all the way down making sure to overlap the


This will keep the paint from bleeding through. Next is

design time.

Draw your design onto the tape and when you’re finished

begin to cut with the razor knife. This part is slightly

tedious but take care when cutting.

You don’t want to cut into the surface of your surfboard.

Peel back the part of the tape you want painted. Cover the

rest of your board with newspaper to protect from the over


Start with light coats of color, letting each layer dry

before beginning the next or before changing colors. This

will keep designs clean and crisp.

Try to keep from using heavy coats and try not to spray too

close. Once the design is dry peel the rest of the tape


Then it is time for the clear coat. Apply 3-4 layers of

clear coat making sure to let each layer dry before

applying the next.

Now your ready to hit the waves.

Skim surfboarding

Skim Surfboarding

Though the earliest records of skim boarding date back to

the 1920’s, the boards were simple and hard to control.

It wasn’t until the 1970’s that the design for the skim

boards we use today began to take shape. They have now

taken on a shape similar to the modern surfboard only they

are smaller and thinner than surfboards.

The first boards were made from plywood sheets, but now are

being made from fiberglass.

The best board for beginners are square ones, though they

come in circles, ovals and teardrops also. The best size to

start with in most cases stands about mid-chest.

The shapes of the boards determine the ease of control for

the rider. Surfboards and bodyboards, although similar, are

extremely more buoyant then the skim surfboard.

The principal of skimboarding is to hydroplane across the

thin water of a receding wave. Though tricks can be done in

bigger waves, the need for buoyancy is not as great as with

a surfboard.

The best skimboards have a slightly raised nose and

traction pads already installed. Of course traction pads

can be added separately and even surf wax can be used to

help keep feet gripped to the boards.

Skimming across the water is also a balancing act, so a

good sense of balance is also key to perfecting the art of


Although skimboards have been around for almost a hundred

years, it is a relatively new as a competitive sport. When

riding out on the water on a skimboard, tricks and flips

are attempted when coming into contact with an incoming


The real trick is in the landing.

Surfboards for the beginner

Surfboards for the Beginner

If you’re going to become a surfer, the first piece of

equipment you are going to need is a surfboard. Without a

surfboard, you wont be doing anything but splashing around

in the waves.

But on your first visit to any surf shop, you will see the

choices available to the untrained eye can be dizzying.

There are so many colors, shapes and sizes to choose from,

but where to begin?

Modern surfboards are hand shaped by professional shapers

out of foam and coated with fiberglass sheets.

They are hand-painted, usually airbrushed with beautiful

colors and designs. They can be custom made to your

specifications as well.

Before buying a surfboard you should know the parts of the

board. This will prevent embarrassing conversations, as

surfers have a language of their own.

Whether you are searching out a shortboard, a longboard, a

fish or a gun, most of the parts are the same.

From the front to the back the parts are in this order;

nose, rails, deck, stringer and tail. The nose is basically

the pointed tip of your board.

On a Longboard the tip is normally round. The nose of the

other boards tends to be pointed. The rails are the edge of

the surfboard.

They run from the tail to the nose and are used basically

to grip the board. But rail shapes can provide different

performances of your board.

The deck is the top of the board, the main body in which

the surfer applies a wax base for footing grip. There are

domed decks and flat decks.

The domed deck helps movement from rail to rail as the

rider moves across the deck. The stringer is a strip of

material that runs the length of the surfboard.

Its main purpose is to strengthen. Finally the tail is the

end of the board. Shapes of the tail vary and each shape

provides different performance for the rider.

Also on the tail is the leash plug. This is where the

riders leash keeps him attached by the ankle to his board.

Waxing your surfboard

Waxing your Surfboard

So you bought a new surfboard and are ready to head out to

catch some waves. First you need to give your board a good

waxing, unless sliding off into the ocean depths is your

idea of a good time.

First you need to figure out just which wax suites your

needs. Not all waxes are created equally and unless you get

the right type, you could have a mess on your hands-and

your feet.

You could start by first asking in your local surf shop

which wax is best for you. But it would be best to know

what you are talking about before you begin asking


You need to know the temperature of the water you are

surfing in. Water temperatures differ from the Atlantic to

the Pacific and from the North to the South.

This is important is you want to have a good foot grip when

you are up on your board.

Once you have figured out which type of wax to use for

where you are surfing, you will begin to wax your


Begin by rubbing 3in-6in circles from the nose of the board

to the tail. It is important to make sure there is plenty

of wax where your feet will mostly be planted.

Another key spot to make sure you wax well is the side

rails of the board. This is where your hands would normally

grip and the wax will help you when you are out in the


Also, if you are wearing a wetsuit, you can keep a little

chunk of wax tucked away in case you need it while your out

in the water.

Body surfboards

Body Surfboards

Body boarding, just like surfing, is a long practiced water

sport. While the surfboard is complex in its construction,

shape and design, the body board is basically a simple foam

rectangle slab.

Though there are different foams used for bodyboards, each

one changes the flexibility and control of the board.

Different foams are also used for different water

temperatures, as each reacts differently.

The body board is used primarily in a lying down, or prone

position. Sometimes, with skill, balance and the right body

board, a rider can manage a half standing position.

Sometimes, just as in a regular surfboard, a carbon

stringer is added to the body board to give support to the


This can increase speed and also helps in making the board


The body board is probably the easiest to ride. Basically

it takes holding onto the board and kicking for dear life

as a wave takes you in.

Of course, this is just the basic of what body boarding is.

Unlike a surfboard, there are no fins on the body board.

But sometimes grooves and channels are cut into the board.

These grooves give you greater wave control and increase

your chances in pulling off tricks and riding the good


The shape of the body board has the greatest effect on its

performance. Boards that are wider near the nose are

designed for prone riders.

The weight of your body is balanced more in the front and

therefore you have better control while prone. Boards that

are wider in their middle are designed for those who ride

half standing, or drop-knee.

As most of your weight is distributed towards the middle of

the board, this is where you want to have more control.

Short history of surfboards

Short History Of Surfboards

Like the sport of surfing itself, surfboards were

originally developed in Hawaii. Though the first records of

surfing were by Lieutenant James King who was rewriting

Captain James Cook’s journals in 1779, surfing was already

a part of Hawaii’s history for generations.

The first surfboards were usually made from Hawaii’s local

Koa tree and reached lengths of 16 feet long. Although

extremely buoyant these surfboards were also extremely


A 14-foot board would weigh as much as 150 pounds. Modern

surfboards are made of polyurethane or polystyrene and are

covered in fiberglass sheets and coated with epoxy resin.

The result of these materials being used to create the

surfboards ensures a much lighter and even more buoyant and

maneuverable board.

Modern surfboards are also much shorter. They range from 5

to 7 feet and have a more pointed nose than the original

rounded nose of the earlier long boards.

They are not nearly as wide either and this feature is what

makes them more maneuverable. The short board is what you

will see professional riders on during competitions.

Another advancement from the long board to the short board

is the introduction of fins. Fins help the board to - stick-

to the wave.

Fins are placed differently on boards and thus causing

different advantages to their placement.

The most common placement is called the Thruster. It

consists of three fins. One is placed nearest the tail and

the other two slightly forward towards the nose.

The idea behind the placement is to have the

maneuverability of a twin fin and the stability of a single

fin board.

Wake surfboards

Wake Surfboards

Wakeboards are used in wakeboarding, an extreme sport which

the rider uses the board to do tricks over the wake of the

boat towing it.

In basic it is a combination of water-skiing and surfing.

The wake surfboard looks like a miniature surfboard with a

rubber mat attached to the deck to make gripping easier.

Wakeboards are made like surfboards. They are usually a

foam core and fiberglass with metal screws to attach the

fins and bindings. They are small, light and very buoyant.

The weight and size make the extreme tricks more

manageable. Tricks range from flips to jumps to anything in


Unlike the surfboard, the Wake surfboard hand fins that can

be changed out. These fins are changed out for various

types of tricks the rider will attempt.

Shallow fins will make it easier for the rider to so

spinning tricks and deep fins are designed more for jumps

and flips.

Riders also choose different sizes other than the standard

size for their height. The board size will also help in

completing tricks and landings and will change the

difficulty depending on the rider’s experience.

So the manufacturers recommended size may not always match

the size chosen by professional riders. The individual

rider can also customize the bottom design of the


Some may be concave, some may have channels and some may

have nothing at all, making the bottom of the board smooth

and flat.

Each option helps them perform a different function and

indicates how the board glides through the water.

Reintroduction of the long surfboard

Reintroduction of the Long Surfboard

Longboards are the original surfboards used in stand-up

surfing. The original length of a long board varied from

9-24 feet of solid wood.

Though these were more commonly used in the sixth century

by ancient Hawaiians, the longboards of today are made a

much more reasonable length and weight.

The longboard was the standard until the 1960’s when the

shorter version was introduced. The shortboard was more

popular because the size made the board easier to transport

to and from the beach as well as in and out of the water.

The smaller board also offered more maneuverability and

more speed. With the introduction of polyurethane and

fiberglass for the shortboard, the longboard was

refurbished and reintroduced in the 1990’s.

Now lighter, the longboard became more of an interest to

avid surfers. Surfers began to integrate the new attributes

of the shortboard with the sleek lines of the once

dominating longboard.

Modern longboards have become shorter in length, now

averaging 9ft-10ft instead of the original 9ft-24ft. Even

though the long surfboard is now shorter in length, it

still retains most of its original design, including the

single fin for stability.

Because Longboards are not used in competitive surfing, the

need for maneuverability isn’t as high as with the short

board. The longboard has its advantages for the beginning


The length and weight of the board make catching waves

easier. Surfers can literally Hang-ten on these larger

boards. This is accomplished by standing on the nose of the

longboard with your toes hanging off the end. By putting

-toes on the nose - a surfer can - hang-ten-.

Maintenance of your surfboard

Maintenance of Your Surfboard

A surfboard is a major investment and in order to keep it

in good working order, some simple steps should be taken in

its care and maintenance.

In reality, only pro surfers can afford to replace their

board every six months, so investing the time and money to

properly care for your board will extend its life and save

you money in the long run.

A $30 investment in a board sock should be your first

purchase. When not in the water, you should keep your board

in the sock. 50% of all dings and dents occur when

transporting your board to and from the beach.

If you religiously keep your board covered, it can look

pristine for years. Even though your board is used for an

outdoor sport, the sun and heat are major enemies to your

board’s integrity.

Excessive sun exposure can cause damage to the boards

finish, causing it to yellow and crack. This sort of damage

can eventually cause your board to break and unfortunately

this may happen while you’re in the water.

Even minor dings can eventually cause major damage to the

board. It is important to repair even small dings as soon

as possible. But it is important to wait until the swell of

the board goes down so water is not trapped inside the


Again, this could cause yellowing and compromise your

board’s integrity. Nobody looks cool having their board

break when they are trying to catch that perfect wave.

The wax is one last maintenance check that should be

performed. Periodically strip off the wax to check for

dings and cracks under the surface.

A quick repair will have you back out catching waves in no


Hollow wooden surfboards

Hollow Wooden Surfboards

With the popularity of the wooden longboards on the rise

once again, a great alternative is the hollow wooden


Though they are slightly complicated to create yourself, it

IS possible. They look like real vintage wooden long

boards, mainly because they are made of real wood.

The key difference between the vintage wooden longboards

and these new models is that they are lighter.

So much so that they basically weigh what a regular foam

and fiberglass board weigh. However the length can be

customized to the rider’s preference.

What makes these boards so light compared to their 150

pound original ancestors? Instead of a board made of solid

Koa wood, these boards are fashioned with a hollow wood

frame for a core.

And even though the core frame weighs less than a pound,

when finished with the overlay, this board is as strong and

sturdy as any board, foam-core or solid wood.

An advantage to these boards is definitely the wow factor

of them. With regular foam-core surfboards you can of

coarse have them airbrushed with any design imaginable, but

with some work, these hollow wooden surfboards can be

designed with beautiful wood inlays.

Varying shades of wood, shapes and designs are at your

fingertips. When making your own board, wood is also much

easier and much more forgiving to work with than the foam


Electronic books, or E-books are available on the subject

of hollow wooden boards and include full instructions along

with some beautiful pictures.

Everyone on the beach will be impressed with your one of a

kind hollow core longboard.