Thursday, August 23, 2012

Artsy Craftsy | Out At Sea: Wavegliders Surfboards + DIY Surfboard Bags

On Tuesday I featured The Surf Lodge located in Montauk, New York, click here if you missed the post. Continuing the surfer lifestyle out of Ericeira, Portugal is Wavegliders. A modern surfboard business started in 2009 by a long-time backshaper for one of the largest surfboard factories in Portugal, Wavegliders is committed to amazing performance and artistic custom boards. After founding his business, Nico, (pictured below) focused on bringing modern boards to his customers through personalization of: tints, polish, glassing, glass and wood fins, pinlines, and superior finishing inspired by classic surfing.


Creating one trendy surf experience at a time, Nico and his team have built hundreds of surfboards in various styles and designs. It's not just about the speed and maneuverability for these boards, it's also about expressing the surfer's inspiration and relationship with the ocean. 


Making a surfboard is no easy job, it takes a lot of patience and skill. As Wavegliders says, "We're currently developing new shapes and refining the "old" ones to offer even better surfboards and will show that work soon."
So what happens behind-the-scenes when a customer puts through an order and Wavegliders starts the design process? Take a look below:

Step 1: Shape



Step 2: Add a Pinline



Step 3: Shape Examination and Covering



Step 4: Add COLOR and DESIGN!




Step 5: Dry, Buff, and Shine


Step 6: Add Fins and Fishing Touches


Step 7: Deliver and Surf!


Quiet an amazing process right? 
Give a visit to Wavegliders on their Facebook page and tell them ArtSea Chic sent you!

*BONUS* ~ I love this tip by the Vans girls on how to make your own surfboard or laptop bag out of fleece material! I've made a twin blanket before, but never really thought about what else could be made like this. Good to know if you want to keep most of the sand off your board till you hit the beach.
Watch and learn:

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