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 Post subject: Rejuvenate Ur Old Board- Chop it down, heat bend it concave!
PostPosted: Sat May 29, 2004 9:02 pm 
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I wanted a lightwind board with concavity so I took my 181 litewave and shortened it from 181 to 143 cm and filled the ends with epoxy
and fiberglass, then clamped the board on a stiff metal table with a piece of plywood under the center to get concavity and
stuck everything in a big cardboard box. I then put my propane weed
burner in the box and heated it up to about 200 degrees for an hour
or so. Took everything out and voila, a new board with 1/2" concavity
and much flatter.....Don't throw out that old board - modify it!
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PostPosted: Sat May 29, 2004 9:39 pm 
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cool idea!

pls post this as well in the board builders group on this site (in the "groups" section).

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Toby


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PostPosted: Sat May 29, 2004 9:42 pm 
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Nice mod! But i think i am not man enough to cut my board into two pieces :-) I rather sell it and buy a new cheap one or build my own.

Tell us how you like it on the water!


Ferdinand


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PostPosted: Sun May 30, 2004 3:49 am 
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Cool idea. Buy $120 wakeboard on sale in Sportmart, apply the same procedure and get $500 kiteboard. Though, is there a way to make it lighter?


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PostPosted: Sun May 30, 2004 4:15 am 
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Great idea Chemo!
Please let us know how she rides.
I have recently started riding a concave bottom board (Rogue Wave) & the ride is much more floaty!
I have a friend that is getting ready to "de-fork" his pickle...
(LF picklefork) so your litewave rebirth is along the same lines ; )
Please keep us informed on how the end result / ride is!

regards,
Kaito


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PostPosted: Sun May 30, 2004 1:00 pm 
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will this become a new marketing ploy for plastic boards?

GUMBY BOARDS!

not enough rocker?
not enough concave?
no problem... just bake and twist to get get the ultimate shape.
:)

i wonder how many times you can change your mind.

-bill


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PostPosted: Sun May 30, 2004 3:01 pm 
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Nice idea on the concave.
I also never thought about using heat
congratulations. :thumb:
I still havent tried doing rails yet, but I think that one is next
the real problem is you lose so much integrity
especially with molded boards on the skin
and glass boards with the wrap
Tips are simple and very effective

I have been called Dr. Frankenboard by my bros
for chopping old boards down
to remove rocker mostly, and shorten them up

Nothing like taking a jigsaw to your board is there?!
I agonized over the first one
what if !!????
Once you get past the idea of it
you realize its really no big deal
it wasnt what you wanted anymore, and
its more fun to experiment than let it gather dust anyway


Nice work
ENJOY


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PostPosted: Sun May 30, 2004 10:35 pm 
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i am curious, chemosavi, does the epoxy stick well enough to the ptex to seal off the end of the board?


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PostPosted: Sun May 30, 2004 10:52 pm 
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Tweekster, I spoke to Litewave Dave about that and true to his word, it only sticks on the inside or underside of the P-tex. You have to gouge out about 1/8" of PVC core which you then fill with the glass and epoxy. After you do that it's quite waterproof and bombproof. (and heat bendable)


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PostPosted: Tue Jun 01, 2004 8:33 am 
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Two days later and the board has not reverted back to it's original shape. No "memory" in other words. I (83kgs) tested it today in 10 knots with a Psycho2-13 and the board is great. Planes very quickly, could stay upwind no problem even with the small kite size and definitely faster and earlier planing than before the modifications. Final size- 143cm x 46cm with 1cm concavity and 3 cm rocker end to end.


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