Hello and Welcome!
This is the home of FFW Surfboards.
Boards designed by me, for me, Wingnut2443.
That’s right, I’m not making boards to sell. I don’t do custom orders.
Hell, I rarely ever sell a board I make!
Come to think of it, I’ve only ever sold one to date, and that was because it ended up being under volume for me, so I sold it to a mate.
So, if you’ve stumbled in here looking to buy a board, sorry for the hassle. This website is actually a:
Surfboard Design and Construction Journey
That’s right, it’s a record of my journey – the good, the bad and the ugly!
And, along the way, I share some information to help others get into making boards for themselves. I’m no expert, but, having started from scratch and having a near vertical learning curve, I figure it can’t help to write up a few things I learn along the way to help others.
Now, I want to make it really clear – I’m not a ‘shaper’.
I respect the people who can take a blank and ‘mow the foam’ to create a functional board. But, I’ve never had much luck starting from a chunk of foam, so I’ve embraced technology and use AKU Shaper to “design” surfboards.
That’s right, I use technology. I use the computer design software to design the board and then I send the file off to have a machine cut the blank to my design. I then finish off the blank, via the process known affectionately as ‘scrubbing’. By using this process, I have a better than average chance of turning the result into something that resembles a functional surfboard.
I’ve glassed and sanded a few myself, but have also outsource the lamination (at times) due to time constraints and other commitments. After all, I want to maximize my time in the surf, so anything that helps, right?
So, welcome, come on in and have a look around,
PS: For any regular readers, yes, the site has had a major change. It wasn’t planned. I’d rather be designing boards or surfing than rebuilding this site!