This Step-By-Step Instructable will guide you through the process of making your own custom wakeskate using the Roarockit Skateboard Company's Thin Air Press vacuum bag system

A wakeskate is basically a smaller wakeboard without the bindings. It is gripped just like a skateboard (sometimes with a soft, high-traction foam) and is generally ridden wearing old skate shoes. The lack of bindings make for a unique trick set that is similar to skateboarding, only without wheels and on the water.

The build in this tutorial is done by Matt Richardson of Frenique Customs. He has been building wakeskates for a few years and has been kind enough to share his process with the DIY community. You can check out a wakeskate build review he did for us a while back here - http://www.rockitalk.com/blog/2012/7/23/wakeskate-build-review-pt1.html

For this build, you will need to following Tools & Materials:

(8) Layers of 1/16" Double Wide Maple Veneers (24" x 48" uncut dimension)
(1) 36"x52" Thin Air Press vacuum bag kit (includes pump, breather netting and sealing tape)
(1) 2" Foam Slab (dimension should match your veneer size)
(1) Adhesive Trowel
Grip Tape

Pen or Pencil
*optional Paper Template

West System Epoxy Resin + Hardener
Plastic Cup 
Stir Stick
Plastic Gloves

Sharp Utility Knife
Edge Sander
Palm Sander

Step 1: Prepare Veneers

The first thing you will want to do before pressing your custom wakeskate is to prepare the veneers. To do this, you need to cut them to the size of your mold. For this particular board, the builder is using (8) layers of veneer. It is possible to do either more or less layers, depending on your desired thickness and weight of the finished board.

*If you would like to see how to design and shape a foam mold, check out our video tutorial below:

Once you know the final dimension of you mold, cut down the veneers to match the shape. This will help prevent excess veneer from being pressed inaccurately to your mold. Measure/cut the length and width of your veneers if needed using a sharp utility knife and a straight edge ruler. If you cut deep enough into the veneer, your should be able to easily break off the excess material along your cut line. 

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