Surfers Textbook


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Before the commencement of any practical work it is essential individuals are fully aware of necessary health and safety considerations. In the teaching environment instructors should be well aware of the need to satisfy requirements concerning safe use of hazardous materials such as M.E.K.P, electrical machinery and power equipment (bandsaw, angle sander/polisher etc.) and other relevant government regulations dealing with the work area (ventilation, fire safety, storage of materials). Following from this, the concern for safe work practices can be monitored through the use of regular safety audits. Similarly, sample safety tests have been included for use in class situations as an indicator of understanding and awareness as well as a record of instruction.

When setting up a suitable work environment several factors should be considered. Naturally it will depend on individual situations and needs as to the extent of setting up that will best suit the manufacturer.

Ordering materials necessitates careful thought of the materials and processes to be used. Hence it is critical to have a good understanding of the overall process to avoid unnecessary waste or under ordering. The purchasing of materials in bulk or larger quantities will significantly reduce the cost of the finished product, hence, it may be a good idea to get a few people together to do several surfboards and obtain quotes from several outlets. A specific materials list for surfboards ranging in sizes from 5 –7 feet, 7–8 feet, 9–11 feet are detailed. Supplementing this is a separate materials and specific items list.

Most of the power tools and equipment can be generally found in the average workshop, however there are a few items which need to be purchased specifically for surfboard making. Calipers used when shaping to measure the thickness of the blank can be purchased, but are a costly outlay if only a few boards are to be made. Plywood calipers can be readily made and the process of construction has been described. Detailed step by step instruction on how to make stands has been included as it is necessary to have a well designed method of support when shaping and glassing. Once again options are presented for individual circumstances. Racks for supporting glass fibre and paper rolls, drum stands and surfboard racks are detailed to assist setting up for those who require it.