How to Make a Wakeboard
When it comes to any extreme sport equipment, the creation of these items has become more of a true art form rather than stock equipment just thrown off a conveyor belt. From wakeboards to snowboards to skis, this equipment has advanced to incredible levels over the past few years thanks to creativity and advancement of technology. When it comes to the creation of the wakeboard, the intricate process is an amazing one to witness as the end result is usually an outstanding product. If you have ever wondered what goes into the creation of these boards, here is what the process is like.
As far as the physical construction of the board is concerned, heat and pressure are the two biggest forces playing a factor in the molding and formation of the board. Beginning with graphics on the board, the plank of exterior plastic is laid on a large sheet and placed in a state of the art heat press with temperatures of roughly 400 degrees and well over 100 pounds of force.
When the physical shaping of the board comes into play, the foam core is created out of a top of the line mold and needs a full day to dry in order for it to be able to reach its full strength. When the foam is pulled out of the mold, the scrapes and problems with the board are removed with a very sharp knife and a sand blaster. This helps create a rougher exterior and will translate to a much stronger board in the long run.
After the core is in the proper condition to be able to provide the rider with the best possible performance and durability, it is time to apply the exterior materials to the board. Top of the line fiberglass is wrapped around the foam core as tightly as possible and stapled into place to ensure durability and function. Fiberglass pieces are also used for the fins (found on the bottom of the board).
After the graphics sheet is heat pressed onto the board, the finishing touches are ready to be done with one final mold. A film of an epoxy type material is rubbed on the board and it is placed in a mold as the final board is essential cooked at a high heat to create the finished up product.
After an inspection and high quality shining of the board once it has cooled, the final product is ready to hit the water with you!