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Line Up Surf board Factory

 

Line Up Surf Australia
The Factory

 

Ever wonder how your Line Up boards are made? Here is a little insight to our factory and how your boards are still hand made by some of the finest board builders on the planet. In the late 50's Dale Velsey, a surfer from the U.S.A. who moved to Hawaii (who has a break named after him - Velseyland) invented the foam. Every day around the world board builders are trying to perfect the perfect board, yet still cannot beat the foam/fibreglass handmade surfboard that we use today. Dale Velsey said recently could we have just got it right the first time?

Once you have come into Line Up and spoken to one of our staff about your needs, your order is emailed to the shaper of your choice with dimensions, rails, tail, outline and planned shape details. These are worked out with the staff or      shaper after considering your weight, surfing experience, height, where you surf, the size of the waves you wish to surf and other personal requirements.

 

 

 

 

STEP 1 - CHOOSING THE BLANK

 

Once the Shaper receives the order he carefully chooses the blank and the curve  that will best suit your requirements. There are three different weights of blank for  performance and durability. You may also request a thicker stringer.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

STEP 2 - DRAWING THE SHAPE

 

 

 

 

After choosing the appropriate blank, the shaper will draw up and cut out the  planned shape.

 This gives the basic outline and shape of the board. The main measurements for  these are the wide point, the nose point - 12" down and across, the tail - 12" up  and across and the length of the board.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

STEP 3 - SHAPING 

 

 

For the next hour and a half to two hours one of our shapers, like  a sculptor, will shape all your requirements; slowly but surely all  the ingre

dients will come together.


 Your rails, your bottom designs e.g. concave, reverse v's etc are  elegantly shaped until the shaper is convinced he has made the  best board he has ever shaped.

 

 Once the shaper has finished, he signs the board, hands it to the  glassing bay and has a cuppa or heads off for a quick barrel.

 

 

STEP 4 - SPRAYS & COLOUR

 

 

 

Surfboards can be sprayed before or after they are glassed. For

  full colour sprays, for the best results, we recommend spraying on  the foam yet many modern day sprays are done after the board  has been glassed and sanded.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

STEP 5 - GLASSING

 

 

 Once the board is sprayed, Decals or Line Up stickers are chosen,  as is the weight of the glass required. Glass comes in many  different weights; 4 oz, 5oz, 6oz & 8oz. As a general rule most  boards will have 2 sheets of glass on the top and one on the  bottom. Various weights can be used to give strength or lightness  for performance e.g. a professional surfer may have one 4oz on  the top and one 4oz on the bottom. This gives high performance  but lacks durability. Many of our team riders have one 4oz on the  bottom and one 4oz on the top with a 3/4 deck patch on the deck  as well. Standard glassing is 4oz on the bottom and a 6oz & 4oz  on the top.

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The deck is glassed once, then left to dry followed by the bottom and the deck again. With particular attention to detail e.g. rail wraps.

 

STEP 6 - SANDING

Once the board is glassed and dried, the board is given to the sander to sand away any of the imperfections in the glassing. This process can take easily an hour of sanding plus.

 

 

 

STEP 7 - FIN-ING

Once the board is sanded, the fins are selected and put into the board. Anything from set fins which will need to be glassed to removeable fins such as F.C.S., Speed Fins, Future or Swivel can be used. The shaper has set the fin rake and positioning to suit your requirements.

 

 

STEP 8 - FINISH COAT

 

Once the fins are in, the final process which can vary is done. Many people these days prefer a super fine sanded wet & dry finish which provides a high performance glide across the water. Other finishes that can be used are ProTek which is a sprayed finish or glossed finish which is generally used on Longboards to give that traditional look.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

STEP 9 - PICK UP YOUR BOARD FROM THE SHOP AND DO THIS:

   

 

So what are you waiting for? Jump online, give us a call or come into the store and order your new Line Up today!

Photography courtesy of Mike Larson (c) 2004 www.mikelarsonphoto.com

 

 

To order a new Line Up Board give Line Up Surf a call NOW on 9971 8624 or email us at line@lineup.com.au


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