Re: plywood surfboard

Posted by Jim E on Oct 31, 2006

I believe that the usual failure mode of foam/glass surfboards is that they snap in the middle because they are so thin. Most of the longitudinal strength is provided by the glass skin, which is the same for a hollow wooden board as for a foam board. So: use that same glass layup as for a foam board, and go as thin as you dare for the plywood (4mm?) You could drain it with a bung hole in the tail, no need for hatches. It might end up lighter than a foam board.

In Response to: plywood surfboard by landlocked on Oct 30, 2006