Sunshine Coast Daily

Secrets in making a surfboard revealed

HOW green is your surfboard?

The answer to this question is contained in a new book about the making of surfboards and equipment by Southern Cross University Diploma of Sport Management (Surfing Studies) lecturer, Howard Jennar.

'The Surfers Textbook', which covers everything from the hollow plywood boards used by the pioneers of surfing to how to make, repair and restore modern-day equipment, will be officially unveiled today at a launch at Southern Cross University's Tweed Gold Coast campus.

The book has been supported by women's world surfing champion, Stephanie Gilmore, who wrote the foreword for the text.

“It is difficult for people to find detailed information on this area because what has been written in the past is often very brief, and techniques and materials have steadily changed over the years as new products, materials and methods have been developed,” said Mr Jennar.

A NSW North Coast local and leading educator in the field of surfboard construction for over a decade, Mr Jennar established and runs the Surfing Technology unit of Southern Cross University's Diploma of Sport Management (Surfing Studies).

He balances his university duties with teaching industrial arts technology at Kingscliff High School, but has still found time to make 'a few hundred' surfboards in his spare time. 'backyard' board makers tend to retire after their first attempt due to the lack of detailed techniques, approaches and necessary materials,” Mr Jennar said.



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