Surfers Textbook


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It is only logical that all designing be completed before commencing any work. Consequently
this section is divided into the following areas:
– Designing the shape - factors considered
– Planning and shaping information sheet
– Getting the shape onto the blank - making a template
– Sample templates
– Designing a decal or logo
– Decorating / Colouring options

Designing the shape is of prime consideration and requires much research and preparation. It is an area of much controversy and personal interpretation, irrespective of which there are certain factors which should be taken into account. Options exist for those individuals who would prefer to have their board shaped by a professional or are unsure of what shape would be most suitable for them. A planning and shaping information sheet has been included to ensure all the relevant information is documented for yourself or a professional shaper to carry out the work. Note that it is important to do this planning to ensure ideas are clarified before commencing the practical task.

Following from this, explanation is given as to how to make a plan shape template, an essential component in shaping a surfboard.

Sample templates have been included to give the reader an idea of the details needed and they can be used if desired.


Preparing a good decal generally requires a great deal of thought and time experimenting. Ideas can be sketched down on paper or be computer generated images and can be improved upon over the period of time until the glassing operation when it is placed into position. Several techniques can be used to produce a decal depending on the number of decals needed, availability of equipment and materials and the type of print to be produced. No doubt the professional appearance will be enhanced if a well designed logo or decal is used. Advantages and disadvantages of the three different techniques used to colour a surfboard are detailed. These include spraying or hand painting the blank, spray painting the sanded filler coat and/or pigmenting the filler resin.

Options regarding decoration including use of decals, tissues and fabric are discussed so as an informed choice can be made prior to commencing the practical process.