So why would you want to move away from foam based boards? This is a hard question to answer. Not using the environmentally unfriendly PU and EPS foams definitely is something to consider, but since a cardboard surfboard is still wrapped in fiberglass and resin, it’s hard to really call it ecofriendly. They are also a bit lighter than traditional boards and the material costs are a little lower, but overall it’s fair to say that a foam core is superior to a cardboard core on a performance level. But building a high performance board was never the goal with this project. It was all about building your own surfboard, riding a shape that is truly yours and to experiment with unconventional materials along the way. How does a cardboard surfboard paddle, duck-dive and feel under your feet? Eager to try something new and to answer these questions, we build a cardboard surfboard.
Like most surfboards nowadays we started shaping the board in 3D-software.
Parametric Design and Grasshopper are then used to generate the cardboard cutting plans.
The core is made from 4mm C-Flute cardboard. The individual pieces are laser cut and come together like a giant jigsaw puzzle.
If you are thinking about building a cardboard surfboard yourself, our documentation might help.
find it here