Surfboard/Wakeboard


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by Norman Phillips

Flabbergasted by the prices I they ask for high-quality surfboards? Well, labor accounts for up to three-fourths of the cost and it’s possible to save that much by building your own. It’s also possible to make a double-purpose board that can be used to ride the ocean surf or the wake behind a boat. The only difference between a wakeboard and a surfboard is that the wakeboard requires a little more buoyancy. Wake riding usually is done in fresh water, which has somewhat less buoyancy than salt. Also, the wake behind a boat has less turbulence than even a small ocean wave and therefore provides less support. In determining the finished size, then, a double-purpose board should be one size larger than that normally recommended for ocean surfing. Board size, of course, depends on the surfer’s weight. For example,a 9-ft., 6-in, board is the accepted standard for a man weighing 160 lbs. If a man of that weight wants a double-purpose board, he should go to a 9-ft., 8-in, size. One more tip about size: remember that you will grow. A teenager who has reached his full height will continue to put on weight and someone in his 30’s will gain quite a bit by the time he reaches 40. Probably the 9-ft. 8-in. and the 10-ft. board are the two most popular sizes and will have the best resale value .

8 pages, 1 plate(s)


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