Hey everybody, this is my first post.
This community is really awesome. The members seem to be really helpful, caring, smart, and well written. I have been participating in and administrating forums for the past several years for all sorts of hobbies and interests, and this forum is in the top two I have ever seen. Props to Swaylock’s!
I just got into the whole surf scene a couple months ago. I grew up and currently live in Santa Cruz, so I spent alot of time in the water on skim and boogie boards but never got around to trying surfing.
This last year I have been building a race car in a nice little shop my family is renting. I did an incredible amount of fiberglass and body work getting the car straight and flared, with a custom fiberglass front end. Since I learned to glass and honed my “feel” with bodywork, I decided I had the skills to build a surfboard. I had never surfed but wanted to start. I figured what better way to get into the sport than to spend some time “becoming one” with my equipment.
My board came out really nice and I have fallen in love with surfing and shaping. Building the board was really fun for me; I enjoyed it alot more than working with similar materials on a car.
I just finished building mobile light racks, a shaping rack, and glassing/sanding rack. I have decided I am going to start making surfboards on a regular basis. I will start by making another one or two for myself, some for my family, then my friends, and perhaps eventually, boards for sale to the public at large.
I am a college student, so this won’t be a full time operation. But if I get into it, I could easily scrape together a good 20 hrs/week to work. I am not a greedy guy, so if I could make out with $6 hr after materials I would be a very happy man.
I would like to hear about what people do with their passion for building boards. Any one hear make money building boards without working for someone else? What place is their in this industry for the little guy?