Custom Surfboards

How it works

So, you can't find exactly what you want to buy from our stock? Want to tweak a model slightly? Want a 5 fin set-up? 

At Freeride we offer a custom order service on all the brands we stock. If you are in Auckland, we recommend you come down to the store with your current board and check out the stock boards we have - this is a great way to get a feel for the rails, rocker and foil of the board you want to order. If you are not in Auckland call us at the store on 098359275, internationally on +6498359275 or email us free.ride@xtra.co.nz and we can go over the board with you. Our staff have a good knowledge of most boards on the market and can help tighten up a custom order to suit your needs. The process is simple, just tell us what you want (brand, model, dimensions, glassing, fin system) place a security deposit and then we get your order underway! The usual turn around from order submission to delivery is anywhere between 4-8 weeks, depending on the workload the of shapers (eg. if there is a contest at Bells, it is likely your CI will be closer to 8 weeks, due to the high amount of boards being built for the CI team riders).

International orders

We take international orders on boards for people coming to New Zealand on surf trips. For international orders we encourage you to contact us first via email free.ride@xtra.co.nz as early as possible so we can get your board built and ready for you on arrival. Deposits can be taken via credit card, bank transfer or paypal on international orders.  We have done many successful custom orders for people coming from Europe, Tahiti and the USA

Here are a few helpful hints when designing your board:

Model

We have an extensive range of boards and have a model for every surf. Choose the model, that suits you best.

Size / Width / Thickness 

It is possible to tweak and change stock dimensions.

Technology

PU (Polyurethane) is the standard technology surfboards are manufactured in. "Stock" blanks are the regular blank you will find all stock surfboards are made from in surf shops. "Ultra Light" blanks are the same PU blanks, however, they are lighter than a regular blank. Ultra light blanks surf great, but they are definitely fragile. Please take careful consideration when designing your custom board, as Freeride accepts no responsibility for the durability of "Ultra Light" blanks. 

PU blanks are generally glassed with fiberglass cloth and polyester resin (PE). This is the traditional and most common combination.

Many shapers now offer EPS (expanded polystyrene) blanks (with a stringer) glassed with fiberglass cloth and epoxy resin. These technologies cost a little more than regular PU/PE constructions and have significantly different characteristics.

Another technology offered by some shapers is FutureFlex (FF), FF is a different technology. FutureFlex uses an EPS (Extruded Polystyrene) blank. Check out Future Flex's website; www.futureflexsurfboards.com for further information.

Carbon Patches

Carbon patches help to reinforce strength on your rail around the tail. This, is useful because the tail area is the first place to give out on your surfboard. This is due to the fact that your toes and heals really dig in when surfing. 

Glassing

Ultra light: This is a very light glass job, one layer of 4oz glass all over the board. This helps make the board, light and fast. However, this also means the boards durability wont be as long as stock glass, or heavy glass. 4x4.

Stock: This is what most shapers recommend when ordering your board. It isn't too heavy and it isn't too light, it's just right! 4x4 on the deck and 4 on the bottom. Most stock boards are made with this option. 4x4x4.

Heavy: This glass job definitely makes the board stronger, but also the extra layer of cloth adds weight to the board. We recommend this option if you are surfing waves of consequence or you are heavy footed and tend to dent your boards. 4x6x6, or 4x6x6 or 6x6x6!

Fins

Fin systems are great. You can change your fins which will make your custom board surf completely different. We endorse both FCS (www.surffcs.com/au) and Future Fins (www.futuresfins.com). They are the two best fins systems on the market and the only systems we use. Find out more about each system at their website.

We let you choose the fin system of your choice, you don't receive fins with most surfboards however you can purchase both FCS and FUTURE fins in the fin section of our online store here. Many boards on our site will come with our recommendation of fin templates to suit your board, size and approach to surfing, however if you are unsure contact the guys at the store and they will offer advice.

Fixed fins are a another option. However, they are a little hard to travel with and also fix the feel of the board. This means fixed fins are not as commonly ordered. Fixed fins help distribute the energy from your surfing evenly into your board creating speed and drive.

Fin Configuration

Thruster: Is the most common configuration. The rail fins help create speed, while the centre fin gives you drive and stability.

Quad: Quad fins are fast and loose. The quad set-up draws water through the middle of your board which creates speed. A lot of fun!

Quin: This option is for someone who can't decide whether they want a thruster or a quad. You can change from one to the other. This is also a great way to experiment with your board, because it will surf completely different in a quad to how it surfs in a thruster!

Logo Position

This can be determined as to what your wishes are - most shapers provide a list of the colours and styles of logos available for each brand.

Recent custom orders:

Taco Grinder Step up for Jamie: 

6'1 x 18 1/4 x 2 1/8 @ 24.4L with 5 fin futures and carbon strip, 4x6x4 glassing.

Chilli Fader Step up for James:

6'6 x 19 1/8 x 2 9/16 @ 31.8L with 5 fin FCSII, 6x6x4 glassing and Chilli spray #6. For Cloudbreak & Hawaii trips.

Rook15 for Corky:

5'10 x 18 5/8 x 2 5/16 @ 26.3L Future fins thruster, 4x4x4 with lime resin tint.

 5'11 CI Curren Single fin for Niko.

 5'10 CI Fred Stubble for Paul.

 5'11 Chilli Rarebird.

 

6'1 Semi Pro for Jimmy.

 

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