longtime lurker and first time poster.
I'm looking to get into shaping and have registered for a class. I would like to get your reccommendations on any shaping books that would be helpful. I've googled some books but with so many to choose from especially for a new b, I dont know which one(s) to look at/purchase. Any and all help is welcome and appreciated. thanks for your time.
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Thread: Getting into surfboard design
Jun 23, 2013, 12:44 PM #1Junior Member
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Getting into surfboard design
Jun 23, 2013, 08:58 PM #3
"shaping 101" followed up w/ "glassing 101" w/ john carper (JC surfboards) is a great guide. also, if you haven't read "the ding repair scriptures", i'd highly recommend that as well.
Jun 23, 2013, 09:06 PM #4
Great big bag for when it's flat and when the surfs up go surf- That's how some of em get started!
I've shaped and glassed about 8 boards. Not one of them looked like a store bought board but all floated and were surfable. You will learn a ton about design by shaping one, riding it, then tweaking your design. It took me 3 boards before I made one that was really practical as an every board. After that I shaped 3 more that were pretty good and very usable. One thing I learned is that it's easy to make a board that will work well in one specific condition. It's a whole other thing to make a board like the pros make that is good in almost anything. That s where I always thought the skill was and that's what takes all the time to learn.