Have you ever wanted to learn how to make a lightweight balsa wood surfboard? Well now you can by starting here with this easy-to-watch instructional video!
Mark Riley is the owner of Riley Balsawood Surfboards Australia. He has been importing the best balsa wood in the world from Ecuador since 1996. He has been building solid boards since 96 and foam core boards since 2000. He supervisors the whole chain of events from finding the big section sizes of wood – right through to the hand over of a board.
Filmed in Sydney, Australia, in Mark's shaping bay, the video demonstrates Mark building a balsa foam core.
The current Australian Longboard Magazine Editor Bruce Channon and Harley Ingleby put one of Marks foam core boards through the test with flying colours. Both these guys give it the thumbs up with their pre and post surf descriptions.
This video explains and shows you:
- How to order a balsa longboard - How a foam core balsa longboard is made - How the wood is selected, cut, dressed and glued - How the foam is cut, shaped and laminated - How the blank is shaped, glassed and polished - How the fins are hand shaped and glassed - How a beginner’s board is build - Harley Ingleby talking and surfing a Balsa board - Bruce Channon talking and surfing a Balsa board
The DVD package also includes -
- A free Riley Australia sticker - $30 voucher to spend at Riley for orders over $500
After building a balsa board and polishing it – this is when the fruits of your labour are rewarded.
Every board is unique in its own rights.
Mark's boards are very environmentally friendly. He uses recycled foam (polystyrene)in his foam core boards and his solid balsa boards feature balsawood from South America where there is little affect on the rainforests because the trees are like a weed and regrow very quickly.
Mark's latest model, 'The Sapling', is the ideal board for beginners because it includes design features that make it easy to paddle, easy to catch waves and easy to ride.
(Because a longboard is the easiest type of board to learn on, this video focuses on making a longboard.)
Available options: Please note that next to ordering the "how to build a foam-core balsawood longboard" you also have the options of ordering box sets at a special price. Choose between a double box set or even a triple box set. (depending on the set you choose it includes the following: the solid instructional DVD, foam core instructional DVD and/or "how to surf" instructional DVD.
Price: $60 AUD Price for double box set: $90 AUD Price for triple box set: $110 AUD