How to repair a surfboard ding


How to repair a surfboard ding

How to repair a surfboard ding


New Zealand is one of the world’s greatest playgrounds for those of you that love to surf. Whether you are a seasoned surfer or someone just getting into surfing, we know that you’ll be making the most out of the country's best spots whenever you get the opportunity to. 

With that in mind, the chances that you’ll ding your surfboard at some stage are likely - it’s pretty unavoidable even for the most careful of surfers. The good news? You can fix minor surfboard dings at home - as long as you’re simply repairing a small-medium crack. 

Surfboard ding repair

So, if you’re not ready to give up on your pride and joy, keep reading to learn how you can get the most out of your board in 7 simple steps. 

What you’ll need: 

  • Sun curing resin – epoxy or non-epoxy. Give us a ring to find out which one you’ll need for your board. 
  • Sandpaper 
  • A clear plastic sheet 
  • Some New Zealand sun… and heaps of it! 

  1. You can’t do anything with a dirty board. Efficiently remove any sand, wax and salt, and ensure it’s as clean as you can possibly get it. 
  2. Next, make sure that there’s no water inside of the board by squeezing the crack. If it’s completely dry, you’ll be able to get to work! 
  3. Apply a fair amount of resin onto the damaged area using a disposable and sturdy wooden applicator.  
  4. Spread the resin over the whole of the ding, filling any cracks and crevices. Make sure that you press out any bubbles along the way!
  5. Time to cover up the resin with a plastic sheet. This will mold the resin into the correct shape. 
  6. Now’s the time for sunshine. Expose the resin to sunlight - the gel will harden within five minutes. If necessary, apply additional resin to fill up any gaps.
  7. You’re almost there! Once everything is completely dry, simply sand off any rough and excess resin using a light to medium sandpaper for the desired smooth and flat finish. 
  8. Your board is as good as new - it’s time to start your surfing adventures all over again! 

If you’re struggling to fix your board, it’s probably time to leave it to the professionals. From dings, gauges, punctures, slices, fix boxes and more, we’ve got all of your surfboard repairs covered.
By Freeride Surf Skate