Just got a new 6'6 Canyon twin fin at the surf shop. Surf with it right after, love it, threw it on my roof rack to go back home and it flies off as I hit 60 on Rt 18 along with my other board. The damages are not terrible for a board flying through the air at 60 mph but still the tails are messed up. Do you guys know of any shaper, hobbyist, board fixer that I could pay or for free that would tell me what to do to fix it. I've fixed board I just need a little instruction with this.
holy crap man what a bummer, i do dings on the side so i might be able to point ya in a direction, but i donno how bad the damage really is. I've def had some really bad boards before that i ended up just cutting the tail or nose down, to get rid of bad waterlogged foam. I imagine the damage is pretty extreme and if so, hey, it works, get rid of the bad stuff. If you wanna "fill" the tail like dayday said, use foam dust, mix it with your resin, makes it like body putty almost. But i wouldn't recommend that on a sensitive area like the tail, i would honestly cut out whats bad, little re-shape, and do a nice glass job overlapping onto the original at least 3inches with 2 layers of cloth at the least. It's a big bummer man, but hey, surfboards are really pieces of crap, thats what i've come to believe. fragile pieces of crap. Hence why i'm jumpin on the paulownia wood trend :P hopin for a board i don't have to work on so much and can take some abuse. Have wood thats been curing for 8 months, should be ready
Thanks man, I really appreciate those tips. I was most worried about how to mold it back into the shape of the tail but if it is like putty I can easily mold it. I really appreciate the help man I'll let you know how it turns out
If thats the route you wanna go, i'll give u some more pointers.
now it's not gonna be like putty putty, little thinner than bondo, but thicker than topcoat.(if you're familiar with auto body repairs) tape will be your bff, and its gonna take buidling it up, sanding it down, building it up, sanding it down, till you get the form right.
Make like, a pocket out of tape, it prob be easiest doing it with the board vertical, tail in the air, use as much tape as u need to create a bowl/cup/container for the crap, without it being to large in terms of width or thickness, keep it as close to the shape of the board as possible. once it's hard, remove tape, and start sanding. It's pretty easy to sand, not as easy as foam, but not as bad as pure glass. Just make sure you clean up the damage real nice like, get rid of floating chunks etc. before you start. goodluck. here's an example pic of one i did, not tail, but you'll get the idea