Category Archives: Surf equipment

Soul Board – where Soul meets Board.

Soul Board – where Soul meets Board.

The Soul Board documentary is a journey into shaping. How traditions shape us and carry into the future; how surfing shapes us; how we are shaped by cultures. It’s the journey of a board touching different souls.

 

Soul Board - A journey into the art of shaping

 

– Visit Kickstarter to help Armando realize this fantastic project: Soul Board – A Journey into the Art of Shaping

 

 

Interview with Armando Costantino

 

Tell us a little bit about the Soul Board project.

My name’s Armando Costantino, and I’m an Italian film director. I’ve been following my two passions: filming and traveling while living on the European road for the last 3 years with my wife.

 

We’re digital nomads (we work online as we travel in our Westfalia, to pay for expenses), and when we recently had the chance to visit the Longboard Surf Festival in Salinas, we jumped at it.

 

I’d just started surfing and I was hooked. I met a surfboard crafter, Rafa, who I immediately connected with. People who are passionate- who love- what they do- are electric for me.

 

He told me about his surfboard shaping history, learning the craft from his grandfather, how much he loves the process and the inspiration.

 

He inspired me. The more I spoke to him, the more I thought a film should- needed- to be made. Not one about crazy rip curls or the stars of surfing.

 

A film about the soul of one surfboard’s journey.

 

The Soul Board will be travelling around Europe – where can people meet up with you?

I’ll be spending time filming and speaking with Rafa as he creates a unique surfboard just for this film, in Oviedo, Spain.

 

From there, we’ll drive our Westfalia T4 through Spain, Portugal, Morocco and the south of France with the board, in search of surfers. Local surfers, who each have their stories to tell.

 

We’ll ask these locals, in some of the best surf spots Europe has to offer, to try out the board and see what they think. We’d like just 6 or 7 surfers in total for the film, of various ages and cultures.

 

 

Soul Board - Journey

 

During this journey, I’ll try to capture the essence of what surfing means to a lot of diverse people. I’ll challenge myself, also, with attempting to increase my own surfing skills (I’m a filmmaker, not a professional surfer) as part of my own journey.

 

The end product: a film we’ll send to surf film festivals, starting in the autumn of 2016 and continuing through spring/summer (when most festivals are held) 2017.

 

 

 

The Soul Board – teaser video:

– Visit Kickstarter to help Armando realize this fantastic project: Soul Board – A Journey into the Art of Shaping

 

 

– Want more? Click here to check out some surf movies

– Inspired? Click here to get a GoPro4 and start filming

“The power of SHE!” Interview with Gina at SheShreds.co

“The power of SHE!” Interview with Gina at SheShreds.co

Meet Gina Duffy,  the fun-loving adventure junkie that decided to combine her two true passions in life – fashion and surfing – and in inspirational style truly go all out with her new lifestyle company, Sheshreds.

They specialize in clothing and apparel for the fashionistas amongst the female athletes, as well as edge women and girls of all ages to take their dream on with full power and utilize their potential.

 

We were lucky to exchange some words with Gina:

 

Superstoked Magazine: Hello Gina! Please introduce SheShreds and tell us a bit about yourselves?


Gina: Hey there, I am Gina from Sheshreds.co. We are lifestyle company that provides action/adventure apparel, gear and inspiration for fashionable female athletes. As individuals we have fifteen years experience in various positions in marketing, advertising and hospitality ranging from boutique lifestyle agencies to global shops supporting all manner of consumer product categories.

 

 

SheShreds Girls
SheShreds Girls

 


Our founding partner is All-Actionsports.com, an event production and marketing entity that executes events in wake, snow and other adventure sports. It supports larger properties in programming and execution (i.e. Dew Tour, Summit Series). I myself was a key member of the international team that brought the first U.S. Moncler store to Aspen, CO.



I decided to combine my two true passions- fashion and action sports, to create a cultural and retail experience for snow/wake/skate/surf/moto to all around adventure junkies like me. As a result, SheShreds.co was launched in 2013 to celebrate and embrace ladies of all ages that are pushing the guys out of the way and “gettin’ some” in action sports (and looking good doing it.) I am a key founding member of the International Women’s Wake Alliance, a new association for females in the global wakeboard industry from the pro ranks down through entry level access to the sport.



Superstoked: Wow – that sounds fantastic! What inspired you to start up a clothing line for women in particular?


Gina: I’ve been riding some kind of board or another since I was 14. I’m just a huge fan of these sports. I am also a fashion junkie and started reading Vogue at age 12. I’ve done talent styling on big tours for big brands, been in marketing and advertising for a long time as well.

 

Gina Duffy surfing a 'boat wave'
Gina Duffy surfing a ‘boat wave’



I wanted to take my two biggest passions and find a way to marry them. My passions inspired both our move to the mountains of Utah and the launch of sheshreds.co. Action sports/Adventure Industries are still male dominated. I want to help create a cultural shift there-The Power of SHE. I have created a brand to wear as a badge of honor and to bring females together in a unified voice to effect change in the industry for access to the sports, R and D, retail focus and respect.

 


The number of girls and women of all ages from all over the world that have reached out to be a part of Sheshreds.co has been humbling. It is bigger than me and it has meaning and impact in its infancy. I am still driven by the original passions of mine for fashion and action sports but it is so much more as I now know there are a lot of girls and women out there counting on our support and for this to be a strong voice and brand for them and their passions. We are here to impact change for girls and women in these sports and beyond. Beauty and Beast. The Power of She! Shred on sisters, shred ON!

 

Sheshreds clothing
Sheshreds clothing

 


Superstoked: That sounds inspiring. The world of womens sport has certainly taken off in the last few years, and it’s brilliant to see people like you helping promote – as you say – the Power of SHE! Have you any projects/campaigns to promote women in sport?


Gina: Currently we have created the FUEL THE POWER OF SHE Indiegogo campaign to help bring SheShreds to the next level. We are very new (only 8 months old) but the momentum we have had so far has been incredible and has made us want to take it even further!


We have a number of different aims and ongoing projects.

* We want to enhance our signature apparel design and work with other manufacturers and brands to create female focused goods (See Woodies collaboration perk)


* We want to continue to support our sponsored athlete program and our ambassador programs that continue to grow.


* Very important to us is supporting events that have female friendly divisions and/or to become that voice at established events to garner more female access and respect.


* If we don’t reach our fund raising goal, we are confident any incremental support will allow us progression toward our goals given our existing momentum

 

 

Stylish Sheshreds gear
Stylish Sheshreds gear




Superstoked: We would love to help – Where can our readers buy your products and support your company?


Gina: You can check out our Fuel the Power of She Indiegogo Crowd funding campaign for limited edition and special collaboration perks at: http://igg.me/at/sheshredsco/x/8016834


You can also shop our signature line and gear for all things “shred” on our website at www.SheShreds.co

 

Sheshreds Collage
Sheshreds Collage



Superstoked: Perfect, we’ll be sure to let our Superstokers know. Finally, we’d love to know if you have any favorite locations to surf in the world?


Gina: My favorite place to surf so far is Sayulita, Mexico! I had an amazing surf and yoga trip there and next on the list is Costa Rica. I also “surf” behind our boat which is super fun and no paddling in!

 

Best of luck onwards with SheShreds, Gina! Shred on and stay super stoked!

How to fix GoPro HERO 2, 3, 3+ camera – replacement parts fix guide.

How to fix GoPro HERO 2, 3, 3+ camera – replacement parts fix guide.

 

This is a repair guide for the GoPro HERO (1, 2, 3 and 3+) camera – a how to tutorial aiming to show you how to fix and repair your GoPro, by showcasing the solutions to some of the more common problems seen with the GoPro series.

 

Amongst these repair issues are replacing certain parts of the GoPro, such as the GoPro housing, the GoPro clip mount at the bottom or other attachments. Other common problems that require fixing are water damage, collision / impact damage and similar. We will mainly be looking at prevention of these latter issues. Please see list of content below.

 

The ‘How to fix GoPro HERO 2, 3, 3+ camera – replacement parts fix guide’ has aimed to cover as many frequently asked questions and problems as possible, but if your problem isn’t resolved here, then be sure to let us know via our Facebook page.





This article will cover:

– Understanding the GoPro camera series – how are the cameras built?
# The GoPro Hero original
# The GoPro Hero 2
# The GoPro Hero 3
# The GoPro Hero 3+

 

– Common problems that require fixing / repairs
# Broken GoPro camera housing – how to replace it?

– User question: “How to repair my GoPro Hero 3?” (Updated 27.06.2014)
– User question: “I need to find a GoPro Hero 2 repair shop.” (Updated 27.06.2014)

# Broken GoPro protective case – how to replace it? (User question)
# Cracked GoPro case – how to replace it? (User question)
# How to attach GoPro to my car dashboard or windshield?
# How to do aerial photography with GoPro using a remote controlled quadcopter drone?
# How to make GoPro float in water?
# How to mount GoPro on a surfboard?
# How to mount GoPro on a snowboard?
# How to mount GoPro on my scubamask for diving?
# How to prevent fogging inside my GoPro camera?

– User question: “How to prevent moisture and fogging on gopro when snorkeling?”

# How to transport GoPro camera? Protective GoPro transport case?
# Replacing the bottom clip mount attachment

– User question: “GoPro case latch broken – how to repair or replace it?” (Updated 29.06.2014)

– User question: “My GoPro clip-on attachment broke, how to find replacement?” (Updated 24.06.2014)

– User question: “Where to buy spare GoPro cover parts?” (Updated 25.06.2014)

# Replacing the latch clip for the GoPro 2, 3, 3+ camera?

– User question: “Can you buy just a gopro 3+ clip for the waterproof case?” (Updated 15.08.2014)

# Water damage

 

Official GoPro HERO3+ video:
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The GoPro models:

 

1. GoPro HD Hero

The GoPro HD Hero Naked was launched January 25, 2010. It became immensely popular, and quickly established itself as the prime action camera. The camera featured a 5 megapixel camera sensor which could capture full 1080p HD video. It was released in several specific bundles, such as the GoPro SURF Hero, GoPro MOTORSPORTS Hero and GoPro HELMET Hero – which all included specific attachements and accessories relevant to the specific bundles.

Read more: GoPro
GoPro HD HERO Original - Photo by Wikimedia Commons
GoPro HD HERO Original – Photo by Wikimedia Commons

 

2. GoPro HD Hero 2

GoPro HD HERO2 - Photo by Wikimedia Commons
GoPro HD HERO2 – Photo by Wikimedia Commons

The HD Hero2 was launched on October 24, 2011. By which time GoPro had established itself with nearly a monopoly-share in the action camera market. The HD Hero2 came with improved low-light photo capability, which had been a problem with its predecessor. It also featured a 11Mp (megapixel) camera sensor that allowed for full HD and an improved slow-motion option – with up to 120FPS (frames per second). Three accessory bundles were associated with the GoPro HD HERO2: Outdoor Edition, Motorsports Edition, and Surf Edition.

Read more: GoPro HD HERO2

 

3. GoPro HERO3

GoPro HD HERO 3 - Black edition - Photo Wikimedia Commons
GoPro HD HERO 3 – Black edition – Photo Wikimedia Commons
GoPro Hero3 was released late 2012, in three versions: Black, white and silver. Compared to the GoPro Hero2 it was 30% smaller and 25% lighter.
  • Black Edition: The best of the three. Features a high-end 12MP (megapixel) camera sensor. This is capable of ‘capturing 4K digital video at 15 fps, 2.7K video at 30 fps, 1440p at 48 fps, 1080p at 60fps, 960p at 100fps, 720p at 120 fps and WVGA at 240 fps. The Black edition also includes the Wifi Remote. The Black Edition can not record at 25/30 FPS in 720p and WVGA resolutions . It can record only at very fast framerates in those resolutions. This is a deliberate firmware limitation, as the manufacturer does not expect that this high-end camera model will be used in such “low” resolutions with so “low” frame rates.’ (Wikipedia)
  • Silver Edition: Same 11MP camera sensor as the GoPro2, but in a neater package.
  • White edition: 5MP camera sensor – same as the GoPro1.
Read more: GoPro HERO3: Black Edition

 

4. GoPro HERO3+

GoPro HD HERO3+ Black - Photo by Wikimedia Commons
GoPro HD HERO3+ Black edition – Photo by Wikimedia Commons

The GoPro HERO3+ was launched October 2013 – in two versions; black edition and silver edition. The GoPro HERO3+ was a substantial upgrade to the HERO3. First and foremost, the capabilites for shooting in low light conditions have been dramatically improved. Secondly, the housing is 20% lighter and 15% smaller – and the camera itself has a 20% decreased in size compared with the GoPro HERO3.  This camera also addressed the problem with GoPro audio suffering from wind noise – and has now applied a wind rejection filter of some sort.

  • Black Edition: ‘Video modes of 1440p48, 1080p60, 960p100 and 720p120 as well as 4Kp15 and 2.7Kp30 and can shoot 12MP stills at up to 30 frames per second. Along with the increased resolution, the HERO3+ Black Edition also features a function in firmware (called “SuperView”) which additionally increases the field of view, and its activation is optional. It has additional “enterprise” functions, such as dynamic low light situation adjustment, professional recording modes (higher bitrates, no white balance applied, etc.) etc. The Black Edition continues to include a Wifi Remote.’ (Wikipedia)
  • Silver edition: ‘Video modes of 1080p60 and 720p120 and can shoot 10MP stills at up to 10 frames per second. Contrary to the Black Edition, the Silver Edition can record at 25/30 FPS (or higher) in all supported resolutions. Hero3+ Silver Edition also has about 25%-50% longer battery runtime during recording than Hero3+ Black Edition (they both use the same batteries).’ (Wikipedia)
Read more: GoPro HERO3+

 

FAQ:

How to replace broken GoPro camera housing?

First, you have to be certain of which GoPro model you have – you don’t want to make a hurried choice only to find out you’ve ordered the wrong part. Then you simply order the replacement HERE.

Related question: My GoPro protective case broke – how to replace it?

See instructions above under section  ‘how to replace broken GoPro camera housing’.

 

Related question: Cracked GoPro case – how to replace it?

See instructions above under section  ‘how to replace broken GoPro camera housing’.

 

Related user question (27.06.2014): How to repair my GoPro Hero 3?

See instructions above under section  ‘how to replace broken GoPro camera housing’ or the section below that deals with replacing the various mounts and other GoPro parts.

 

Related user question (updated 27.06.2014): I need to find  a GoPro Hero 2 repair shop?

Not necessarily, that depends on the extent of the damage. Perhaps you only need to replace certain parts? See instructions above under section  ‘how to replace broken GoPro camera housing’ or the section below that deals with replacing the various mounts and other GoPro parts.

 

How to attach GoPro to my car dashboard or windshield?

Simples. Use a suction Cup Windshield & Dash Car Mount. This won’t leave any permanent marks and works like a charm.

 

How to do aerial photography with GoPro using a remote controlled quadcopter drone?

You might have seen some amazing aerial photography and wondered how it’s done, well, it’s all about the equipment. Meet the Phantom 2 Quadcopter(click here to view the drone quadcopter).

 

Description:

‘Complete quad copter and remote transmitter, pre-tuned by the factory and ready in minutes! Just charge the included battery, attach the propellers and add 4 AA batteries to the remote and you’re flying. Fun flying by itself or even better with a GoPro to record the action. Tested with Hero3 and Hero3+ models, sold separately. Note: Wi-Fi streaming from a camera is not possible because it may interfere with the Phantom’s remote control.’

How to make the GoPro float in water?

It is possible to make the GoPro buyoant by replacing the back door of the camera housing with a GoPro Floaty Back Door. Please take note that there are different versions of these depending upon your GoPro model. This accessory is very handy for scubadivers, surfers and other watersport enthusiasts.

 

How to mount GoPro securely on a surfboard?

It is essential that you use mounts that were designed specifically for this task. If you don’t, you’ll find yourself with a sunken GoPro camera – and needless to say, that ain’t much fun. So, please use the official GoPro Surf HERO surfboard mount and make sure you let the glue dry thoroughly before you bring it into the water.

 

How to mount GoPro securely on a snowboard?

Same rules apply. So, please use the official GoPro Surf HERO surfboard mount and make sure you let the glue dry thoroughly before you bring it into the snow.

 

How to mount GoPro on my scubamask for diving?

This is a tough nut to crack – but we’ll recommend that you invest in a GoPro Hero 3+ Compatible Scuba Mask. (Compatible with all GoPro Hero versions).

 

Related question: Which GoPro camera housing to use for deep depth scubadiving?

When diving at depths you will need a specially construction GoPro camera housing that can withstand the increased pressure.

The GoPro Camera HERO3+ Dive Housing (Clear) is ultra durable and waterproof  to 197 feet / 60 meters. Ideal for deep sea diving. Be sure to use color filters, GoPro HERO3 / HERO3+ Dive Filters (2 pack: BG+SW) Red / Diving / Underwater Color Correction, to prevent color loss during photography in the sea – this is due to different colors being lost as you get deeper into the sea. You can read more about this phenomenon in our article about “underwater photography with iPhone 5S”.

 

How to prevent fogging inside my GoPro camera?

Water condensation fog fogging up the inside of your GoPro camera housing? Ruining your best shots? Fogging was and is a major problem inside of the protective case with GoPros. The solution is as simple as it is genius. Anti-fog Inserts. You simply attach them on the inside of your camera housing – and off you go.  Be very careful that anti fog pads don’t get caught between the seal and the housing when closing camera – as this will lead to a leak in the housing, and a flood of tears (yours).

Read more: GoPro Anti-Fog Inserts
GoPro anti-fog inserts
GoPro Anti-Fog Inserts

 

– Related user question: “How to prevent moisture and fogging on gopro when snorkeling?”

Reaching the surface after a great snorkeling or scuba session, only to see that all your photos are blurry due to fog inside the GoPro housing… is there anything more annoying than that? We would recommend the beforementioned GoPro Anti-Fog Inserts. They are very clever things. There are other similar products available via the link.

 

How to transport GoPro camera? Protective GoPro transport case?

Instead of wrapping your GoPro in a pair of socks (you know you do that) and trusting that it’ll stay in one piece, stick it in this GoPro edition POV case (photo below) when you’re traveling. The hard nylon shell is full of soft foam, with velour-lined cutouts to hold your camera, BacPac, batteries, remote, extra cables, and all sorts of accessories. You can click the link to read more about the product.

 

GoPro transport case - Photo SP
GoPro edition transport case

Replacing the latch case clip for the GoPro 2, 3, 3+ camera?

Related user question (updated 15.08.2014): “Can you buy just a gopro 3+ clip for the waterproof case?”

Yes, you can use this link to find what you are looking for: GoPro Replacement Rear Snap Latch Waterproof Housing Lock for Hero 3+ Camera.

Waterproof housing lock latch for Hero 3+ - Photo GoPro
Waterproof housing lock latch for Hero 3+ – Photo GoPro

Photo: This is what the main latch looks like for the Hero 3+.

Replacing the bottom clip mount attachment. How to replace the bottom clip mount attachment?

The GoPro bottom clip can occasionally break if it subjected to high force, such as a crashing wave or a heavy fall on your snowboard. When that happens (and if you are a frequent user of your GoPro, it is likely to happen) you should have your spare-parts in order. This GoPro Grab Bag of Mounts features all the 7 parts you’ll need. 2x bottom clip, the security rope thingy, 2x 3M mounts, camera holder and the screw. 20 bucks will buy you peace of mind, as there is no worse feeling than losing one of these parts on the first trip down the slopes or in the water. Be smart – get the extras you might need, before you actually need them.

Read more: GoPro Grab Bag of Mounts
GoPro - Replacement parts
GoPro – Replacement parts

 

Related user question (updated 29.06.2014): GoPro case latch broken, how to repair or replace it?

See instructions above under the above section ‘How to replace the bottom clip mount attachment’.

 

Related user questions (updated 30.09.2014): How to find gopro housing latch replacement?

You can find a replacement latch here: Main latch. The link will show you  the different latches for the various GoPro cameras, so make sure you get the right one. Best of luck.

 

Related user question (updated 24.06.2014): My GoPro clip-on attachment broke, how to find replacement?

See instructions above under section ‘How to replace the bottom clip mount attachment’. If you have any further questions, please let us know in the Superstoked surfing and photography forum and we’ll do our best to help you with an answer within 24 hours.

 

Related user question (updated 25.06.2014): Where to buy GoPro cover parts?

See instructions above under section ‘How to replace the bottom clip mount attachment’ – and use the links provided there.

 

Water damaged GoPro camera after deep diving?

Like mentioned in the beginning, this article will deal mostly with prevention of damages, such as water damage. To ensure you prevent water damage when diving in deep water we therefore recommend the GoPro Dive Housing which is waterproof down to 60 meters. But if you want general tips for water damage, ask these questions on our Facebook page – we’ll help you as best we can.





General tips: Place the GoPro in rice, this will help draw out water. Be sure to use a vacuum cleaner, to extract water from the electronial components of  the GoPro. Do not use a hairdryer, as this extreme heat might damage the GoPro.

Read more: GoPro Dive Housing for HERO Cameras

 

Superstoked GoPro surfing video (shot with GoPro2):

“Está bem!” (Portugal 2012 – Sept/Oct)(720p HD) from Alexander Van Dorph on Vimeo.

 

Got any other questions? Please ask them via our Facebook page. 100% answer guarantee, and we’ll update the article with your question. Thank you.

 

FAQ:

 

Q: How to do go pro repair?
A: Well, that all depends on what is wrong… but after you have run your diagnostics, then you should be able to find the part you are looking for via one of the links above.

Irish surfing forum: Surf chat, surf discussion and surf advice.

Irish surfing forum: Surf chat, surf discussion and surf advice.

Welcome to our SURFING FORUM, a forum solely devoted to surfing and surf-related topics – such as surf travel (find the best surf holidays and get-aways!), surf equipment (Need a ding repaired? Ask the surf experts!) and general surf talk.

 

 

– Click here to visit the surfing forum

 

Surfing Forum
Surfing Forum – Click image to visit and register. ‘Irish surfing forum: Surf chat, surf discussion and surf advice.’

 

Our forum was recently invigorated by popular request – and the last couple of weeks we have seen a 1000% increase in visitors. We hope to see you take part in the forum, showcasing your surf services, your best surf photos (you know.. the one where you got pitted?) and videos, discuss the ASP tour with people from all over the globe – including USA, France, United Kingdom, Australia, South Africa, Norway and many more.

 

Promote your surf-related business

Run a surf hostel, surf accommodation or surf camp? Why not tell our forum members about it? Share photos and videos to intrigue the readers, and who knows… one of them might visit you in the near future. All it takes is a good show and positive attitude.

 

Share your favorite social media links

Want more visitors to your website? Share the link on the forum! Not only will you get direct click visitors, but you will also get what is known as a ‘backlink’ – which shortly put, strengthens your search engine ranking with popular search engines such as Google, Bing, Yahoo and many more.

Boast your Youtube videos or photos

You know you want to…! Showcase your best photos and indulge in the awe and respect of your fellow surfers. If the videos and photos are good enough, we might post them on our website or share them with our over 6000 social media followers – ensuring you get plenty of visibility in the public domain. Pretty cool, right?

 

Surf forum
Surf forum. ‘Irish surfing forum: Surf chat, surf discussion and surf advice.’

 

Chat with fellow surfers

Need a good laugh? Or want to meet other surfers? Start a conversation in our ‘general talk’ section and invite your friends to join in on the discussion.

 

Sounds good? YES! Well, come on then, follow the white rabbit and register on the forum today.

“Try to be like the turtle – at ease in your own shell.”

-Bill Copeland

 

We want to push for a multi-national surfing forum, hence the title ‘Irish surfing forum: Surf chat, surf discussion and surf advice.’ This is to actively reach Irish surfers and encourage them to join our forum. And yes, posting in your own language is allowed, be it French, Spanish, Norwegian – we love it.

 

Article: “Irish surfing forum: Surf chat, surf discussion and surf advice.”

 

Germany – Surfing forum: Surf chat, surf discussion and surf advice.

Germany – Surfing forum: Surf chat, surf discussion and surf advice.

Welcome to our SURFING FORUM, a forum solely devoted to surfing and surf-related topics – such as surf travel (find the best surf holidays and get-aways!), surf equipment (Need a ding repaired? Ask the surf experts!) and general surf talk.

 

 

– Click here to visit the surfing forum

 

Surfing Forum
Surfing Forum – Click image to visit and register. ‘Germany – Surfing forum: Surf chat, surf discussion and surf advice.’

 

Our forum was recently invigorated by popular request – and the last couple of weeks we have seen a 1000% increase in visitors. We hope to see you take part in the forum, showcasing your surf services, your best surf photos (you know.. the one where you got pitted?) and videos, discuss the ASP tour with people from all over the globe – including USA, France, United Kingdom, Australia, South Africa, Norway and many more.

 

Promote your surf-related business

Run a surf hostel, surf accommodation or surf camp? Why not tell our forum members about it? Share photos and videos to intrigue the readers, and who knows… one of them might visit you in the near future. All it takes is a good show and positive attitude.

 

Share your favorite social media links

Want more visitors to your website? Share the link on the forum! Not only will you get direct click visitors, but you will also get what is known as a ‘backlink’ – which shortly put, strengthens your search engine ranking with popular search engines such as Google, Bing, Yahoo and many more.

Boast your Youtube videos or photos

You know you want to…! Showcase your best photos and indulge in the awe and respect of your fellow surfers. If the videos and photos are good enough, we might post them on our website or share them with our over 6000 social media followers – ensuring you get plenty of visibility in the public domain. Pretty cool, right?

 

Surf forum
Surf forum. ‘Germany – Surfing forum: Surf chat, surf discussion and surf advice.’

 

Chat with fellow surfers

Need a good laugh? Or want to meet other surfers? Start a conversation in our ‘general talk’ section and invite your friends to join in on the discussion.

 

Sounds good? YES! Well, come on then, follow the white rabbit and register on the forum today.

“Try to be like the turtle – at ease in your own shell.”

-Bill Copeland

 

We want to push for a multi-national surfing forum, hence the title ‘Germany – Surfing forum: Surf chat, surf discussion and surf advice.’ This is to actively reach German surfers and encourage them to join our forum. And yes, posting in your own language is allowed, be it French, Spanish, Norwegian – we love it.

 

Article: “Germany – Surfing forum: Surf chat, surf discussion and surf advice.”

 

How to paint your surfboard using airbrush, marker, paintbrush, decal or spray can.

How to paint your surfboard using airbrush, marker, paintbrush, decal or spray can.

 

Grown tired of your Colgate white board? Or has years of neglect turned the color indistinguishable? Perhaps you just want to liven things up? What you need is a how to guide that shows you how to rekindle your board’s forlorn beauty.

 

 

This guide will cover how you go about preparing the board for your art attack, what equipment to use and a basic explanation of how-to go about painting / decorating the surfboard.





Index:

– Cleaning your surfboard
– Equipment you will need
– How to use airbrush
Related user question: “How to air brush surfboards?” (Updated 26.06.2014)
– How to use marker / how to use posca pens
– How to use decal
– How to use spray can
– How to use stickers
– Some surfboard decoration examples…

 

Cleaning your board

A clean canvas, in this instance; your surfboard – is a important piece of the puzzle if you are to have any hopes of getting your board to look decent.

 

Wax, algae and other unrecognizable objects accumulate as layers upon layers on neglected surfboards – meaning about 90 percent of all boards (admit it). It is essential that these layers are removed before applying paint, ink or stickers to the empty canvas.

 

– Scrape off the wax using a wax comb (e.g. Pickle wax remover) or credit card (doesn’t have to be an American Express, but I’ve found that credit cards, due to their sharp yet flexible edges, are perfect for removing layers of old wax.)


– Pickle Wax Remover for Surfboards: This is sort of a two in one solution, as it provides both a way to remove the wax and the more stubborn stains (using the pickle). Fun product which works wonders – a must have for any surfer. Perfect prepping before ding repair as well. The Pickle Wax Remover is one of the easiest and quickest ways of removing wax from any surfboard.

– Alternatively, if you don’t have a picke wax remover… Use hot water / steam to remove the heavy wax / dirt stains (there are always some stubborn ones).

After you’ve scraped the worst wax of your board, you will notice that some of the stains seem to have set root deep amidst the glass fibers. Don’t keep on scraping – you’ll only damage the board. Use hot (nearly sub-boiling temperature. Disclaimer: This article takes no responsibility for damages due to hot water.) water in a casserole, dip a clean rag in the water and apply it to the stains while you gently rub it – the stain will disappear as the steam probes deep into the surfboard material; and the end result will be a (nearly) new-looking surfboard.

– Now would be a good time to take care of those DINGS!

To ensure you have a smooth surfboard surface, we suggest that you repair any dings or damages your board might have suffered – this is a good time to do so, as your board (if you’ve followed the guide) should be squeeky clean. Our favorite resin repair is Solarez ding repair.

 

“Solarez repair putty is the original UV-cure, 3-minute repair product. It contains clear polyester resin and fiberglass fibers along with adhesion promoters and an amazing solar activated catalyst. There is no mixing required. Just use it straight from the tube. It gels in 30 seconds, curing in 3 minutes but only when exposed to sunlight or artificial UV light such as a suntan light.”

– There are many similar products, but there is a reason so many surfers stick to Solarez. Click image or here to learn more about it.

 

 

Equipment you will need to paint your board:

Wax Remover
Cleaning cloth
Ding repair kit
Airbrush kit
– Marker
– Posca pen
– Decal
– Paintbrush / Spray can
– Stickers

Depending on which way you choose to go about – this is essentially the equipment you’ll need.

 

The cleaning bit has already been covered, so we’re assuming you now have a blank canvas, a sparkling clean surfboard. Next up, applying your artistic finesse.

 

Here’s a couple of examples you might find inspiration from – courtesy of surf photographer, Trevor Murphy and Swedish surfer, Timothy Latte. Be sure to check out their Facebook pages – as they are both fun-loving guys with heaps of talent.

 

Even Broken Clocks work Twice a Day... by Timothy Latte
Even Broken Clocks R’ Right Twice a Day… by Timothy Latte

 

Bitch dont kill my vibe - Surfboard artwork.
Bitch dont kill my vibe – Surfboard artwork. Photo: Trevor Murphy Photography

 

How to use airbrush to paint your surfboard

“An airbrush works by passing a stream of fast moving (compressed) air through a venturi, which creates a local reduction in air pressure (suction) that allows paint to be pulled from an interconnected reservoir at normal atmospheric pressure. The high velocity of the air atomizes the paint into very tiny droplets as it blows past a very fine paint-metering component. The paint is carried onto paper or other surface.” (Wikipedia)

Airbrush (Photo - Wikimedia Commons)
Airbrush (Photo – Wikimedia Commons)

Airbrush kits used to be expensive… luckily, for the artistic ones out there, that is not the case any more. You can get a full kit (including compressor et cetera) for around 80 dollars.


Master Airbrush Kit: “Brand High Performance Multi-purpose Gravity Feed Dual-action Airbrush Kit with 6 Foot Hose and a Powerful 1/5hp Single Piston Quiet Air Compressor – The Complete Set Now Includes a How to Airbrush Training Book to Get You Started.”

 

This is a great example of what we just said – a full airbrush kit for 80 dollars! This kit from Master Airbrush also enjoys great customer reviews, and a instruction manual training book – that will show you how to apply the paint to your board.

CLICK HERE to learn more about this airbrush kit.
This guide won’t go into depth about how you should apply the paint to your board, as that is controlled by your artistic mind and creativity alone – but we would recommend using the kit above.

 

How to use Posca pens to paint your surfboard

Using colorful water-based Posca pen markers to decorate your surfboard is another option. Surfers, skaters and snowboarders all use Posca pens and markers to liven up their boards – most often using colors that stand out such as fluorescent pink (see below), neon green or similar. Be sure to test the Posca marker on scrap paper before applying the paint to your board.

Posca Paint Marker Pen: Bold Point. Fluorescent Pink.

CLICK HERE to read more about Posca pens and see the different colors that are available.

To see an example where Posca markers have been used, check out Timothy Latte’s board pictured earlier in the article.

PS – Luca Sanna and Memo Gonzalez reminded us that you need to spray a top layer of protective translucent spray paint to ensure that it sticks. Thanks guys!

 

How to use decals and stickers to decorate your board

Decals and stickers specially designed for boards are perhaps amongst the safest ways to go about. You will find a variety of vinyl decals and stickers in online stores; such as this one:


Surf Life: The text is something we all can relate to.. surf life.

CLICK HERE to see the design in full resolution – and to browse other decals.

 

How to use a spray can to paint your surfboard

Most of us don’t have access to airbrush kits, and if you want to mind a bit of a rough look – a simple range of spray cans might be the answer for you. Montana Gold Series spray cans are probably the best spray cans you can get for any decoration job, as they are trustworthy and have a great range of colors and caps. Just check out the following spray cans, that are 100% certain to give your board a fresh look:

Montana: Flourescent Gleaming Pink – press the image or link to read more about this color.

Montana: Acid Green– press the image or link to read more about this color.

Montana: Flame Blue – Another spicy color that will brighten up your surfboard. Click image or link to see more.

 

CLICK HERE to learn more about Montana spray cans, and to see more colors. Like mentioned; Montana is the best. We speak from experience. Be sure to get a cap set with the spray cans though, as you will need to change these according to the work you are doing.

 

Summing it up

This article has mentioned several different ways of painting / decorating your surfboard, and we certainly hope you’ve been inspired to go out there and freshen up your old, boring board.





To summarize, airbrush is the professional’s choice, but rather expensive in comparison to Posca markers and Montana spray cans… if you want to go SAFE you can try out a couple of vinyl decals to start with.

 

If you have any questions on this article ‘How to paint your surfboard using airbrush, marker, paintbrush, decal or spray can’, we’d love to hear from you in our FORUM or on our FACEBOOK PAGE.

 

Relevant websites / references:

Montanacolors.com

Timothy Latte

Trevor Murphy Photography

 

Thanks:

Luca Sanna, Memo Gonzalez, Mark Evans, Matt J. Valdez