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Any tips on building a foilboard...

Postby njrider » Mon May 07, 2018 2:26 am

I got my hands on a decent foil but do not want to shell out $1000 for a board. Has anyone built their own board and if so can you give me some tips. Thanks

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Re: Any tips on building a foilboard...

Postby tautologies » Mon May 07, 2018 3:46 am

You get a lot more reasonably priced boards than that.
I have this: http://www.mackiteboarding.com/2018-nai ... oil-board/

I've seen other boards in the same price class-ish.

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Re: Any tips on building a foilboard...

Postby cglazier » Mon May 07, 2018 5:16 am

Start with an axe handle and some plywood..
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..this survived for about a minute, but we did get it up foiling briefly

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Re: Any tips on building a foilboard...

Postby njrider » Mon May 07, 2018 11:13 pm

I have the foil, I just need the board. Can I just get plywood and cut out a board shape. I see that is what clearwater foils sells - I think

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Re: Any tips on building a foilboard...

Postby cglazier » Tue May 08, 2018 12:19 am

The picture I posted above was a joke. It is of a plywood board and wooden wings made by my buddy Grey B (who is actually an experienced foiler) and who clearly had too much time on his hands in his wood shop. He was able to ride it for a few moments, but a beginner would not stand a chance. Learning to foil is challenging enough without trying to use bad equipment like a flat plywood board.

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Re: Any tips on building a foilboard...

Postby Pierrot » Tue May 08, 2018 12:39 am

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you can check this for pics of the build... pretty simple! http://kitefoil.forumactif.org/t5681p25 ... ro-bricolo
But the guy is really good.

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Re: Any tips on building a foilboard...

Postby borist » Tue May 08, 2018 1:43 am

There are few ways you can go:
- Buy used foilboard that fits your foil or is easy to mod to fit.
- Modify old surf or wakesurf or skim board - I modded one myself using Slingshot Space Pickle. It is a good size board even for a beginner
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- build your own. You can build simple board from plywood, but making a nose rocker can be tricky. A bit of styrofoam, glass and epoxy and some labor works as well.
Here is a simple board I built for my Spitfire foil the last year. Used 1 inch thick insulation foam board, foot strap inserts, Garolite tubes for reinforcement of mounting holes, fiberglass and some carbon patches (stuff I had in my garage at the time). This one is too small for a beginner though.
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Lines on the front deck are cuts (~3/4" deep) to allow for nose scoop build.
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Re: Any tips on building a foilboard...

Postby Jyoder » Tue May 08, 2018 2:24 am

A couple older threads on this.

I built my board with a piece of baltic birch plywood bent with 1 inch of rocker by rolling a car onto it with 1 end on the curb and then glassed with fiberglass and epoxy. Foil has plate connection bolted straight through the board with glassed holes. 1 year later and still going strong. It's very heavy compared to production boards, but it's bullet proof. Deck pad is a $10 EVA foam kid's play mat glued on with contact cement and that gives it the bouyancy to not sink. I learned strapless. Might have progressed faster on a more expensive board but if you don't have the $$, it's possible. Cost me about $75 total but I bought more epoxy than I needed.

old topic:
http://kiteforum.com/viewtopic.php?f=10 ... od#p989583

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Re: Any tips on building a foilboard...

Postby NorCalNomad » Tue May 08, 2018 4:51 am

Njrider, does your foil have a tuttle or plate mount?

If it's a plate mount it's really easy to do a plywood one, or modifying a surfboard. If it's a tuttle one either modifying a surfboard, or building your own isn't that hard if you are handy.

Also there is always buying one second hand.

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Re: Any tips on building a foilboard...

Postby rtz » Tue May 08, 2018 5:28 am

Stick an adapter on an existing board?

http://americankiteboarding.com/product ... =Hydrofoil


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