I would think you could make a decent bottom for a bodyboard with a hunk of vinyl sheet flooring like the stuff on a roll at the big box store.
FWIW I built a board with a wood core covered on both sides with "yoga mat" and it worked just fine.
Like one of Pendo's Rubber Ducky's. Squishy!
No; It's not an ironing board.
Haha nice! That's awesome! Yeah I think if you could use a double sided soft one, then the kids will be fine to!
Yeah, thanks! I bet you're right! That's something where non solvent contact cement might be a good adhesive.
Thanks a lot, I think I might end up testing that!
I’ve tried the EVA on both sides with ply inside too, epoxy resin will hold and seal the ply in one coat. Cut the ply 1/2 inch less all around to make a safe edge.
Or use thicker EVA on top with ply on the hull but get the kids to do artwork on the ply so the hull has a custom aspect for the kids.
A solid hull like ply is much better to ride than a soft foam hull. You’d think the foam would give it a firm but yielding skin like a dolphin, but it’s crap.
What’s the water temperature going to be like for kiddies on an island in Canada ?
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So your saying a plywood, or another kind of ply? And you would just apply the resin over top?
Yeah I definteily want the kids to be able to art up the boards!
The temp usually stick aroun 12-14 Celcius in summer. Winters get 8-10 C, probably. These kids are awesome....had them in 10C water this spring, on a rainy stormy day, suitting up into soaking wet wetsuit! Pretty stoked!
Wow. That is hardcore. Sooo, if you don’t want to divulge too much about your location, can you at least tell us if it’s east coast or west coast? If you say it’s a lake I’ll flip. I’m a total wuss when it comes to cold water.
No worries. Up on vancouver island, british columbia. Pacific. Haha yeah, you get used to it! The oldschool locals grew up with half-suits, or no suits out here. pretty gnarly!
You do could easily do a 3 ply hull ( 5 ply would be a lot heavier but you can assess if that’s suitable) and epoxy resin a 30 mm ( or more) EVA deck on top.The resin will hold like superglue.
If you have the ply with the EVA hanging over ike this in the pic, you can get the kids to shape the rails either with standard angled boogie rails or do rounded rails.
As for artwork you’ll have to test with whatever paints or cans you’ve got but you could do a white undercoat on the ply that would seal the wood and give a good background layer for the kids to get creative on.
Nice. Thanks for the pic. It helps. I see what you mean now...no core, jsut EVA. I like it.
I thought of doing something similar at one point, but wasn't sure how it'd work. But if you're saying it'll work, I might as well try it out, and at least test it!
Maybe try an EVA+vinyl combo too!
Sounds as though you're heading to a padded paipo. There's a bit on the 'net. Here's one.