Introducing The Tombstone, A Recycled Surfboard

I had the idea well over a year ago. I wanted to pull all the fiberglass off an old surfboard and attempt to reshape into a brand new board. I had an old banged up longboard of mine hanging in the garage, so I took that and set out to redesign it. The board went from a 10′ log all to a 5′-3″ Mini Simms looking thing.

the old board

Once the board was chopped in half, my brother and I spent two surprisingly warm winter days cutting and sanding. What we ended up with looked real sweet, but we had no idea if it would surf. The fins could have been closer to the tail, but other than that it was a pretty good effort from two guys who are in no way surfboard designers.

"shaping"

The board was in the water last week, and not only did it surf, it turned out to be a wild little board to ride. I had a hard time adjusting to the length of the board, and my back foot missed entirely on a couple drops. When I locked in to a nice wave the board felt fast and loose, kinda like a big boogie board.

Here’s a shot of my father waxing up the Tombstone, rocking the red and black lumberjack with Wayfarers. There are a couple cool things to note here. First, check out the Ice Tubes Surfboards logo on the nose of the board. Here’s a close up. I also designed a “recycle” logo for this little green machine, which is on the top of the board towards the tail.

"tombstone"

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8 Comments

  1. badarse. where can i surf in Austin? Figure that one out for me IceTubes.

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  2. nice board. What did you glass it with, Fiberglass cloth? How long did it take you and how did you attach the fins? Cheers

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    1. thanks! we used 6 ounce fiberglass. that weight is usually saved for longboards, but we figured the extra thickness on this board would be good since it’s old foam. the fins are FCS, so you drill small holes and glass the plugs in. we took breaks while making the board, but all said and done it took about two weeks. if you were really moving, it could be done in one week.

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  4. Awesome effort bro, how did you go about stripping the fibreglass off the original board?

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    1. Since I was cutting down the board, I just used a box cutter. It pulls off easy on the deck and the bottom. The rails where harder. I ended up losing some pieces of the foam.

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