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Build a Surfboard Episode 1: Shaping

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Learn to shape a surfboard from the famous Johhny "V" Voxlund in Haiku Maui.

Other episodes of this project:
Build A Surfboard Episode 2: Sanding and
Episode 3: Laminating and Vacuum Bagging

Johnny starts with a urethane foam "blank" he gets at a local supplier "Fiberglass Hawaii".
The blank is made by "US Blanks". He asked for the 9'5" blank with the maximum "rocker".
Rocker is the curve of the bottom that makes a board look like a banana from the side.

The workbench or "rack" supporting the board in this photo is padded with carpet scraps. It allows him to support the board on its edge or flat like a table while shaping. The fluorescent sidelights lining the room at elbow height let him see the smallest irregularity or bump on the board's bottom.

Johnny shaped surfboards and windsurfing boards fulltime for many years and has worked as "shadow shaper" for other famous shapers. Now he only makes a few boards a year. He charges a couple of thousand dollars for a board. He specializes in high end custom boards for discerning amateur surfers. He says "people pretty often think they're bad surfers. Usually it's the board that's bad. There's been a revolution in board design in the past few years."

Words music and photos by Star & Tim.
 
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OMG I LOVE THIS!!! I don't get to surf too often but I'm going to try to do it more. Ever since i went surfing in Hawaii a few weeks ago and came back to the Coast I haven't stopped thinking about surfing. It makes me feel so happy and free :D
boardsale3 years ago
Thanks for the awesome surfboard guide. Shapers rock!

The Great Australian Surfboard Sale
jbharrison4 years ago
where can you get blanks at?
mwwdesign5 years ago
Freakin' Awesome 'ible. Thanks!
ll.135 years ago
That is excellent, and I love the workshop, it's just awesome!
gmoon5 years ago
Excellent job, thanks!

The rise, dominance and self-imposed fall of "Grubby" Clark is fascinating. Here's a copy of his 'I'm-quiting-the-biz' fax and a link with many opinions about the man and his motives...
bumpus5 years ago
Sweet! I get told I should make surf boards... I can't wait for the rest of the series! :D
I can't wait for the next steps. This is really neat. :D
LinuxH4x0r5 years ago
Wow! Now if only i lived near some water...
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