My name is Dallas and it's my first time posting here, though I've been reading for a few days now. I'm a relatively beginner surfer looking to build my own board and I could use all the advice I can get! I'm 6'2" tall, size 11 shoe, weigh about 220lbs (though I'm looking to take that down to around 200) and am a little out of shape, but surfing is helping that.
I've been riding an 8 foot soft top for the past few months and it's great fun, but I'm looking for a new challenge, something more maneuverable but still not too hard to paddle, and honestly something that looks cool haha. From all my research I'm thinking that a fish is probably what I need. Shortboard but pretty stable and easy to paddle, bouyant enough to float my weight. I'm open to suggestions here though, is a fish the right move for me down from an 8 footer? I have snowboarded and skateboarded all my life (34 years old now) so I have the feeling and idea of board sports in my head and have progressed pretty quickly with surfing. Got the paddle and pop up pretty consistent now, working on turns.
Well, all that aside, I thought instead of just going out and buying a new board (can't really justify the price right now anyhow) I'd try to make one myself. Watched dozens of hours of youtube, read a ton of threads here and on green light surf supply info, and I think I'm gonna go for it. Here are the issues:
1: I'm currently in Barcelona Spain, not a great place to surf, but there are waves. Anyhow, the only foam I can find is XPS sheets that are not thick enough so I will need to glue them together. No problem, but any suggestions on what type of glue to use? I've heard gorilla but I can't for the life of me find that here in Spain, any euro boad makers have a suggestion of XPS compatible glue I can get over here? I know I can just order a pre assembled blank but the shipping to Barcelona from all the places I have found is not possible or outrageously expensive.
2: I'm not sure of dimensions. I am thinking something like 6'2" - 6'6" but I just have no idea here. Any suggestions would be much appreciated. I want the board to be stable and easy paddling, but still manouverable since that is what I am trying to learn right now. Also, any advice for templates? Or would someone be willing to share a template with me? I considered buying green light's template pack, but I thought I would ask around first and see if there is something people suggest.
3: Resin. I know I need to use epoxy resin on an XPS board, but I am wondering if any old epoxy resin will work, or if I should buy the specific surfboard resin from a surf supply shop. I've heard that regular resin will tint ugly yellow, I don't really care about that, since I'm thinking of painting the board black anyhow, but what I'm more concerned with is strength. Is surf board specific resin stronger, and better all around, or just more clear? Does it matter if I use hardware store epoxy resin?
4: Stringers. I was originallly only considering doing a stringer but then I read a bunch of stuff about stringerless boards and it seems like with a fish, and for a beginner like me, a stringer is only going to add rigidity and not really strength. Should I go stringerless? It would be a lot less work to go stringerless, and I honestly like the idea of it better, but will I just end up breaking my board if I don't put a stringer?
Well I think that's it for now. Apologies for the ridiculously long post, but looking through other posts I figured I would give as much info as possible. Thanks for any help or advice you can send my way!!