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Postby Guest » Thu Nov 07, 2002 12:58 pm

since selling my TT a year and a half ago
I ride homemade Plywood boards
(different sizes and shape)
but I got the impresssion Im missing
s.t. - maybe hi-tech makes new production boards more advanced,fun,etc... ?
your impression pls . (maybe from someone
riding both woodie and "real" boards

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Postby F12-Flyer » Thu Nov 07, 2002 3:10 pm

Well Ive never even tried a real board. If I had enough money I would get one. If you saw my video you can see it hasnt stop me from improving fast.

But I think with a good shape and fin setup then it should perform exactly like the real ones. I rode my board finless for months then I glued 2 cut down surfboard fins on in the middle of the board either side. I didn't noticed a difference mainly because they where in the wrong postion I think.

If I had 2 proper fins either side and a rail fin you couldnt tell the difference between it and the real deal.

Sure some production boards have groves and channels but not all and its just that simple bottom shape with a good fin setup which makes it a great board.

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Postby Adrian Roper » Thu Nov 07, 2002 7:31 pm

Carbon/foam boards have a completely different flex to plywood. also a lot lighter. Ride both and see for yourself.
Flex is one of the most important tools for performance of the board. I see many production boards with almost no flex. We have tried this and don't like the ride of a board with no flex. Plywood flexes but does not have the reflex of carbon/foam
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Postby murdoc » Thu Nov 07, 2002 8:03 pm

carbon doesn't flex, too :wink:

it's the glass that flexes.

if you like a flexing board or not is a matter of taste.
i like my rockerline set as a constant 'value',
ither guys dont ...

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Postby aklbob » Thu Nov 07, 2002 8:08 pm

carbon layups do flex, just not as much as glass. If you made it quite thin it'll flex heaps.

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Postby Kitedemon » Fri Nov 08, 2002 1:41 am

Never Tried a Plywood Board.. But are they not Much much Heavier than a Good Production Board...

My mate tried to make one but it turned out to be a bit of a beast.. Weighed more than he did :smile:.. He made mistakes i know but still i cant imagine them being as light as a top Sheet glass carbon board.


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Postby F12-Flyer » Fri Nov 08, 2002 1:46 am

My board is only 135 x 38 and solid as a rock I cant even notice any flexing but I know it does gives a smooter ride and wicked pop. its only 2.5 kilos.

And and it cost me $50 bucks

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Postby clarky » Fri Nov 08, 2002 2:19 am

Made a ply board after seeing one on Rods web site. It turned out looking as dodgey as Rods board but it worked a treat. I would much rather ride one of Adrian's underground boards than a ply. It comes down to dollars at $1300 a pop,I can't afford 2 boards. I ride a production wakeboard and pull out the ply for lighter marginal winds. I have had a lot of fun on my ply, I think mainly from the disbelief than a $50 plank of wood in nicer to ride than my old shark tt.

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Postby Guest » Fri Nov 08, 2002 4:22 am

On 2002-11-08 02:19, clarky wrote:
Made a ply board after seeing one on Rods web site.


Where's Rod's website that has info on plywood board building?

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Postby F12-Flyer » Fri Nov 08, 2002 9:04 am

its actually down at the moment. I will have it up soon.

when I put it up ill update it with my new board too. this one looks production on the top. :smile:

but in short its just a single piece of 10mm marine ply cut to a nice simple shape sanded down around the edges to make it smooth, I soaked it in a pool for 4 hours place a couple of bricks under either end and put heaps of weights in the middle. drilled some holes put some straps on no problems.

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