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Repairing board by yourself?

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Created by PaulyOS A week ago, 8 Jul 2018
PaulyOS
WA, 176 posts
8 Jul 2018 9:07PM
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Gday everyone, been a while since i last posted.

Anyway, i've been snapping boards left right and centre. Gone through 9 since i started surfing and that was 3 years ago. My favourite board is the JS FMN squashed tail from a few years back. The glassing is so so light but i love how the board feels.

The good news is that i usually pick these up for around 200$ on gumtree since they are older models and crap glassing.

The bad news... they snap alot. Now i'm not blaming this entirely on the glassing, I can definitely put a few of these snaps down to my own negligence. My second home recently has been in the impact zone and when I see a big double up at a SW Beachy coming towards me I can tell you that I'll be bailing my board (don't worry i always see if theres anyone behind me). I tried to hold onto my board but one time the lip landed on my back and the board broke under me while i was holding it + i got absolutely flogged.

I've got about 4 snapped ones in my garage now and was gonna try fix them because it's eating away at my account, and I'm now at the stage where I don't want to spend 600$ on a decent board because if that snaps I'll be kicking myself alot. I dont mind if they lose performance, if they ride at 80% that's fine. So I was wondering if any of you can link some good tutorials for fixing a snapped board. Or maybe i could pay you to teach me?

Cheers!

Hunter S
WA, 496 posts
9 Jul 2018 5:39PM
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If you have a reasonable amount of ding repair experience it can be done.
The biggest challenge is getting the rocker perfect. If it is even a little bit out you will notice an obvious difference in the board. You really need a shapers eye to get it right. Google will bring up quite a few very poor techniques. This site shows one of the best imho.

www.swaylocks.com/groups/barnfields-broken-board-repair-manual

The repair will definitely make the board heavier. It's usually not worth repairing boards that have broken between your feet as they just break again. Busted off noses or breaks forward of the front foot are a better proposition. It helps to get the rocker right if you have another board of the same model, size and shaper to copy. Put a straight edge on both boards and measure the rocker to get it close as you can.
Very satisfying to recover a broken board, but time consuming. Plenty of cheap boards on gumtree means the materials cost and time invested in repairs are not so economic.
Also board flex will never be the same

GPA
WA, 2291 posts
9 Jul 2018 8:43PM
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^^^^
Spot on advice there...

thedrip
WA, 2044 posts
9 Jul 2018 10:03PM
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Or go get a custom with a decent glass job that won't snap. I haven't snapped any of my customs (and watch what you lot now say about the waves I surf - I know where you live).

6x6x6 with big rail laps. Unless you are a professional the little bit of extra weight makes bugger all difference in how you surf, but a big difference in the money spend on boards.

9 x $200 = 1800. Get a two board quiver that'll still be intact in three years time for the same or less money.

PaulyOS
WA, 176 posts
11 Jul 2018 1:49PM
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thedrip said..
Or go get a custom with a decent glass job that won't snap. I haven't snapped any of my customs (and watch what you lot now say about the waves I surf - I know where you live).

6x6x6 with big rail laps. Unless you are a professional the little bit of extra weight makes bugger all difference in how you surf, but a big difference in the money spend on boards.

9 x $200 = 1800. Get a two board quiver that'll still be intact in three years time for the same or less money.


Ok cool. thanks! Do you surf hollow waves? Most of my snaps happen then. and also when a lip is about to land on me

MickPC
6320 posts
11 Jul 2018 3:27PM
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Drip's in the SW & makes a pretty good point with those sums

Personally I have never bothered repairing snapped shortboards unless its close to the nose like someone HS said...mine always break under the front foot. Longboards are worth repairing imo, the extra weight is more likely to help than hinder in small waves.

Buster fin
WA, 1680 posts
11 Jul 2018 5:48PM
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Ok cool. thanks! Do you surf hollow waves? Most of my snaps happen then. and also when a lip is about to land on me



Sounds to me like someone needs to pull in.

thedrip
WA, 2044 posts
11 Jul 2018 6:49PM
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thedrip said..
Or go get a custom with a decent glass job that won't snap. I haven't snapped any of my customs (and watch what you lot now say about the waves I surf - I know where you live).

6x6x6 with big rail laps. Unless you are a professional the little bit of extra weight makes bugger all difference in how you surf, but a big difference in the money spend on boards.

9 x $200 = 1800. Get a two board quiver that'll still be intact in three years time for the same or less money.



Ok cool. thanks! Do you surf hollow waves? Most of my snaps happen then. and also when a lip is about to land on me


Nah - fat 2 foot waves only. Barrels scare me. Point Picquet or bust I reckon.

i accidentally bailed my board recently when I accidentally paddles out in slightly bigger surf and had an eight foot angry mummy bear land square on it. My mate who was watching in the channel (and laughing - bastard) couldn't believe it survived in one piece. Me? I didn't notice. I was trying to find my happy place.

Go talk to Zac Ogram at Yahoo.

PaulyOS
WA, 176 posts
12 Jul 2018 12:04AM
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thedrip said..

PaulyOS said..


thedrip said..
Or go get a custom with a decent glass job that won't snap. I haven't snapped any of my customs (and watch what you lot now say about the waves I surf - I know where you live).

6x6x6 with big rail laps. Unless you are a professional the little bit of extra weight makes bugger all difference in how you surf, but a big difference in the money spend on boards.

9 x $200 = 1800. Get a two board quiver that'll still be intact in three years time for the same or less money.




Ok cool. thanks! Do you surf hollow waves? Most of my snaps happen then. and also when a lip is about to land on me



Nah - fat 2 foot waves only. Barrels scare me. Point Picquet or bust I reckon.

i accidentally bailed my board recently when I accidentally paddles out in slightly bigger surf and had an eight foot angry mummy bear land square on it. My mate who was watching in the channel (and laughing - bastard) couldn't believe it survived in one piece. Me? I didn't notice. I was trying to find my happy place.

Go talk to Zac Ogram at Yahoo.


Should I get an epoxy that flexes or stringer?

thedrip
WA, 2044 posts
Friday , 13 Jul 2018 12:08PM
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PaulyOS said..

thedrip said..


PaulyOS said..



thedrip said..
Or go get a custom with a decent glass job that won't snap. I haven't snapped any of my customs (and watch what you lot now say about the waves I surf - I know where you live).

6x6x6 with big rail laps. Unless you are a professional the little bit of extra weight makes bugger all difference in how you surf, but a big difference in the money spend on boards.

9 x $200 = 1800. Get a two board quiver that'll still be intact in three years time for the same or less money.





Ok cool. thanks! Do you surf hollow waves? Most of my snaps happen then. and also when a lip is about to land on me




Nah - fat 2 foot waves only. Barrels scare me. Point Picquet or bust I reckon.

i accidentally bailed my board recently when I accidentally paddles out in slightly bigger surf and had an eight foot angry mummy bear land square on it. My mate who was watching in the channel (and laughing - bastard) couldn't believe it survived in one piece. Me? I didn't notice. I was trying to find my happy place.

Go talk to Zac Ogram at Yahoo.



Should I get an epoxy that flexes or stringer?


Standard PU - easier to repair minor cracks and dings.

Buster fin
WA, 1680 posts
Friday , 13 Jul 2018 6:58PM
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Dunno 'bout that...



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