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MattyRossJa
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adding straps to a surf board

Postby MattyRossJa » Thu Aug 23, 2012 1:46 am

i have an old but neat and very light 6'4" Matt Kechele surfboard that i want to fit with the cheapest possible combo of deck grip+straps.

I wont be doing much extreme with this board, prob use it as more of a cruising board and surf some maybe max 6' breaks.

i saw these :
http://kiteboarding.com/proddetail.asp? ... surfstraps

http://www.kiteboarding.com/proddetail. ... untinserts

what do people recommend for under $100 ?

will post pics of board this weekend

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Cabretta
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Re: adding straps to a surf board

Postby Cabretta » Thu Aug 23, 2012 4:55 pm

Don't do it. You'll snap it on your first session. I tried this years ago on a shortboard I'd had for a while. I routed out a small area of the deck, added inserts imbedded in an epoxy slurry, and laid a small glass patch over the whole thing (probably like 3" square). I launched a small jump off a boat wake (no more than 2' high or so) and it snapped like a twig when I landed on another wave, broke right between my feet. You can apply so much more force with the straps... nevermind you're already pushing your luck using a surf specific board.

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MattyRossJa
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Re: adding straps to a surf board

Postby MattyRossJa » Thu Aug 23, 2012 5:30 pm

Cabretta wrote:Don't do it. You'll snap it on your first session. I tried this years ago on a shortboard I'd had for a while. I routed out a small area of the deck, added inserts imbedded in an epoxy slurry, and laid a small glass patch over the whole thing (probably like 3" square). I launched a small jump off a boat wake (no more than 2' high or so) and it snapped like a twig when I landed on another wave, broke right between my feet. You can apply so much more force with the straps... nevermind you're already pushing your luck using a surf specific board.


oh really ?!... damn so you'd recommend just using the deck grip and see how i like it without straps?

it's quite an old board too soo i'm worried about it's strength

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Cabretta
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Joined: Wed May 02, 2012 6:02 pm
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Local Beach: Georgia coast and north Florida
Style: a mix of wake and surf
Gear: Airush lithum 12
KGB 139
various surfboards
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Re: adding straps to a surf board

Postby Cabretta » Thu Aug 23, 2012 6:02 pm

Just my opinion, its how I killed an old favorite that was in seemingly good structural condition, it was just a bit yellow.


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