Hello Matt-Lots of ways to go here. Once you finish exams...hope all goes well.
-Personally, if I had a 'do-over', I would order the first board's worth of materials as a DIY kit from the nearest supplier and follow an established plan for materials/design/laminating. Save the 'freestyle' for when there is some experience in hand.
-Before that, find out if there is anyone local shaping. Even where I live (Midwest USA) there are 3 or 4 shapers and even more surfers within an hour's drive. One of the local shapers helped me and my son. He showed us planer technique, helped me true an awful homemade blank, and borrowed us a board to use as reference. Other ones have let me handle their boards, attend shop parties, go out for dinner after surfing, and talked story about surfing and board making.
If you decide to go 'homemade' then get the best materials you can. Make sure the foam is dense enough and get good (surfboard intended) cloth and epoxy resin.
I use big blocks of EPS foam so I do not have to glue pieces for rocker. I prefer to cut rocker and glue stringers before outline so there are straight sides available for clamping. If I had to use 4" foam for a board with more rocker that 4", I would do something like the picture below.
PS: shaping stands and shaping lights (side lights) are important too. Between the materials and lights board making became more enjoyable for me. Also, think about a flat bottom and simple rails and fin(s) for the first one.
Be safe, have fun. -J
Quote: shape wise i feel something like funboard should be oke, but i have been looking on blendingcurves.. and didn't find a "funshape" outline
The thing you're looking for is something versatile, that paddles easily, catches waves easily, and is stable for the pop-up. The hardest things you will deal with in learning to surf are catching waves and popping up. Looks so simple in action, but the truth is it involves complex balance, timing, and reflex skills. Easy enough for a child to master, but more difficult the later in life you start. So you want to give yourself an advantage by choosing a board that minimizes that challenge.
Once you find a shape you like, you don't need blendingcurves or anyone else to give you the template, you can make your own. But there are plenty of helpful people here who would likely be willing to send you a paper template of a shape you like.
I live in belgium. I've built a couple of XPS epoxy boards and have done many repairs.
But now I'm mainly spending my time on finfoil and fin building.
I live in Lier and speak dutch ;)
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