I had a couple of extra longboards that I thought would be easy enough to add some straps to, but it took me a year and a half to get around to it. I was getting ready to send these boards off to Hawaii where they will live as I don't expect them to do much surfing around here in the cold shark infested waters. Sharks are also an issue in Hawaii, but it seems that Tiger sharks in clear water are a bit smarter than Great Whites in murky waters. I also think that since the Tiger sharks are primarily looking for other fish and not seals, we look less like their targets.
Step 1: What You'll Need
G02-0125 - 3 Pint Kit Resin Research Epoxy 2000 w/ 2100 fast Hardener
Windsurfing foot strap plugs. These ones come with washers and screws.
R65-5491 - Single Post Foot Strap Insert, Northwest Surf Products
Drill with a one inch hole drill bit.
1" nylon webbing. I bought mine at REI.
Step 2: Layout and Drill Your Holes
When you're drilling your holes, make sure you don't drill through the bottom of the board :) I put some tape on the bit so I knew how far I went.
Step 3: Mix Your Resin and Insert Screw Plugs
Pour some in the whole, insert the plug and add more if needed. Don't add too much to begin with as it's a messy job removing resin.
Let the board cure overnight before attaching the webbing.
Step 4: Cut and Attach Your Webbing
Remember to burn the ends where you cut it, so it doesn't fray.
Getting the screw through the webbing was a little more challenging that I had thought. I worked out a system of putting a nail through the webbing to start a whole and then using the drill to screw it through the webbing.
Step 5: Now Go Find Some Warm Water for Your Kids!
Our girls can't swim yet, so that's probably the first step.