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What is a Surfboard Kit?

Wood Surfboard Kit

It's a way for you to make your own surfboard from wood using our modern interpretation of Tom Blake's work  using the perimeter stringer method utilizing laminated rails as stringers, which are connected with a series of plywood ribs.

Sounds a little complicated, but without our 72 page instruction manual, we'll help you each step of the way.

This design style descended from the 1930's Tom Blake paddle-boarding method which favors a central stringer, with individually shaped transverse ribs, covered with a skin and lastly, rails which are then shaped.
This skeleton is subsequently sheathed with thick wood strips, forming a fast hollow board with better flex properties and giving you a sick ride.
Wood Surfboard Kit Wood Surfboard Kit Frame Once you shape it out you need to seal it up with a coat of resin and fiberglass (or bamboo). How cool is that, putting together your own board eco style just like the OG surfers of the past. It's a great project and there is nothing like surfing your own personally made board.

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Diy Wood Surfboard Kits

 

ECO Chamber Mini Simmons5'6" or 9' ECO Chamber Mini Simmons

This board won "Best of Show" in the "Most Sustainable Surfboard" category at The Boardroom International Surf Expo 2012.

It's a planing hull design with parallel rails, twin keel fins, and it literally flies through the water.

Kits are now available for both the 5'6" Mini Simmons and the 9'0" full-size Simmons style board. Both built using "eco chamber" build technology!

See this post for directions on how the eco chamber system works.

In the order menu pick Mini Chambered 5'6" or 9' to Check out.



5'6" FAST LUCY FISH

5'6" FAST LUCY FISH Wood Surfboard Kit"The Fast Lucy" got her name because she's fast and loose! 

She's great in summer surf she'll still crank on head- high days.

If you are making the transition from long-board to short board this is the way to go.

Any number of fins from one to five works.

  • Length: 5’ 6”
  • Width: 21 3/4 in.
  • Nose: 18 1/4 in.
  • Tail: 18 1/4 in.
  • Thickness: 2 1/4 in.

This Kit contains a complete frame consisting of ribs and main spar (stringer) as well as an electronic assembly manual covering every step.

You will need wood for the outside planking, fiberglass, glue, sandpaper and common tools to complete the kit.



5'6" FUGU FISH

5'6" FUGU FISH Wood Surfboard Kit"The Fugu Fish" is a high performance fish designed in conjunction with Justin Grover of Liquid Lifestyles in Australia.

Justin loved the Fast Lucy that he built but wanted more performance.

What he and Brad came up with is a lightweight rocket with a dual channeled bottom.

The performance is like a short-board but you still have the benefits of a fish.

  • Length: 5' 6"
  • Width: 20"
  • Nose: 14"
  • Tail: 16 1/2"
  • Thickness: 2 1/2"

This Kit contains a complete frame consisting of ribs and main spar (stringer) as well as an electronic assembly manual covering every step.

You will need wood for the outside planking, fiberglass, glue, sandpaper and common tools to complete the kit.



6' MID FISH

6' MID FISH Wood Surfboard Kit"The Midfish" falls right between the Fast Lucy and Kingfish.

Like its two cousins its still fast, loose and fun – just a little longer to accommodate the bigger riders. I think 6' is a good length for a fish, most I ride are between 5'10" and 6'. It's nice to have a little extra board to paddle into waves and get through flat sections
  • Length: 6’ 0”
  • Width: 24 1/4 in.
  • Nose: 20 1/4 in.
  • Tail: 20 1/4 in
  • Thickness:2 1/2 in.

This Kit contains a complete frame consisting of ribs and main spar (stringer) as well as an electronic assembly manual covering every step.

You will need wood for the outside planking, fiberglass, glue, sandpaper and common tools to complete the kit.



6'6" KINGFISH

6'6" KINGFISH"The Kingfish" is our largest WSS fish. It was designed for bigger surfers who still like to rip but has been putting down too many cervesas this year.

Still fast, loose and fun (like those chicks you used to date in high school).

This one is big and fat like your . . . well, why continue.

Like the other fish you can build it with any fin combination.
  • Length: 6’ 6”
  • Width: 25 3/4 in.
  • Nose: 21 1/2 in.
  • Tail: 21 1/2 in.
  • Thickness: 2 3/4 in.

This Kit contains a complete frame consisting of ribs and main spar (stringer) as well as an electronic assembly manual covering every step.

You will need wood for the outside planking, fiberglass, glue, sandpaper and common tools to complete the kit.



6'8" The Toad

6'8" The Toad Wood Surfboard Kit"The Toad" with its multi channel bottom profile, is a challenge to build but worth the effort. The channels hold a line and will let you crank turns you won't do on any other wood board. The bottom is planked in the usual way but the contoured ribs let you make perfect channels

  • Length: 6' 8"
  • Width: 25 1/4"
  • Nose: 20"
  • Tail: 18"
  • Thickness: 3"

This Kit contains a complete frame consisting of ribs and main spar (stringer) as well as an electronic assembly manual covering every step.

You will need wood for the outside planking, fiberglass, glue, sandpaper and common tools to complete the kit.

 



7' Driftwood

7' Driftwood Wood Surfboard Kit"The 7'0" Driftwood" This is the real hot rod of the Driftwood series. It has the speed and agility you expect from a performance hybrid when its built to plan but it can be shortened to 6'6" for an even more radical profile.

Choose the fin setup that's best for your style and harden the rails for snappy turns and an edges that hold tight.

  • Length: 7’
  • Width; 22"
  • Nose: 18 3/4"
  • Tail: 16"
  • Thickness: 3"

This Kit contains a complete frame consisting of ribs and main spar (stringer) as well as an electronic assembly manual covering every step. 

You will need wood for the outside planking, fiberglass, glue, sandpaper and common tools to complete the kit.



7'6" Chameleon

7'6" Chameleon Wood Surfboard KitThe 7'6" Chameleon is a high performance surfboard, well, let's say it's a long-board that performs like a short-board. when it's built according to plan it's an egg that lets you make the most of any size surf. But you can put your own spin on it and make it much more, sharpen the nose and tail for more speed or maneuverability.

  • Length: 7’6"
  • Width: 23 1/2"
  • Nose: 17 1/4"
  • Tail: 15 1/2"
  • Thickness: 2 3/4"

This Kit contains a complete frame consisting of ribs and main spar (stringer) as well as an electronic assembly manual covering every step. 

You will need wood for the outside planking, fiberglass, glue, sandpaper and common tools to complete the kit.



8' Driftwood

8' Driftwood Wood Surfboard Kit"The 8'0" Driftwood" 8-foot performance hybrid. This board has enough volume to easily float riders in the 180 pound neighborhood. Te driftwood is a long-board that thinks its a short-board. Its the nose and tail have been narrowed giving sleek lines and awesome speed and maneuverability. You'll be cranking turns you never thought possible on a long-board.

  • Length: 8’ 0”
  • Width: 22"
  • Nose: 15 3/4"
  • Tail: 16"
  • Thickness: 3"

This Kit contains a complete frame consisting of ribs and main spar (stringer) as well as an electronic assembly manual covering every step. 

You will need wood for the outside planking, fiberglass, glue, sandpaper and common tools to complete the kit.



8'0" Mini Mal

8'0" Mini Mal Wood Surfboard KitClassic mini Malibu style long-board with its roots in the 60s. Build it with modern rail profile for a great performer or stick with the traditional 50/50 rails for that sweet paddling nostalgic feel.

The Mini Mal is a perfect starter board for the younger surfers but is also fun for the experienced rider and makes a great transitional board.

  • Length: 8’ 0”
  • Width: 24"
  • Nose: 21 3/4"
  • Tail: 15 1/4"
  • Thickness: 2 3/4"

This Kit contains a complete frame consisting of ribs and main spar (stringer) as well as an electronic assembly manual covering every step. 

You will need wood for the outside planking, fiberglass, glue, sandpaper and common tools to complete the kit.



8'1" Driftwood Sr.

8' Driftwood Wood Surfboard Kit"The 8'1" Driftwood Sr." 8-foot performance hybrid that we widened a little for better flotation and stability. Designed for riders in the 200+ pound area.

Same sleek lines and awesome speed and maneuverability as the Driftwood, just floats more. You'll be cranking turns you never thought possible on a long-board.

  • Length: 8’ 1”
  • Width: 24 3/4"
  • Nose: 21 1/4"
  • Tail: 18 1/2"
  • Thickness: 3 1/4"

This Kit contains a complete frame consisting of ribs and main spar (stringer) as well as an electronic assembly manual covering every step. 

You will need wood for the outside planking, fiberglass, glue, sandpaper and common tools to complete the kit.



8'6" Chameleon

7'6" Chameleon Wood Surfboard KitThe 8'6" Chameleon is a high performance surfboard, well, let's say it's a long-board that performs like a short-board. when it's built according to plan it's an egg that lets you make the most of any size surf. But you can put your own spin on it and make it much more, sharpen the nose and tail for more speed or maneuverability.

  • Length: 8’6"
  • Width: 23 1/2"
  • Nose: 17 1/4"
  • Tail: 15 1/2"
  • Thickness: 2 3/4"

This Kit contains a complete frame consisting of ribs and main spar (stringer) as well as an electronic assembly manual covering every step. 

You will need wood for the outside planking, fiberglass, glue, sandpaper and common tools to complete the kit.

 



8'11" Clearwood South Beach

8'11" Clearwood South Beach Wood Surfboard KitDesigned with carving in mind this is a board you can really have fun on! Fun board? You bet!

With the right fin set up this board will improve your surfing like you won't believe! We recommend this board be set up with the Hanalei "thumb" T2 series fin.

This series of fin creates an amazing "pop" out of the turns and we have found nothing like it for positive control while maintaining a fun and loose feel.

  • Length: 8’11
  • Width: 29 1/2"
  • Thickness: 4 1/4"

This Clearwood Kit contains a complete frame consisting of ribs and main spar (stringer). Our innovative "rocker tab" system eliminates the need for a rocker table and assures an accurate rocker profile with every kit.

We encourage the use of plantation grown paulownia wood for "skinning" these boards. With the use of high quality marine plywood for the framework and a paulownia wood skin, a hollow wood board should last many many years if not a lifetime!

You will need wood for the outside planking, fiberglass, glue, sandpaper and common tools to complete the kit.



9'0" The Robert August

9'0" The Robert August Wood Surfboard KitThe Robert August is the board that Robert August uses himself around the world during his surf travels.

This board can do it all from powerful carving 360s off the tail to great nose rides. This board features a moderate width nose with a nose concave underneath for extra lift while nose riding.

60/40 rails let it will paddle nicely and still crank turns at will.

  • Length: 9’ 0”
  • Width: 24"
  • Nose: 21 3/4"
  • Tail: 15 1/4"
  • Thickness: 2 3/4"

This Kit contains a complete frame consisting of ribs and main spar (stringer) as well as an electronic assembly manual covering every step. 

You will need wood for the outside planking, fiberglass, glue, sandpaper and common tools to complete the kit.

 



9'0" Cruiser

9'0" Cruiser Wood Surfboard KitThe 9'0" Cruiser is a slightly shortened and trimmed down version of the Original Cruiser. We took 6" off the length and narrowed the nose 1/4".

You'll get even more performance out of this classic long-board shape.

Its still got just enough rocker to be forgiving on late takeoffs but still has speed down the line. Be prepared to spend some serious nose time with this board.

  • Length: 9’ 0”
  • Width: 22 1/4"
  • Nose: 18 1/4"
  • Tail: 16"
  • Thickness: 3 1/4"

This Kit contains a complete frame consisting of ribs and main spar (stringer) as well as an electronic assembly manual covering every step. 

You will need wood for the outside planking, fiberglass, glue, sandpaper and common tools to complete the kit.

 



9'6" The Robert August

9'0" The Robert August Wood Surfboard KitThe Robert August is the board that Robert August uses himself around the world during his surf travels. This board can do it all from powerful carving 360s off the tail to great nose rides.

This board features a moderate width nose with a nose concave underneath for extra lift while nose riding.

60/40 rails let it will paddle nicely and still crank turns at will.

  • Length: 9’6”
  • Width: 24"
  • Nose: 21 3/4"
  • Tail: 15 1/4"
  • Thickness: 2 3/4"

This Kit contains a complete frame consisting of ribs and main spar (stringer) as well as an electronic assembly manual covering every step. 

You will need wood for the outside planking, fiberglass, glue, sandpaper and common tools to complete the kit.

 



9'6" Cruiser

9'0" Cruiser Wood Surfboard KitThe original Curiser was inspired by the great long-boards of the 60s Build it with retro 50-50 rails for that sweet turns on a dime and hugs a wave tight.

Its got just enough rocker to be forgiving on late takeoffs but still has speed down the line.

Be prepared to spend some serious nose time with this board.

  • Length: 9’ 6”
  • Width: 22 1/2"
  • Nose: 18 1/4"
  • Tail: 16"
  • Thickness: 3 1/4"

This Kit contains a complete frame consisting of ribs and main spar (stringer) as well as an electronic assembly manual covering every step. 

You will need wood for the outside planking, fiberglass, glue, sandpaper and common tools to complete the kit.



10' Gordo

7'6" Chameleon Wood Surfboard Kit"The Gordo" is our original "Big Boy Board". . But just because it's big doesn't mean it's clumsy.

The rails have been pinched slightly to give it agility and performance.

  • Length: 10’ 0”
  • Width: 23 3/4"
  • Nose: 19 1/2"
  • Tail: 15"
  • Thickness: 3 3/8 in.

This Kit contains a complete frame consisting of ribs and main spar (stringer) as well as an electronic assembly manual covering every step. 

You will need wood for the outside planking, fiberglass, glue, sandpaper and common tools to complete the kit.

 


 

10'10" Clearwood Checto

10'10" Clearwood Checto Wood Surfboard KitThis "old school" single fin longboard style surf SUP has a very progressive rocker profile and was designed to surf!

Many boards around this length are designed as "all around" boards. This is definitely not the case with the "CHETCO".

Although you CAN paddle the "CHETCO" around your local estuary or lake, this board really is most at home in the surf and is a great longboard style ride.

  • Length: 10' 10"
  • Width: 29"
  • Thickness: 3 3/4"

This Clearwood Kit contains a complete frame consisting of ribs and main spar (stringer). Our innovative "rocker tab" system eliminates the need for a rocker table and assures an accurate rocker profile with every kit.

We encourage the use of plantation grown paulownia wood for "skinning" these boards. With the use of high quality marine plywood for the framework and a paulownia wood skin, a hollow wood board should last many many years if not a lifetime!

You will need wood for the outside planking, fiberglass, glue, sandpaper and common tools to complete the kit.


11' Malco SUP

11' Malco SUP Wood Surfboard Kit"The Malco 11 foot SUP was designed by Malcolm Schweizer in St. Thomas, Virgin Islands. It has a little concave in the nose and a slight "V" in the tail.

Plus the new rib design lets you build the rails two different ways (built up solid rails or wood strip hollow rails.

  • Length: 11’ 0”
  • Width: 30 3/4"
  • Nose: 23 1/2"
  • Tail: 19"
  • Thickness: 4 1/4" in.

A SUP needs to have good hull speed for "flat-out" paddling but needs to have the ability to plane for surfing. The Malco was designed to achieve both these goals.

You can paddle fast for long distances, but still be able to easily surf once you are there. It is designed with paddling in mind - its not just a big surfboard that comes with a paddle.

This Kit contains a complete frame consisting of ribs and main spar (stringer) as well as an electronic assembly manual covering every step. 

You will need wood for the outside planking, fiberglass, glue, sandpaper and common tools to complete the kit.

 


 

12' Orca or Lake Superior SUP

12' Orca or Lake Superior SUP Wood Surfboard KitThe "Orca" was designed for stand up paddling which requires maximum flotation and stability. It's at home on a lake or in the surf.

It has a flat bottom and enough rocker that it is at home paddling into a wave.

  • Length: 12"
  • Width: 30 1/4"
  • Nose: 19 3/4"
  • Tail: 17 3/4"
  • Thickness: 4 3/4"

The "Lake Superior" was designed for stand up paddling in lakes and calm water. It has less rocker than its cousin "The Orca" because it doesn't have to contend with waves.

  • Length: 12"
  • Width: 30 1/4"
  • Nose: 19 3/4"
  • Tail: 17 3/4"
  • Thickness: 4 3/4"

You will need wood for the outside planking, fiberglass, glue, sandpaper and common tools to complete the kit.



12'6" Clearwood Umpqua

12'6" Clearwood Umpqua Wood Surfboard KitThe Umpqua is a fun race board or a very fast touring board. In general the 12'6" class of board is intended for lighter paddlers so if you are over about 170 pounds, then our 14' "CASCADE" is more appropriate for you.

If you "skin" the "UMPQUA" with 1/4" paulownia wood and glass it with one layer of 4oz cloth the finished weight should be about 26 pounds.

  • Length: 12' 6"
  • Width: 27"
  • Thickness: 6" at nose

This Clearwood Kit contains a complete frame consisting of ribs and main spar (stringer). Our innovative "rocker tab" system eliminates the need for a rocker table and assures an accurate rocker profile with every kit.

We encourage the use of plantation grown paulownia wood for "skinning" these boards. With the use of high quality marine plywood for the framework and a paulownia wood skin, a hollow wood board should last many many years if not a lifetime!

You will need wood for the outside planking, fiberglass, glue, sandpaper and common tools to complete the kit.



14' Clearwood Cascade

14' Clearwood Cascade Wood Surfboard KitThe "CASCADE" for bigger paddlers that need more volume in a board.

This should be another great performer for those that want to have a go a racing a wood board or just having fun touring a fast and beautiful wood SUP.

  • Length: 14'
  • Width: 27"
  • Thickness: 6"+ thick at nose

This Clearwood Kit contains a complete frame consisting of ribs and main spar (stringer). Our innovative "rocker tab" system eliminates the need for a rocker table and assures an accurate rocker profile with every kit.

We encourage the use of plantation grown paulownia wood for "skinning" these boards. With the use of high quality marine plywood for the framework and a paulownia wood skin, a hollow wood board should last many many years if not a lifetime!

You will need wood for the outside planking, fiberglass, glue, sandpaper and common tools to complete the kit.


 

15' & 15' 7" Paddle Cat

15' & 15' 7" Paddle Cat Wood Surfboard Kit

The "Paddle Cat" is our SUPER STABLE stand-up paddle board that allows you to bring along a friend or just chill while you take in the naked girls screaming at you along the beach.

Here are some thing you can do with this rad cat:

  • Paddle the bay of lake while thinking about your life
  • Add a motor and show your friends that you can still drive
  • Add a sail and good to Hawaii and surf the Pipeline
  • Add a cooler and umbrella with lots of cold beer.
  • Also great for fishing or nude sun bathing.

The paddle Cat includes the pieces you need to build the two hulls shown in the picture. The builder must supply the plywood for the platform and dog.

The Paddle 200 has a float capacity of 200 lbs and the Paddle 300 has a float capacity of 350 lbs.

Lower 48 States (Not Including HI or AL)

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Hawaii & Alaska  

We do not offer free shipping to HI & AL, shipments are send USPS priority mail.

  • Small Packages (leash, pads, wax) $15
  • Day Bags $45
  • Travel Bags $100
  • Wheeled Bags $150

Pick-up at Wharehouse in Oxnard, California  

Come on by and pick up your order, you must place your order online 24 hrs before you pick it up. 

International Orders  

Boardbags cost about $50-$200 to send internationally.  

Surfshop Wholesale Orders Domestic  

Surf Shops are required to pay for shipping, please email us here to place a shop order.  

Eco & Recycled Packaging  

We use recycled packing when possible and reuse every vendor box that we are sent. Your box or look like a fourth-grade handy craft (but we always make sure it's well packaged and safe from harm).

We are always looking for ways to improve our carbon footprint and environmental impact.  

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Surfboard Leashes You Break It We Replace It in First Year

You should buy a leash closest to your board size. For example, if you have a 6'4 surfboard you need a 6' leash. All leashes are 7 mm thick except for the competition leashes which are lighter and 5.5 mm. Wave Tribe leashes come in the following flavors:

  • Mini | Retro | Shortboards: 5'6 - 6 - 6 comp (lighter for smaller waves or groms) - 7
  • Malibu | Longboard | Sigle Fins: 8 - 9 - 9 calf (leash strap attaches to calf for larger boards)
  • SUP Long Longboards: 10 - 10 coil (mostly for lake and open water boards)

Pioneer Day Boardbags - Fits One Surfboard

All boardbags have +2 inches, so if you buy a 6'6 boardbag, the real length is 6'8—thus a 6'6 board fit's perfectly in a 6'6 boardbag. All Pioneer bags have expandable fin gussets, so you can keep your fins on your board in the bag—or you can roll with glass-on fins.

Pionner Sizes:

  • Mini 5'2 - 5'6 - 5'8 - 5'10 - 6'2 | width 25
  • Fish 6' - 6'6 | width 25
  • Shortboard 6'6 - 7'6 | width 24
  • Longboard 8'6 - 9'6 - 10' | width 28

All bags have interior pockets for finds, leash and wax. The thicker your board the more width is needed to help accomodate proper sizing—all our bags fit industry standards. Our 8'6, 9'6 and 10' bags have fin slots and round noses. Pioneer bags also have an exterior pocket and zip all the way to the nose.

Global Travel Bags - Fits Two Surfboards

All Global boardbags have +2 inches, so if you buy a 6'2 boardbag, the real length is 6'4—thus you have a bit of room to play. Though I would not advise that you overstuff the Global Travel Bag, it's better to go up a size and have a extra room for your gear. 

Global Travel Bag sizes:

  • Mini Simmons 6'2 - 6'7 - 7'6 | width 26"
  • Shortboard 6' - 6'7 - 7'6 | width 22"
  • Longboard 8'6 - 9'6 | width 25"

Travel boardbags are 6' inches deep to accomodate two boards—though you can travel with one in these bags without a problem—there is an internal strap to tie boards together. Travel boardbags have two padded boards seperators and two pockets for your gear. Travel boardbags also have 13mm + 13mm of extra padding in the nose and tail.

Boardbag Material & Hardware - All Bags

Side A of the bag is made from a strong density Rugged Eco Hemp exterior which is one tough fiber and naturally built to last with high impact padding protection with Rebound Foam Dynamics including open-to-nose technology.

Side B is the reflective (rental-car-roof-side) made from Reflective Energy Shield for "Cooler Surfboard Safeguard" protecting your surfboard from the sun's harmful rays made from an alloy-steel mesh weave.

All Sides are guarded by our Japanese Never-Rust-or-Break Nickel Platted Zippers streamline zipper trails and our trademarked Easy Flow Zip System.

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