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miscreant

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I think the key would be to focus on one particular design for a while. a crude one at that. bang a few out before you even glass anything.
 
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Justino

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I shaped 7 boards in my garage before the kids came along...seriously considering giving it a try again. Been waiting forever on a custom I ordered last year....
 

JMJackFish

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Every surfer should have to build one start to finish. Maybe people would appreciate the process more. It’s weird when someone asks who built it and you can say I did. Even better if they compliment.
The newfound appreciation of excellent stringer work, smooth symmetry, and mirror glass finishes is another by-product. It is great to nail a few areas and a goal to nail them all.
 

Chilly Willy

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Every surfer should have to build one start to finish. Maybe people would appreciate the process more. It’s weird when someone asks who built it and you can say I did. Even better if they compliment.

Agreed all around. It revealed how little I actually knew about surfboards and the process that goes into making them. The experience is sometimes humbling, eventually rewarding.
 

SeniorGrom

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I’ve built 4 over a 50 year span. Three in the late 60s early 70s with very little know-how and zero reference material. Just one example of my lack of knowledge....didn’t even know what a hot coat was! Even though those first 3 were absolute dogs, there’s just something exceptional about paddling out and riding waves on a self-shape. The EPS/Epoxy Mini Simmons done in 2013 is much higher quality and a project done when out of work that year. However at 5’10 it’s more of a knee machine for this geezer. :)
 




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