Surfers Textbook

Section 10- THE CONSTRUCTION PROCESS—PLUGS AND BRIDGES

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Prior to the introduction of the leg rope in the early ‘70s, surfers were not physically attached to their boards. Today leg ropes are considered to be an essential part of surfing, evolving from a cord attached to a hole in the fin with a handkerchief tied around the ankle of the surfer at the other end. This rather crude beginning of the design has now evolved with the use of highly developed polymeric materials with equally developed forming processes. The following section of work basically details the two main methods used to provide an anchor point on the surfboard deck for a leg rope to be attached.

The technique of inserting a plug into the deck of a surfboard can be applied to other situations such is necessary when attaching fittings such as foot straps and seat belts on surf skis, sailboards, tow-in, paddle and rescue boards etc. The second frequently used method is to attach a 'bridge' which is a piece of glass fibre and resin (off-cut from a fin panel is ideal) glassed to the deck, close to the tail of the board, which has a small hole drilled through it. The method of attachment is no different than that of glassing a fin on and is more suited to the tails of very thin short boards in order to avoid a potential problem if plugs are used.