A few weeks ago I finished building my first board, the Waveyarder. Dimensions are 11’6" x 28-3/4" x 4-1/4". I designed the board using AKU shaper, and built the board from scratch, using a marine plywood fishbone frame, planked with redwood that I re-sawed from old water tank timbers. I laminated it with a single layer of 3.6 oz. cloth, set in System III Silvertip epoxy, glossed with Interlux Schooner varnish. The center fin is redwood and bass, laminated in UV cure polyester. The paddle is bass, clear pine and Spanish oak, with the blade and lower shaft laminated with 6 oz. cloth set in epoxy.
I would like to thank all the folks here at Swaylock’s who provided great technical advice, inspiration and encouragement. I’d also like to thank Mike LaVecchia from Grain surfboards for planting the seed and for freely sharing information on hollow wood surfboard construction, and Rich Blundell for hosting the Tree to Sea Wooden Surfboard Builders forum, where I learned the finer points of this board building method. For details on the construction methods, and a lot of in-progress photos, go to http://www.grainsurf.com/forum/viewtopic.php?t=554&start=0