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StarboardSUPMan

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Finally Shaped my first board
« on: February 02, 2019, 07:40:09 PM »
I originally bought a used SUP for 200 bucks and rode it for a year and then kind of outgrew it.  So I decided to re-shape it into a shape I’d been thinking about for years.

I always like the tear drop shape with a skinny nose and wider tail.  Inspired by the Nugget surfboard made by McCoy from Australia
http://mccoysurfboards.com/surfboard-models/nugget-info

I went a little more extreme thinning the nose out.

Starting board specs.
8’2” x 31.5” x 4.5”.  Between 120-130 liters I estimated.

Re-shaped board specs
7’8” x 28.5 x 4.5.  Right at 105 Liters.

This was my first time attempting to shape a board.  I’ve done some repairs before on the deck pad, tail and the rails but never the entire thing.

First thing I did was download Shape 3D and start playing around with some shapes.  Finally I came up with something I liked and would fit into the dimensions of my existing board.



After deciding on it I printed it out and went into the garage and starting marking up my board with a sharpie and a 4’ level.  Marked the center line, this board had a stringer so it was easy to find.  Then marked out every 6” and put markings on where the new board would be. 



Once I finished everything I got a 6” metal cutting blade on my jig saw and just followed the line.  I took a little too much foam off in some spots but put it back on with some gorilla glue.



Then I took a thin cutoff disc and scored the fiberglass 8” back from my cut around the entire board.  Then I peeled off the glass using a putty knife to not remove too much foam.  From there I was free to re-shape my new rails.

Here it is roughed out





Here it is a little finer but still some spots that required filling.



Finally a first coat of fiberglass.  It wasn’t pretty and I need to sand and re-apply.  I sanded through in a bunch of spots trying to get it smooth.  Lesson learned spend more time getting the foam perfect and less time sanding glass!  After 2-3 times of glassing/sanding cycle I started to really dig the shape.



Time to install the center fin box.  4.5” up from the tail



Onto the side fins.  Rears 6” off the tail, fronts 14” off the tail and 1.5” off the rail.  On the fronts I did 1/4” toe in with a 8 degree cant.  Rear fins I did 1/8” toe in with 4 degree cant.  I decided to do that from some recommended numbers from the forum.  I marked a few of the recommended setups on the board and went with that looked best to me.



Then did 2 hot coats to get everything leveled out to where I was happy.



Finally did a 2 tone red/white paint job. Should have bought better masking tape had some bleed through.  Finished it all off with 2 coats of clear coat on top



Last step was to install a BPS Deckpad from amazon paired with a Go Stevie kick pad on the tail and it was time to hit the water.









The first day the water was like a washing machine.  Still able to stand up but not great for learning or building confidence.  I was able to stand 3-5 minutes at a time and then ended up falling.  Lots of moving water.  Reducing the front width of the board takes some getting used to.  I caught 3 waves, 2 were survival waves where I just tried to keep upright, but the final one gave me a nicer ride and I was able to do a few turns.  I tried it with a thruster setup with the center fin all the way back and it felt stiff.  Took a few nosedives but it was tough to say if it was the board or just the choppy conditions.

Second day I rode it with a quad setup.  Much faster and looser more of what I was looking for.  Waves cleaned up and I could get comfortable with my stance.  Stood with a staggered stance with one foot up front and one back helped.  I really have to put my foot way up front to drop in on a wave, further than I expected.  I needed to put some grip up past the vent plug so I could force the nose down on steeper drops without slipping off.  Once in the wave though the board is fast and maneuverable.  Still a lot to learn, but I always love a challenge.

I will update as I get more rides in on it.

Hope you enjoyed the build process.
« Last Edit: February 02, 2019, 07:45:59 PM by StarboardSUPMan »

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Re: Finally Shaped my first board
« Reply #1 on: February 02, 2019, 09:02:42 PM »
Dude, great job. Now you have to do one from scratch. It’s waaaay easier.

And everything you said is true, the good tape, the sanding, all of it. Lessons learned. This one came out great and you saved it from the dumpster.

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Re: Finally Shaped my first board
« Reply #2 on: February 02, 2019, 09:15:45 PM »
Nothing like surfing a board you shaped. And you now have more respect what glasser's have to deal with. Nice job.

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Re: Finally Shaped my first board
« Reply #3 on: February 04, 2019, 08:57:58 AM »
Awesome job and great write up! 
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Re: Finally Shaped my first board
« Reply #4 on: February 09, 2019, 07:10:45 AM »
Great job! Thanks for sharing.
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Re: Finally Shaped my first board
« Reply #5 on: February 09, 2019, 12:18:12 PM »
Hah, this is so cool! I bet that narrow nose is reeeeeally tippy though, right? What was the clear coat that you sprayed on?
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Re: Finally Shaped my first board
« Reply #6 on: February 10, 2019, 05:26:48 PM »
Thanks!  I really enjoyed the process of building it and now I'm really enjoying showing it off!  The board is much less stable than what I shaped it from (dropped about 30 liters).  The narrow nose takes some getting used to.  You have to stand in the staggered surf stance and put more of you weight towards the back for stability, but it seems if you want to paddle with speed you lean forward over the nose.  Still getting it figured out.  Once on a wave it's worth it though, so fast and loose loving the quad setup with this board.  Great for that small to medium sized wave we get on the Florida east coast.

For paint (color and clear coat) I used acrylic spray paint that I got from O'Reilly's auto parts.
Dupli-Color EDA164007 Cherry Red Equipment Red General Purpose Acrylic Enamel
https://www.amazon.com/Dupli-Color-EDA164007-Equipment-General-Purpose/dp/B001DKRM66/ref=asc_df_B001DKRM66/?tag=hyprod-20&linkCode=df0&hvadid=312128189269&hvpos=1o1&hvnetw=g&hvrand=16796260481329450466&hvpone=&hvptwo=&hvqmt=&hvdev=c&hvdvcmdl=&hvlocint=&hvlocphy=9011829&hvtargid=pla-569892523840&psc=1

I heard acrylic stuck to fiberglass the best seems to be holding up well so far.  The clear coat was just to try to save the paint for a longer period of time.  If it doesn't work out my other thought was to do a hot coat of epoxy resin over the entire board, but the spray clear acrylic was easier.



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Re: Finally Shaped my first board
« Reply #7 on: February 10, 2019, 05:29:33 PM »
Here are a few pics I got of me on the board.  Still need to get my go pro mount installed.








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Re: Finally Shaped my first board
« Reply #8 on: February 10, 2019, 06:17:05 PM »

I heard acrylic stuck to fiberglass the best seems to be holding up well so far.  The clear coat was just to try to save the paint for a longer period of time.  If it doesn't work out my other thought was to do a hot coat of epoxy resin over the entire board, but the spray clear acrylic was easier.
If it's a repair or minor alteration on one of my own boards, I'll cut corners for sure. Get it watertight with some glass, throw a quick hot coat with minimal sanding, paint with a rattler, and a quick clear acrylic for a finishing touch.

You still have a good amount of volume in the tail, so that should help with stability and allow you to catch little waist high stuff. I'll probably get kinda squirrely on the bigger stuff.