Balsa Surfboard

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Project by swied posted 05-13-2011 07:05 AM 1956 views 0 times favorited 7 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This is a solid balsa surfboard that I built. The wood that I bought was extremely light. I weighed the boards before gluing them together, and they all came out between 7 and 8 pounds per cubic foot. The dimensions on the board are as follows: 10’ long, 3” thick, and 21” wide. The tail block and fins are accented with mahogany. I finished it off with a single layer of 4 oz e-glass on the top and bottom. I used Resin Research epoxy. The final weight came out to 40 pounds. Needless to say it has a lot of glide on the wave. Out of my way, I’m coming through!

-- Scott, San Diego

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#1 posted 05-13-2011 08:08 AM

Gnarly, dude! Time to hang ten! (grin)

-- The nicer the nice, the higher the price!

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#2 posted 05-13-2011 03:47 PM

Beautiful board, now if I could only learn to balance and walk at the same time, I might be able to learn to
operate a surfboard. Guess I will have to settle for cross country skiing and operating a rowing machine.
Thank you for sharing and making me dream of Oahu’s north shore when the trade winds a blowing and
the surf is almost reaching the highway. Enjoy the waves.

-- As ever, Gus-the 79 yr young apprentice carpenter

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#3 posted 05-13-2011 06:08 PM

Very nice! great pic’s.

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#4 posted 05-13-2011 07:22 PM

what is it for? LOL Alsitair

seriously well done>

-- excuse my typing as I have a form of parkinsons disease

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#5 posted 05-13-2011 07:46 PM

What’s it for?...

The short answer is… for surfing in the ocean. More specifically, it is a big wave gun that has a shape similar to what guys were riding in big surf the early 1960’s. I have riden it in overhead surf, and it rides great. The rocker on the board is pretty flat, so I can’t take off when the waves are too hollow.

BTW… Balsa is pretty amazing wood. Have you ever lifted 100 board feet of lumber by yourself? I did with this stuff. :)

-- Scott, San Diego

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#6 posted 05-14-2011 11:45 PM

Beautiful job. Heavy boards can be a joy to ride on the right day.

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#7 posted 07-26-2011 09:21 PM


-- -Sam - FL- "A man who carries a cat by the tail learns somthing he can in no other way" -Mark Twain

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