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pyza
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What is better to start with, wood or foam?

Postby pyza » Mon Jan 22, 2007 7:43 pm

Im thinking of making a surf kiteboard. My main question would be should i make it with a wood core or a foam core? I want to make it about 5'6 in lenght. Any suggestions?

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Postby XSwind » Tue Jan 23, 2007 7:45 pm

Hi

Are you making a Twin Tip or a surf style wave board?

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Postby pyza » Tue Jan 23, 2007 7:47 pm

well either or but right now im planning on making a surf style board

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Postby XSwind » Tue Jan 23, 2007 7:52 pm

Just to get this clear in my head you basically mean a modified regular surboard as used by surfers.

In this case I suggest you think about building a board from surfboard foam and hand laminating.

I used to build TT boards using Clark foam and polyster resin, they worked great.

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Postby Halomon » Sat Jan 27, 2007 7:21 pm

Xwind got it right; build your kiteboard [surf kiteboard] out of surfboard foam. It's really just a mini surfboard anyway so treat it like one. I've built a bunch over the years. When you decide to build TTs though, this realm is a whole different animal and requires much stronger glass jobs then surfboards. Some things you can count on though are fumes,dust and toxic chemicals. The wonderful world of boardbuilding!

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Postby kitos » Wed Jan 31, 2007 12:13 pm

yes, I would advise the same thing: foam

If it's clark foam, choose a 80kg/m3 density ( more shocks on a kite than a surfboard)

perhaps it's a bit far from your country, but F Pacou, french shaper for "Wave"s" makes special cores for your needs:

here's his blog

http://waves.over-blog.com/

ask me if you need to contact him in french

:D

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thanks

Postby pyza » Sun Feb 04, 2007 7:21 pm

thanks guys for the imput. Just im building a press for longboards that work just like rocker board, was wondering if i could do the same with kiteboards.
Any good sites you know about that sell foam in canada or the usa?

thanks


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