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Longboard Building for Those Who Didn't Get A's in Wood Shop
Part I, Finding the Right Waterski

Longboard Building for Those Who Didn't Get A's in Wood Shop
Part II, Turning a Waterski into a Longboard

[Editor's note: I know that I promised to take you beyond the basic finish and look at design techniques that will make your home-made board look as good or better than commercially produced ones, but it's been a busy month. I will get to it in December, I promise. However, we are honored to show you how it's done in the U.K.]

Longboard Building for Those Who Didn't Get A's in Wood Shop
Part IIa, The Finished Product

by Farid "Reed" Ghali

Below is my one and only photo of the converted waterski. My longboard is 43 inches long, 7-inches wide at its greatest width, and has a wheelbase of 27 inches. A "normal" deck is next to it for comparison.

The photo doesn't do it justice. All you can really tell is its shape. I still need to get Krypo's for it. Right now it sports a set of mismatched Santa Cruz "slime balls" from the 80s.

I haven't ridden it yet because when I am free, it's raining. [Reed wrote this about a month ago. Hopefully he's had a chance to break it in by now.]

My friend Warren is almost finished with his. He used a fantastic lavendar stain. His waterskii was made of solid wood. It is narrow, but strong with good a grain pattern. Mine is ply. Pretty ugly. I painted it over. The wood is softer than I had hoped.

The staff at the skate shop nearly choked when I walked in with the rough cut shapes and asked for Krypto red 78a 70-mm wheels and very soft bushings. In London, a longboard deck alone costs around $110. Ugh. The rainy season is on, but I'll be riding down Hampstead High street on clear early mornings.


Great job, Reed. It looks killer.

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